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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 11:40 a.m. MST

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wer
South Jordan, UT

Way to go, Lockhart!!

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

This is why US Senators should be appointed by the states, not directly elected by the people. If Senators were beholden to the states we would still have states rights and there would be no such thing as unfunded mandates.

All power is now centralized in Washington DC.
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Money is power. If you want less corruption in government, give them less money.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Obama won the election.

Instead of working against the well-being of your country because your party is out of power...

why not attempt to work together?

ljeppson
Salt Lake City, UT

Lockhart advised the House members that they were not "free from sin." Who'd a thunk it. On the matter of health exchanges, Lockhart's remarks show how we would fair absent so-called Obamacare - death by 70 or bust.

Tolstoy
salt lake, UT

@the rock
do you know why we no longer have the Senate appointed by the states? believe it our not it was not a result of a power grab by the federal government, it was actually to protect the right of the people to be represented. Look up the history it is a good read.

joseywales
Park City, UT

Pagan- you mean the way the dems did during the Bush years?

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@pagan

"Instead of working against the well-being of your country because your party is out of power"

What a laughable post. You try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of your country" when in fact it is not. Were the dems "working against the well-being of (their) country when they opposed GWB?

Frankly my elected officals, the ones I voted for, are doing what I want them to do, what I think is for the "well-being of my country" by opposing obama in almost everything he is trying to do. I want grid lock, I want nothing passed. That is what I feel is in the "well-being of my country".

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Dems during the Bush years?

W. Bush as President enacted:

The Patriot Act
The TSA
No child left behind
The Wall Street Bailouts
And the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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)

The current Republican House has passed the least amount of legislation than any in history.

3%.

True, Bush had a majority Republican support. But to claim Democrats obstructed Bush when the filibuster almost DOUBLED after Obama was elected?

Shows you need to do some research before making claims that are easily, disproven.

Cincinnatus
Kearns, UT

Doesn't anyone else find this a bit funny? Becky shaking her fist at the Feds with one hand, yet the other is stretched out taking money from them to run things in this state.

Watch this session very closely. Corruption isn't just rampant in Washington, D.C.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

You try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of your country"...

Current Republican House legislation passed....

3%.

Why pay Republicans $175,000 a year to avoid doing their jobs.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

No sympathy for Lockhart and her RINO friends from me.

All they have to do is pass e-verify to stem the flow jobs going to illegal aliens and they would save the state of Utah on the order or 100 million or so to spend on LEGAL residents (and help Utah residents keep their jobs as a side benefit).

Patrick Henry
West Jordan, UT

I was present for her entire speech. It was alright, but not realistic. How can Utah get less dependent on the Federal Government without severely cutting much needed welfare benefits and other essential programs? If Utah wants to become less dependent on the Federal government it must raise taxes or cut services substantially. Both options are not reasonable or politically feasible.

one old man
Ogden, UT

This is outlandishly funny.

Lockhart blasting the Feds and then complaining because Utah won't be receiving as much as she'd like from the very Feds she's blasting.

If this isn't insanity, what is it?

joseywales
Park City, UT

Pagan- As I commented on your multiple postings about this 3% issue, so what? (in the words of HRC) Maybe 3% is too high! If it's bad legislation, then so be it! So if the Senate passes 75% of their stuff, and it's bad, then does it matter the passing percentage? I just don't get it.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@pagan

Uh...since when was "passing legislation" all they are there for? I love that they have pssed very little legislation, we have far to many laws and regulations as it is. Once again the officials I voted for and helped elect, you know the wones that WON the races here in Utah, are doing exactly what I want them to do and that includes NOT passing any more legislation. That is what I want them to do, keep more damaging and freedom killing legislation from ever being passed.

I'm not surprised that a big government loving obama voter like yourself see's the job of elected officials to be passing even more legislation.

LeDoc
SLC, UT

Sad, at least to me to see some of the comments @Pagan.

We need to learn how to be able to compromise and do what is best for all in this country.

The partisan bickering needs to end. A bit more understanding on ALL sides is desperately needed. We live in a democracy. We are all entitled to our opinions but in a democracy it's the majority that rules. We might not always like that but for example, the entire population of Utah is less than some of our major metropolitan cities. The right of the few to think as they want does not equal dominating the majority.

We are a nation of many cultures, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. We need to learn to respect others who may not think exactly as we do.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

I continue to be embarrassed by our political leaders. They don't do what's right when it's easier to react out of spite.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Duckhunter's comments show us exactly why this country is the shape it's in. They don't even know what legislation might come up, but if Obama wants or the democrats want it, then Duckhunter deems it instantly inappropriate and doesn't want it passed. Again, is there any wonder why this country is in such a divide?

Doogie
South Jordan, Utah

This country is in a divide because the Left and Progressive movement want everything and will not negotiate. Those in congress that have any sense realize this and have finally said no to this movement and are being made to look like the bad guys because they won't compromise their standards. Washington is the biggest boom town there is right now because of big government policies and spending. If you want to get rich and lose your soul go to Washington. This country is in a divide because people who are apathetic and support this administration believe everything they hear by the main stream media which is total propaganda. Do you realize that this country on a GAAP basis (per accounting standards) is over $20 trillion in debt? Wait for the house of cards to come down because no one in Washington "gets it" other than those who are being black balled as extremists. We can keep spending but the day is not to far out when all this will implode. Laugh if you want, but it is the truth.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Legislators in D.C. spend more time fundraising than legislating, and when/if they actually do their job they make sue to pay-off their donors.

As Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell and Max Bacaus about the loophole they gave Amgen in the recent fiscal cliff deal.

Medicare had paid providers separately for the drugs and for administering dialysis treatment, a system that often encouraged overprescribing.

In 2008, Congress reversed the incentives by requiring Medicare to pay a single, bundled rate for a patient’s dialysis treatment and related medications, starting in 2011. But certain oral drugs, including Sensipar, were given a two-year reprieve, to expire in 2014, from being included in that more cost-effective bundled system. The fiscal bill included a measure by Hatch/McConnell/Bacaus that has now extended that exclusion until 2016, at a cost of $500 million to taxpayers, over the 2 yrs.

btw
Amgen’s pleaded guilty just weeks ago to marketing an anti-anemia drug illegally and agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties of $762 million, a record settlement for a biotechnology company.

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