Kudos to Senator Hatch. Being able to walk across the aisle and work with
Democrats to compromise and actually get something done is the key to his
attaining this achievement. That almost cost him his last election. Again,
Kudos. We need more like him on both sides of the aisle. If we did, congress
could lose its epitaph of a "Do Nothing Congress." (And that word
above, "compromise", is not a dirty word.)
It's not the number of laws passed that matter it is the KIND of laws
passed that really matter. Over the past 10 years Hatch has been
indistinguishable from a Democrat so who cares what he passes...its all bad.
We do not send representatives back to Washington DC to merely "pass
laws". We should judge Hatch by the quality of the laws he has passed. Do
the laws support the Constitution or violate it? Do the laws support state
sovereignty or violate it? Do the laws violate the protection of our inalienable
rights?We need to judge Hatch by the quality of his laws, rather
than the quantity.
There are those who would argue that we have too many laws passed. There's
too much intrusion of government in our lives, too much regulation and taxation.
There is often a lot of "pork" in all these bills that Congress passes
that has nothing to do with the bill. I personally think touting how many bills
doesn't hold much weight for me. List what these bills he has passed are
for specifically, along with which other bills Hatch has cast his vote over the
Although Senator Hatch is very proud of the distinction, it's not one to
brag about. As others have noted, not only do we lose freedom with the
proliferation of laws, but Senator Hatch's laws have a tendency to come
with price tags attached. In 2010, he was the third most prolific earmarker in
Washington. With all the new laws on the books, a defense attorney friend
pointed out that many of us are in violation of laws we don't even know
exist. More laws means more ways those in power can oppress, if they have a mind
to.Now, before you Hatch loyalists jump up in arms, consider this:
all those favors Senator Hatch has acquired for Utahns over the years come with
two price tags: the direct cost of the project, plus the cost of all the other
projects he helped engineer in other states in return for other Senators'
support for his. Can we really afford all this largesse at a time when the
federal deficit is spiraling out of control?
Each law passed is another chip of Freedom being whittled away -- So much
for Republicans and their idea of preserving Freedom.
"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it
can bribe the public with the public's money."Alexis de
TocquevilleIt is easy to spend someone else's money. I wish he
could have been as effective repealing as many laws.He was part if the
problem NOT the solution.To probably misquote Pogo, "we have seen the
enemy and he is us"We did this by electing those who promise us
"things" and they can't stop themselves.?
Well its not surprising seeing that he has been in office since Lincoln was
Yes Hatch has done a lot. Yes he's gotten some dumb things passed. But
also he has gotten passed a lot of pretty good things. Hatch, even at 80 years
old, works harder than people half his age. If you know him as I do, most of
you wouldn't say all the crap about him that you do.aceroinox,
so by your second paragraph, we should go ahead and get Hill AFB closed down?
It's only the largest employer in northern Utah. Hatch has used his clout
to save Hill many times in the past. Hill costs a lot in the grand scheme of
things but its mission protects our freedoms. Is it largesse to keep a base
opens that works to our advantage? They could have put the NSA computer center
anywhere else, but it got put here. Say what you want about that center, but it
got built here and benefits Utahns that work there.
By definition laws restrict freedom. Those who crafted our constitution
understood this and intended that less was better in terms of laws. Sure there
needs to be reason. But not every good idea deserves a law. Senators should be
judged on laws they support and the ones they passionately fight to prevent.
Hatch long ago sold his soul to a political career and class that is contrary to
what our great country was intended.
37 years in the Senate by a man who ran against his original three-term opponent
because his tenure was too long stating ""We need new faces, new blood
& new thinking in Congress.". Nothing else needs to be said.
@Flashback--I communicate regularly with all of our Congressional
delegation, and while I don't know him personally, I know many who have
worked with him for decades. Senator Hatch is the least responsive when a
critical issue is at stake. When he has responded it has left me scratching my
head. I remember expressing concern to Senator Hatch re Senator Arlen
Specter's presumed ascension to chairman of the judiciary committee.
Specter had warned President Bush that if he sent up strict constructionist
Supreme Court nominees during his second term they would not get approved.
Senator Hatch assured me that there was no need to worry, Specter was a loyal
Republican, and that Specter had declared it was a misunderstanding and he would
get the nominees approved. During that term Specter switched to the Democratic
Party.As Judiciary Chairman, Senator Hatch got a record number of
nominees approved for President Clinton. One would assume that would earn him
the right of calling in some favors and get the same done for President Bush.
You may recall the dozens of Bush nominees who languished in the system for
months, some for over a year....and I'm just getting started.
So passing the "most laws"? Is that is where our taxes go--to win a
contest? I guess if you are in Washington long enough, you pass a lot of laws.
I voted for him and I feel so betrayed. His stand on immigration with no
thoughts of closing the borders first. Do we have a country that's worth
fighting to keep or just a piece of land that means nothing and anyone can come
and homestead? Apparently, after 36,000 criminal illegals were released back on
our streets we might think about what kind of country we really want. Notice harry reid is right up there with the number of bills. I noticed
when the gal who was head of 0bamacae was coming into congress there was Hatch
behind the doors giving her a sweet hug and handshake.UGH!
Let us not forget that Hatch was KEY in helping the NSA build their "spy
shack" in Bluffdale.
Along with passing the most laws, I'll bet he has also passed the most
congressional breakfast's, brunches, lunches, and dinners, all on the tax
payers dime for thirty seven years. What a career!
The arrogance exhibited by most posters is expected, but embarrassing. The
majority of you find it easy to criticize, but have never accomplished anything
close to what Senator Hatch has. Senator Hatch has represented Utah for many,
many years and should be congratulated for a job well done, regardless of which
side of the isle you fall on.
I have a sheaf of letters from Senator Hatch's office thanking me for my
support. Those letters were in response to requests for help from him. He
never addressed anything that I wrote about and he made absolutely no difference
in the outcome. He may think that sending out press releases that
tell us that he is "something" only shows that he has wasted his time
and our money in Washington.Look at what he "did" and then
tell us whether Senator Hatch stood for Utah values or whether he stood only for
himself and his lifetime "seat" in the Senate.
Gotta go with LDS Liberal on this one. We need laws obviously, but
at what point do we say enough is enough? The country I have has done a complete
180 from what my parents had. And my kids will experience a drastic difference
than what I've had.
@Balan--"Embarrassing", "arrogance"? No, what's
embarrassing and arrogant is that we have a politician who first campaigned on
the premise that a senator who had been in office 18 years had been in too long
and needed to be sent home. That same politician has clearly forgotten the
principles he formerly espoused re the need to avoid professional politicians
who don't know when to come home. Power is difficult to
relinquish once gained. One has the tendency to believe that without their
involvement things would fall apart in government. That is seldom the case.
Senator Hatch and his supporters would do well to recognize that others beside
the senator have played key roles in preserving Hill Air Force Base, Tooele Army
Depot, the Utah Test and Training Range, etc., such as Congressmen Jim Hansen
and Rob Bishop. No one is indispensable.
Flashback - after working at Hill AFB for nearly 35 years I have to say Hill is
still here because of its workforce not because one senator attended some
meetings and told Hill's story. Hill's story is about the
hardworking, dedicated federal employees, military personnel and defense
contractors and the great jobs they perform.
Whats he trying to do - get into the Guinness Book of World Records?Why, even Diety hasn't been involved in the creation of as many laws in
over six thousand years!What ever happened to the governmental
concept of "Teaching them correct principles and letting them govern
themselves?"Seems our legislators think that we unwashed masses
need laws because we can't govern ourselves.Congress, govern
Mike Richards South Jordan, UtahI have a sheaf of
letters from Senator Hatch's office thanking me for my support. Those
letters were in response to requests for help from him. He never addressed
anything that I wrote about and he made absolutely no difference in the outcome.
He may think that sending out press releases that tell us that he is
"something" only shows that he has wasted his time and our money in
Washington.Look at what he "did" and then tell us whether
Senator Hatch stood for Utah values or whether he stood only for himself and his
lifetime "seat" in the Senate.8:12 p.m. May 17, 2014==== So, why did you keep voting for him?Don't
tell me, let me guess -- the "R".So much for integrity.
You cant rail against all the spending unless you are willing to forgo some of
the spending that benefits YOU. Maybe Hill AFB is one worth keeping.But we wont ever know because that is not what it is about. It is about
political power and favors.Look at the Abrams tanks that keep coming
off of the assembly line. Why? Because they are built in Iowa, which happens
to be a politically important state.We constantly hear the calls for
CUT CUT CUT. Hey, just dont cut my stuff.Mr Richards, It would be
interesting to know how many times you pulled the lever for Hatch's
opponent. Or, perhaps we already know.
As evidenced by all the malcontents commenting here, Senator Hatch proves the
age old adage that nothing brings more protests and anger from one's
fellows than by simply doing your job. Senator Hatch, you've
been a great asset to Utah. Don't let the whining nay-sayers get to ya!
You've had a great run that many of us are quite grateful for...
LDS lib, JoeBlowhow do you know Mike R voted for hatch? really the only reason he gets elected is not the R behind his name, but
because the other viable candidate has a D behind his.On a scale of
1-100, it's better to vote for a 45 than a 13.
Hatch, Leahy, Reid et al should be ashamed of what has happened to this country
on their "watch". Pitiful. Very little to be proud of here!
Shouldn't the greatest distinction go to the one or ones who have sponsored
the FEWEST bills? Too bad the "scoring" isn't done as it is in
golf: fewest "strokes"!
Why not? He's been there forever.
What comes to mind when I think of Hatch is that he thinks of himself first and
foremost and then the rest of us just might enter his mind. Power. It is all
about power. Now that the GOP control both Houses, he will stay and run another
(8th term). I am disgusted with this news. He is completely out of touch with
Utahns. Where was his voice against an Obama presidency? Why didn't he
demand full disclosure of Obama's records? Question his birth certificate,
his muslim faith, his habitual lying? Hatch, just another career politician
trying to hold onto the power.