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Published: Monday, Feb. 13 2012 2:00 p.m. MST

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Springville, Ut

Throwing your hands up in the air and blaming everyone else while saying "I'm trying" is exactly what Mr. Chaffetz and the majority of his vocal colleagues have accused President Obama of doing. You can't have it both ways, Congressman.

Parkesburg, PA

Nooooo! Say it ain't so Jason. Say it ain't so.

Chaffetz has been there what, three, maybe four years now, and this is the report he gives.

Mr. Chaffetz we knew Washington was screwed up already. You were elected (hired) to make a difference, to somehow make it better.

So the first question I have is one of personal accountability, 'Jason,, what have you done to make it better?'

You're very good at snarling and complaining about the other side, but what have you done to bridge the gap and facilitate a more harmonious, collaborative, productive atmosphere in the Nation's capital?

Just asking.

Bountiful, UT

I want to know when all the finger pointing and blame game is going to stop and real work is going to get done in D.C. Doing nothing in a time of need is not admirable. It is time to make a difference, not just say "I'm trying". Simply voting 'no' and putting everything into limbo just so you can come back and tell everyone the system is broken is not a solution. When will we as a country elect a government that can use common sense and fix problems? Less talk, more do.


Well you certainly can't blame the republicans, they have said no to everything that the President has asked for. It must be hard for the Congressman to just say no to everything, surely in this whacky world the President has had at least one good idea. Oh well, they both are up for re-election and it looks like it will be four and two X two more years of no.

Kearns, UT

Dear Rep. Chaffetz

That's what happens when your party sends us into a Depression. Things get bad. Things have to be changed. The country has to bounce back.

Here will be the Republican campaign slogan come November.

"We know the last time our party was in complete control, we pushed America to the verge of another Great Depression. And we know that the economy has finally started to recover. But we say this. Had Republicans remained in control, we could have fixed the mess we created faster than President Obama has been able to. There's no doubt in our minds about that. Our policies that led to the Depression, which we'd like to now go back to, will certainly work out differently this time around. Please vote Republican on November 6th." Message paid for an brought to you by the 1%.

Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, D.C.'s a disaster and he can't wait to be re-elected so he can condinue to gripe about it.

Murray, Utah

"Do or do not. There is no try."

Salt Lake City, UT

'Chaffetz to Utah lawmakers: Washington, D.C. is 'absolute disaster' - article

Then leave.

Mr. Chaffetz if you are unable to do the job that Americans have voted you to accomplish, then you have no business being there.

Your Republican colleages, have done nothing to help this country:

**'The Rise Of Cloture: How GOP Filibuster Threats Have Changed The Senate' - Ben Frumin and Jason Reif - Talking Points Memo - 01/27/10

When Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in 2007-2008.' (From Republicans)

If you cannot even talk to your own party members about how to move this country foward....

then leave and allow someone who CAN help this country, do so.

West Jordan, UT

You can have the very best person serving in Washington D.C. but still not make the difference the average person expects. The House of Representatives is made up of 435 people and many more people need to be doing their part. You can't blame one single person for not making a difference in the nation's capitol. Even the President can't travel up the street for a meeting without help from a dozen people. Vote for who you think is best then support your elected representatives with the perspective that the great albatross known as the federal governement can't be swayed by a single feather.

Clearfield, UT

I agree it's a disaster. Jason Chaffetz and his ilk are a huge part of why it's a disaster. If they spent even a small fraction of the time working for the good of the country that they do trying to play politics, we'd be a LOT better off.

Saint George, UT


Consider this...

One way countries succeed economically is by having few commerce restrictions (how easy or difficult countries make it for companies to hire, fire, organize, disorganize, etc). The fewer barriers, the better the progress. The opposite also holds true.

Professional teams hire/fire at will (relatively) those players they believe are a detriment/potential benefit to their organization financial/performance goals.

Likewise, the american people need to have more control over the leadership they send to Washington. Term limits will hit about a dozen birds with one stone. There is no other way.


If Rep. Chaffetz is so upset that 450,000 federal employees make $100,000 or more, he should start by sponsoring legislation to reduce Congressional pay.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

The congressman also told lawmakers he's worried about cyber security. ~ article


The Communist Chinese are in bed with American Businessmen.

And America sleeps....

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

If $100,000 is so much darn much money$$$, Mr. Congressman --

Then why can't you see the reason to raise the taxes of those making 2 1/2 to 1,000 TIMES that much?

Salt Lake City, Ut

"Difficulty is the one excuse that history never accepts."

Edward R. Murrow

Akiachak, AK

Yes, and congress is the biggest part of the mess. Not to worry or be too jealous about the money those bureaucrats are making, as we are reading you folks in congress may go to DC poor, but you come back millionaires. As we speak, Kantor and other congressmen are doing all they can to neutralize legislation to do away with Congressional insider trading. Tell, us, Chaffetz, what are you doing about that mess?

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Mr. Chaffetz appeared so elated several months ago. He anxiously rode upon Mitt Romney's coat tails and slogans.
What happened?
Reality hit.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

"450,000 federal workers earn more than $100,000 a year."

And he is one of them.

Springville, Ut

Re: Chase

We have term limits. They're called elections. If the people can't utilize it accordingly, then we reap what we sow.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

To Chase:
"One way countries succeed economically is by having few commerce restrictions (how easy or difficult countries make it for companies to hire, fire, organize, disorganize, etc). The fewer barriers, the better the progress. The opposite also holds true."
Well, let's see. The country in the world today with the fewest commerce restrictions is Somalia. The country with the most, is probably Germany. So where would you rather live?

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