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Published: Saturday, Sept. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mike Lee and Rafael Cruz show nothing but contempt for our constitution and for the rule of law. There is no way they can achieve their aims through the democratic process, so they are attempting to extort the president and senate to go along with their plans anyway. They have not been able to defeat President Obama electorally, so they are attempting to nullify our election results.

At no point since the civil war has one political party threatened to wreck our government and crash our economy if they don't get their way. Not even parties who have won elections have tried this, let alone the electoral losers. If you want to undo President Obama's signature legislation, you'll have a shot in 2016. Until then, abide by the election results.

Salt Lake City, UT

From the very beginning of the republic there as been a merging of private and public. The canal network for transport (1815 - 1845) was privately owned but subscribed to with state and municipal funds. The railroads were built with federal land grants. Post Civil War industrialization was funded in large part through generous retirement of debt from that war, going to wealthy capitalists. During World War I the War Industries Board coordinated the entire U.S.economy, including the operation of U.S. railroads. The New Deal preserved American capitalism. World War II was a joint effort of the federal government and the private sector. The U.S. space program is a cooperative between private interests and government. Obamacare, so-called is a cooperative venture of government and the private insurance industry, and as such is in the tradition of merging private and public interests.

Linking Obamacare with the communist manifesto is totally out to lunch. I personally would have favored a much more socialistic solution, as I am a socialist, but take it from me Obama is no socialist.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Willoughby,

The Affordable Care Act _is_ an expression of Republican ideology. It came from The Heritage Foundation, and was implemented successfully in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney.

The over-the-top hyperbole about the ACA and "Marxism" is the reason the GOP is on the ropes, not some imaginary attack by... well it's hard to keep track of who conservatives are blaming for their troubles these days.

Senators Cruz and Lee are self-inflicted wounds to the Republican Party. If it weren't for the fact that they're gleefully preparing to wreck the economy, again, I'd be happy to just make popcorn and enjoy laughing at their antics.

This is my country, too, and I vigorously object to the damage done to it by the irrational, mean-spirited and hypocritical ideologies coming from today's GOP as embodied by Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.

Salt Lake City, UT

Letter of the year! Thanks Fred.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

A supreme court ruling and President Obama's convincing re-election is just not enough to quash the ugly self-righteousness.

American Fork, UT

A society that leaves so many without any health care and puts so many more at risk of financial catastrophe if illness strikes may not actually qualify for the title of 'most caring'. As for cruz and lee, the first few posts sum it up nicely.

Murray, UT

Is the letter writer also in favor of eliminating social security and medicare?
You cannot oppose obamacare and support medicare and social security.
all three are socialism.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If this nation was a democratic republic a person could logically expect that political parties would adhere to the principals the writer alludes to. But we are just about as far from being a democratic republic as you can get. And it is those very people the writer is expecting to follow those lofty principals that have prevented any hint of democracy to exist in our government.

The ordinary person probably doesn’t have the stamina and fortitude to be able to actually read the Obamacare law. The gobbledygook that politicians use to write legislation prevents normal people from reading and understanding what it says. Everything we know about the law is what other people have told us. The republicans, conservatives, business interests and a lot of prejudges are the most vocal and are totally against it.

It is the nature of the enemies of President Obama and Obamacare that give me it’s greatest recommendation.

one old man
Ogden, UT

No, VIDAR, none of those things are socialism. Do some research and find out. Please don't take the word of some drop out broadcasting loud rants on radio while laughing all the way to bank as he deposits money he sucked out of his gullible listeners' pockets. The writer of this letter also needs to do some homework.


Te Cruz comes from a state where the GOP Party Platform states:

Social Security:
"We support an immediate and orderly transition to a system of private pensions based on the concept of individual retirement accounts, and gradually phasing out the Social Security tax."

"We believe the current teaching of a multicultural curriculum is divisive."

Classroom Discipline--Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.

Early Childhood Development--We urge Congress to repeal government-sponsored programs that deal with early childhood development.

Sex Education-- We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.

U.S. Department of Education – Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished.

Right to Keep and Bear Arms--Therefore we strongly oppose all laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. We oppose the monitoring of gun ownership, and the taxation and regulation of guns and ammunition.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - We call for the disbanding of the TSA

Militia versus Paid Army – We recognize that the original meaning of the word “militia” in the Constitution refers to an armed citizenry, not the formal paid professional military.

Salt Lake City, UT

Well it was based on Romneycare and the old Heritage Foundation healthcare ideas so... I guess that means Republican ideas are unAmerican?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Since when does land of the free mean free to not follow enacted law and for the minority to legislate by shut down.


You denied my 2nd comment, claiming it was a "duplicate," yet you have not posted it!
2nd try

Still, despite his central role in creating this crisis, 60 hours before a government shutdown, Lee flew to St. Louis for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to give a speech and sign books, taking advantage of his waxing popularity among the conservative grassroots.
What makes Lee’s decision to leave DC even more eye-raising is the fact that many of his Republican colleagues in both the House and Senate cancelled their prior engagements because of ongoing budget negotiations.
Every member of Congress scheduled to appear at the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) event, including Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), cancelled — save Lee. Laura Regis, the ACU’s National Communications Director, confirmed they cancelled to work on the government shutdown crisis.

Heber City, UT

Repubs representing Utah have no fear of voter backlash. They represent us for life.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

This letter makes a false assumption that GOP stands for God's Own Party.

This quasi-Theocratic thinking is wrong and out-right dangerous.

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