I respect the right of those who approve of Chaffetz thanking him for his
service. That doesn't mean that I need to thank Jason "party before
country" Chaffetz for a job that I feel has been totally partisan and
headline grabbing above doing what was actually solving the countries problems.
Those who appreciate what he has done can thank you ... those of us who do not
have the right to be thrilled he's leaving and hope the Republican that
replaces him will listen to all his constituents, including moderate Republicans
and even Democrats in his/her district.
Maybe if he was more like Bob Bennett, someone I agreed with on very little but
someone who was always sincerely interested in trying to make things better and
getting things done.
Maybe we can thank Rep. Chaffetz for his self-sacrifice and willingness to
lighten the load of others? He is the kind of guy who would
voluntarily thank himself for the great job he has done, if the rest of us were
unable or unwilling to do so.
Ever feel obliged to send someone a greeting card, but after looking at 20+
cards and all the possible expressions of the words you "should" be
feeling and saying, you walk out of the store empty-handed? Seems
similar to the struggle commenters are having with this sadly earnest request
from DN. Even the comments thanking Chaffetz are like the
strategically vague cards in the rack, professionally written to say something
to someone when there is nothing really left to say.But can't
we all find something (anything?) to thank Rep. Chaffetz for?For
example..."I appreciate Rep. Chaffetz's thoughtfulness in
not consuming all of the air on the planet.""I am grateful
for the dedication and tenacity Rep. Chaffetz showed over the years in his
thorough application of hair product before leaving the house or appearing on my
teevee.""Thanks for the 1000s of high-paying jobs Rep.
Chaffetz created in the past 4 months alone in the professional protester
industries.""Thank you Rep. Chaffetz for being someone
else's Congressman!"See? Now, that wasn't
that hard, was it?
"Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his service"OK, I'll give it a try. Thanks ever so much Congressman Chaffetz
for not investigating connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian
government. Clearly, what we don't know can't hurt us, right?
I still tip for bad service at restaurants because they only make $2.13 an hour,
but I'm not about to give Chaffetz his due for what I consider bad service
in representing Utah, especially when he makes $174,000 per year including a
cadillac health insurance plan and a generous pension.
"Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his service"By all means!Chaffetz has done his best to protect our
nation's Russian enemies (who helped Trump become President) and the
traitors in the Trump administration. And Utah is without a doubt a
pro-Trump state, isn't it?Utah SHOULD thank Chaffetz for his
service. He has helped weaken our federal government. He has helped make a
mockery out of our national legislative body. He has helped garner ridicule and
disrespect for our nation in the eyes of the world.He has helped
Vladimir Putin and the enemies of our nation become very happy people.Jason Chaffetz is a PARAGON of Utah virtue!
In our opinion: Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his
service==== In MY opinion: Jason Chaffetz should put
politics aside and thank Utahns for using them for his own self-service.
@2bits "He's done more with his 50 years of life than I have with
mine. I suspect the same could be said about most Democrat detractors here today
or those who just sit in an auditorium and shout at him and hold up their little
signs about him wanting to take their healthcare away."Hold up
their little signs about his wanting to take their healthcare away? They are
right, are they not? Healthcare is life and death. We have every right to
decry this. We have every obligation to decry this. I hope Chaffetz disappears
from public life, but this is probably too much to hope for.
@Trout,RE: "same veracity"...---Are you pretending
Democrats investigate Republicans with " same veracity" as fellow
Democrats?Have you criticized a Democrat for not using "same
veracity"? Why not?Do you realize Democrats have drawn up
articles of impeachment for every Republican President in my lifetime? And zero
times for Democrat Presidents?Is that same veracity?Remember when Bush took office? And Democrats promised to tie up Congress in
investigations his whole 4 years so nothing on his agenda could get done? Did
they do that when Obama took office? Same veracity?Do you remember
Democrats on oversight committee who are all over Trump today being all over
Clinton last year? I don't.Don't know why you are so
shocked when a Republican does the same thing Democrats do all the time. This
is what happens in Washington. Republicans are no different than Democrats.
They are politicians.Think Harry Reid uses same veracity for
Republicans and Democrats?Think Nancy Pelosi uses same veracity for
Republicans and Democrats?Hint... they don't.Have
you ever complained about them?
@2bits"...He's done more with his 50 years of life than I
have with mine."--- Being a place kicker and a politician. So
much done!!!"Anyone can kick a ball. It's almost as easy as
breathing.Remembering back to when Sarah Palin quit, the most honest
GOP politicians admitted at that time that she probably destroyed her future
political aspirations. The most fervently partisan politicians said
Palin made a great decision and that they believed Palin would be our next
Congressman Chaffetz managed to shed NO LIGHT on the Russian involvement in the
2016 elections, even though he has the power to issue subpoenas just with his
chairmanship of Oversight. This is such a major failing, that I cannot agree
with your approval of him.
He is still a US Senator and Chairman of a committee.If I should
thank him for him service then I would guess he should investigate Trump with
the same veracity he investigated HRC.Nope, sorry.
Nope...no thanks are coming to Mr. Chaffetz. He has done nothing to help his
constituents. He has wasted millions of tax payer dollars on Hillary Clinton
investigations that resulted in not even a parking ticket. He was embarrassed
by a much smarter woman from Planned Parenthood in another investigation. We
seen his flip flopping in regards to the very less than angelic man occupying
the White House. No thanks are coming.
@2 bits;"...He's done more with his 50 years of life than I
have with mine."--- Being a place kicker and a politician. So
much done!!! /sDid you graduate from college? Go on a mission or
other service? Provide for a family? Save for retirement? Build a career?
Every one of those accomplishments is an achievement worth
something. To think that Jason "did more" than you did simply because
he is semi-famous for playing on a college football team and being a politician
Republicans don't care what Chaffetz stands for. All they care about was
that he was a bludgeon against the Democrats. To the Republicans, the enemy are
the politically liberal. They will elect the most depraved person in the USA to
be their president because he said horrible things about Democrats, liberals,
and non-WASPs.Republicans would have freely elected the *any* of the
worst humans in the history of the planet if the candidate called Hillary
corrupt and promised to persecute Democrats.There is nobody too
horrible for Republicans, as long as they aren't a Democrat or liberal.Republicans care so much about the USA. not.
RE: "Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his
service"...---Maybe that's asking too much for Esquire,
Impartial, and others. But you could at least show some respect.You
keep saying he's done nothing. Well... compared to what/whom? Probably
accomplished more in his 50 years than you in your life/career.He's done more with his 50 years of life than I have with mine. I
suspect the same could be said about most Democrat detractors here today or
those who just sit in an auditorium and shout at him and hold up their little
signs about him wanting to take their healthcare away.So
accomplished nothing compared to who... You?You've been around
50 years. What have you done?How many played College Football?
that's a big accomplishment not many of us have achieved.How
many were elected and served in Congress? That's a pretty small group of
Utahns. I doubt any of you accomplished that.It seems almost all
this rancor is because he asked to too many questions about some things Hillary
Clinton did. That's not his whole life.He's accomplished
more and served more than I have and he's younger than me.I can
thank him for his service.
In our opinion: Utahns should put politics aside and thank Chaffetz for his
service==== Sure, but NOT until after -- The Deseret News and other Utahns should put politics aside and thank
Pres. Obama for his service.
I was elected Precinct Chair in my precinct (accidentally, I might add) here in
Springville not long after Jason won his seat for the first time - and I can say
with assurance that his constituents love him for his straightforward courage in
standing up to the perverse values in Washington DC. But just like
Jason, I've had enough. Even though I've learned through my service
that most Utah politicians are good, decent, down-to-earth people (or they
wouldn't survive the caucus system), but there is always the negative,
hateful chorus of toxic haters who treat everyone who disagrees with them with
spite and disdain.Reading all of the comments just leaves me shaking
my head at the hypocrisy of those who rail on Chaffetz for being a partisan
divider and negative influence while they themselves are being so negative and
partisan that they can't even imagine that maybe Chaffetz might be one of
those rare politicians who is real, authentic, and honest. I for one
am proud that he's been my representative.
Thanks? Not a chance. Chaffetz as done nothing good for anyone. Good
riddance, Jason, and don't let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.
I will thank Jason for leaving before he does more harm to our country. That is
In all seriousness, we should thank Chaffetz for what service? What has he
accomplished for Utah? He has spent the last 8 years persecuting
Obama and Hillary Clinton with no result except to get national attention and to
make himself look mean and hyperpartisan (and the rest of Utah by association).
Now that the Republicans are in charge, he would actually have to work on
solving problems instead of pretending to be Joe McCarthy. And that
would be boring for Jason.
That was a sweet "thank you" bouquet DN. But without naming even one
Chaffetz policy achievement?
Put politics aside? Chaffetz built a career persecuting Hillary. Where was this
sentiment for Hillary? She served as First Lady of Arkansas for 12 years. She
served 8 years as First Lady of the US, then 8 years as Senator, then 4 years as
Secretary of State. I missed the OpEd promoting bipartisanship and thanks for
Hillary. Oh, that's right- she worked to bring America together, not divide
The fact remains Jason that you worked hard to get along with the Democrats in
Congress. Ask Congressman Cummings what he feels about your efforts and mostly,
it is positive. Thank you for representing Utah with dignity and grace.
Thank Chaffetz? For what?
It's not easy to put politics aside when that's something Chaffetz
This article is so out of touch with reality. The truth is that hounding into
congress is big business now. People like Chaffitz and Orin Hatch are enriching
themselves and cashing in, and Democrats are no different.So no,
I'm not going to thank perhaps the most dishonest, self serving Utah
Politician of my lifetime, just because he was a politician.Chaffitz
will be remembered as a witch hunter.
While I think Chaffetz is talented and had great potential to be a great leader,
he frittered it away on craven, hypocritical work of politicizing serious
oversight responsibilities. If he was fair-handed like the ranking member from
Maryland, he would have been respected. He made a mockery of the idea of
Congressional investigation and oversight. I thought no one could be worse than
Issa, but Chaffetz proved me wrong. I'm sorry, I cannot thank Chaffetz for
his service. His was a shameful performance, particularly in the past year. He
burned his bridges in Washington and on the national scene. He became a symbol
of the absolute worst about Congress in our current era. I can name 4 or 5
members of the House and Senate who have done inestimable harm to our faith in
government, and Chaffetz is on that list. He blew an opportunity to be a truly
great leader - he has the skills. What a shame.
I would like to thank Mr. Chaffetz for his service, insomuch as he was serving
the citizens of Utah and not his own ambitions. It is admirable to
turn the other cheek, but it gets more difficult when that cheek gets slapped
over and over. Mr. Chaffetz is no diplomat. He found evil in everything
President Obama or the Democratic party did. There was little effort made to
compromise or even attempt to sympathetically understand the ideals that drive
those on the other side of the political spectrum. Instead, Mr. Chaffetz would
run onto Fox News (almost daily) to besmirch and slander those with whom he
politically disagreed. It is no wonder that there is a vocal minority in Utah
that feels he brought out the worst in politics. My guess is that
he has already signed a lucrative contract with Fox News to become a host or
contributor. I would also be willing to bet Mr. Chaffetz does take a real run
at the governorship in 2020. Such is his hubris. So, thank you
Mr. Chaffetz. I am sure that you will take care of yourself. You always do.
We should put politics aside?No we shouldn't. When Chaffetz
was one of the main stays in the political turmoil of the last 6 years (shutting
down the government, 50 repeals of the ACA, heading the debacles he called
investigations into Planned Parenthood, and Benghazi), we are not going to just
forget and walk away. Chaffetz has personal responsibility for much
of the rancor in America today. You all conveniently forget now that Chaffetz
personally led much of the blocking of everything Obama. Obama a popular
President elected twice, and he personally led the character assassination of
Hilary Clinton who won the popular vote by over 3 million. Point being there
likely is a majority of Americans that highly disapprove of Chaffetz and his
politics.In fact to say disapprove is to greatly understate the
I disagree. I think Jason Chaffetz is great. But he has been terrible for
Democrats. The boos he earned as much as the applause. You never want to be
cheered by horrible people and Jason Chaffetz will never be cheered by them.