"Many people complain about special interest groups running the federal government. It's true, but our system of government was designed that way," according to Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah.
Orton, who was the concluding speaker at the State Industrial Commission's seminar on work force rights and responsibilities in the Hilton Hotel, said women, Hispanics, blacks, contractors and labor unions are examples of special interests groups trying to influence legislation."These groups disagree on how things should be done, but the beauty of the system is that both sides can sit down and compromise, which takes cooperation," Orton said.
Contrary to popular opinion, Orton said congressmen listen because the people are a special interest group. "I am excited to be working in a form a government that if mistakes are made they can be corrected.
Orton said Congress faces major problems including preserving financial institutions, educating people and reducing the budget deficit. He considers education the most critical issue facing the country so that people can compete with foreign countries where education is a top priority.
Another speaker was Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, who said that many people believed when the Berlin Wall was torn down there was no need to keep a large military force. However, he is reminded periodically when meeting with the Joints Chiefs of Staff in connection with his assignment on the House Armed Services Committee the Soviet Union still has the capability of destroying the United States in 30 minutes.
Hansen said that before the Persian Gulf war began many people wanted to take some defense money and spend it on other things, but the war sobered them up. He said some technology exhibited in the Persian Gulf was valuable, but there are other weapons that need developing to keep the country strong.