UT's contributes to the prospects of going over the fiscal clifff by
electing people like Mike Lee (hasn't seen a filibuster he doesn't
like) -and Jason Chaffetz, instead of moderates like Bob Bennett. Nothing is
more irresponsible than using the debt ceiling in a game of chicken. Raising
the debt ceiling enables the U.S. to pay its past obligations. Mike Lofgren,
Republican aide and Congresssional staffer for 30 yrs, upon retiring put it this
way:"It should have been evident to clear-eyed observers that
the Republican Party is becoming less and less like a traditional political
party in a representative democracy and becoming more like an apocalyptic cult,
or one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th century
Europe.Far from being a rarity, virtually every bill, every nominee
for Senate confirmation and every routine procedural motion is now subject to a
Republican filibuster. ..It is no wonder that Washington is gridlocked:
legislating has now become war minus the shooting, something one could have
observed 80 years ago in the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic. As Hannah Arendt
observed, a disciplined minority of totalitarians can use the instruments of
democratic government to undermine democracy itself."
It would be really nice if our elected officials in Washington, D.C., would be
collaborative problem solvers instead of partisan prima donas. Alas, I
don't hold out much hope.
There is a little truth in how we are today versus Germany in the 1920s and
1930s into the 1940s. The rich people and laborers in Germany helped bring
Hitler's nationalism to being, sort of like how Wall Street and the Unions
helped get this President elected again. Who is going to become the target
group that becomes the hiss and by-word if this President gets his wish of a
third and fourth term as his idol President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. All
those programs that made us pretty lax on defense of the country along with the
League of Nations that made us vulnerable from the east and west for an attack
on our freedoms. Social programs are important but not at the expense of losing
our freedoms in a democracy and a republic and with a Constitution that has
courts, Presidents and Congress pushing the limit. We even have a
Constitutional attorney as President and he knows where the limits are and with
his Chicago PR group and people he knows how far to push it until the people
agree with his type of approach. Give people programs, not basic life teaching
events.Build a crisis.
But having a republican business take over of our government is much the worse
that falling off a cliff. Business is at war with the people. In
Utah the people have already lost. Our only chance for a return to the American
dream is the Federal government. If we lose there, we will probably join the
rest of the world in chaos.
Too bad Obama refuses to make any real spending cuts. He's spending us into
oblivion. I'd probably be okay with some tax increases if he'd be
serious about cutting the waste.
The Federal Government gave in to everything during the Bush and especially now
with Obama. Federalism is not what you want for business practices. The
Federal government is made of people, bureaucrats that don't care about
local government. States are "partners" but are not equal or of the
same value. Remember the good neighbor policy. Some called us the neighbor and
didn't use the term good for us. Other countries know that we have a
strong defense and they can't beat us militarily, at least in the past.
However, if they get inside our business climate or world, they can beat us by
tactics, strategies, and threats that won't and don't work
militarily.Our businesses moved overseas due to federal
requirements, not state requirements. States were required to mirror or be
"at least as effective" as federal law, so the federal government is not
necessarily the nice or good neighbor. Military is for the federal
government. All these linking straws and making webs to include having products
made in one state and used in another as a federal commerce act provision took a
little doing.You can make anything become a federal entitlement.
Too bad BO is holding the economy and middle class tax cuts hostage to continue
his political and class warfare. Too bad we did not elect a leader.
The liberals here need to look at what they are complaining about. They say
that the conservatives that get elected in Utah should be more liberal, like
them. Why do they want to put liberal policies into place when liberal policies
fail so often? If Utah's unemployment rate is 5.2% when the national
average is around 7.8%, I think that it should be the other way around. We need
to elect national leaders that are more conservative and less liberal. If the
Reddest state in the US can have such a low unemployment rate, and attracts the
businesses that it does, what would happen if the national government followed
The road money is borrowed money from our children's future. Given to us by
stimulus from Obama. That is not recovery. That is insanity. We have bounced
back. Where are those men who were working. What has happened to them and where
is our economy now?