In this very divided country, two polar opposites like Cummings and Chaffetz at
least being civil to each other is a good symbolic hope of possible things to
come. Remember though, it is the President of the U.S. that has ultimate
responsibility to bring the country together. After all, he is the ONLY office
for which every American votes. All other offices are state and local, and the
Senator or House member has to represent his/her state. The President is
supposed to set the national tone. Something Obama was not aware of, or
prepared to do. And another reason why he was too inexperienced and not ready
for prime time when elected President. Too bad after almost 6 years, he still
has not learned. So, I don't expect to see any major change to the U.S.
until after the 2016 Presidential election. When the dust settles on that and
we see what the country has voted in for Congress and President, then we will
see if real change is in the air.
He's still a democrat and still envelopes the complete Obama liberal
agenda...but it is encouraging to see them at least talking...but, talk is
cheap. He should agree with Chaffetz to allow more state control of now
federally held lands. Now, that would be even more encouraging. Photo ops do not do get the job done.
Good job Jason!
Jason Chaffetz is setting a splendid example inviting Elijah Cummings to his
district is what leadership is all about. Reaching across the aisle is something
that has been sorely missed.This is actually a refreshing respite from the
constant harranging and partisan mudslinging.
Re: Anchovey, it a two way street! "the president's snarky and head
bruising comments to/about those he wants to have help him," It probably
slipped your mind to mention the "snarky" comments coming from those he
is asking to help; starting way back in 2008 when your illustreous leader of the
Senate said "it it is our goal to see that Obama never see's
re-election!" and the civility has continued to go downhill from there!
Something like the pot calling the kettle black!
Now, if only President Obama used the same technique(s) to engage himself with
Congress. Instead of the president's snarky and head bruising comments
to/about those he wants to have help him, perhaps President Obama could actually
be a bit more kind and diplomatic and take a walk to Capitol Hill...after those
folks return from vacation...and meeting with their constituents.
This is fabulous. We need more of this and less of the "if you disagree
with me, you are my enemy" attitude. Sometimes all it takes is learning
more about why someone thinks differently than you do to see that maybe they
have a point. Or at least it helps you think of how you can come up with a
win/win solution to a problem.
Far Too Much Conservative for Corporatism going here, people do not want
Governing by and for the Conservative Corporate Sponsored Government.They
want Governing by and for the People. Jason Chaffetz, has done nothing to
help create jobs, grow the economy, cut tax cost spending for the working class,
all he has done has bad mouth the Dems and Pres, for no good cause shown.He is just a Partisan Corporate Sponsored Elected Servant keeping Govt
gridlock and blaming everyone but taking personal responsibility for his own
role in governing.Red State Small Govt is by far the biggest GOVT in the
US, and the Highest Taxation in comparison to the Fed Govt. Don't let them
kid you for a minute.They are delegating who can vote and who cannot, and
re drawing districts to strong arm the democratic process in their favor.They have kept Health Care out of the Hands of those who want to have their
own freedom of choice to choose for themselves in Utah.The Governing here
is selective about who it helps, and who it does not. The Key to Prosperity is
for all people
Until now I have had little positive to say about Rep Chaffetz in fact I can be
counted as one of his greatest critics! But I must give him credit for his
recent efforts in trying to work and come togeather on issues. Its a nice
beginning, we need more of it from both sides of the isle! Thank you Rep.
Maybe there is a lesson in this for all of us. We should restrain our
tendencies to judge others who seem so very different from us, until we've
walked in their footsteps. Since I left Utah several years ago, I have worked
with a diversity of people from different religious faiths, different regions of
the country, and different background from my own. I have been privileged to
travel to many parts of the country and experience something of how other people
live. I have come to better understand we are all children of the same God, and
he loves us all equally.
"One of the things I want to help drive home is this issue about
certainty," he said. "The people here love this land, they care about
it. They are not just here to use it and move on. … They live in this
world of uncertainty and with the federal government you don't know if you
are coming or going. That is what I think is so unsettling. If somehow we can
get to a place where they have certainty in their lives, we will have
accomplished a lot."This statement is designed to win the hearts
of the local voters. Let me remind the Representative of Utah that the federal
lands in his state, belong to me. They belong to the other 330 million of us.
It is rather short sighted and locally selfish to change the look and character
of a land so profound by allowing oil and gas production and the scars it puts
forever on the scene. Utah resents that the people of the United States has
ownership, domain, and use of those lands, and it should stay that way.
Not bad. Better still, though, why don't they all just read
the Constitution they all swear to uphold - and uphold it. This will also help
them have more time with their families and time to hold down regular and
productive jobs - after they get all the corrections done to all the
unconstitutional laws passed over so many years.For example it takes
more than an Act of Congress to create a new presidential power (such as was
apparently done in the 1906 Antiquities Act referenced).
Nice job, Jason Chaffetz. Can we invite more of the East to visit the West?
re: Shaun"This is why Salt Lake County should of never been
divided up into four sections." Agreed. I'll go so far as
to say the needs of SLC differ from Ogden which differ from Provo. It would have
been nice to have 4 districts of equal population but w/ SLC, Ogden, St G, &
Provo separated from each other.re: JoeBlowAgreed.
Because, J C is the pinnacle of rational and never been known to drink the
Rep. Cummings is a good man, honest and fair. Any comments he makes are to
represent a side of the story other than that of Rep. Issa, who even on
conceding he is wrong, continues to pursue political investigations with no
other intention than destroying the President. As for our guy, Chaffetz has
been a hyper-partisan on a hyper-partisan committee. Chaffetz has a choice to
make now. He can keep being an attention seeking bomb thrower, or he can rise to
the level of statesmanship and a respected bipartisan leader who can get things
done. His legacy is at stake. By the way, some of the comments
hear clearly show that some do not know Maryland. Wow.
I see they went to DI. Did they also visit a temple?
DN Subscriber,I am sure you would want to be fair and balanced in
your comments you I have helped you out a little here.However, I am
afraid that Congressman Chaffetz is a bit set in his ways and wedded to
Republican dogma and partisanship,so it will be a pleasant surprise if his votes
or rhetoric are any more bipartisan or rational than in the past. Still, it
won't hurt.Of course, Chaffetz could surprise us all, and
resign from Congress and move to Maryland to enjoy the great people and
beautiful scenery. However, I doubt if Cummings is thinking of moving to Utah.
At least, I hope not, I am sure those he represents are proud to have him
representing them in Congress.Since you only have 200 words this is
probably what you had to leave out.
"However, I am afraid that Congressman Cummings is a bit set in his ways and
wedded to Democrat dogma and partisanship"Good thing that
Chaffetz isn't partisan or "set in his ways"
Not so sure this isn't just a false gesture out of helping oneself,
possibly posturing.too bad the rest of the GOP Big Corp Sponsored Govt
cannot find Common Ground or a Reason to work with the Non GOP Govt to govern by
and for the People, so they can grow the economy, create jobs, Cut spending on
making everyone pay taxes for the wealthy who do not share any of the revenue
with the working class for the past 50 years.
This is a BIG deal. I have never been a big support of Rep. Chaffetz - until
now. This is how stuff should be done. Rep.Cummings' political philosophy
is based on his life experiences, as is Rep. Chaffetz's. As they begin to
see this and understand it, progress can be made. This is a big step in
resolving the great polarization in Washington. Good job Congressmen!!
Why is congressman chaffetz taking congressman cummings to moab and rural areas?
The majority of Utah residents live between provo and ogden but wild horses and
land issues around moab consume the focus of our republican congressmen. This is why Salt Lake County should of never been divided up into four
sections. Our issues are so different from rural areas that we can not even get
proper representation to address our needs.
I think Rep. Cummings got the better end of this deal. I'm afraid Jason
Chaffetz will find that Maryland looks and feels a lot like DC...But
I commend both of these guys for being willing to look at the other side's
I don't hold out much hope anything will change. Its good to be able to
compromise when both sides have the same goal such as getting the economy going.
But when the two sides are diametrically opposed on issues and compromise is
always going to be a win/lose deal. And when Republicans "reach across the
isle" they usually end up on the lose side of things.
I wish Rep Cummings had the opportunity to listen to someone from SUWA to offer
a balance to the "drill baby drill" crowd, but good for Rep's
Cummings and Chaffetz for actually getting into each others districts.
Please continue these efforts.
My opinion of Rep. Cumminngs (from watching his outbursts in Congressional
Hearings) softened as I read this article, and I think that his did as well.
Good job, Jason Chafettz! Each side was listening to the other and actually
understanding the situation involved. We will see if anything comes of it now!
"It is very difficult to make decisions when you do not have sufficient
information."Congressional Democrats didn't mind making the
decision to pass The Affordable Care Act without having sufficient information.
They didn't even read it, let alone study the possible repercussions or
unintended consequences. It's not surprising that a bunch of Democratic
Congressmen would push a new plan to tie up Utah land without even coming to the
state to see the land they are talking about. I appreciate this Democrat's
willingness to become informed. It's very refreshing.
Although I am no fan of Congressman Cummings, it is classy that he made the trip
I am guessing the people Chaffetz chose to meet with Rep. Cummings were not
fairly representative of the diversity of interests in the area. I hope
Cummings realizes that he was getting a viewpoint heavily weighted toward the
extraction industry interests, and that there are plenty of intelligent,
well-meaning people across the spectrum, whose viewpoints are also valuable.
Good on both the Congressmen. It really helps to understand different regions
when you have power over their fates.However, I am afraid that
Congressman Cummings is a bit set in his ways and wedded to Democrat dogma and
partisanship,so it will be a pleasant surprise if his votes or rhetoric are any
more bipartisan or rational than in the past. Still, it won't hurt.Of course, Cummings could surprise us all, and resign from Congress and
move to Utah to enjoy the great people and beautiful scenery. However, I doubt
if Jason Chaffetz is thinking of moving to Baltimore. At least, I hope not, I
am proud to have him representing me in Congress.
We need more of this.
Lawmakers trying to work together and understand each other. Not a story you
hear very often anymore.I hope other Congressmen take a clue from
these two. This is sort of the way it's supposed to work.