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Published: Friday, Oct. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

I think what Republicans, and many politicians for that fact, have forgotten is that they were not sent to Washington to beat the opposition, but to represent the people. Sure, some people are narrow enough sighted to think their neighbor is the enemy, but our real concerns should be about those outside our boarders. We are all Americans, yes with differing view points on some issues, but at the end of the day, we are all neighbors and partners in this political experiment called American Democracy.

Lets stop being distracted by side issues raised to drive wedges between us. Lets hope the Republicans can return back to be advocates, rather then simply those who point out problems.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Yes, challenging corruption (Benghazi cover-up, fast and furious cover-up, the IRS debacle and NSA spying scandals, et al), malfeasance (Obamacare)is only being negative. How dare anyone ask questions of the aristocracy? How dare they demand honesty, question waste and challenge lies?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

"At the same time Republicans seem uninterested in governing, Democrats seem incapable of it. It is little wonder that only 19 percent of Americans trust the federal government to do what's right — a seven-point drop since January."
The only part of your article that is correct, especially that the Democrats are incapable of governing. But, again, what does "governing" mean? Democrats believe big government can solve any problem and as we are experiencing big government solves nothing and creates havoc not to mention massive debt. Conservatives believe men should govern themselves and government should get out of the way and be minimally invasive in our lives. Big government is so very, very expensive in so many ways!

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Gerson, when did you write this article? Because what you propose is exactly what Marco Rubio and other Republicans are getting ready to do next week. It starts with a bill to allow the people to delay the mandate to enroll. That's governing. Good grief Gerson, from the way you talk you'd think Cruz was still at the podium. That's ancient history now. With the numbers coming in and a lot of Americans seeing their health care bill rise, that is the opening door through which the next round of governing will take place. mellow out dude, we got this!

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Only just reading the title: Yes, everyone just be politically correct, for that is what everyone wants to hear (sarcasm). Republican party, tow the line or else? It is no wonder that Independents, Libertarians, and Tea party party people have a good laugh every morning. They don't have to be validated by the media, the Democratic and Republican parties, and a deluded citizenry. Come join, the few, the proud, and the brace. It is very liberating! You can laugh at the antics of both parties as they lead their followers over the cliff!

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Here's reality.." Americans have not ceased looking for responses to routine educational failure, persistent economic stagnation — or to the problems of an expensive, inequitable health care system. These are public challenges, in which government plays an inescapable role. A successful political party will provide a superior conception of that role."

Here's fantasy and ideology.." Democrats believe big government can solve any problem and as we are experiencing big government solves nothing and creates havoc not to mention massive debt. Conservatives believe men should govern themselves and government should get out of the way and be minimally invasive in our lives."

Sorry but delaying the mandate is not governing, unless it's for four to six weeks. Anything else is simply another destruction ploy. However, I do think coverage levels will be one of the first changes to the law, and properly timed Republicans can have a governing influence on that.

The Solution
Dayton, OH

The idea to guarantee castostrophic health care coverage for everyone is a good one. Unfortunately, none of us have faith that congress can pass good legislation any more.

Vote for independents in 2016!

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

The GOP is the party of "NO".

I scratched my head trying to think of things they are actually for,
and this is all I could come up with...

1. The poor bring it upon themselves, let them suffer.
2. Starting wars of offensive.
[Oil, trampling Religion, or stimulating the economy].
3. Denying Healthcare to those already denied by FOR profit Corporations.
4. Cutting taxes to the 1% who OWN 80% of everything.
5. Bailing out their friends on WallStreet, and slipping the bill to MainStreet.
6. Trampling the United States Constitution by shutting down the Government when they can't win with enough votes.
7. Turning a blind eye to background checks, allowing psychopaths and known criminals to be armed to the teeth.
8. Being pro-life, but ironically pro-war and pro-Death Penalty.
9. Not allowing a Woman and her Doctor to decide what is best for HER.
10. Denying rights like Civil Unions or Domestic Partnerships.
11. Ignoring immigration reform.

There's a thousand more reasons, but that's a good enough start under 200 words...

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

The fringe of the GOP (which today is a large portion of it) has been telling us for four decades that government is incompetent, evil, and “the problem.”

The House/Senate GOP is now full of young firebrands nursed on this message and who believe it to their core. How does anyone think they are now all of a sudden going to become models of good governance?

Assuming the effort is even undertaken (I see no sign of this on right-wing media) it will be like turning the Titanic… and we know how that effort ended.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

happy2bhere:

Would it likewise be good governance should some Democratic Senators offer people to not pay as much in taxes for defense?

What if some really liberal Democrats said "the people should decide how much they want to support our military adventures, and there should be check boxes on their tax forms on which defense items they wish to support, with their tax bill being adjusted accordingly"? Kind of like an individual line-item veto. It would certainly be a very popular idea, I would imagine.

Good governance? Well... maybe not.

Even with the web server issues on startup, Republican attempts to delay ACA will be seen by most as a transparent attempt to deny healthcare reform, in much the same way the shutdown and threat of default resulted in slight increases for the support of Obamacare, outside the GOP echo chamber.

Is Rubio's idea for a delay in the individual mandate a sound strategic move, or just another half-baked GOP tactic? When you look at things from a longer term perspective, it looks more like just another desperate move, without any constructive policy alternative.

bandersen
Saint George, UT

Open minded mormon: Without disagreeing with you about the Republican party being the party of 'No', let me tell how the the democrats are the party of 'Yes'.

1-Reward the lazy.
2-Invite the terrorists to the neighborhood barbeque, denigrate America, and organize Anti-America sit-ins.
3-Give everyone everything, including Health care, while expecting nothing in return.
4-Tax everything to fund abortion clinics, perversion, and government daycare.
5-Bail out Wallstreet while demanding that wallstreet and the government take care of you.
6-Trampling the Constitution by wanting to scrap it for more enlightened ideas.
7-Supporting a fascist police state that denies citizens the right to bear arms.
8-Being pro-choice and encouraging immoral behavior with no consequences.
9-Encouraging abortions for convenience, 24-7, anytime, any day, for whatever reason.
10-Supporting Civil Unions for gays, transgender, bi-sexual, or othewise, but denying a man and a women to express their support of their chosen union without being considered a bigot, rascist, or old fashioned.
11-Allowing all immigrants, criminals, terrorists, or drug dealers across our borders, but stopping a family man from exercising his right to bear arms and defend his family.

Welcome to the new Democratic party!

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Come on: let's have more social spending, free medical care for all, total amnesty, higher taxes get those rich guys out of there, and we need a permanent president like maybe Mr. Obama. Get a life.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

So maybe the GOP should all wear happy faces and just rubber stamp everything from Barack Obama. That is actually what Barack expects and what he considers compromise if you can believe it. Just do everything I say with no push back. Yes Obama's polices have worked out so well haven't they...especially the Obamacare roll out. Seems to me there weren't near enough people pushing back - asking questions - demanding answers about Obamacare before this hideous rollout blew up in the faces of all Americans. Nothing worse than a bunch of happy face yes men who just rubber stand what the boss wants. That is a recipe for disaster ...as we are now seeing in living color with Obamacare. Recall what Nancy Pelosi said about Obamacare - we will worry about understanding it AFTER we implement it. Alawys a great strategy.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

"Yes, challenging corruption (Benghazi cover-up, fast and furious cover-up, the IRS debacle and NSA spying scandals, et al".....

I find these ongoing, silly comments just annoying. What, and the previous administrations haven't had like issues. Iran-Contra, Arms for Hosteges, Closed door discussions with oil companies days before the invasion of Iraq - with accompanying declining congress what happened in those meetings.... we could go on forever like this.

I particularly find the "Benghazi cover-up" most humorous, in light of two facts. 1) Just 30 years ago yesterday, during the sacred Reagan administration, over 200 marines were killed in attacks in Lebanon.... and we simply turned tail and left the country. Added to that... silly people wondered why we would not comment on the mission of the CIA in Libya at the time..... only to have an abduction of a top Al Qaida operative just weeks ago.. from Libya... by US forces. If some people cant figure why we were talking about the Benghazi mission... why it was secret... there just isn't much help for them.

They just want to hate.... just that simple. No logic will ever convince them otherwise.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...Congressional Republicans have proved themselves divided and incapable of adopting a coherent strategy...".

Incapable of adopting a coherent strategy?

Hatched 11/2008, election night to be exact...fully implemented 1/2009, masterfully messaged daily, republican's developed and implemented a single minded coherent strategy of obstruction...at all costs.

The national embodiment of this strategy was stated perfectly by the republican representative from s.carolina...

It's good politics for republicans to oppose the black guy in the White House.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Perhaps the GOP should start 1st by
Stopping being the Salem Witch trials of political puritans amongst themselves?

Saint Ronald Reagan would be publically crucified as a RINO in the Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity Tea-Party extremist lead GOP today.

Honestly,
There is NOTHING positive coming from them in over 25 years.

An old proverb says -- Porcupines live Alone.
Meaning, prickly negative personalities can't associate with others without pricking and hurting them.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

As long as the republican party cannot extricate the tea party from itself, it will have to settle for angry, and obstructionist for its' own sake. Bereft of any other ideas, and seeing no need to change, that's all they've got left.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Here's a key difference between the problems facing Democrats and Republicans:

The Democrats big problem right, the ACA web site, is a technical issue that can be fixed, relatively quickly, within a few weeks.

The Republicans big problem is a huge internal battle between traditional Republicans and Tea Partiers. This problem is not so easily fixed, and there appears no effort to address the problem.

In 2014 the ACA website problem will be a distant memory, and Republicans will still be engaging in intra-party warfare.

samhill
Salt Lake City, UT

They might lack some articulation and political finesse (Boehner in particular), but describing the GOP (a member of which I am not) as simply "negative" is nonsense.

There's nothing "negative" about trying to keep our country from falling over the fiscal cliff of complete insolvency that our massive and ever increasing debt is pushing us toward.

I wish only that they could come up with a more persuasive argument to convince the mind-numbed electorate that we're destined for a disaster if we don't do some **serious** changing...NOW!

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

If the Republicans would toe the Admin's line and support the President we could get the country completely ruined fast instead of drawing it out for now five years and no end in sight. Checks and balances - how astute our founders were!

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