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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9 2013 6:36 p.m. MDT

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MapleDon
Springville, UT

It's interesting that DesNews comes out with this story on the very day Pres Obama's job approval number hits its all-time low of 37%. (For comparison, George Bush's low was 36%...and you in the media went crazy over that, unlike today). Why isn't that a bigger story? (Duh, we know.)

Further, have you considered taking a poll of the people to find out their view as to whether the Senate Democrats should compromise? (I'll answer for you. No.)

Better yet, have you asked the public whether they believe the President should compromise, specially after he said (and you kept VERY quiet) on Tuesday that he would NOT negotiate (compromise)? (Again I'll answer for you. No.)

Just like the rest of the media (and your buddy, Doug Wright @ KSL), you've shown your hand. Your view is that compromise is a duty and obligation of the Republicans, not the Democrats.

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

I thought that Utah was going to be an exemplar state, where leaders set examples.

I guess they are.

Mr. Lee your right to hold the country hostage is over. That ended when the people re-elected Pres Obama. It is now law. Even Mitt said he would keep part of the healthcare program had he been elected.

Your shennanigans have splintered the party you are a member of making them nearly unelectable in the next election.

Mr. Lee you are not a Republican and I wish that you would identify yourself as an independent and run on that ticket. With a party split they will continue to suffer at the hands of the system. Were you able to see beyond your personal issues you could do much more for those who elected you by changing the rules within the affordable care act even though that might get you as many headlines.

Mr. Swallow you can justify things in your own mind but as your job is the highest ethical legal person in Utah demands your personal life be inline with that mandate and yours has not been.

You are a person in a glass house...and a stone thrower

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

The Polling people forgot to call me.

SG in SLC
Salt Lake City, UT

@MapleDon

I literally laughed out loud when you called Doug Wright a "radical". Almost everyone who knows ANYTHING about Doug Wright (including Doug Wright himself) would categorize him as generally a moderate-conservative.

The problem with obsession with ideological purity is that the circle of people whow qualify (the "non-RINOs", in this case) becomes ever-smaller as people eventually succumb to fear, greed, pragmatism, compassion, higher priorities, and a myriad of other things that end up being dissonant with the ideology, until the extreme logical conclusion is reached, where everyone else is viewed as corrupt, and the only "right-thinking" person left is "you". Sen. Mike Lee is on this path (as are several others, in and out of Congress).

On the other hand, I don't think this is AG John Swallow's problem. His fatal flaw is hubris; specifically, that belonging to the state's supermajority party somehow endows him with an intrinsic moral superiority and allows him to act with impunity and play fast and loose with laws and ethics in his pursuit of self-interest.

U-tar
Woodland Hills, UT

I wonder how high the unemployment rate would be in this country, if all pollsters were laid off.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ Doug 10:

You are right in saying that Mitt said he would keep part of the healthcare program... but ONLY part. Please don't forget that the majority of the country currently does NOT want Obamacare as it currently is. Republicans have now backed off and offered a very reasonable compromise. They are no longer holding the country hostage. It is now the president and Democrats who have stated outright that they will not compromise. Therefore it is they who are now holding the country hostage.

Republicans have offered to fully fund Obamacare if the president will simply give the general public the same option Obama has already given to his personal special interest groups... to have the option of waiting a year to sign up while the most obvious bugs in Obamacare get addressed and corrected. Totally reasonable. And people who want to sign up right away still have that option as well.

When looked at the updated situation objectively, it's undoubtedly the Democrats who are now the ones throwing a tantrum and saying that have to have EVERYTHING their own way or they are taking their ball and going home. Ridiculous!

Tators
Hyrum, UT

The public lost confidence in John Swallow quite a while ago. It is not new news that a solid majority feels he should resign. It's because of his personal pride that he won't do what's right for his party and for the state of Utah. That becomes totally obvious as he allows this $3 million investigation to proceed, rather than resign and allow that taxpayer money to go much better use in this very tight economy.

Even if he stays, he can never render enough service to pay back the $3 million he is costing taxpayers by staying. On top of that, he will never be effective as the state's attorney general since the vast majority of citizens simply don't trust him... and never will. His unethical conduct... legal or not... is already proven and established... something that will stay with him regardless of the outcome of the investigation.

John, please do yourself a favor and listen to your constituents for once. Please resign now... ASAP.

Shane333
Cedar Hills, UT

The irony here is that many of those who now criticize Sen. Lee will be praising him later once the full impact of Obamacare is felt. In the long run Lee will be revered for doing all he could to stop Obamacare.

And neither Sen. Lee nor the GOP as a whole are responsible for the shutdown. Keep in mind that the most recent compromise submitted by the Republicans is for EVERYONE to be subject to Obamacare. How many of you know that politicians and their staff got an exemption from Obamacare? Mike Lee and other Republicans are just requesting that the Democrat politicians accept participation in Obamacare just like the rest of us.

So really, it is the Democrats who are holding the Federal Budget hostage to protect themselves from having to participate in Obamacare. Not the Republicans holding anybody nor anything hostage.

Shane333
Cedar Hills, UT

I'll quote Ann Coulter, since she summarized it so well.

"the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare."

Consider that for a moment, and then ask yourself why any rational person would blame Sen. Lee for that?

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

" Keep in mind that the most recent compromise submitted by the Republicans is for EVERYONE to be subject to Obamacare. How many of you know that politicians and their staff got an exemption from Obamacare? Mike Lee and other Republicans are just requesting that the Democrat politicians accept participation in Obamacare just like the rest of us."

"the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare."

Shane, Ann Coulter has a history of being exceptionally uninformed. Why would you want to be?

Thinkman
Provo, UT

What about Barry, Harry and Nancy?

Shouldn't they also compromise? Why is it always a one-side compromise. That isn't a compromise, that is a capitulation. Mike won't capitulate. Compromise means giving up something for something else.

Spellman789
Syracuse, UT

What's to negotiate about opening up the government? They congress could vote on it and open it up. Most of them want to, but GOP do not want to open it up without concessions. Sounds like a hostage situation to me and the few extremists in America and Utah apparently support that. If the president is one extreme the GOP Tea Party are the other - neither in a good way.

Shane333
Cedar Hills, UT

mark,

It was part of the Continuing Resolution submitted Sept. 30. Apparently Ann Coulter and I were the informed people in this case.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@utahbluedevil... this unfortunately is the fastest that I could get back to my comment... Now I am guessing that you probably won't see my response and that's too bad...

The 11 states that I spoke of where there are now more people collecting welfare related benefits that people actually having jobs and paying taxes are as follows:

California,
New York,
Illinois,
Ohio,
Maine,
Kentucky,
South Carolina,
Mississippi,
Alabama,
New Mexico and
Hawaii.

It takes 10 seconds to look it up on the internet... If you have trouble, let me know and I will give you the URL.

When I focused on debt I was talking about the runaway spending that Obama and this Administration are engaged in... It's unmatched in our 235 years of existence during times of peace... Even with two wars, Bush managed to see debt increase a total of $5T... Without wars Obama and his minions have already spent $7T through 5 years (more than a trillion a year)promising to add $10T to the debt in his two terms (a total debt of $22T)... A record that I doubt will ever be broken. BTW, our annuall GDI is only $22T...

belief101
Logan, UT

I love the question about Mike Lee. How about a question asking if Democrats should compromise? Just the question itself shows political bias. Secondly, Mike Lee is doing what he was sent there to do, change things. We had years and years of "compromising" with Bob Bennett and look where its gotten us. Come on people wake up. The Democrats have NO interest in compromising so why should we?

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

Shane, you, nor Coulter, aren't informed on this issue. First of all nothing in any continuing resolution says that Congress is exempt from the ACA. And nothing says "the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare." As Coulter claims.

Perhaps you need to educate yourself to the mythical congressional exemption. Coulter never will, she is a partisan with no concern for the truth.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"The 11 states that I spoke of where there are now more people collecting welfare related benefits that people actually having jobs and paying taxes are as follows:"

Poyman, this claim isn't true, I don't care what that chain email told you. It would only take ten seconds to look up the actual information on the Internet. Here, since you are having trouble finding reliable information I'll help you:

"Chain email says 11 states have more people on welfare then employed", politifact, (rated pants on fire, as in liar, liar, pants on fire)

"Death Spiral States?" Factcheck (Q: Do 11 states now have more people on welfare than they have employed?
A: A viral email making this claim is off base.)

"Spike That Email About Welfare And Work; Fact Checkers Say It's Not True", NPR, Mark Memmot

In fact William Baldwin, the person that did the original "study", the email is based on says this according to NPR, "what he reported and what the email says 'are not the same thing at all. . . "

And, as far as that goes Baldwins "study" is seriously flawed, at least in the conclusions it draws.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

Mr. Swallow may want to think that the Federal government has somehow exonerated him, but they did not. All that they determined was that his actions hadn't violated any Federal laws. It says nothing at all about State laws, Bar Association rules and ethical opinions, or whether he is simply using his office for personal benefit. Our prisons are full of people who would have been cleared by a Federal investigation for the simple reason that the crimes they committed were violations of Utah statutes and didn't infringe upon Federal laws. When this is all over, Swallow will likely fall into that category as well.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

@mark

You act like my statement regarding the 11 states is totally off base... It's not...

Your "spin" makes it sound like there is no merrit... It is true that the accusations originated from a Forbes article written by Baldwin, and it is true that stating more people are on welfare than are working is inaccurate... But the real truth is not too far away from that...

Baldwin actually says that there are more people using or dependent on the tax dollar in those 11 states than there are people with jobs... He goes on to say that if you have to move to one of these states, don't buy a house, rent instead, because these states are financially circling the drain... In fact, there is a nice pretty chart that lays out this information in some detail.

So while some correction maybe appropriate, your spin is not.

People need to look at the article and the dialog with Baldwin themselves. Then draw their own conclusions...

Whether more people are drawing welfare than actual people working, or more people receiving benefits and wages (including welfare) from tax dollars makes little difference to me.It's still money.

poyman
Lincoln City, OR

I reread my previous post and it looks like I got a little sloppy at the end... In my defense, it was late...

What I meant to say is that Obama's Administration has taken debt from $10 Trillion to $17 Trillion in just under 5 years during a time of relative peace... "W" took the debt from about $5 Trillion to $10 Trillion with two wars and had to put the military back together again after Clinton reduced Defense Spending by the largest amount of dollars and budget percentages than any other country in recoreded history...

Obama is showing Budget shortfalls of over a Trillion a year which is an overspend rate of about 5% of America's total GDP every year. America's current GDP is about $22 Trillion... And, with our current debt reaching $17 Trillion and on course to be between $20 Trillion and $22 Trillion by the time that Obama leaves office this country's debt load will have gone from about 45% of GDP to 95% of GDP in 8 short years... The interest to serve that debt will be between $1.2 and $1.5 Trillion or roughly 6% of this country's total annual revenue...

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