Howard S and Patriot...right on!!! What we are witnessing is an awakening of
people over the past couple of years to who really is fighting for freedom and
the american dream that is slowly being extinguished. The republican
establishment has been exposed as the spineless politicians they really are.
Thank you for another reasonable article. It's a refreshing change of pace
from the anger, finger-pointing, and blatant disinformation that suffuses most
political writing. More like this please.
Mostly valid comments. In truth my first job paid better than minimum wage (Life
guard on a public beach had some risk to it), and living at the cabin all the
money went to Driver Ed and Collage Fund. I will question the key
assumption you make "Lawmakers must remember that most people earning the
minimum wage are not the sole providers for their families."I
have no opinion on the validity of this statement, I don't know if it is
true or not. I am sure there are some who are sole wage earners, and that is
dire, and jiggering that into Minimum Wage Legislation will be tricky at best.
This is something that needs to be debated by the parliament responsible when
formulating the minimum wage, because there is a slip stream that depend on it
all their lives and how they are handled speaks volumes about the members of the
responsible parliament. If it says the wrong things it is time to hire new
parliamentarians at the next election – later this year as I hear.
Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, UtahOpen Minded Mormon,Keep
us posted on how the government is using your paycheck to help the less
fortunate. That would make a great story.4:19 p.m. Jan. 6, 2014========= MY paycheck pays for YOUR Social Security and
Medicare.YOUR paycheck went to pay for your Mom and Dad's.It's not a piggy bank Mike, Your contributions were never yours -
That has already been spent helping those who've gone before.Therfore -- You likewise will be on the dole, taking from some who is
"working".But -- That's how the "Social"
Security sytem works.I'm good with it, You are not.You are a hypocrite, I am not.
I find myself again wondering "what's the point?" after reading
another op-ed by Bob Bennett. And, I find myself grateful that he
is no longer a member of congress. And, I lament that there are
hundreds more just like him who are members of congress.And,
I'm reminded yet again why the country is in the mess that it is...
Oh please. Anyone who thinks that the Republicans were "compromising"
is drinking the Kool-Aid. They wanted Obama to either kill his signature
program OR open up all the "good" parts of govt. (the parts Republicans
liked) and then settle in for a long slow grind keeping all the "bad"
parts (the parts Republicans did not like) shutdown for as long as possible.Seriously, what kind of idiot would negotiate away either his signature
accomplishment or every ace he has in the deck? It doesn't matter whether
you like or hate the president. You just have to understand that such
"negotiations" were never possible. Sane Republicans (those evil old
guys who can actually get along with Democrats) knew this and tried to warn the
Tear It Apartiers. To no avail.They were warned time and time again
that this is how it worked out last time (the President looking good and
Congress looking bad) but hey, you don't need to listen to anyone else when
you already know everything.
what to expect in 2014 from Barack...hmmmm? 1. Barack will speak to
congress in the state of the union stating that he has seen the light and is now
ready to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense bi-partisan health
care solutions.2. During the state of the union Barack will also state
that he has decided to build the Keystone pipeline as well as open up energy
production on public land nation wide. 3. Barack will summon a bi-partisan
congressional meeting where he urges congress to cut corporate taxes across the
board and remove regulations which were part of Obamacare.4. Barack will
push for a ban on abortion and if given the opportunity elect a new pro life
Supreme Court justice for approval. 5. Barack will add to our military
strength by approving two more naval battle groups.6. Barack will come
clean with his part in Fast n Furious and fire Eric Holder. He will also come
clean with the IRS and Benghazi scandals.Finally - Barack will end
the year by offering his resignation!!! Hey - we can always hope!!!
"In 2013, the two biggest governmental events were the government shutdown
and the launch of Obamacare. Those who fought for the shutdown were seriously
embarrassed and politically damaged by what happened."The
reality is that the Republicans offered to approve the spending bill if
Obamacare was postponed for a year. The Democrats rejected this, so the
Republicans offered to approve the spending bill if the medical device fee was
removed. The Democrats refused such an audatious idea and allowed the government
to be shut down for weeks. Finally, the Democrats proposed that the
medical device fee be removed, and of course the Republicans signed the spending
bill. There was no reason why this couldn't have been agreed on without
shutting down the government.Soon afterwards, the Democrats embraced
presidential fiats that postponed much of Obamacare for a year. Deja vu, no?
The government shutdown was entirely a product of Democrat arogance and media
It's great for business to be awash with cash; too bad consumers
aren't. No cash, no buy. People use government to try, usually badly, to
fix this problem; maybe business could do better. How about trying?
Open Minded Mormon,You're in fine fettle today. We're
happy to know that you have never picked up any of your paychecks, but that you
continue to contribute your time and effort to the Defense Department.
That's what you're telling us. You're assuming that the
government owes you something (your paycheck) because to gave the government
something (your time), but that anyone else who is forced to pay the government
for promised services should be happy to just let the government keep the money.
Maybe I'm just getting to old to understand your logic. It doesn't
make much sense to me, but I'll admit that tearing down all the VA
hospitals (because, with your plan, no soldier should ever expect the VA to do
what it promised, and keeping your pension because you would never expect the
government to honor its commitment to you (and if it did, you would surely give
that money back, wouldn't you?) would save a lot of money.Keep
us posted on how the government is using your paycheck to help the less
fortunate. That would make a great story.
I predict that in 2014 the mainstream news media will greatly exaggerate the
truth about Obamacare performance in order to protect Democrats in the next
Also, the market is awash in cash but not jobs due to Quantitative Easing (QE).
The Fed is pouring approx. $85 billion dollars per month into the markets to
prop them up. This is essentially just printing money. Since the extra money
isn't generally coming from employee productivity, there is less incentive
to add headcount.It could be rationally argued that we are riding a
big bubble, and once QE stops or gets scaled back, the bubble will pop. Just
the threat of the Fed cutting back on QE was enough to get triple digit drops
in the DOW in the past.
wrz makes a good point. The Republicans were the only party offering any kind
of compromise at all in the budget talks. The Republicans offered to fund all
the rest of government besides Obamacare. At another point the Republicans only
asked for a delay in implementation of Obamacare (which I bet the Dems now wish
they had accepted) and requested that Democrat politicians and their staff
actually have to abide by it (politicians and their staff were given a waiver).
It wasn't the Republicans who forced a government shutdown, it was
completely the Democrats.So this argument by Bennett manifests
either a lack of honesty or that he was completely duped by the left-leaning
Why would we expect anything DIFFERENT in the coming year?Nothing
significant has changed since Bush was in office... nothing has changed in 6
years... why would we have a significant change in his last 2 years in office??
@Mike Richards – “Bennett knows that Obama and Reid were 100%
responsible for shutting down the government.”Reading stuff
like this it feel like I’ve fallen into a strange Wittgensteinian rabbit
hole where it is possible to encounter beings for whom the answer to 1+1 does
not equal 2.And the 8% minimum number was hilarious! Now I
understand why you think SS is a ponzi scheme… you expect it to produce
Bernie Madoff-like returns.
"Many of them have simply quit looking and their skills are deteriorating to
a point where they will soon become unemployable if they are not already."
True enough but the statement should be "they will soon become unemployable
if they are not already - under American capitalism." The number of people
for whom capitalism doesn't work is increasing. What should they do or
think of doing?
Mike RichardsSouth Jordan, Utah@million,Start laughing
because I think that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, ===========
I'm laughing because to think that, yet can hardly wait
to pony up to that public trough yourself.let me guess, because you
are "entitled" to it...
@bungalow"Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are all part of
Obama's 'ponzi scheme?'"These programs are not
Ponzi schemes. They're redistribution of wealth schemes. Much of the
Democrat mind-set is to redistribute wealth from those that have (mostly from
their own labors) to those that don't have (through their own laziness, and
in some cases, bad luck).To Mr. Bennett: Although you don't
come right out and say, you seen to imply that closing down the government was
the Republican's fault. This is simply not so. You have let the news
media et.al., lead you astray. The Republican controlled House passed several
bills to fully fund the government (sans Obamacare). It was the Democrat
controlled Senate, under Harry Reid's control, that refused to take up the
funding bill and move them through Congress. And it was Barack Hussein Obama
who said he would refuse to sign the bills. There's were the fault lies...
not the Republicans.
I predict an increase in tourism in Colorado.
Thanks again for an excellent article. People can either agree or disagree with
the article, overall, they need to remember that this is just and opinion of one
person. I don't think Sen Bennett was presenting any opinion on how he
wished things would go, but only how he thinks they will go. However, Sen
Bennett seems to have a good grasp of how things look because of his many years
in government as a US Senator and as a business executive. As like my
grandfather, I believe that Sen Bennett offers a lot of wisdom in this article.
@million,Start laughing because I think that Social Security is a
Ponzi scheme, that all money (with accumulated interest, 8% minimum compounded
on the full "contribution") should be refunded to those who were forced
to pay into the system, that those in Congress who mixed Social Security funds
with the general fund should receive the same prison sentences as Kenneth Lay
and the other 15 Enron executives who mismanaged Enron's funds.ObamaCare is an extension of the Social Security Ponzi scheme. Obama has no
intention of using revenue from ObamaCare for healthcare. He told us so when he
stated that as soon as ObamaCare was implemented, he could balance the budget.
The only way that would happen is if he took the 18% of the private sector money
that is being spent on healthcare and mixed that with the general fund. We would
end up with more worthless I.O.U.s when we sought medical help.Bennett is wrong when he assigned blame to the Republicans for the
'shutdown". Bennett knows that Obama and Reid were 100% responsible
for shutting down the government. The Republicans funded everything except
While Social Security is considered a given and anyone would laugh at someone
who said we shouldn't have it, there was quite the uproar and opposition
when it was proposed by FDR. The Affordable Care insurance has started out with
over promising and too high expectations but it is the correct idea to allow all
access to health care and should in the end provide lower medical costs for all.
As much as people sham Canada's free health care it is in reality better
than that in the United States in many aspects, including a much,much lower
child mortality rate. Just because our medical system costs more doesn't
make it better.Senator Bennett has turned into a true elder statesman. I
enjoy his articles - especially about the dangers of raising minimum wage too
fast - what a disaster that will be for inflation on us senior citizens if
minimum wage increases too fast and high.
Your column shows why you are no longer a senator. You, as well as, all the
republican leadership in Washington need to realize you are being played and
used by the democrats and their accomplice media. You talk as if the shutdown is
the worse thing that could ever happen and that the republicans caused it, yet
it was Obama who did not compromise and said take a hike and let the government
shut down because he saw all of you on your knees pleading "Please
don't let the media make us look bad."But,that tactic that
you so fear was for one worthy purpose - to stop the millions from losing their
insurance who now have, to stop the millions who have had their work hours cut,
to stop the millions who have seen their insurance premiums skyrocket and to
stop the tens of millions of others that will be hurt by Obamacare this year.
Obama knew your fear and is why he said take a hike with no political risk. All
of you are no more than a speed bump to the liberal agenda.