Didn't he know last November what the job paid and the term of the office?
Pulling a Palin?
Must of got that call to be a lobbyist.
I can't believe all the know-it-all, cynical folks out there who love to
spout off! You guys have no idea what you're talking about. 8)You probably don't realize that the Gov and Lt. Gov, as elected in Utah,
receive NO retirement bennies from the State Pension System.And,
Bell's current salary (a fraction of his true earning capacity) has nothing
to do with any of this. Many people with greater incomes than his still end up
with negligible nesteggs when they retire.This real estate
investment (that Bell is going to recover) IS quite possibly his retirement
nestegg (via his business)! If he loses it, he will have nothing left to retire
on.Or.... perhaps he HAD built a substantial retirement nestegg over
the course of his career/extensive public service, but was forced to draw it all
out in order to honorably KEEP his business/investments afloat thru these lean
years... rather than running from his contracts and commitments.You
have no clue what his circumstances are, so how about getting down off your high
horse and stop judging so harshly.
The fact that he wants to make more money to meet his obligations is noble. He
could have declared bankruptcy and the debt holders would have been out of luck,
but he has integrity and paid what he owed. What an example! $102,000 may seem
like a lot, but if you are making payments on commercial property with your
salary, it can dwindle quickly. Good for you Greg Bell for not throwing your
hands up and telling the lenders "too bad." I admire him more than I
did before now.
Please I WILL take that phony baloney job and its $105,000 salary and harrumph
at all of Herbert's suggestions! That would be my retirement dream job!
There has to be more to this story. Maybe he is going into home teaching on a
The majority of the state of UT makes less that $105,000 a year and somehow find
a way to make ends meet. Are we supposed to feel sorry for a so called civil
servant making more than us? Maybe a man who is unable to live within his own
means and budget should never have been allowed to even have a voice on the
$110,000 a year and can't afford to retire? What does that say to everyone
There are NOT enough good words in the English language to describe Greg Bell!!
He's the cream of the crop. One of the finest people I've ever had
the privilege of knowing. His many, many years of humble public service are a
stellar example to any who would seek elective office or serve in our
government.I'm sorry to hear that he has sacrificed so much for
our communities and state that he now finds himself in a financial pinch. Truly
I am.Best wishes, Greg!
I believe Waddoups is serving as a mission president. To cast stones at
somebody because they have financial problems is pure hypocrisy. Put your own
house in order and let Mr. Bell do what he thinks is in his own best interests.
Lt. Gov. Bell has served the State well under many trying circumstances. He is
a man who is not afraid of making a decision and has demonstrated repeatedly his
willingness to engage in discussions with those he does not agree with, an
admirable and much needed characteristic in public servants. Utah should wish
he and his family well.
I respect Greg Bell. He will be hard to replace. I hope he succeeds in his real
estate endeavors. Thanks for your service, Lieutenant Governor Bell.
So the leadership driving the short bus here in Utah are trying to make money at
65 instead of retiring? That is an indicator of just how terrible Obamanomics
has been to America! QE and Obamacare are disasters that are just beginning to
come under scrutiny......no thanks to the liberal media!
Those who attack decent public servants are usually those who are sitting at
home in their parents' basements with nothing better to do than criticize
others. So sad.
Retiring to go back to work because he can't afford to retire.There's always Walmart....
Most Truthful and Patriotic should add "most cynical"
.Who gets to be 65 and finally figures out they are way over their heads
in debt?What's the deal there? You didn't get caught in
the recession, Mr Bell, you were helping cause the housing bubble.I'm
just trying to figure out how he's forestalled payments for five years,
when normal people lost their homes and investments.What's the
real reason, Mr Bell?.
Greg Bell is a class act, and a thoughtful public servant, along with being an
astute politician.Although he is a bit more "moderate" than
I like, I respect his sincerity and service and thank him for the many years he
has given to working to make Utah a better state.He has been a great
employee for the State of Utah, and his performance here should earn him a great
job which will pay a lot more, and based on his abilities, not his
connections.Best wishes!John Valentine, Mike Waddoups or
Margaret Dayton would be excellent replacements, or even Becky Lockhart.