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Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 3:37 p.m. MDT

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David King
Layton, UT

Senator Bennett has explained one of the reasons political dialogue can be so frustrating. Too many people on all sides are willing to blame/give credit to the President for so many things that they don't have power over, but completely ignore the things they could do unilaterally and within the confines of the Constitution. The comments here will always argue about job numbers, about the President "creating" jobs, and the overall state of the economy, when the President can do almost nothing by himself on these issues.

But then look at something like the Patriot Act, a law which is troubling to many Americans in both parties. Both President Obama and President Bush could have simply vetoed that legislation but neither one did. They should receive more criticism for things like that then whether or not corporations across America are hiring and the stock market is down.

airnaut
Everett, 00

‘Robert Bennett: The Green Lantern Theory of Presidency’

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The only reason this is so hilariously funny,
is becasue
Mitt Romney ran around for 6 years telling America HIS Green Latern ring was bigger and brighter than anyone else's Green Latern Ring....

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

 Bennett is absolutely correct in contrasting the current administration's flaunting of the rules with the obedience that prior administrations gave. In particular, Abraham Lincoln knew that if the administration ignored the rules, so would the populace, and anarchy would be the inevitable result. As Lincoln famously stated "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Those who elect public officials have the expectation that EVERYONE elected will conduct himself according to the oath of office that he takes.

The President takes an oath of office, where he swears before God and the people that he serves, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. As citizens, we expect that President to do as he has promised to do.

We expect the same from all public officials. We expect them to keep the oath that they swear when taking office.

Obama has not kept his oath. Many members of Congress have not kept their oath. Some of the justices on the Supreme Court, including John Roberts, have not kept their oath.

Not only should we be disappointed, but we should demand that those who fail to uphold public trust be removed from office. We don't need "super heros" to do the job; all we need is honest people who keep their oath.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

I stopped reading at more powerful than Batman.

re Mike R

"...As citizens, we expect that President to do as he has promised to do."

You expect a politician to keep his promises? Really?

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

@airnaut

Sir I think you completely missed the point of this article. This is about the President of the United States and how he conducts himself,not about anyone else. By moving the focus you are not addressing the article, only your own politics.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Death by a thousand cuts by the increasing financial burdens.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Yes, Mister J., I expect everyone to keep his promises, even a politician. No one is allowed to be a liar, to misrepresent themselves or their purposes. Hopefully, you expect the same from everyone you deal with.

Are politicians exempt from having integrity? Who gave them that exemption? I didn't. The Constitution doesn't. Do you?

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

@ Mike Richards

I remember your idol Mike Lee promising to reform health care, lower taxes, and create jobs.

So why aren't you writing to hold him accountable? Where's the health care reform he promised? Was it Obamacare? That's the only health care reform i see!

What about lowering my taxes? I haven't seen tax relief. I'm still paying a larger percentage than mitt Romney!

Where's the jobs? What job bill has Lee passed? He sounded great in front of the tv reading off his cards. But where's the substance? Shutting down the government for a few weeks and hurting veterans and south Utahns isn't creating jobs.

We need people to be consistent. I believe in holding all politicians accountable, not just the ones I disagree with.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

One argument against oversized government is what Friedrich Hayek calls the knowledge problem -- the fact that leaders simply cannot know enough to make all the decisions that people would normally make for themselves. To overcome this objection, progressives who run for office must cultivate the myth of superhuman intelligence.

This is why Obama's most important job qualification was "smart." Finally, according to the myth, we had a man with enough intellect to run the progressive agenda.

The reality has turned out to be much different. Like Jimmy Carter Nuclear Engineer before him, Obama has botched just about everything. The Middle East, the economy, health care, Russia issues, the immigration system, everything is in a shambles.

The problem is that Obama believes his own PR. The smartest man in the room doesn't think he needs to follow anyone's advice.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT
@airnaut

Sir I think you completely missed the point of this article. This is about the President of the United States and how he conducts himself,not about anyone else. By moving the focus you are not addressing the article, only your own politics.

4:43 p.m. Aug. 11, 2014

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No,
This is about Politicians who run around telling people they have super-human powers.

I just poiinted out that singling out Pres. Obama was plain old tacky politics.

Integrity is holding everyone to the exact same standard.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Nate -

"Obama has botched just about everything. The Middle East, the economy, health care, Russia issues, the immigration system, everything is in a shambles."

Well . . . there's shambles and then there's SHAMBLES.

That latter is what GW Bush and his Republican leadership left us.

What we have under Obama is much, much better.

And no, it's not perfect.

The world and especially this nation will be feeling the ill effects of Republican leadership for years, decades, . . . possibly generations to come.

The cumulative effect of GW's Reagan-inspired policies almost dropped the world into another dark age.

Obama and the Dems are a ray of light.

I know, I know . . . Conservatives cant's stand the light. They're just not used to it.

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