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Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Area 52
Tooele, UT

Pres. Obama takes 100% responsibility for this debacle. He is unwilling to compromise with conservatives and only cares about pushing his agenda. He is totally inept and has NO ounce of integrity. I sure hope this is a wakeup call for America and those people who think it doesn’t matter who we put into the Oval office!

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

Well, Senator Lee... You got what you wanted. You've 'cut spending'. With the government shut-down we'll save millions.

I just hope the families who lost income live outside of Utah. That way you can still get re-elected. Oh wait, you're Republican. That's all that matters here.

Lehi, UT

The blame should end in President Obama's office. Perhaps he will surpass President Carter as being the most enept President ever. No matter what the Congress does, Obama has the last say and he can't seem to be able to negotiate with the Congress. See how quickly the threats of war with Syria ended when he couldn't get Congress support. He jumped into it without checking with Congress. He has changed the Presidency as the third branch of government. His way or no way.

Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party sees they're losing the game, so they've decided to blow up the stadium.

Orem, UT

I really don't think that the vast majority of people in the nation will be concerned at all about this government shutdown. In fact, they won't even notice. Everyone is pointing the finger as to who fault it is, but the bottom line is that Barack Obama has shown once again his inability to lead this nation. The rank hypocrisy he has shown about blaming Congress for not passing a budget when Senate Democrats and Obama did not pass a budget for five years shows his petulance and total lack of any discernible leadership skills. Now, he insists on a budget but will not even allow the Democrats to go to conference committee with House Republicans to hammer out their differences. This is nothing more than a rank, political move to try to destroy tea party members of Congress, at least he hopes so. I don't think this will play well for the Democratic party. The American public, despite the low information voter, will see through this charade and realize how lacking in character their President really is.

Sandy, UT

I would cheer the shutdown if it meant that we were finally getting serious about the budget deficit. We have not had a budget for 5 years. We borrow 40% of everything we spend. We are racing toward a giant train wreck and the only difference between Obama and most Republicans is the speed of the train. We are destroying our children's future because we all want the government to take care of us. To paraphrase Cicerco, any governmnent is doomed to fail when the citizens realize that they can vote themselves benefits. Now where can I get me an Obama phone.

Sugar City, ID

The problem with government and every other organization run by people is that there are too many egotistical "know-it-alls" who refuse to see it my way.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The "government shutdown" is no big deal. Public employees cry for the cameras, but they know it's just an extra vacation day. It's happened numerous times when Congress couldn't agree, and they always pay everybody retroactively when the decision was made. You watch... every non-essential public employee will get paid in the end (even for days they didn't work).

While government shutdown isn't a big deal, I agree that Republicans need to give up. They stood on principle, now it's time to get out of the way and say, "We tried... enjoy ObamaCare America". And let the people decide if they like it. I think it's going to be a train wreck. But sometimes you have to let the train wreck to prove to the faster-faster people that it was going too fast to make the corner.

I think ObamaCare was DESIGNED TO FAIL. Politicians know it's political suicide to take anybody's healthcare away... so what option do you have now? Keep electing Democrats who keep promising to take care of you. And eventually you will have Socialized Medicine (which WILL be better than ObamaCare).

Far East USA, SC

"Would it be insensitive of me to suggest that those complaining about the shut down who are actually employed by the Federal government, consider looking for a job in the private sector? "

Do you know who the largest employer in the WORLD is?

That would be the US Dept of Defense. Are you willing to cut that?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Republicans have overplayed their hand on this one. The Democratic response has been consistent and proactive. If Mike Lee and Ted Cruz continues with their rude tirades and won't work to resolve the issues they will deserve to be blamed as the main culprits in this fiasco along with John Boehner. Ted Cruz has backed off though and is letting Boehner take the lead which will likely lead people to see them as too rigid and extreme to comprise on a very dumb idea to delay a law that is long, long overdue. I'm delighted to say this but President Obama is actually going to come out of this a superstar and a leader. He has guts and that's what we need.

Merritt Island, Fl

If the Republicans do not like ACA, the train has left the station. This is NOT the venue to impose your will on the American people. This is a Continuing Resolution Authority, which authorizes the Govt to continue operating fixed at last years budget until a new budget is passed. This is a simple financial act that covers the operation until someone gets off their butts and passes a budget.
If you want to somehow damage or kill ACA, there is a process outlined in the Constitution (remember that?) to repeal it. At the next legislative session of the full Congress, you will need more than a simple majority vote, and the States will need to ratify it. Why start this action now? Once ACA is launched, it will much too popular to repeal.
Remember the anarchists next fall, and the people with no spine to disagree with the thugs.

Far East USA, SC

"The government under Obama has grown by hundreds of thousands of employees which is partially but directly indicative of the problem of over-spending by government. Obamacare alone is adding tens of thousands of NEW regulations"

Actually, Bruce, the Federal Government employs LESS non-military people than it did under Reagan.

So, please check your facts. They are wrong.

And, you claim that "Obamacare alone is adding tens of thousand of NEW regulations". That is just plain wrong.

Akiachak, AK

You may be a republican. You may be a democrat. You may hate or like Obamacare. But you may not shut down the government of the United States of America. Period.


So I suppose that we are to continue to let Demaholics have their way in their eagerness to transform the United States into a Socialist Nation.
I probably wouldn't really have minded a little health system overhaul if it was done by responsible people. But no, we had to pass it first and then find out what was in it as those idiots Pilosi and Reed were want to do.
So now the Demaholics demand a compromise to keep the government running. I don't think they really understand what compromise is. Compromise involves two sides coming to a middle point that each can live with. It is not one side telling the other to completely throw in the towel and give up on their principles without budging an inch.

Area 52
Tooele, UT

How can you blame the Tea party on this? They are the minority of the Republican wing. The Tea party sees the big picture in this whole issue. The Government has gotten too BIG and out of control. When the Government is the largest employer in the Unites States that is a sure sign we have a problem. Do we really want to endup looking like China, N. Korea, Cuba, the old Soviet Union and others? It's time to wake-up America!


"Utahns frustrated by federal government shutdown"


Utahns are THRILLED by Senator Reid's federal government shutdown!

Kearns, UT

No One Of Consequence:

"The President and congressional democrats could have proposed honest health care reform instead of the unfolding disaster of the Un-Affordable Care Act.

The pain that will be felt in Utah and across the country is nothing compared to what will ensue as the ACA unfolds."

I know, I can't believe them either. Going with a Republican plan instead of what they really wanted - Single Payer.

I will say this. As it is a Republican plan that was passed, does this mean that most if not all Republican plans are bad and a detriment to the Country? So far, everything the Republicans have done has been against the Country.

They won't allow a conference on the budget - even though 1 has passed the House and the Senate. Because there are differences, a conference must happen. Why won't they let it happen? Because they are acting like babies? Nope, they are interested in only 1 thing. Destroying the Country to remove the black man from the White House.

If you don't believe me, just look at the voting by Republicans since the 2008 Election.

West Valley, UT

Let the states take over the national parks, and let the government stay lean. I think this is good by keeping the government in shutdown. The economy will go up if investors know that the government is being more efficient. It will just take time which I am fine with.

E & EE
Ann arbor, MI

The headline should read "Some Utahns frustrated by federal government shutdown."

Sandy, UT

WE usually kick bullies out of school. Too bad we can not easily kick them out of there office as easily

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