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Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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ECR
Burke, VA

Mr. Blair seems to live in the same fantasy world that Republicans on the Hill are suffering from. And his assertion that the Democrats haven't compromised is just as big a fantasy. From the FoxNews website, of all places, we read:

"One of the great mysteries of the current budget crisis is why Republicans did not declare victory and pass a continuing resolution last week funding government through the end of the year.

"The resolution that is at the root of this crisis already establishes sequestration-level funding that President Obama and Senate Democrats have repeatedly said is unacceptably low but which they were willing to swallow in order to avoid a government shutdown.

"That is the kind of compromise that, under normal circumstances, Republicans should celebrate. They got Democrats to accept a continuation of drastic, across-the-board spending cuts that are anathema to the president and his base. And yet members of the Tea Party, from Senator Ted Cruz to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, have driven the Republican Party so far though the looking glass that even a compromise that so greatly favored their side has not been enough. "

The truth shall set you free.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Which version of Obamacare should Congress fund? The original one passed by congress and judged to be constitutional by the SCOTUS or the versions that Obama has illegally altered 19 times since then, granting waivers for some lucky people but not for others? For many Americans this issue has gone well beyond healthcare, its about rule of law and the power of the President. We don't have a King or an Emperor in America who can change or alter the laws of the land at his discretion, we have a President with constitutionally mandated limits to his power. Obama has exceeded his powers and what is most disconcerting is that so many American don't care or are so blinded by their ideology that they won't see the danger. I am grateful for the Republicans who care about rule of law and fairness since the Democrats have demonstrated they do not!

bluecollar
Kearns, UT

Brent, you apparently are misinformed or choose to ignore historic facts. To state that the Patients' Protection and Affordable Care Act is The Presidents's only accomplishment is a convoluted opinion. The first two years of Barack Obama's presidency were filled with many very substantial accomplishments. Let me remind you of just a few: overhaul of the student loan program which resulted in much lower interest rates for students, Wall Street reform, eighteen tax cuts mostly aimed toward helping small businesses, economic stimulus, end of war in Iraq and the beginning of troop drawdown in Afghanistan, The Fair Pay Act which for the first time makes it federal law for women to be paid the same as men in the same job...
There's much more and oh yeah.... a health and insurance reform was passed. Since the Tea Party infiltrated Republicans in Congress not much has happened due to obstructionism.

Grover
Salt Lake City, UT

Brent ends up citing the responsible position for any adult watching the circus in Washington. End the logjam and fix the law after your position is validated in the next election(s). He spends most of the letter on partisan drivel, but no matter since he comes to the correct conclusion: work with the Constitutional system to accomplish what you want. What we have now is an attempt at a power grab by people without the votes to make it happen legislatively.

If a survey were taken, less than 2% of the public would say they have ever heard of the "Hastert Rule" and even less would know what it means. Yet that rule is the real reason we face our fourth day of shutdown. The former Republican speaker enforced a rule that no bill would be brought to the floor of the House unless a majority of the majority would support it. The current Speaker is adhering to that rule even as the knowledge is growing that if he called a vote for a resolution to end the deadlock , it would pass...just not with a majority of Republican votes.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I wonder if this writer, who is apparently one more hapless victim of right wing propaganda, will still be singing this tune in a few years when the ACA has had time to get rolling and has proven to be popular with a majority of Americans.

Ted Cruz read Green Eggs and Ham during his fit of filibusetering. Ironically a great choice. If you don't remember the main idea of Green Eggs is simple: Try it, you just might like it.

Americans should try it. We just might like it. And if we don't -- after a fair trial -- we can and should go to work LIKE ADULTS and make whatever changes may be necessary.

The current GOP hissy fit is simply disgusting. Not at all unlike a toddler in a high chair refusing to try that green stuff on her plate.

RFLASH
Salt Lake City, UT

You know what the true problem is for Republicans isn't the idea that Obamacare will fail. They are more worried that it will work! Everything they do centers around the failure of Obama! It is ridiculous! I am listening to all these people scream about not being able to go to the doctor you want or not being able to use the medicine you choose. They are talking about things that have been going on for years! How does it become the fault of Obamacare? Our health system sucks! Republicans seem to care little about how to change things! Obama hasn't done bad considering how things were when he started! The stimulus plan worked better than any Republican would admit. Face it, Republicans know that it will not make them look good if Obamacare succeeds. They don't want any kind of success for our president and they do whatever they can to get in his way. isn't it great that it isn't working. I am going to laugh when Obamacare isn't the disaster that Republicans say it will be.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ One old man. Keep on dreaming! Everything we were told by the Democrats about Obamacare was a lie as is being demonstrated by actual results! More likely that your dreams of success will be that Obamacare will be the downfall of the Democratic party when Obamacare consequences continue to roll in and Democrats are voted out of office in droves! The momentum in that direction is already well on its way! But you keep on believing in your fantasy!

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Republicans have more congressmen than the democrats. They have a majority in the house. If they cave on this, the ACA will never be fixed or amended or anything. It will roll forth crushing the US economy.

The notion that the republicans need more power it crazy. Obviously they now have the power to do what is best for the country right now, and they are doing it. I hope they keep doing it.

The call for more power, by both parties, is the a sick and unproductive pursuit. There is a great balance now, and both sides have to work with each other and keep each other's power in check. They have to try to sell their program to the people as being 'for the good of the country' even though we know full well there are those who are really going for the power and control. But at least those with a mind (for more than just handouts) will be pressuring their congressmen to do what is right for the country.

It is a perfect situation, short of a benevolent all-knowing all-loving God running the government.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

A Supreme Court ruling and a convincing re-election by our outstanding President Obama is not enough to quash the self-assured, unpatriotic, Self-righteousness. There has never been a time when I have been more embarrassed to say I'm from Utah! Mike Lee???? Really????

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Mountanman said: Everything we were told by the Democrats about Obamacare was a lie as is being demonstrated by actual results!

...this comment alone demonstrates the ignorance of a radio education.

Children covered by parent till 26...Check
Pre-existing conditions...Check
Dropping your coverage on a whim...Check

There's 3 many more could be found if you looked instead of listened.

Everything was a lie? All or none again?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

1st it was the OFFENSIVE, un-funded wars in the Middle East.

Then is was the willful spying on citizens by the NSA.

Continued with Government handouts and bail outs to Corporations and Banks on WallsStreet,

and now it's this - shutting down the Government by a minority handful of radicals - without the majority, who are using extortion on something;

Passed by the House,
Passed by the Senate,
Signed by the President,
and upheld by the Supreme Court.
and IS the Law of the Land.

If they want something changed, the must follow the Constitution.

Everything I've been taught to be warned and concerned about most in my LDS beliefs -
the trampling of the Constitution, and the Constitution Hanging by a Thread...

I witness happening right now.
And most ironic, by those who think and say they are upholding and defending the Constitution?

How can you be MORE wrong?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Mountanman, Keep on dreaming! Everything we were told by the Republicans about the Affordable Care Act was a lie as is being demonstrated by actual results as people begin to sign up and more new and better plans come from insurance companies! More likely that your dreams of its failure will be that ACA will be the complete victory of the Democratic party when ACA's favorable consequences continue to roll in and Republicans are voted out of office in droves! The momentum in that direction is already well on its way! But you keep on believing in your fantasy!

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

I turned on Faux News and Rush Limbaugh at the same time the other day. The echoes are still ringing out. I can't escape them. Please, help me get out of this echo chamber. It's driving me insane.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

bluecollar,

Very true. The last Congress was the least productive since the Civil War. What a distinction. But the current Congress is on track to obliterate their predecessors' record. All due to tea party obstructionism. They have no ideas, no solutions. They only know how to complain, criticize, and sabotage. Anything to destroy a president they detest, even if they bring the country down with him. Brilliant.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

In summary,

This is the end result of a Political Party obsessed and focused as their single and sole objective for the past 5 years has been to make Obama a one term President,
instead
of trying to make America -- ALL of America, a better place.

"I hope he fails!" ~ Rush Limbaugh, un-official spokesman and figurehead/dittohead for the Republican Party.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ One old man and Happy Valley. You must be one of the fortunate ones who either got an Obamacare waiver are will be getting a nice taxpayer subsidy. The rest of us have to suffer. But no doubt you are worth it!

MaxPower
Eagle Mountain, UT

@Mountanman

The answer is simple: if you hate Obamacare so much, they way out has already been laid (see Vermont) come up with a plan that covers and helps more people for less. Write your State Legislature and have it become law in your State.

The whining game that has gone on for three and a half years clearly isn't working, so I suggest you try the better plan method.

E Sam
Provo, UT

You know, apart from the uninformed anti-ACA vitriol, there's a sensible core to this letter. No one, Right, Left or Center can say with 100% accuracy what will happen in the future. We don't know what the impact of the ACA will be. So stop all this posturing and foolish House symbolic votes, and let's just see what happens. If it's a catastrophe, Republicans will reap a significant electoral reward. If, as I think, the ACA works just fine, well, we Dems will do fine. Gamaliel was right-let's sit back and see what happens.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

Republicans and Democrats have had months to work out differences. But Republicans have refused, since March, to conference with the Democrats to iron out differences in the budget resolutions which passed each chamber. Instead, they calculated they could require Obama and the Democrats to agree to their demands on Obamacare/ACA if they were up against the shutdown "clock."

There are now over 20 Republican lawmakers who are willing to pass a "clean" continuing resolution to keep the govt open IF Boehner allowed it to come for a vote in the House. But Boehner won't allow a vote.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There is another choice. Let the ACA proceed, and help it succeed.

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