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


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  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    m.g. scott.:: This is now the offical Obama economy? Just because a train wreck has a new conductor, doesnt make it that conductor's fault for the wreck. The economic dissaster is all george Bush's fault. But Obama is cleaning up the mess, No thanks to the party that caused it. They refuse to do anything to help.Look at the facts,, 3.7 million jobs in the last 23 months. Stock market at 13,000 again GDP is up Unemployment down. Obama's approval rating over 50% while Chaftez and congress lag at an all time low of 10% Ill take Obama's policies over Chaftez and the GOP anytime>

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    Feb. 17, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Funny how you Democrats seem to forget that when Obama became president he had Reed and Pelosi running congress. There is no rational way a Democrat can try to blame Bush or Republicans for this mess. This is now officially the Obama economy and he is responsible. Otherwise give the credit for hostage rescue and Bin Ladens death to Bush and the Republicans who built up the military that made those successes possible. I will give Obama the credit for what happens when he is in office, good or bad, just as I have and will give credit or blame when a Republican is in office. Obama is the leader. He is responsible more than any other person in government to get people together to talk. He does not do that. If government is not functioning it is his problem. To those of you who say Chaffetz should leave, I say, Obama should go with him.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 15, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Other than stating his work-area [his responsibility] is 'absolute disaster',
    What has this guy been doing?

    I mean,
    aside from hanging on Mitt Romney's coat-tails like a little pop-star groupy,
    and silently running for Orrin Hatch's Senate seat?

  • Jash Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 15, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    Re: silas brill | 7:29 a.m.

    Bush was a Republican NOT a Conservative. A Conservative would never have given us NCLB from the federal government, nor allowed the expansions of federal powers that Bush did in the name of "security."

  • owlmaster2 Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 10:21 p.m.

    One time I totally agree with Representative Chaffetz.... Washington is a mess and Representative Chaffetz is a part of the problem.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz, when will you and Hatch and Bishop start your own company and stop living off the government; Hatch and Bishop have been drawing government paychecks since the 1970's. Congress should live in a barrack---just like the military----cut pay in half, no more million dollar staff budgets.

  • really? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Jason Chaffetz is part of the problem and so is Mike Lee. I especially loved Rob Bishop, "I would love to know where the president thinks the money will come from to fund all that this bill would require now and well into the future." Wouldn't it have been nice if he would have asked Pres. Bush that question before he voted to go to war in Iraq with no justification and to cut taxes during that war.
    When are the people of Utah going to wake up and stop voting for their fellow church members and vote for someone who is willing to work for all Utahns and all Americans? I can answer that myself. Never.

  • tt2sweet Murray, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    we need to put term limits on senators and congressmen, there should not be career policitans and we have that, that's the major problem.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    'This is a guy that wanted to not go through TSA checkpoints personally but wanted everybody else to go through them.' - Anti Bush-Obama | 11:41 a.m. Feb. 14, 2012

    You are correct.

    And who created the TSA?

    George W. Bush and a Republican majoirty in the House and Senate.

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Want to fix the problems in Washington....

    1) Do not allow PAC's or Big Business to contribute money toward an election. This keeps congressmen from being influenced by those who supported them the most, and allows congressmen to make rational decisions in congress without fear of repercussion.

    2) Get rid of the two party system! That right, vote for the person who you believe will do the job! Not the party who you think, or were told to vote for! Seem's like more and more Americans are voting party only....instead of reading...and making a decision on their own. Trust me...Our Founding Fathers wanted it this way!

    3) Get rid of people who are "Do nothings" in congress/senate. It seems to me that the Republicans took offense to Obama's "Change can happen." Now the Republicans are doing everything possible to keep this change from happening.

    Americans, not politicians can change Washington!

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Feb. 14, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    This is a guy that wanted to not go through TSA checkpoints personally but wanted everybody else to go through them.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 14, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    the one thing I love most about reading these pages is I learn so much about myelf. Evidently the reason I don't vote exactly like everyone one else in Utah is because I am ignorant - accoring to Informed Voter.

    All this time I thought people voted deifferently was because they had different life experiences, needs, and priorities. But it seems evidently it can be decomposed down to the simple fact that people who don't vote party line Republican are ignorant. This simplified the whole political process. Informed versus Ignorant.

    Mutual respect - nope. Diefferent places in their lives. Nope. Different backgrounds. Nope. Plain and simple ignorance.

    So between Jefferson and Adams - which one was Ignorant and which was Informed? The platation slave holder whe ended up bankrupt or the north east lawyer\farmer. One must have been ignorant. Problem is, neither of them thought of the other that way.... but know we know.

    Stetesmen have solution. Political advantagist simply point out problems.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Feb. 14, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Mr. Chafftez. Your voting record indicates that you will keep washington a disaster long after Obama is gone.

  • RichDaddy Logan, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 11:35 a.m.

    Part of the problem lies right in Chaffetz hands. Tea Party Republicans and liberal democrats that that cling to strict doctrinaire lines and put the good of the party ahead of the good of the nation. It's long past time to rid the country of policians and start electing statesmen.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 11:18 a.m.


    If you throw your arms up in the air, because you can't do your job. It is time to leave and admit failure. This is a democracy and you refuse to compromise. You own your failure. Don't blame the system that you want to be a involved.

    When you are dealing with reps. from 50 different Great States, you must respect others from both political parties. YOU have FAILED to do so!

    The greatness of the U.S. system, and Constitution is that if frames the debate. Congressman, you can't have it both ways. They will not listen to you, if you don't listen to others.

    Replace him with Cannon! He was the only good Congressman to has come out of that district.

    Feb. 14, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Everyone is blaming everyone else.
    The problem as I see it is that a person can get elected with all good thoughts and ideas and then go to Washington and have all of these good ideas shot down because they do not have enough votes to get them through the congress or senate. It doesn,t mean that they did not try but that they do not have the support needed to get their plans enacted and that is not necessarily their individual fault.
    But, not sure what the answer is.

  • Thucydides Herriman, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 9:44 a.m.

    Chaffetz, how would you even know about the "disaster" in Washington? You have been doing nothing but stumping for Romney for months, rather than do the job you were elected to do.

    Eye on the prize, Jason, eye on the prize

  • Still Blue after all these years Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    wow, the lib's have come out after this article. I will defend Chaffetz's record all day long. Bishop - not so much as he has been there a long time and voted for many large spending increases. But for all of Chaffetz's time in Washington, the Dem's have had control of at least one house of Congress and much of that time, they have owned the White House too. Given the way Congress is run, its difficult for a minority member to even get a bill brought up for vote, much less passed. and if the house passes an austerity bill, the Senate won't even vote on it. Washington IS an aboslute disaster. Both parties have contributed to it, but right now the Dem's and a few of the Republican old gaurd are doing all they can to continue the disaster. Chaffetz is a strong advocate for reduced spending. and for that, I say, good for him!

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 8:35 a.m.

    As I was in this Base Closer & Realignment at Tooele Army Depot. I was let go and Obama hired more people? President Ronald Regean wouldn't do that.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 8:00 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz needs to go back to school.

    In classrooms when students can't get along they are brought together for a resolution. Afterwards they are able to play and get along together.

    Even with the countries financial status in peril this elected child cannot figure out the way ahead is working together.

    He seems to be a student of Hatch who has been proposing a balanced budget amendment since world war 2 yet it has not been embraced by his or any other party enough to pass. Visit Hatch's website and it is still there.

    Jason and Hatch are the same, and at the end of the day they will say "I could have fixed it or if they only would have listened to me" Unfortunately they have ben in Washington for years and have not figured a way to make progress.

    You have to give a little to get a little. In the past 4 years they have not voted for one amendment brought by the other party.

    If they were in the majority would they expect the other party to act differently than them? And if so why?

    as for the 145,000 employees the country paid more for air conditioning tents in Iraq last year than they did for these people salaries. Where so you want to put your priorities?

    I would like to see elected people who can make a difference, we already have neighborhood dogs who can bark at passing cars.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    Chaffetz and Lee are part of the problem, for crying out loud! No compromise, no addressing issues like adults, not governing but posturing. They love special interests, lobbyists, Super PACs and won't vote for reform. This is what is killing our government, and these guys are on the front bench of the cheerleading team.

  • silas brill Heber, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 7:29 a.m.

    It's bad enough conservatives had made a wreck of this country under Bush. It's worse that they are such bad back-seat drivers. They deserve to be out of power for a generation.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    Chicken Little has spoken. Just tell me when the main feature starts up on the big screen. After all this is all we have been hearing from Rep. Chaffetz since day one.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 4:49 a.m.

    The part the article left out, maybe because Jason Chaffetz left it out of his answer is the cause of the âabsolute disasterâ which is the greed, corruption and fighting among the business groups for control of America.

    Utah is just one of many groups of businessmen who want to control their own markets and people. The war against the federal government is the same war the colonialist fought against England.

    The big difference is that the colonies needed the help of the people. The state tyrants of today donât need the help of the people, other than their controlled voting, and therefore donât have to make any promises or concessions to the citizens. More the case, tyrants of today are doing everything they can to keep people from being involved in government.

    It is not the debt. It is not the spending. It is the corruption of power that cause governments to fail. The debt never has and never will be a factor. The spending is simply a smokescreen. Dollar for dollar, none of our government, city or state, even comes close to matching the worth of the federal government. Most people would realize this if they would just use their smarts.

    Providing the best example is : âChaffetz said he is pushing for states to set and collect all gas taxes.â Somewhere in the background there are some Utah businessmen just waiting for the chance to get their hands on the highway money. Years ago I remember going from state to state and always noticing the change in the quality of the highway.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 3:07 a.m.

    A pure opportunist who plays the tune that contributors want to hear.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 2:12 a.m.

    I also associate Chaffetz with disaster.

  • Mom of Six Northern Utah, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 12:12 a.m.

    First let's clean house! Second we need to impose mandates that cut Senate and House salaries and cushie benefits. Finally we need to end lobbying PERIOD! I know I'm a dreamer....

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Feb. 13, 2012 9:26 p.m.

    Good to hear at least one person working in Washington gets it. Obama is dedicated to the destruction of our nation. The Democrats have been working to destroy the country for many decades. The fix is easy, but no one has the courage to do it. Let's start by impeaching Obama.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 9:24 p.m.

    Repubs had better accept half the blame for the mess in Washington, or they lose all credibility. Chaffetz is no better than those he criticizes.

  • Informed Voter South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Judging from the majority of comments blaming Chaffetz, it is small wonder this country is in trouble. The ignorance of voters is amazing and the country is suffering because of it. Most have bought into the democrat line that the Republicans are the party of no. They are our only hope. Senator Reid (a democrat in case you don't know it) refuses to bring a budget to a vote in the Senate. He refuses to allow spending cut measures from being considered. He says no to every proposal from Republicans. The Senate has not brought forth a budget prepared by the House for 3 years! Now the President has literally told the Senate we do not need a budget. Oh yes, Obama today proposed a budget that is huge and much more of the same failed policies. He did it solely so the Republicans vote no, but hey, guess what.....the Senate will not even vote on it due to the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I say 3 cheers for Chaffetz!!

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 13, 2012 8:19 p.m.

    No, it wasn't Geo. Bush I or II, or Reagan or even good ole "No I didn't have sex with that girl" Bill Clinton or totally ineffectual Jimmy Carter. You have to go back even farther to your "beloved" FDR who began the give away program which was continued by LBJ. The only good Democrat president we have had is Truman. What a guy!! He said it all, "The buck stops here". He knew that looking in the mirror was the only answer and was willing to accept responsibility. Listening to the continuing and sickening blame going to Geo. Bush is O*L*D. There is no way out of the mess, so get ready to be the next Greece.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Electing is not so simple, voting is not so simple. Special interests, insiders, lobbyists --- without them, voting does little good. Term limits have become essential.

    Mr. Chaffetz is not my legislator - I'm from Washington state. What I interpreted from this article is that he, like most of us are frustrated and don't know what to do about the problems. It's those rotten Republicans that keep things from being passed -- all the wonderful ideas the president has -- but for two years, Democrats ruled both houses and still much was at a stalemate.

    With few exceptions the "Of the people, by the people and for the people" governments has evolved into an "us vs. them" group -- government vs. the people. Many legislators and associated politicians do what is needed, make any promise they have to in order to stay in office, and then once the elections are over, its back to business as usual. However, now there is a slight twist, the money is gone (and has been for longer than we've been told) and those who have grown addicted to it must find new ways to squeeze the peasants for the coins - the rich have their own lobbyists to ultimately prevent governments pick-pockets. Any life preserver the government throws us won't have a rope attached, and they'll charge us for the trouble it took to throw it.

    I'm not advocating violence, but it seems through out history, revolutions have started over less.

  • MormonConservative A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    On the count of 3 Jason Chaffetz to Utah lawmakers, draw, then pick your poison, nuclear waste in Utah, mining with carbon-dirty effluents, substantial environmental impact of hydroelectric dams, fracking consequences, inadequacies of wind farms or limiting power availability and therefore jobs or life style. Then tell us all about your ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics started with Reagan, with deregulated for kickbacks for the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams," (of corn and sugar cane), with more corruption, and "crony capitalism." We are being forced to use this garbage ethanol fuel and live with all the damage and problems. It's time to tax the 1 percent and shut down all off shore tax safe-havens.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:13 p.m.

    'No' is not compromise Mr. Chaffetz.

    Obstruction, is not helping the country.

    You can't even agree with your Republican party...

    and you think Washington isn't working because of someone ELSE?

    139 Republican filibusters in the Senate. Before Obama even took OFFICE.

    Stop trying to make this country FAIL...

    and do your job!

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 7:09 p.m.

    Why in the world are we paying people like Chaffetz over $100,000 a year to say no to everything? I have been disappointed with his grandstanding from the day he was elected. If he is so worried about the people who are overpaid in Washington, DC, he better look at himself. I believe he is making about $150,000 more than he is worth. He hasn't accomplished a thing since he moved to the capital.

  • truth_avenger Lehi, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    Sorry, you don't get it both ways, don't run on a platform of no cooperation and no compromise and then complain that it isn't working. If Representative Chaffetz wants binary he needs to program computers; if he wants to deal with people he needs to recognize shades of grey and work toward solutions. All he has done over his 1.5 terms is issue hostile soundbites that cater to the rightmost portion of the Republican Party and continually run for office--both his and Senator Hatch's.

    If you are in trouble then you need to prioritize and work on the biggest problem first. The national debt needs to be a the priority and it demands work and it demands compromise. And since he can do neither he will come back next year and say the same thing and blame the other party. Is that responsibility? Is that leadership?

    Of course not, so he throws out the red herring of cyber security so people will worry about that instead of the real problem--the national debt. He fights with the TSA instead of working to create real security at the airports or anywhere else. Deflect and complain just don't produce results.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    I am not a Chaffetz fan at all... I think he is a grand stander that offers no solutions, just rhetoric.

    That said, I am very disappointed in the budget released. Spending 25% more than you take in is absolutely irresponsible. There has to be room for those that are fiscally conservative, yet moderate in policy. Neither party is offering this option. I don't expect, not would it be responsible to rip 1Trillion out of the budget. But the current spending levels are too high - period.

    On fix would be to make sure money did not make round trips through Washington to come back to the states. The states need to raise those funds directly, be responsible for their own projects, and not rely on federal funds to pay for their projects so they can pretend they have low taxes. States love to hid true cost by having the federal government subsidized projects, keeping "state" cost low. The problem, the money has to come from somewhere.

    The Department of Education needs to be reduced to a policy only department, much smaller than now. Other functions such as data centers for BLM, Parks, etc need to be merged into a central services agency reducing duplication of offerings. There are lots of ways to get from here, to a more balanced budget.

    This is a disappointing budget, and today, on this issue, I agree with Chaffetz. Perhaps it is the first phase of a negotiation process. It that is what it is, it is still insulting to the American public money was wasted printing the DOA budget.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    Time to take a hike Jason! The heat must be too hot in the kitchen for you. Washington is for statesmen, not ideologues.

  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:32 p.m.

    "Washington DC is an absolute disaster...therefore you must re-re-elect me."

  • MormonConservative A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Jason Chaffetz said people often ask him how things are going in Washington, D.C. so lets tell the truths. Let's create a earthquake and tsunami in a election year, when you want to get your seat back in Office because there's no term limits, and now that you're ready to achieve your higher education again in K Street and Wall Street and career goals of a crooked career politician. There are very few conviction or issue politicians left, and this is one of the main differences between politicians today and in the past where many entered politics because they cared and wanted to make a real difference and almost did it as an altruistic act. The GOP has been going against the Constitution since the ReaganBushClintonBush-villes economics started with Reagan, with deregulated for kickbacks for the Koch Brothers and Grover Norquist, in their "Field Of Dreams," (of corn and sugar cane), with more corruption, and "crony capitalism." We are being forced to use this garbage ethanol fuel and live with all the damage and problems. It's time to tax the 1 percent and shut down all off shore tax safe-havens. Got anymore questions Jason Chaffetz?.

  • just thinking about it west valley city, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    The Republicans and the Tea Party hate President Obama more than they love America. They would rather have some good things fail in American just to make it look like President Obama is wrong. Mr Chaffetz is the party of NO.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    How much of this stuff is true, and how much is just kneejerk?

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    "Mr. Chaffetz is not throwing his hands up in the air, he is just telling you like it is!"


    "We The People" Are The Absolute Disaster."

    Until we citizens of the USA are willing to stop expecting the Federal Government to provide us a retirement, health care, etc. we will continue to add to this mess.

    Mr. Chaffetz saying "No" is a start.

    How about the rest of us follow along and say NO! the next time a representative proposes anything that increases the federal budget?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:18 p.m.

    To worf | 4:47 p.m. Feb. 13, 2012

    The problem is that it was the bush who caused the mess.

  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    It must not be that bad...otherwise he wouldn't sleep in his office to save extra tax payer money that would be going to rent. If it was such a disaster, I'm sure he would have moved.

    I absolutely love the hypocrisy of people decrying government while running for government jobs. Why would you vote someone into government who doesn't believe in it? Kind of like entrusting the National Power Grid to the Amish.

    No Jobs Plan, No Tax Plan, No Health Plan--No problem! Thanks do-nothing GOP!

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    He's right one thing. Congress is a mess. It's time for term limits, reasonable salaries, no retirement or health benefits above what the average American gets, and PACs to get there.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    "hour money"? Tick tick tick.......

  • morganh Orem, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:09 p.m.

    There is a reason why Washington is an absolute disaster. According to the non-partisan Annenberg Public Policy Center Pres. Obama has spent 4.7 trillion dollars. Bush spent 4.9 trillion total. By the end of the fiscal year in Sept. 2012 Annenberg projects that Obama will easily surpass Bush's spending and he did this in 4 yrs and he now wants 4 more yrs to spend more money. Obama also said he would work across the isle and listen to ideas from his Republican colleagues. Well we got"Obamacare" which was his way or the highway. A jobs creation bill that was his way or the highway. Republicans passed bills out of the House only to have Democratic leaders in the Senate make sure that if the President didn't want it then it would not get considered. Obama said the Republicans are the party of "no" when in fact Obama is the really person saying no because he won't listen to Republican ideas that threaten his liberal ideology.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    He`s right it is an absolute disaster and he is part of that disaster!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:04 p.m.

    Can recall this tea party radical soon.

  • isrred Logan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    Perhaps if Jason Chaffetz spent more time DOING HIS JOB as a representative in Congress and trying to find REAL solutions rather than being Mitt Romney's campaign lackey then it would be less of a mess. You're contributing to this mess, Chaffetz.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:50 p.m.

    It's all about Obama trying to by an election with hour money.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:48 p.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz, please feel free to quit if you can't hack it.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Can't hide Obama's mess under a bush. This will be a challenge.

  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    "We The People" Are The Absolute Disaster.

  • DougH2 Lithonia, GA
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    That's down from Ronald Reagan's 5,301,000. He added over 300,000 jobs to the federal payroll from 1981-1989.

    Republicans always spout big numbers with no context. George W Bush added almost 200,000 jobs to the federal payroll. Clinton reduced the payroll by nearly 500,000 jobs.

    Conservatives win the BIG GOVERNMENT contest hands down! They just can't tell the truth about the government reducing credentials of liberals. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Shame on you.

  • Utahman4ever FORT HUACHUCA, AZ
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Thank you Captain Obvious!

  • Ray in St.Petersburg Saint Petersburg, FL
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    If Washington, DC is an "absolute disaster", it's because of the 8 years of George W. Bush: it will take decades to right the failures of his administration and stewardship.

  • Doogie South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:27 p.m.

    Goodness! What did you want Mr. Chaffetz to say? "All is Well?!!" Washington DC is a total disaster and it starts with President Obama and his crony capitalism. How is it that MF Global head Corzine is still not in jail for defrauding $1.2 billion from his clients? Because he is the ex governor of New Jersey,throws campaign dinners for Obama and contributes to his campaign. How is that we can't get straight numbers on unemployment figures and inflation? Because the powers that be keep on changing the rules and their calculations to make the current administration look good. Why is the federal reserve continuing to print trillions of dollars for not only our country but the troubled Eurozone as well. Wake up sheeple! Washington is broken and we need more honest people back there that will do the right thing regardless of the consequences. Everyone will have to experience some pain if we are to get back on the right track. The budget proposal that Obama just put out is just more smoke and mirrors, it doesn't make any serious dent in the runaway spending. I think Mr. Chaffetz has done a tremendous job in trying to expose the things that are going on back there. However, it takes more than one individual to not play the game of politics and actually make a difference. Unfortunately, I don't believe there is more than a small minority of such individuals that exist. Mr. Chaffetz is not throwing his hands up in the air, he is just telling you like it is!

  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    Perhaps if Mr. Chaffetz tried working with others to make a positive change something could get done. Throwing up your hands and being a bull-headed member of the "Party of NO" helps no one. Utah would be wise to consider electing someone who can work with others to make the changes needed in Washington DC.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    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?

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    Re: Chase

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

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:16 p.m.

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

    And he is one of them.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:15 p.m.

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

  • klangton Akiachak, AK
    Feb. 13, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    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?

  • Fishback Salt Lake City, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:57 p.m.

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

    Edward R. Murrow

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    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?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:46 p.m.

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


    The Communist Chinese are in bed with American Businessmen.

    And America sleeps....

  • Aspen1713 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    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.

  • Chase Saint George, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:36 p.m.


    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.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:32 p.m.

    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.

  • ExecutorIoh West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    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.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    '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.

  • GiuseppeG Murray, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:17 p.m.

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

  • sodiedog Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:08 p.m.

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

  • williary Kearns, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    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%.

  • Calif PETALUMA, CA
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:06 p.m.

    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.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    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.

  • LiberalEastCoastMember Parkesburg, PA
    Feb. 13, 2012 3:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Feb. 13, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    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.