Hatch faces voter anger at town hall meetings

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  • Thomas Jefferson
    April 13, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    I really enjoy watching the GOP eat itself.

  • Captain L
    April 12, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    For the most part I have liked Hatch, but today I heard he said it would be interesting to see Hilary Clinton put in as a Supreme Court Justice. To me that is absurd. The radical Democrats are killing us and to put someone like Hilary in as a Supreme Court Justice would be terrible and help the Democrats move forward with their progressive ideals.
    Hatch needs to go, if he is going to think like that. He has been in too long and become to friendly with the enemy.

  • UtahBlueDevil
    April 12, 2010 8:43 p.m.

    I left Utah for job reasons, but keep up on what is going on my home state through the paper here. I come from a family that has deep ties to the Republican party, and is deeply conservative.

    What bothers me most is not that people don't like our current administration, or are not happy with some of the legislation passed, but the general ton of these "Conservative" purist. Not only do they project hate toward those in the other party, but they are quick to spew their viral hatred toward their own for not being "conservative" enough. If you aren't in lock step with them on each and every issue, you are the enemy.

    History is filled with scenarios like the one we are entering, where one group decides to demonize anyone who doesn't meet the groups perception of purity. I thought we as a society had elevated ourselves above this. I thought the faith of the majority around Utah would have then behave in a more civilized manner. And maybe they do... they just don't comment.

    But based on the comments found here, I am very concerned for my home state.

  • davidjay
    April 12, 2010 2:00 p.m.

    Hi Constitution quoters. You are aware that the gentlemen who wrote the Constitution expected the Senators to be career politicians and the members of the House to be new every two? The founders wanted the Senators appointed by the states, so that the states could pick senior statesmen to send to the capital. The electoral college was created to prevent a wild session of throw the bums out. These are facts about our form of government.

    Personally I would like to see some of bums thrown out, it would lessen the power that some of the smaller states have.

  • Naruto
    April 12, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    You are wrong Senator Hatch, we are very angry at YOU. Your time is ending as a senator, you will be voted out. You haven't done anything for our state lately. Goodbye and Good riddance.

  • Another Utahn for Hatch
    April 11, 2010 10:45 p.m.

    I have contacted Hatch and Bennett regularly, about my dissatisfaction with the Health Care Bill, and many other issues this government is trying to use to take away our freedoms, and have received not only their responses back, but, sometimes even send me a letter, explaining "how" and "why" they are voting the way they are..

    I have been pleased with their conservative stand. They have a lot of influence in Washington, ...especially Hatch!!

    He is a wonderful man, and speaks out effectively with those in Washington...and he has built friendships there that are invaluable.

    BE SURE that you contact them every time you have a concern, so that they can truly REPRESENT you!!

    It would be a mistake to take the chance on losing them at this crucial time...when we need people of influence in our Senate...who represent our views!

  • Utahn for Hatch
    April 11, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    This is stupid. We're mad at Hatch and Bennett for not standing up to the Obama mob machine so we're going to replace them with - Democrats? That's crazy!

    I will never vote for a Democrat - ever.

    And before any of you liberals call me close minded, I'd love to hear about how many Republicans you've voted for.

    We all vote our own interests and the Democrats' only interest in me is taking more from my wallet to give to the lazy able bodies.

  • Fred Barrett
    April 11, 2010 1:48 p.m.

    I have observed a number of the Senators both from Utah, Arizona, and California The Republican Party has failed to prevent the attack against our constitution since they took control of the Senate and House in 1994. They have been partners with the Demo's in supporting the biggest heist of the public treasury ever accomplished by the Political machine inside the beltway called the Bailout Bill, the GOP candidate for president revealed his true colors by setting aside his campaign to support it. All this opened the way for the crazy robbing of the treasury by those in power to pull their scam. Time for an uprising at the Polls.

  • Anonymous
    April 11, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    I never was a fan of Orin Hatch. I felt he was a carpetbagger who skillfully gamed the culture in Utah by saying what Utahns like to hear. It's funny, the worst thing Orrin did politically in Utah was being friends with Kennedy. This was a friendship grounded in forgiveness, turning the other cheek and reaching out. Many Utahns see these attributes as despicable.

    Intellectually, I catch myself asking what is it in Utah culture that fed so much hatred? Why don't whose acting as moral compasses ever speak out on how ugly this looks?

    Folks, Orrin has spent a lot of time out of Utah. This alone makes you more tolerant of others.

    I grew up Mormon, I really like the ideas of grace and forgiveness.

  • Had more than enough
    April 11, 2010 8:58 a.m.

    Orrin has fooled Utahn's for 36 years talking out both sides of his mouth, It's about time we get rid
    of him and Bennett too.

  • Claudia Keyworth
    April 10, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    Orin is one of the top ten recipients to receive funding from the pharmaceutical companies. That is one of the problems with healthcare, it is run by the drug companies. He is out of touch if he doesn't understand we want them all out, all of them are bought and sold by special interest including Hatch and Bennett. They are dinosaurs. Vote them all out!

  • dg
    April 10, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    Let me get this straight, people cheered when Hatch said he would oppose making it easier for workers to orgainize? Is he part-owner in a coal mine or something? For a guy that is supposedly for smaller government except when it comes to his paycheck this is an idiotic position. If government is not going to keep a check on corporations the only other group that can is well-informed citizens working together - a UNION! Vote this clown out until he can make a coherent argument.

  • Turn them all out!
    April 10, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    Vote everyone out. Let's start over.

  • Two Term Limit !!!
    April 10, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    There should be a limit of two terms for any congressmember. It shouldn't be a career with full pension and cadillac health care!

  • Why didn't Reps walk out?
    April 10, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    Before the vote on health care, why didn't the Republicans walk out of the House and say we need to read it first?

  • Sea Change Needed
    April 10, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Personal political philosophy for 2010 and beyond:

    If you are currently in political office or have been in office in recent memory--it is time to go. Resign, move to Outer Mongolia or be voted out.

    Sign Me

    Former Democrat, Former Republican and Responsible Adult who is no longer willing to pay for other's selfishness and stupidity. I don't owe anyone anything.

  • Hatch
    April 9, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Does this comment get posted?

  • homers_84606
    April 9, 2010 5:18 p.m.

    Change at 9:20 - really? Throw every one of them out? How much do you really know about "every one of them?" Probably not much I would wager. Another voter in Utah - do you understand the constitutional implications of what you are advocating? You obviously do not or you wouldn't advocate for it - do some homework before you spout off To CITIZEN at 12:09 - the joke is not on you - you are the joke, post something relevant or don't post - you are just taking up space and waste the time of people reading the posts. StanleyR - do you really know what Hatch has or hasn't done relating illegal immigration? New immigration court in Utah, additional ICE resources in Utah, the Secure Communities program in Utah - go ask Salt Lake County law enforcement what it means to Utah since you don't know to g.g. and Retire Hatch - why do you say we need new blood? Change for the sake of change? We have seen where that takes us now haven't we - give concrete examples not platitudes - it just makes you look ignorant. Rick @ Rickety - Mike Lee is a total show horse

  • homers_84606
    April 9, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    Geez, I don't know where to start. First, the article was not very objective. I attended the town hall meeting and stayed for the whole thing. The article does not mentioned that Hatch got huge applause several dozen times and that many who asked questions thanked him for coming and having the courage to hold town hall meetings in such a convulsive political environment. I agree. Enough is Enough @ 8:52 - how do you expect Hatch and Bennett to succeed in a 60-40 Senate? Your comment shows that you are not objective or that you don't understand how the Congress operates or both. And Pat Spencer - of course each Senator gets one vote on the floor but the ranking member of a committee or the chairman gets a hundred more opportunities to influence the outcome of legislation than does a novice senator. If you believe otherwise you are delusional. Limits - you obviously would rather have lifetime bureaucrats making the laws rather than the duly elected representatives in Congress because that is exactly what would happen with term limits. We already have the power to terminate bad reps - it's called the ballot box.

  • Neil
    April 9, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    Blame the unions and blame immigrants. What a crock. Unions are the only group that stands up for the working class. As for immigrants they flee an impoverished third world country run by drug cartels and we are up in arms. Next time you travel how about cleaning your own motel rooms since we americans don't want service sector jobs. Kicking immigrants out would create a massive labor shortage. The Unites States has become a racist nation. It makes me sick. Stop the hate and stop blaming everything on immigrants. Most are decent hard working people who just want the same freedoms we enjoy. I believe God is going to hold us responsible for the awful way we treat those who are poor and desperate. By the way notice I didn't behind anonymous. I am not afraid to speak to mind and identify myself.

  • Jan
    April 9, 2010 3:00 p.m.

    And exactly why would it be complicated to have the government leaders to have to live under the same circumstances as the electorate??? Bob Bennett e-mailed me that he was proud to have voted for the bail out when I begged both him and Hatch not to do it. Hatch sent a lengthy e-mail telling why he did it. I want them both out. There are several waiting in the wings to do what we need to have done. We want them!!! Seniority is always the key phrase they use to get us to scare us to vote for them again and again. Start with new constitutional people, people who will fight for America and people who will get rid of all the pork, every bit of it. We hardly ever hear from our senators until the election time. Watch what they do, not what they say.

  • Doc
    April 9, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    Utah is the most conservative state in the union and we can send a message to the rest of the nation that even the most conservative state is feed up with what is happening in DC. by replacing Hatch, Bennett and Bishop. We can implement term limits ourselves and send the message that we are tired of the same old politics...if we don't, we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  • elizabeth
    April 9, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    I have thought for many years that there should be term limits. Bring in new people with new ideas. Every young person in America needs to have a chance to bring in a different perspective of how to better run our country. We should choose a day, maybe July 4 and everyone possible send a real letter to the politicians,flooding Washington with our concerns.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 1:23 p.m.

    I absolutely shudder to think what Congress could and would do if there were no conservatives in office.

    Get things done? Pass HIV reasearch in Utah?
    Just saying...

  • Hatch
    April 9, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    go away.

  • Self-Destructive Anger
    April 9, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    I'm a liberal, so I don't have much use for either Senator Hatch or Senator Bennett. It's a strange feeling, though, to watch the ultraconservatives try to destroy their own power base in Washington. I'm glad they're doing it, you understand, but it sure seems quixotic.

    To the commenter who asked if a novice senator got fewer votes than a long-time senator, the answer i(n practical terms) is a resounding yes, so you and your colleagues might want to figure out how Washington actually works before you decide how to cast your vote.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 1:08 p.m.

    If you're against intellectual elitism you favor ignorance and meritocracy. Fairness is bad. We can't let people Fox or talk radio attack face their accusers.

    What is Wrong with Unions | 11:01 nothing. If there were strong union legal labor would have never happened. Conservatives always blame workers and the poor. The play the jealousy card in states with low wages.

    Once workers united to bring labor up. Today, poorly paid workers want to bring other workers down.

  • to terryl | 12:50 p.m
    April 9, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    I absolutely shudder to think what Congress could and would do if there were no conservatives in office.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 1:01 p.m.

    re: I can just see it now - | 12:45 p.m. April 9, 2010

    "Time to retire Orrin."

    In order to retire, don't you have to do something? Orrin hasn't done anything for yrs.

  • BP
    April 9, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    To Huntington Beach: Do you want to know what else is ridiculous...the pay that the average police officer, firefighter or teacher receives. I don't know how some of them can afford to live in Utah, and I know many of them can't afford to live in the jurisdictions in which they work? I can't think of any other group(s) that receive so much less than their worth in this area. At least they get to retire with dignity (which is better than the majority of Americans will get to do).

  • BP
    April 9, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    So will Utahn's, in their anger, elect tea party senators? It seems that Americans keep polarizing father and farther beyond partisan lines, which is too bad. The best answers are usually found in the moderate section of the spectrum.

  • Flip-Flopper Hatch
    April 9, 2010 12:51 p.m.

    Hatch supported health care reform- along with Bennett- in the 90's. Now he opposes health care reform that is nearly identical? What a flip-flopper!

    Hatch was not responsible for the executive order preventing federal dollars from being spent on abortion. The democrats did that. You know- the democrats that crazy conservatives are calling baby-killers. What a liar.

    Hatch also supported the 2nd George W Bush Stimulus Package, which bailed out the banking industry and actually purchased ownership of companies. That would be socialism, right? And he claims to support the tea partiers? Flip-flopper!

  • terryl
    April 9, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    Learn a little about healthcare:: You suggest Healthcare reform was and is nessesary, then you suggest trying to remove some democrat instead of our republican senators. May I remind you the DEMCRATs passed Healthcare without 1 republican vote. What you say is just hypocriticle. Vote the guys out who passed it, and retain the party of do Nothing. Your as dillusional as they are. Obama inherrited a mess. On that I hope we can all agree. He is trying to fix it. With the jobs bill and healthcare,although he gets nothing from the party responsible, but critisism and outright lies. This guy is a perfect example of the double standard of republicans. In 2008 America voted republicans out in droves. Since then the democrats passed historic healthcare reform, with no help from the party of no. Imagine what we can do if we get more of the party of No out of office>!! The party of Lincoln, The Grand old party has Become the party of Palin, Limbaugh, and Beck. Cartoon charecters,full of lies and hate. They are out of touch, ideas, power and soon to be completely irrevelant

  • I can just see it now -
    April 9, 2010 12:45 p.m.

    Wheeling Orrin Hatch into the senate chambers in a wheelchair while on oxygen to cast his vote. New blood is needed. Come on. Being in Congress after the age of 80? Time to retire Orrin.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    Let's vote in more do nothings like Chaffetz, they sure sound good in interviews yes?

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    Bring home Bailout Bob in 2010. Bring home Ted's best buddy in 2012.

  • Hatch
    April 9, 2010 12:23 p.m.


  • Al
    April 9, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    Senator Hatch is quoted in this article as saying:
    "Mainly the anger is at this (Obama) administration and its arrogance of power."

    I honestly don't understand what Senator Hatch is talking about.

    The Tea Party does not speak for me.

    Any candidate that agrees with the Tea Party loses my vote.

    Any candidate that opposes the Tea Party gets my vote.

    Any candidate that can convince Tea Party people to come to their senses gets my enthusiastic support!

  • Blaine Nay
    April 9, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    Several comments include a call for "term limits." The "term limits" they seek would not only purge the bad politicians, but also eliminate the true statesmen (I can't come up with any names right now) that we desperately need. May I remind everyone that we already have a "term limits" process: We voters are are the "term limits" mechanism -- we are supposed to be wise enough and educated enough to vote the bums out!

  • Tami
    April 9, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    Hatch and Bennett may have done a good job in the past, but they both agreed to limith their terms when they started. That is exactly the problem. These people get back there and forget who they are and what they are there for, they get drunk with power. That is why they need limits, regardless of how good they are. I will vote for new blood on both and I hope enough of the nation does the same that we can get some rules that heavily favor incumbents changed! But we can't sit back and say we won't do it unless everyone does, it has to start somewhere, let it be here!

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 11:24 a.m.

    So they boo the man who is on their side!

    Hatch has never been on MY side.

  • Hmmmm
    April 9, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    The best part of many of these posts is the belief that new people in Washington will not become corrupted by the system just as much and just as fast as the old ones- yeah my person is just and will do right while in Washington but those old people are corrupt and need to go- so glad you people are such wonderful judges of charcater that you can find and identify people of such high moral standing- where have you been all along- we have needed you for decades to help all of us ignoooorant types see who is really just and noble- I thank you for correcting my igornace and for having such a high belief in human nature that new people in high office will not be just as corrupted as the old ones- I now I l know you will vote them out as well once they are corrupted- good luck and what simple minded people you expose yourself as

  • Any attempt...
    April 9, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    ...to rebuild a Republican Party that has it's basis in (let's be adults and face it) bigotry and intolerance and that basically begs for more of that--is doomed to fail. We have a President who is doing big things in Washington in the face of some of the angriest, most intolerant, and least patriotic people I've ever seen in this nation. Sheeplike people who simply don't read or write well enough and believe in catch phrases and make them a way of life. This is a President who is absolutely unafraid of you and who is beloved by those who voted for him and well liked by many who didn't. The splintered ANGER voters might just have a tough time settling on someone who pacifies your anger and is actually electable in this country. Anyway, when I read about Tea Parties and angry town meetings, I find it oddly calming. I sigh, sit back and say to myself--"they still don't know who they are."

  • But Dave...
    April 9, 2010 11:16 a.m.

    When Reagan tried to appoint Bork, liberals thought Bork was “a dangerous appointee”. When Bush wanted to appoint Ashcroft, liberals thought he was evil. But wise moderate Democrats realized Bush had won and had a right to govern. They didn’t like Ashcroft but they headed “the voice of the people”, unlike the Kingmen of the Book of Mormon (i.e. Nephite Tea Party) who were “wroth”. Some Republicans seem to regret that we live in a Republic but that’s not what our founders gave us. If every Congressman who doesn't like something in a bill, votes no like Ron Paul, then we wouldn't even have an annual defense appropriation. That might make Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich happy but not most Americans who like having an Army, Navy and Air Force. And just as we have a spectrum that includes Nancy Pelosi and Jason Chaffetz today, our founders had to deal with people who were at each other’s throats. They were inspired to give us a Constitutional Republic where compromise was necessary. How else do you govern a nation of 300 million?

  • Re: Dave
    April 9, 2010 11:10 a.m.

    We live in a Republic. That means to get things done one has to compromise. Our founders knew Dictator's don't compromise. They created a system where no one would ever be satisfied but factions would be checked. Wallace Bennett wisely stated: "we legislate at the [best] level at which we can obtain a majority". For example: Party A controls the body and wants to RAISE taxes 20%. Party B is in the minority and wants to CUT taxes 20%. If Party B clings to its view and simply votes no, taxes will be raised 20%. Instead, Party B seeks out moderates in Party A who favor tax increases but think 20% is two much. They support an amendment to the bill to make it so that the tax increase is only 5%. They just saved taxpayers 15% and upheld their principles the BEST they could.

  • Why are Utah so right wing?
    April 9, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    All Evangelicals hate Mormons?

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    You guys are really whacky if you want untested leadership in these crazy times. Look at Chaffetz, ALL TALK, NO ACTION. Hatch and Bennett do things for Utah. At least Cannon bothered to do something instead of yapping like Chaffetz.

  • wallofvoodoo
    April 9, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    We are mad because he puts politics before the needs of his constituents.

  • Obvious
    April 9, 2010 10:57 a.m.

    Orrin, it is obvious you day has come and gone. What all of these comments are telling you (and the rest of the good old boys in Congress) is to leave with dignity, graciousness and let a new generation be elected that will promote the will of the people, honor the Constitution, and get us out of the mess you have left us in. You don't get a pass on this one, not the Republicans and not the Democrats - there line between has become non existant. The Tea Party demonstrators speak to "financial stability"...which without, nothing else will matter - we won't be able to educate our children, arm our military or implement a "sane" healthcare bill. Please, see the writing on the wall - it's time to go.

  • Republic
    April 9, 2010 10:53 a.m.

    We live in a Republic. We have 435 reps and 100 Senators. Hatch and Bennett are only 2% of the Senate and less than 1/10 of 1% of both houses. So they voted against the Health Care Bill and favor repeal, but they know that unless Republicans controlled over 2/3 of both houses President Obama would veto the repeal without an override. No matter what happens this November, we all know that won’t happen. Hatch knows this and tries to explain it to the audience, but in spite of being supposed "Constitutionalists" the booers obviously have not read the Constitution nor can they do simple math. So they boo the man who is on their side! They boo the guy who voted the way they wanted him to! Fortunately our founders bequeathed us with a system that tends to thwart the mobocracy either side. That’s why you don’t hear about Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore anymore and you won’t hear about the Tea Party in a few years.

  • Said it once....
    April 9, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    and I'll say it again. I don't care if they are republican, Democrat or other, If they are an incumbent, VOTE THEM OUT!!!!! I don't mean just in Utah, I mean across the entire U.S.. This is the best and only way to begin to fix our HUGE problems that we face here in our beloved United States of America.

  • kge
    April 9, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    Too little, too late, we all need to vote these non-residents out. Yes, non-residents, they don't live here except to barely qualify for ballot entry, they don't represent Utah values or beliefs, they are DC political super stars not Utah heros. They need to be VOTEd OUT - BENNETT then HATCH!!!!!

  • Hatch, you want some koolaide?
    April 9, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    I have long felt frustration over Hatch, he and Kennedy, the most liberal Senator were best buddies and no doubt made many deals with each other. There was the blackmail feeling that we had to elect these old vetted Senators cause they can do our state more good. That is hogwash, how long was our now president a Senator before he got into office? I am so much for term limits and the best way to have term limits is vote them out. These older people have not done their states or the country any good. Hatch, maybe it is time to serve a mission.

  • AJC
    April 9, 2010 9:56 a.m.

    I for one am not moved by Hatch's campaign slogan "Vote for me. I've got seniority". He claims he has been "working very hard", but all I see is the continuing decline of our nation and greater disregard for the wonderful Constitution. The Senate is too much of an 'old-boys club' and Hatch is a senior member.

    In my opinion, these are the vital questions that must be asked about Orrin Hatch:
    - What has his 30 plus years in the Senate accomplished for our Nation?
    - Is the nation better-off because Utah has continued re-electing him rather than a real conservative?
    - Are our judges less 'activist' and more inclined toward the Constituion because of his seniority on the Judicial Committee?
    - Was his being "a senior and respected senator" influential in preventing the Republican Party from merely being "Democrat-lite' when it was the majority under G. W. Bush?
    - Other than being "good friends with Ted Kennedy", what is Hatch's claim to fame?

    As for me and my household, we're voting for new blood--in hopes of getting another Jason Chaffetz.

  • Dave
    April 9, 2010 9:52 a.m.

    Hatch is a compromiser. He seemingly has no immovable principles that drive his decisions. The fact that Teddy Kennedy was his "best friend" in Washington explains much of his political philosophy. He and Bennett voted to approve the appointment of Cass Sunstein,one of Obamas most dangerous appointees. Hatch explained in a telephone town hall that we should approve Obamas appointees so that when Republicans are back in power, they Democrats will "be nice to us." Hatch, like Bennett, McCain, Lindsey Graham, Romney and other Republicans take pride in their ability to "work with their friends across the aisle".

    What we need are principled people who will stand up in opposition to the disaster in Washington, not compromising politicians. We need real choices when we vote. I'm tired of the idea that we vote for "the lesser of two evils." Look where that has brought us.

  • IneeditSimple
    April 9, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    I must admit, I am busy and simple in that I don't understand how a place like congress works. It seems so complicated to get the simplest things done, and some of the most complicated things simply need to get done. For me, I need it simplified. I need to see a bulleted list of what the majority of the State of Utah hold as their values and priorities that we feel need representation in Washington. I then need our elected officials to post a bulleted list of what their values and priorities are, and see how well they match up. Then I need a bulleted list of how our elected officials actually did in representing us. Since excuses don't improve performance, we could measure their successes and efforts. We could see then, if our votes have been well placed. If not we vote differently. Is there somewhere that I can go to find this information? I don't want excuses why something didn't get done, or why this issue never made it to discussion... I want to see performance. Orin and Robert, please help a busy person understand you!

  • please retire
    April 9, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    Orrin, do yourself and the citizens of Utah a favor and just retire. You'll be respected and honored as a 6 (I think) term senator. But if you run again and get beat, like Bennett is going to be, then you'll be remembered as someone we had to throw out.

    And BTW, Orrin, you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. You are a big spender too.

  • Confused
    April 9, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    I do not understand the contemptuous anger against these men who voted the way the majority of us wanted them to in order to support the previous president's agenda.This state overwhelmingly supported Bush and his policies.Now the consequences are being felt. Saying "no" every time is not now enough. Being angry with them is like blaming the messenger. They did what you hired them to do for those years. While I did not/do not agree with them or my fellow citizens who voted for them, I don't condone the use of the insulting language that all too often is degrading, untrue and inflamatory.The threat of violence is excused, condoned and reinforced by many. This should never be a part of the civil discourse in the governing of our nation.We look around the world and decry this behavior in other countries. Yet do we see our current failure to lead by example when challenges are great and opinions are strong?Each party has ideas for how to solve our problems and strengthen our nation. Let us show respect for our fellow citizens and vote our support or displeasure without harming our fellow citizens.

  • Borr'n Orrin
    April 9, 2010 9:46 a.m.

    10 bucks say's that most you people, even though you are chiding him here, will still vote for him in 2012. I am a republican who has always felt that Orrin was out for himself and the Ol'Boy network. But for some reason Utah folks just seem to keep voting him in. Kinda stupid thinking now isn't it?

  • cigs and Teddy
    April 9, 2010 9:37 a.m.

    Sen Hatch teamed up with ultra-liberal Teddy Kennedy a few years ago and gave us CHIPs, which is NOT conservatism by any means. And why is repeal not so easy? Just do it!!! And what do you mean expecting our elected officials to live by the laws they pass might do more harm than good? That one answer alone shows Hatch's Potomac fever has him delirious. How in the world does expecting elected officials to live by the laws they pass do harm. Forcing them to live by those laws, it seems to me, will keep them from passing stupid laws! Maybe what he means is it would be a lot harder to find greedy people to run for office because there would be no perks like exempting yourself from the law and voting yourself a $185,000 a year salary FOR LIFE with an automatic 3% or 4% per year pay raise? COME HOME ORRIN! You need to rest!

  • LIfe Long Conservative
    April 9, 2010 9:13 a.m.

    I'm a life-long conservative, and I'm tired of the current state of affairs.

    MR. HATCH:


    2. Laws passed for the PEOPLE--apply to Congress!

    3. You've always had my vote...sorry...NO More!

    4. What did YOU do in 36 years for better HEALTH CARE????????????????? NoooooWWWWW you do something.

  • Enablers
    April 9, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    Bennett and Hatch are enablers. They have enabled progressives to gradually cripple America through spending.

    They may not have supported every fiscally reckless initiative proposed since Obama became president, but they sure didn't do a thing to stop the out-of-control spending when Bush was in the White House and republicans held the majority in congress.

    We need to SLASH federal spending by cutting nearly all social programs and only spend on the military and necessary infrastructure. By the way, 80% of current federal spending is on social programs.

  • Seniority is important
    April 9, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    Hatch and Bennett are not perfect, I think we all agree on that. However, if new Senators are elected, there will be few, if any, Senators from the West to represent this part of the country in influential positions on committees. It's been a long time since I remember seeing such partisan politics in this country. We are at war among ourselves. I agree the people who make the laws should also have to live by them; e.g., members of the Congress and others in Washington who are not bound by the disastrous health care bill just passed. I don't understand why they aren't, but I'll bet if they were they would think things through much more thoroughly before passing the bills and laws.

    I work for a very small business, and our boss has told us that if he is required to carry insurance on each of us (we all work part time), then some of us will have to go and the remaining people work full time. He can't afford to keep us all, and that makes him--and us--very upset.

  • Bill
    April 9, 2010 9:08 a.m.

    As a republican, I want Hatch to get this message, loud and clear:

    Your time is up. Period.

  • SRD
    April 9, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    The anti union threads are wrong. There is no doubt that the unions need to be reformed, however the coal mine explosion illustrates the need for balance in the work place. 25 people are dead because a mine owner gambled the safety needs of the miners against profits and lost.

    There needs to be a balance between workers and management. There is no incentive for management to act responsibly if there is no voice for the workers.

    Look at the Crandall Canyon mine disaster in Utah. The company was practicing unsafe mining. They knew it was unsafe and men died.

    If there had been a union there, would this have happened? I don’t think it would have.

  • MN
    April 9, 2010 8:46 a.m.

    Hey Hatch, your ride in the Senate is about over. Enjoy it while it lasts as this is your last term. Your last term should have ended 3 terms ago. You are part of the problem of gridlock in Washington. Why not get out now and save yourself the embarrassment of being thrown out.

  • Question for Orrin
    April 9, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    OK Orrin,

    If you really "share (our) anger," and you've really had your hands tied by never enjoying a fiscally conservative majority in the senate, why then did you co-author the Serve America Act with the Liberal Lion, Teddy Kennedy, last year, after the passage of the Bush and Obama stimulus packages (which cost us $1,600,000,000,000), which benefits worthless Americorps (why should people be paid to "serve?") and will cost us $6,000,000,000 through 2014?

    Both you and Bob voted for it- doesn't sound very fiscally conservative to me. If we don't replace you, you will spend us into bankruptcy.

  • Furious
    April 9, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Obama's new mantra should be "YES WE DID"...take America down! Hatch, Bennett and the rest of those who have been in congress for the past decades are a part of it!!! Where were you when the housing bubble was going strong? Where were you when the banks were out of control? Now that we are living the "nightmare"...you try to say you weren't the cause. You had many years to make a difference. You and Bennett did not. You are on the same train as your Brother Reid next door! Vote all of you out - and start all over - anything will be better!!! Meanwhile Obama destroys all that America has ever been - and in only about 18 months...what will the rest of his "first and last" term give us. Heaven help us, our leaders certainly won't.

  • RW
    April 9, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    Hatch says not to "blame the Republicans." You're just as arrogant as the Dems. The only thing the Obama admin has done is accelerate the course the entire government was already on. It the career politicians that are to blame not just the Democrats. "Seniority" for Bennett and Hatch...? Seniority is the problem. Time to impose term limits so there is no seniority or abuse of power, back scratching, double standards, good old boys. I have no respect for the current admin, but that does not take all the blame away from the Republicans. Let's clean house 2010 and 2012. Let's take back our country AND our freedoms and OUR responsibilities instead of being controlled by and beholding to the government for our very existence (As they would have us think and accept).

  • A duped America!
    April 9, 2010 8:27 a.m.

    Here is what some Americans do not understand. You WILL pay for your healthcare, either pay your insurance company or pay the government in more taxes. The fly in the ointment is that the government's version will cost more and be less efficient- just like Medicare!

  • GI Joe
    April 9, 2010 8:21 a.m.

    The original Orrin Hatch from PA came to Utah and ran for the senate and won. As far as I can tell he has been an augsto free loader garnering a free ride from the miss guided Utah voters for 34 years. What has he actually done to further the cause in Utah?? He and his crony compatriot Bennett should be sent free to wander in the pasture. Term limits are essential in order to maintain a vibrancy in the legislative seystem rather than to serve as a good ole boys club.

  • Unions?
    April 9, 2010 8:15 a.m.

    The legacy of Unions in America= Made in China!

  • Doug Brockbank
    April 9, 2010 8:09 a.m.

    George Washington stepped down after 2 terms in office so as to not create an imperial presidency. If we can survive as a country despite the greatest president in history doing that, then surely we can survive Bennett and Hatch doing the same. They will if they are statesmen like Washington. If they don't, then vote them out.

  • You haven't seen "anger" yet
    April 9, 2010 8:06 a.m.

    Here is what millions of Americans will do very soon:
    #1: Cancel their private healthcare insurance.
    #2: Pay the fine for not having healthcare.
    #3: If they get sick they will sign up for Obamacare (remember-no preconditions clause?)
    Healthcare costs will skyrocket and the deficit will explode under this burden!
    No one will be happy, no, not even you Demoborrowers!

  • Hatch fighting for his life
    April 9, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    "I've been through tough fights before". Orrin, who are you fighting for now, but yourself. Quit thinking that you are the only person who can make a difference for Utah in Washington. You are old and its time to turn the reigns over to someone else.
    You've become a part of Washington that believes that bigger government and political favors are the way of getting things done. We are sick of it, and we thank you for your service over the years, now be a good grandpa and retire!

  • Down the Hatch!
    April 9, 2010 8:00 a.m.

    It's time for us to retire these career politicians who have lost touch with the citizens of Utah!!! Instead of accepting some of the blame, Hatch tries to pass it all on to his constituents in Washington. We need a senator who works for **us** rather than a senator who works for the republican party.

  • RE:What is Wrong with Unions
    April 9, 2010 7:58 a.m.

    The Unions are one of the reasons Obama was elected! The Unions gave him serious campaign funds for his election. Look at GM and Chrysler if you want to see what unions do for America. They have basically BROKE both of these companies with the benefits they expect and the after effect of pensions and health care. Sure it is nice for the employee but who really is paying their way now? The US taxpayer thats who, and now that the Union owns a fair amount of each Chrysler and GM what are the doing for the US employee? Chrysler closed two Dodge pickup plants in ST. Louis and shipped the tools to Mexico so the trucks can be built there.Who is paying the out of work Union employee in ST Louis now? The Unions might have been needed 75 years ago but they are breaking the US auto industry. The Asian auto makers don't have to contend with the BULLY that is the UAW and that makes them more profitable. All the Manufacturers build a pretty good car these days.Thats what is wrong with Unions!Obama now needs to make sure they are protected.

  • SLC gal
    April 9, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    It's one thing for Hatch to get up there and say they share anger, blah, blah, blah, but what are they doing about it?

    Research on Bennett shows while he has rejected some of the measures from the current administration, he was all for very similar measures when Bush was in. Clearly a Republican/Democrat thinker, and I suspect Hatch is the same way.

    That's why on Election Day, I plan to vote for Cherilyn Eager. Look up her website. She is truly in tune with what the American people want and need.

  • Huntington Beach
    April 9, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Heres to To Union. I believe that you are totally correct. The unions were great years ago but in this day and age they are breaking the back of the governments of Country, State, County, and Cities. Just look at the police, firemen, teachers and all other government agencys. Their retirement benefits and the age that they can reire are ridiculous.

  • Angry?
    April 9, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    I don't think these guys really know what an angry american is. Even the Democrates are going to feel the anger so don't call it a Republican battle to fight.

    These guys, Hatch and Bennett, have had decades to prove their worth as representatives and failed miserably. Americans are tired of party politics each blaming the other as the bad guy, the incumbents who do nothing are the bad guys. We don't need a representation of spineless leaders who think everything has to be compromised. If a law or legislation is bad, its bad and should not be compromised.

    I have a feeling that this year will be the year of major change in Washington, even in party affiliation. There are many good independent americans out there who don't have to put up with party politics who deserve their chance to put the american people back in power.

    Their past will haunt them this year and their anger and fears are superficial and false.

  • Hatch bailed out fat cats
    April 9, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    with TARP money. He is a conservative in words but not in action. A "true conservative" would have never given money to failed businesses. If capitalism is to work, we need to let the failures take care of themselves. Nothing is too big to fail. I want my bail out money back right now!

  • CJ
    April 9, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    Hatch and everyone else in Washington are going to feel the rage of the American people now that the country is about to fall off a cliff. It is time to throw them all out starting with Bennett and Matheson, moving on up to Reid, Pelosi. Then we need to talk about impeaching Obama before we lose everything. Americans are waking up to what is happening and heads are going to roll.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 6:59 a.m.

    1. Hatch really should step down. I think he is too old.

    2. He is the biggest panderer of all time to the far right nuts, who themselves are ignorant and ill informed.

    3. Hatch loves blaming all the problems on the Dems, even after he walked away from his responsibility to legislate and not be an obstructionist.

  • Dixie Dan
    April 9, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    Do Utah voters want to return to the "Good Old Days" of the Bush Administration? How lovely that would be.

  • enjoy the ride
    April 9, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    Many of the older voters voted for Obama because he was a smart, young, clean, articulate, black man, now they complain about the way he governs.

    Our government is actually a democrat dictatorship and there is nothing you can do about it.

    So sit back and enjoy the fast, slippery, downhill ride.

    Breathtaking! Wheeeeeeee!


  • running again
    April 9, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    Hatch is going to run again? From what nursing home?

  • rick@rickety
    April 9, 2010 5:23 a.m.

    I hope these people are still angry come November. Then we will see that we don't need an amendment for term limits because we can do it ourselves.

    Mike Lee would be a great replacement for Bennett.

  • Eddie
    April 9, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    Here is a good idea! Why don't all you people who think you know it all, run for Senator! If you think that your little vote will counter all the other votes, then your crazy. Try looking at the big picture. I think if all you crazy, "one term limit" people got your way, nothing would be done in Washington. Try searching out who are the good ones and who is there just to get a huge paycheck and then take some action. Don't hop on a bandwagon for the sake of thinking that you are politically active.

  • RE:Immigrants
    April 9, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    The Treaty of San Lorenzo was with Spain, not Mexico in 1795. That's grabbing straws to justify law breaking.

    We give out 1 million green cards a year, we have temporary visas for general workers and agricultural workers H-2b and H-2a. There is no excuse for coming here illegally when a legal path exists.

    There is no excuse not to enforce the laws against the people who come here illegally, the business that hires them, or the Individuals and Organizations that encourage the law breaking. All three are against the law.

    If you sweat the pennies, you won't have to worry about the dollars. Enforcing all laws sends a message that we are a civilized society that has rules. Failure to enforce an entire area of law gives criminals an excuse to continue breaking all laws.

  • Shame
    April 9, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Hay Hatch, Obama was a first term senator now he is at the top of the dung Heep. You missed your chance. As President maybe you could have done something. But time has run out. I WANT YOUR HEALTH CARE.

  • JMH
    April 9, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    I have read many of the comments and found them passionate but lacking information. On healthcare reform, member of Congress, even those like Sen. Hatch that voted against the bill, have to get their insurance under the exchanges. It was committee staff the exempted themselves that has caused the uproar. I would challenge any voter in Utah to compile a list of issues and then compare where Sen. Hatch stands on those issues. Take a long hard look at how you feel and how he feels. I did that and found that he is voting the way I would have voted on the major issues.

    What we have is a rising mob mentality that gets caught up in the moment without looking at the issues with any critical thought. It is this very emotional reaction that will lead us down a path that later we will regret. So everyone should take a deep breath and start educating themselves on the issues and how our representatives vote. There will be some votes we don't like but on the whole I think you will find Sen. Hatch votes the way Utahns would have him vote.

  • g.g.
    April 9, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    Mr. Bennett and Mr. Hatch need to get out of the way. Both have been in Washington way too long. Move over, it's time for someone else to make a difference, or at least try harder.

  • Common Sense
    April 9, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    Everyone needs to take a deep breath, and then think. Orrin Hatch has absolutely stood up for the people of Utah. He has voted like the majority of the people of Utah, not necessarily just the way one individual, or a minority of individuals would vote.

    Thanks Senator Hatch. I am one voter who is very mad at Washington, but grateful you are there.

  • Retire Hatch and Bennett
    April 9, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    They are good men, but their time has passed. It is time for new blood.

  • UtahFirst
    April 9, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Thank goodness for a voice of reason in the all of the craziness of the Obama juggernaut. Orrin Hatch fights for Utah, he stands up for us, and he is a strong advocate for what we believe, what we stand for, and what needs to be done in Washington. I am as mad as anyone else about where government is headed, but that anger has to be focused at the right people.

    I support Orrin Hatch because he truly is our voice.

  • Anonymous
    April 9, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    I don't always agree with Hatch but have found him (and his office staff) to be much more responsive than Bennett (or his staff) has ever been. I won't be voting for Bennett this year but will definitely consider voting for Hatch in 2012 if he indeed runs for reelection. I'm so aghast at what the Democrats are doing in Washington that I'm even mulling over not voting for Matheson, which I feel is not fair to him because overall he's done a pretty good job. Anything to topple Pelosi from her throne. Reid needs to go too.

    It's up to each of us to arms ourselves with the facts as best we can and make intelligent choices in the voting booth. After elections, we must stay engaged with politics and hold our politicians' feet to the fire. This mess we're in has something to do with our complacency as well as the actions of some of our legislators. Hopefully Americans are waking up and noticing that a whole lot of things are not going well.

  • Conservative Chaos
    April 9, 2010 2:05 a.m.

    I am a conservative but some of these people in Utah are a bit scary. Maybe they should elect Rush Limbaugh. My problem with Bennett is he said during his first campaign that he would only serve one term (I lived in Utah at the time).

    More conservative Senators from Utah will not make any difference in pushing the conservative agenda....we our outnumbered....and got lazy during the time we had the majority and could enact appropriate health care change but did not.

  • Immigrants
    April 9, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    I believe that except in time of war governments should not have any authority on deciding who can migrate where. If not for US treaty default, we'd already have a fair immigration policy. The US problems with Mexico, and Latin American countries in general, are actually governed by the Treaty of San Lorenzo, which guaranteed mutual free transit and immigration in perpetuity to all inhabitants of the US and the Successor States of the Spanish Empire. The US has been in default since primarily the Franklin Roosevelt Administration, when restrictions were suddenly imposed. Until then people went back and forth without any imbalances as work or travel required.

  • Astounded
    April 9, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    The ignorance poured forth in these comments by Tea Party dupes is astonishing. The ludicrous misunderstanding and distortion of the US Constitution some of them reference flows from the shallow and misleading Skousen-Beck-Palin nonsense that is their primary information source. South Jordan is the place where people can't understand the connection between family size and the level of taxes needed to support the education, transportation, and police protection of all their dependents. Cognitive disconnect and dissonance are the hallmarks of thought processes born and raised in mysticism, superstition, bigotry--people who habitually confuse their own self-righteousness with righteousness.

  • StanleyR
    April 9, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Hatch may be against amnesty, but has done nothing to assure we enforce our immigration laws. More people die in this country each year from crimes by illegal immigrants, than died from terrorists in 911.

    One group we go to war with, the other we reward with jobs and social services.

  • Sandy Republican
    April 9, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    Before anyone gets to upset about Bennett and Hatch's positions on the issues, they need to analyze where they stand. From my perspective of comparing issues, most of my co-workers also have similar stances on the issues as our two sitting senators. So the issue of "throw the bums out" is a legitimate concern but only if we can do it across the board for all the States. Therefore, what we need is term-limits for Congress just like they did for the President. There are enough good people in this country that we should be able to keep things moving effectively on congress and hopefully lessen the impact of lobbyist that work like crazy and pump money into their campaigns to have certain representatives continually re-elected.

  • To Unions
    April 9, 2010 12:18 a.m.

    Unions when first conceived during the industrial revolutions were useful. They mostly have out used their usefulness due to changes in employment law and better understanding of management practices. Most unions now are out for the power and greed of those in charge of the unions and their lawyers. They are one of the reasons why it difficult for America to compete against the rest of the world. Come on, do you really think that auto workers with a high school diploma or not even that should be compensated $100,000 per year? And then there are the ridiculous rules that limit flexibility and team work in the work place.

    Yes, the Unions have almost driven their members right out of jobs.

  • MakeAGoodDay
    April 9, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    I'm not angry with Senator Hatch or Senator Bennett. Also, I greatly appreciate his good works! Just to name one: I don't have pay a doctor just to get a prescription for calcium or vitamin supplement.

    "Anger doesn't solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything." -Lawrence Douglas Wilder

    School thy feelings, O my brother; Train thy warm, impulsive soul.
    Do not its emotions smother, But let wisdom's voice control.
    School thy feelings; there is power In the cool, collected mind.
    Passion shatters reasons tower, Makes the clearest vision blind.
    -Elder Charles W. Penrose

  • To Learn about Health Care
    April 9, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    And which one of those do you fit?

    April 9, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Go home hatch,it's not to late to start your singing career.1 highly anticipate your first album.The joke is on us!!

  • Learn a little about Health Care
    April 8, 2010 11:24 p.m.

    Learn a little about health care before you whine and groan about reform, particularly that proposed by the Republicans, and by Bennett.

    First, we were already paying for everyone's health care. No one was refused treatment if they had a heart attack. We were just paying it through the most expensive means possible: care at ER's, uninsured costs reimbursed by medicare or medicaid or overcharging the insured to pay for the uninsured.

    Medicare or medicaid reimbursement is the worst method, due to the endless red tape.

    Healthcare reform was and is necessary, we just need a good solution. The Republican solution and the Bennett plan conceived in cooperation with a Democrat, were both better solutions than that passed.

    Those of you who were saying "Hatch and Bennett didn't do enough" -- well, make a contribution to unseat a Democrat in another state, rather than trying to unseat our own Senator, who will be in a greater position in committees to help our state.

    Most of those whining now fit three categories:

    1- Angry, uninformed "anyone else" people who THINK they understand the constitution

    2- Power hungry people capitalizing on the unrest.

    3- Bangerter, a below average governor

  • What is Wrong with Unions
    April 8, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    I know Utah is the most conservative state in the union but the realty is that unions have kept a balance in the working society.

    Without unions many things that are taken for granted today, like 8 hour work days, overtime after 40 hours, weekends, safer work conditions, etc would of never happened or if we got rid of unions it would only be a matter of time before we would see conditions start to revert back where they were before.

    Anybody who thinks we should give more power to big businesses will regret it. Businesses spends millions of dollars on lobbying for laws that benefit them. Shouldn't labor have the same representation? Unions give the small guy a voice.

  • Not Karl
    April 8, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    Mr. Hatch and Mr. Bennett have both forgotten we have a Constitution and thus cannot remind anyone in Washington--in any kind of serious way--that the federal government should be limited by it.

    Time for both of them to go. Too bad Mr. Hatch must wait until 2012.

    By the way, when was the last time YOU read our Constitution?

  • Wayne
    April 8, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Neither Hatch nor Bennett have shown any passion in opposition to what the progressives are doing to damage the country. We need senators who will FIGHT for American values! Speak up! As for Hatch's comment that Bennett's tenure gives him strength in Washington....we want new senators who will champion conservative values and lead out in the battle, not elite insiders of longstanding! Both Senators Bennett and Hatch need to go....and take McCain with them.

  • Utah Conservative
    April 8, 2010 10:25 p.m.

    Hatch is a career politician that needs to retire. He is a perfect example of why we need term limits!

  • Apply to Congress
    April 8, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Everyone I talk with about this awful health care bill wants to know one thing -- what does it mean for me and my family? Congressmen don't have to worry about what it means to them because they exempted themselves from it. Senator Hatch, why is that a good thing? Congress passed a bill when they didn't care how it affected themselves and their families because they knew it wouldn't apply to them. What hypocrites.

  • Dubya
    April 8, 2010 9:59 p.m.

    Vote them out. Make them go by the Utah state workers pension and benefits - oh, wait, then they would not get socialized medicine for life like they currently do.
    Vote out all incumbents - they don't want term limits? Then we will limit their term with our vote.
    Get 'em out!

  • @Voter In Utah 8:55 p.m.
    April 8, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Senator Hatch isn't up for reelection this year.

  • Justify another term?
    April 8, 2010 9:42 p.m.

    I love how Hatch tries to justify the idea of running again in 2012...when he will have served TWICE as long as the man whose seat he originally ran for 34 years ago, a senator Hatch proclaimed as 'out of touch' because he'd been in Washington too long. If 18 years made that senator out of touch, Orrin, what does almost 36 years make YOU??

  • From a distance
    April 8, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    I am a staunch conservative from Idaho who works in Washington, DC. Sen. Bennett is an outstanding man, a stalwart statesman who represents Utah values and deserves reelection. I hope Utah keeps that good man in office. He is a voice of reason in an often insane place -- Washington, DC.

  • Another voter in Utah
    April 8, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    ALL of our laws should apply to all Americans, specially the ones who pass said laws....I don't understand what 'problems' would arise if the politicians were held accountable for their votes? If they were affected personally perhaps they'd be more frugal in who they accepted monies from & how they vote?
    Get rid of the class warfare...starting in D.C.

  • pat spencer
    April 8, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Mr Hatch, do you mean to say a senator with seniority get more votes per call than novice senator?

  • JMT
    April 8, 2010 9:21 p.m.

    Hatch and Bennett are a vote for reason?

    When Hatch and Bennett were rubber stamping every boneheaded idea George "W" Bush had...were they reasonable then? The only real difference between Bush and Obama is scale. Obama is pushing more debt then Bush but not too much more. In fact, look at the Republican counter-proposal to the Obama Stimulus. Obama is doing $9.6 trillion over 10 years, the GOP wanted to do $8.3 trillion. So the difference? Both support MASSIVE debt, just the Democrats a little more.

    So $8.3 trillion in new debt is reasonable? But $9.6 trillion is not? Hmmmm I see.

    Both Hatch and Bennett belong to the same good ol boys club that is fighting over scraps with the Obama administration. In the end all three are cut from the same massive 'government knows all' clothe.

    Bennett in 2010 then Hatch and Obama in 2012.

  • Change
    April 8, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Yes, what Obama cried for change needs to occur -- beginning with both houses of Congress and next with Obama. Throw every one of them out, starting with Pelosi and Reid.

  • Limits
    April 8, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    It is time for a Constitutional amendment that places TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS - just as Congress got one years ago to limit the term of the President (during Roosevelt's time). That is the big problem that faces the people. Congress becomes so mired in personal benefits that they become too susceptible to lobbyists and special interests. WE NEED TO THROW ALL THE RASCALS OUT OF OFFICE AND START AGAIN! And that includes Hatch. The longer he has been in office the more liberal he has become - such as his buddying up to Teddy Kennedy.


  • 7 opponents
    April 8, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    Bennett could not ask for a better gift. 7 opponents will divide up the anti Bennett vote so many ways it will be meaningless.

    If you are serious about doing anything except making a little noise, get smart and lose 6 of the opponents.

    There is lots to be mad about but you have to act in ways that will win or it is all meaningless.

  • and the truth is...
    April 8, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    Hatch and Bennett are actually the voices of reason and wisdom in this state, strangely enough.

  • pat spencer
    April 8, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    Mr Hatch, do you mean to say a senator with seniority get more votes per call than novice senator?

  • Voter in Utah
    April 8, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Our Representatives in Congress have let us down. In November lets vote for change. We need new Senators representing the people. Vote for Senator Hatch's opponent.

  • Utah Republican
    April 8, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Senator Hatch you are out of touch. You believe healthcare is a priviledge for the wealthy and not a basic human right. But don't worry, if you ever get really sick, you can just drive right over to the hospital and your government paid insurance will make sure you get good care. Your fellow Utahns who are sick can just rot in the street because they can't afford to get care. We need better in America. Time to replace Senator Hatch.

  • Enough is Enough
    April 8, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    Here's the thing -- Hatch says we need to return him and Bennett to the Senate because they have been leading the fight against the Obama administration's socialist agenda. Even if you accept that as completely true, then they have been a dismal failure. If what you are trying to do is a failure, then it's time to let someone else try.

  • Anonymous
    April 8, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    "I share their anger."

    No Mr. Hatch, we are angry at you.