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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    Mountanman, no, I'm not a recipient of anything you mention there. But I am part of the GOP's hated 47% -- and very proud of it.

    Proud because I'm a loyal American who worked hard for well over 60 years and never took any "welfare" from the government or anyone else. Proud because I pay my full taxes without any offshore havens to shield me. (I paid a higher effective tax rate last year than Mitt.) Proud because I try very hard to be sure that I have learned what is fact and what is political fiction before voting. Proud because I really AM honest - unlike too many of our "leaders" and the wealthy powerbrokers who have purchased them lock, stock and barrel.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 6:32 a.m.

    If the Republicans ever get back in power, you think they're going to change the ACA? Not likely, since it is 100% their own idea to begin with.

    D'oh!

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 6, 2013 2:38 a.m.

    You are right, Howard. Richards, where is WIC authorized in the Constitution, in your understanding of it? You should be just fine with the Senate not accepting the piece meal funding, after all, you do not think a federal program like WIC is constitutional.

    But of course, we have no illusions, all your bluster about the Constitution is nothing more then partisanship.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    So Mr. Mike Richards:

    I've read your posts for years, since when have you supported WIC or any government program? And then you slam the President for actions leading to cuts in these programs. That's truly rich...

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 5, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    The Republicans are working hard to alienate people with the shutdown and the delay of immigration reform. Have Rush Limbaugh attack women again and 2014 will be a banner year.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Mike:

    Where does it say in the Constitution that legislation requires x amount of Republican votes to pass? How apart the part where we're supposed to decide laws based on public opinion polls?

    I've said this before on these forums and I'll probably say it again, but if Republicans want to overturn Obamacare, they can play by the rules. Draw up a bill, get it passed by both the Senate and the House, and have either a) a President who's willing to sign it or b) enough votes to overturn a veto. Republicans can't do this, so they're holding our economy hostage instead of honoring the Constitution they love to give lip service to.

    You're probably too blinded by your hatred of Obama to see this, but you inadvertently hit on a good point: if the Democrats yield on this, our rule of law becomes meaningless. Want to bring back Prohibition or slavery? Revoke female sufferage? Just shut down the government until you get your way. Never mind the due process that's served us well for 226 years. This is about far more than Obamacare; our future as a republic is at stake.

  • Truthseeker2 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    re:Alfred/MikeRichards/JThompson

    "Harry Reid and his friend, Obama, thumbed their noses at all of them and either ripped them up or sent them back."

    As expected, the Senate voted down the House's latest version of a temporary budget bill Monday afternoon in a straight party-line vote.
    (Sept 30 2013)

    Okay--so we're just waiting for the House to come up with a bill that will pass in the Senate.
    The ball is in the "House."

    Republicans own the shutdown and everybody knows it.

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    @ECR:
    "Alfred - please check the facts."

    ECR - please check the Constitution. Which says: 'All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other bills.' Article 1.7.

    The House funding bill is to be the prime document which can be agreed to or amended by the Senate. The US Constitution gives no authority for the Senate to create its own funding bill and insist the House accept it.

    "Evidence is there that if Speaker Boehner presented a clean CR it would pass in the House, but without a Republican Majority and so he refuses to do that."

    There's nothing in the US Constitution authorizing CRs.

    "Patty Murray, the leader of the Senate Budget committee has been blocked 18 times since last spring from holding a budget conference with the House."

    John Boehner and the House passed several funding bills for various government agencies. Harry Reid and his friend, Obama, thumbed their noses at all of them and either ripped them up or sent them back.

    "Just check the facts, please!"

    Ditto!

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 4, 2013 7:18 p.m.

    There are so many who choose to ignore the Constitution. One poster tells us that "settled law" can't be changed. Does he want to go back to the days of savery, of prohibition, of women not voting? Even a grade-schooler knows that Congress legislates and that "settled law" does not keep Congress from writing new laws. Other posters keep telling us that the Senate sent a budget bill to the House. Can't they read? Are they so ignorant of the Constitution that they think that the Senate originates budget bills? Has the American education system failed so miserably that many don't have a clue about civics, or, do they purposefully choose to mangle the Supreme Law of the Land to suit their purposes, as does Obama and Harry Reid?

    The People are represented by the House. The People have rejected ObamaCare, not only this year, but before it was "passed". 59% (that's a majority for the math impaired), rejected ObamaCare before it was voted on, but that didn't stop Obama and the Democrats from shoving it down our throats. Not one Republican voted for ObamaCare.

    The House rejects ObamaCare. Period!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    I'm not a Catholic, but I've come to really respect Pope Francis. Here's an idea, let's appoint him to lead the House, Senate, and White House out of the mess they've made.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 5:02 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "He has shut down essential services, which were fully funded by the House, to show us that he is the boss."

    The Senate passed a fully funded continuing resolution too. However, there's not a majority in the Senate that would vote for the House bill. A majority in the House support the Senate bill (21 Republicans have openly stated they would support a clean continuing resolution) but Boehner isn't bringing it up for a vote unlike when the Senate brought up the House versions (and then voted them down).

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Oct. 4, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Mr DeForest. I am afraid that your condition is terminal. There is no real antidote to Faux News and crazy Beck.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Oct. 4, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    Alfred - please check the facts. Since last March the Senate Democrats have made 18 offers to sit down and negotiate the budget for FY2014 and they have been refused every time. The Republicans know full well that the Administration will not change the ACA and so thae have focused the issue on that. In fact, a small handful have focused the issue on that. Evidence is there that if Speaker Boehner presented a clean CR it would pass in the House, but without a Republican Majority and so he refuses to do that. And somehow people of your thinking somehow interpret that as honorable behavior. The issues mentioned in the Fox News Report mentioned in my previous post indicate that the Republicans agreed to pass the CR with the other reductions mentioned supported by the Democrats, despite their desire not to cut those elements of the budget but then the Republicans didn't keep their word. For gosh sakes, even Fox News admits that.

    Patty Murray, the leader of the Senate Budget committee has been blocked 18 times since last spring from holding a budget conference with the House. Just check the facts, please!

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Anyone who believes that if Obamacare proves to be the train wreck so many of us believe it will be (and has already caused havok), that the Democrats and Obama will say "you know, you were right, it is a disaster and we need to get rid of it", is dilusional.

    Once this program takes full effect, it will be impossible to get rid of. To quote Jessie Ventura it will be "dug in like an Alabama Tick". It won't matter how bad it is or like so many other government programs - how much it costs more than it should. It won't matter how many jobs it costs, how enemic the economy remains, or how many people die waiting in line for rationed health care.

    Remember, it is the Democrats who still say that the last big stimulus package (that was nothing more than a political payoff to all their friends) only failed so badly because we didn't spend enough money on it.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    Re: "Only one choice"...

    President saying, "there's only one choice", sounds like a dictator to me. That doesn't sound like compromise or cooperation to me.

    I don't know how Harry Reid and the media can paint the President as the man of compromise when he clearly says, "There's only one choice". Sorry... but that is NOT compromise. That's dictating.

    They can say he doesn't NEED to compromise. That would be true. But to pretend that he is TRYING to compromise... is just 100% intellectually dishonest.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    @Open Minded Mormon:

    "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."

    Are you talking about immigration laws... which are totally ignored by Obama?

    @Open Minded Mormon:
    "We have a President throwing a tantrum because those elected House members have already PASSED the ACA [you call it, Obamacare]..."

    Zero Republicans in Congress voted for Obamacare. And Obama hisself called it 'Obamacare.'

    "...and NOW have the audacity to shutdown the rest of the Government and the country thinking it will stop it from happening."

    The government is being shut down by the Democrats. Government funding works like this (per the Constitution): Funding bills are the responsibility of the House. Then it goes to the Senate for approval. If the Senate disagrees, the House and Senate sit down in conference committee and work out the differences. Right now the Democrats in the Senate refuse to sit down with the Republicans to work out the differences. That results in shut down. Who's fault? Looks like those who refuse to negotiate (Senate Democrats).

  • Wanda B. Rich Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Mike,

    No, the president isn't throwing a tantrum. He's just refusing to pay the ransom demanded by the House. Refusing to negotiate with terrorists, if you will. And the House cannot reject the ACA. It already passed it. It cannot repeal it until the GOP scores a hat trick: the House and the Senate and the White House. Unlikely to happen as long as the tea party exerts its extremist brand of partisanship and refuses to exit the right-wing echo chamber for a breath of fresh air. But in the meantime, the House can certainly bring our unique form of constitutional government to the brink of extinction. And you don't see this? I thought you liked the Constitution, even though you read it through different spectacles than anyone else on these comment boards, except perhaps the guy from Idaho who pays enough tax to fund Obamacare all by himself, by his account. Sorry to disappoint.

  • Alfred Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    @ECR:
    "... his assertion that the Democrats haven't compromised is just as big a fantasy."

    The truth is... the House Repubs have passed several budgets that fund the entire government except Obamacare... but the Senate Dems refuse to even consider any of them. In fact, Dems totally refuse to sit down with Repubs to negotiate differences. Harry Reid is an intransigent fiend who name-calls Republicans in the House..

    @Grover:
    "What we have now is an attempt at a power grab by people without the votes to make it happen legislatively."

    The power grab is happening on the Democrat side. They have refused to compromise on anything while the Republicans have given in on a number of issues.

    @RFLASH:
    "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!"

    We know the failures... higher insurance premiums and deductibles for millions of Americans... Doctors fleeing the business and retiring... Foreign doctors coming in to take their place... Old folks being denied care... The country becoming a part-time job country... unemployment dramatically increasing as employers lay people off.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    wrz,
    It doesn't matter that Democrats control only 2/3rds of the government today. They have shutdown the government 5 times (out of the 18 total so far) when they controlled all 3 (President, House and Senate). Google "government shutdowns in the United States".

    Democrats whine a lot about THIS shutdown, but they forget that they brought the government to a shutdown 5 times during the Carter Administration (when they also controlled both the Senate and the House) so it's real hard to blame that on evil republicans who controlled 0% of the government at that time. And over what? Something SUPER IMPORTANT? No. They shutdown the government 5 times over Government Funding for ABORTION!!

    To some... opposing the "Fundamental Transformation of this country" is not worth shutting down the government? But Government funding for Abortion is?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    I agree. Republicans have made their point that they are against it, and they were not allowed to have any input on it. So let it go and let the people decide if they like it or not (before the next election).

    It's going to take awhile for the misery-index to rise to the point that people are actually willing to change their life-long voting habits. The sooner it gets out there the better, so they can vote their frustration in the next election.

    If people love it (which I doubt will happen long-term)... then Republicans were wrong, and THEY will pay the price at the polls. But it's not like you are winning elections today, and the stalemate isn't winning you any fans or votes.

    Let ObamaCare be fully implemented (including the mandate on big businesses Obama delayed) as soon as possible... so the highest number of people can see their new insurance rates and vote their frustration in the coming election.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 4, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    @Mike Richards
    South Jordan, Utah

    We have a President who is throwing a tantrum because the People, through their elected House members, have rejected ObamaCare.

    =======

    No,
    We have a President throwing a tantrum because those elected House members have already PASSED the ACA [you call it, Obamacare] and NOW have the audacity to shutdown the rest of the Government and the country thinking it will stop it from happening.

    Do you support the rule of law AND the Constitution Mike, or not?

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Actually, Brent, we can only change and fix the Affordable Care Act if the Republicans DON'T take a majority. The President and virtually everyone else involved with the Act admit that there are going to be things that will need to be altered. We will only know what those things are once we see what works and what doesn't work. The Republicans are not interested in any of that. They simply want to repeal and send up back to the days when insurance companies had the power of life and death over us.

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Oct. 4, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    "Since the Republicans only control one-third of the government and the Democrats with two-thirds..."

    Let's see which party has the majority in the government... count noses of the elected Democrats and Republicans in the House, Senate, and White House and you'll see that the Republicans outnumber the Democrats by about 4.

    " are totally dug in and unwilling to compromise in any way..."

    Who are you kidding? The House Republicans have passed several budgets that fund the complete government (sans Obamacare). But the Senate Democrats refuse to accept any of them. So, it looks like the Democrats are the culprits in the shutdown.

    "I think the only choice the Republicans have is to let Obmacare play out and demonstrate what a train wreck disaster it will certainly be."

    It might be a train wreck but the Democrats won't admit it and the media, who they are in cahoots with, won't report it.

    "...the only choice for the Republicans is to... elect a Republican House and Senate in 2014 and a Republican president in 2016."

    The chances for that is slim to none. Again, Democrats have the media in their pockets.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 4, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    We have a President who is throwing a tantrum because the People, through their elected House members, have rejected ObamaCare. He has shut down essential services, which were fully funded by the House, to show us that he is the boss. Women, Infants, and Children are left without help, even though WIC was fully funded. He has barricaded our national monuments, even though it cost more to put up the barricades than it would have cost to have minimal police protection, again, showing that he is boss and that he will prevent any citizen from seeing the monuments of Presidents who were not tyrants.

    Why should the House let that insensitive President dictate to them, and to us, that he will throw us all under the bus if he doesn't get his way? A two-year-old is expected to have an occassional tantrum, but the President? Just how old is he anyway?

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    Stop all federal payments to everyone! Next day this will end.
    Do you think for one minute those receiving social security will put up with not getting their money?
    Do you think the wealthy corporations, and oil companies, will put up with not getting their money?
    Do you think anyone will put up with the military not getting paid?
    Right now it is just the average working American being hurt.
    Best way to stop this tea party protest, is to cut off the politician’s money and support.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    If you keep throwing fits, tell people they are not welcome, and are generally unpleasant, everyone will leave your house, and you will be a hermit.
    Welcome to the new hermit-republican party
    The rest of us are going to work together to create a better America.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    Yes, let it play out, and don't try to interfere either (since that would just leave open the idea of Republican sabotage which is an easy argument to make when they're actively trying to cut off funding to implement it).

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    So your rebuttal (No answer here) is You guys got free stuff?

    I stand by my statement. I have received NO free stuff. My rates went up $10 buck which is less than the last increase before ACA, but I don't mind because my paying into a system which can help millions of Americans, feels much better than paying to kill foreigners who have never attacked us.

    I don't know who "The rest of us have to suffer." are but honestly from your posts, you've been suffering since Obama was elected, do to misinformation and hate radio at Hayden lake.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:41 a.m.

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

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    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.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    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.

  • MaxPower Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    @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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 4, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    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.

  • Lew Scannon Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    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!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    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?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    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?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    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????

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 4, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • RFLASH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    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.

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Oct. 4, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 4, 2013 6:49 a.m.

    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!

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Oct. 4, 2013 6:10 a.m.

    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.