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Published: Thursday, July 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

Not exactly a new idea, but just look at how many of these crisis are actually covered by the Constitution?

ECR
Burke, VA

Great idea Joseph. Now tell us where to start.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

Logical disconnect. How does reducing the size of government make the crises go away?

"And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men's hearts shall fail them . . ."

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Or...

We could only spend maybe twice as much in defense as China.

And, maybe we should stop invading middle eastern countries? We've spent over $5 trillion Afghanistan and Iraq alone! Obviously, contrary to what your precious Bush said, Iraqi oil ain't gonna pay for that war!

If only we would stop being the world's policeman. We just cannot afford it anymore. We cannot afford anymore repub charity to other countries, handouts to Haliburton, and handouts to vicious dictators like Karzai.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

Let's start by cutting military spending by 70%. Half of those issues mentioned would have never been issues were it not for the corporate profiteering at the hands of American death merchants.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

America in crisis? Obama says everything is fine! There is not even a "smidgeon of corruption" in the federal government, the economy is great, Obamacare is wonderful, the exploding national debt isn't a problem, all his scandals are "phoney" and "Al Qaida is on the run"! With "leadership" like that who needs to worry?

Atlas Smashed
Santa Monica, CA

Anyone else here have the same hunch as me? Joe didn't have any problem with the size of the ameeican government from 2000-08. Then, something changed in January of 2009. Anyone want to take a guess what?

And had Romney been elected in 2012, anyone else have a hunch that this letter would have never existed?

I'll believe joe's convictions and feelings are true and sincere when he writes these types of letters when his president is trampling all over the constitution.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Get rid of the guvment. Let's turn this place into Somalia.
But let's keep increasing defense spending and re-invade Iraq.

Atlas Smashed
Santa Monica, CA

@ Mountain Man

Remember when your president said that we'd be treated as liberators in Iraq?

With leadership like that, who needs terrorists?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

And when we stop treatment, the cancer goes away! Voila. Excellent right wing logic.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Brilliant. Translation: we have all kinds of problems only government can solve. So what we need is less government. Love the reasoning. My car just broke Dow, and my new job is a longer commute from my home. Obvious solution: sell the car, and invest in better shoes.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Wow. Brilliant!

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

Ah yes, that nasty Federal Government that will not allow Utah to run as a theocracy.

That unrighteously asserts Article VI and Amendments V and XIV to the National Constitution when striking down our wishes to violate that document.

That entity which forces us to preserve the natural beauty of our lands so we can sell it to oil drillers. We are concerned about National Debt being left to our granchildren, but pay no thought as to the state of the planet we would leave them.

That Government that has kept us safe from our enemies. That Government for which countless millions have shed their blood to create and protect. That Government which fostered an environment for the Restoration of the Gospel. That Government that ensures responsibility of every citizen to provide for their Healthcare.

Yes, we need to dismantle that and re-instate Good Ol' Utah values of "If you don't like it leave" And where we preach family values, but do not live them.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Atlas Smashed: Actually we did liberate Iraq! Got rid of a murdering dicator just like we have done dozens of times before and threatened to do again in Syria. We gave Iraq a wonderful opportunity. Too bad they and Obama squandered it and yes, we will be attacked again by our enemies who want to murder you! Obama apolgized to them, didn't he? So why are they still trying to kill us?

@ E Sam: The government created most of our crisises, please explain how you think the government is capable of solving any of them!

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

The largest crisis America has ever faced will come to an end in November when liberals lose control of the Senate but even more so in 2016 when Obama leaves the White House! Then the rest of us can restore America's dignity, opportunities for all those who are willing to work and along with it, our greatness and pride as a nation!

Darrel
Eagle Mountain, UT

@Thid Barker

The largest crisis America has ever faced

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Hyperbole much? The Great Depression? Pearl Harbor? World War II? 9/11? The Revolution? The Civil War? Are all of these less of a crisis we faced then ... Barack Obama and a Democratic Majority in the Senate?

Inflammatory rhetoric is what makes discourse and discussion impossible. It is one thing to disagree with the way Government is moving and provide solutions to fix it; and another thing entirely to scream the sky is falling and provide no solutions.

Atlas Smashed
Santa Monica, CA

@ Thid

2 wars, a failing economy, bursting debt, a corrupt regime, and millions of Americans lost their jobs in 2008. America was in crisis while your president fiddled.

Democrats will continue to control the Senate and will win the White House for 8 more years.

President Clinton, welcome to the White House.

Thid Barker
Victor, ID

I am old enough to remember the mess of the many crisises in which Jimmy Carter left our nation! We overcame Jimmy Carter, we can and will over come Barrack Obama too! That is our real hope and change and to most Americans (according to recent polls) it is not "inflamitory" but a source of strength! Can't wait until November!

Shaun
Sandy, UT

@mountainman. We should have never been in Iraq in the first place. It is not our job to liberate people, right? Otherwise we should be liberating all those immigrants at the border.

Confused
Sandy, UT

Atlas....

For a minute I thought you were talking about Obama.. because that pretty much describes his presidency...

For the Record, Most Republicans were not happy with Bush either. because he was a bit a big spender... thus the boot of the GOP in 2008 in both the House and Senate.

What I understand as an Independent, is the GOP supporters want a return to basic GOP principles.. Smaller Government, Less taxes for people, economic policies that support the free market and above all a Strong Military to "DETOUR" attacks..

If Mitt had been elected, we may or may not have the issues we have today... but one thing is certain...Obama's lack of Leadership is the reason we have so many issues today. Many of Liberals are now starting to think this way as well.

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