Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, other GOP hopefuls trip, explain in early 2012 jockeying

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  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 29, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    The common statement I hear, from most of my co-workers, in this neck of the woods in So.Cal, is that they wanted Romney. And these people are Independents.
    The Reps play by the old merit system. If you pay your dues, with loyalty and effort, you will be nominated.
    Last time around was McCain. This time it will be Mitt.
    Mark my words. The fact that the former DNC chairman, Howard Dean, made the comment that he was "relieved", when Mitt bowed-out, during the last presidential primaries, spoke volumes.
    The GOP is very aware of that.
    Don't count Mitt out. You will be sorely mistaken.

  • Independent Henderson, NV
    Dec. 28, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    "Are you telling me that my STATE can force me to buy health insurance?"

    The 10th Amendment States: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    So, yes, possibly a state could force you to buy health insurance, because it is not a power delegated to the national government, and is not clearly prohibited to the states (although one could argue that it constitutes a taking of property without due process, which is prohibited by the 5th and 14th amendments). One thing seems pretty clear though; The Constitution does not delegate the power to force people to buy health insurance to the national government. If anything, that power would be reserved to the states, or more likely, to the people. In other words, the people reserve the power to themselves to buy or not to buy health insurance.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    'Show me where. I would be surprised.' - Sank You, Doctor | 11:09 a.m.

    You pay state taxes.

  • Sank You, Doctor Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 11:09 a.m.


    Are you telling me that my STATE can force me to buy health insurance? I sure hope not! I do not see where a state has the right to take away my freedom when the federal government can't.

    Please explain yourself. Are you saying that a state's constitution allows mandates? Show me where. I would be surprised.

  • 5 Orem, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    It is becoming more common to read editorial in the media based on misperceptions built by the media. In this case the comparison of federal mandates to buy health insurance and states mandates to buy insurance. Does the author not understand the limitations of the US constitution which don't apply to states rights? States may have many rights and mandates which don't apply to the federal government. That is the whole basis of the difference between state government and federal government. This author could use some basic civics lessons.

  • Furry1993 Somewhere in Utah, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 7:35 a.m.

    I don't see where ANY of the candidates mentioned in the article has any value, or would be good for the United States.

    I really wish Huntsman would run. He is the only Republican so far that I could in any way support.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 2:27 p.m.

    'But with the Iowa caucuses less than 13 months away, at least a dozen Republicans are jockeying for position, speaking to groups throughout the country, writing op-ed columns and taking potshots at one another.' - Article

    Nice pic of Sarah Palin.

    I thought she was party of the Tea Party?