House GOP challenges Obama to join them

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  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Jan. 5, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    If US-House Republicans corrupt cartel, ideology and greed being their principal motivators of nothing said that they should be working on real tax reforms also that closes the GOP loopholes through deregulations plus start balancing taxes, get rid of off shore tax safe havens, wealthy Americans can evade paying taxes by hiding their money in offshore accounts with little fear that either the financial institution or the country that houses their money will report them to the IRS. Get rid of all "Loopholes that Allow Qualifying Institutions to Still Serve as Conduits for Tax Evasion." It's called money, greed, corruption, above the law, (ignore us common people unless they need your votes), career politician's who will take money from any special interest and say or do anything to keep his hold on power. It's secret government by the insiders, for the insiders only today. That's for BIG BUSINESS "ONLY" and their deep pocket's, challenged Barack Obama to really overhaul the nation's tax code. That's fine with me. I would agree with that in a heart beat, as long as it got rid of all this GOP deregulation corruption that they started.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:03 a.m.

    'But separation of church and state requires that such moral beliefs not be imposed on others against their will.' - Considering | 6:55 p.m.

    Prop 8 was an example that conservatives only want their 'morals' followed...

    when it suits their purpose.

    When it's life-saving treatment?

    'Don't force others to donate...'

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    Re: Esquire

    Once you get past the gimmicks and rhetoric of the the Democrats, all you have left is hypocrisy. They are as phony as a three dollar bill. They'll cut a few named programs, and pump money into other programs that they love, including their pork. It's enough to make you want to throw up.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Is this now a mandate? Is this "our way or no way" by the republicans? Isn't that what they were arguing against when the democrats had control? I find this very amusing! Same old song and dance that will continue until the people wake up and put real people in power, not rich people who can fight over "our" futures without concern of how it affects "us." Right now, politics is for the rich, and that needs to change to see real change in this country!

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Jan. 5, 2011 8:04 a.m.

    It's ironic that the Republicans think that they have a "mandate" to cut the federal deficit. Under Reagan, and Bush, they have shown zero ability to rein in spending. They are pretty good at cutting taxes, but that has added to the deficit even more than their inability to cut spending. I just can't see them succeeding. All of this political posturing is just a cynical attempt to regain political power.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Where was the GOP when a certain Republican president took Clinton's surplus and flushed it down the toilet?

    Where was this call for cutting costs when that President drove up deficits and expanded government?

    Where was the worry of costs when the GOP Congress let that President take us to 2 different and costly wars?

    Why they only angry when a Demo is in the White House? Interesting.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    After all we've been through with the federal government for decades, the ignorant blind still want to be led by the corrupt blind. Big government never has solved a single problem, but they have caused myriads of them. Let the people rule at a lower level.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 6:59 a.m.

    Once you get past the gimmicks and rhetoric of the the Republicans, all you have left is hypocrisy. They are as phony as a three dollar bill. They'll cut a few named programs, and pump money into other programs that they love, including their pork. It's enough to make you want to throw up.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    For me this is really very simple.

    Many believe there is a moral or religious obligation to provide financial help including helping pay for healthcare costs for the poor. I don't disagree.

    But separation of church and state requires that such moral beliefs not be imposed on others against their will.

    I have no objection if others wish to participate in some kind of utopian or communitarian medical expense sharing system. If they can show that it is working well to provide for those in need while encouraging self-reliance I might even ask if I can join.

    But I greatly resent being forced to fund others' grand ideas under threat of criminal penalties.

    I don't force others to donate to my preferred charities: be they religious or secular. I am charitable with MY money; not what belongs to others. I wish liberals would stop forcing me to support their favored charities.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    Let's call out everyone in Congress who still supports Obama's health care laws. It will help us learn who to vote for in 2012.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:15 p.m.

    Cut WHAT? It's getting old asking that question with no answers!

    BTW, I'm sure glad our founding fathers (the ones the neocons seem to know personally) had the same "no compromise" attitude. Wait.....

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    Everyone knows Obamacare will not be repealed - this is a "show" vote that allows the House GOP to pound their chests and posture for political purposes, nothing more.

    What will be interesting is to see how the Democrats punish freshman GOP Representatives from swing districts by pointing out that:

    1) They are reinstituting the denial of benefits for children with pre-existing conditions.

    2) They are ripping these protections away without any corresponding alternative.

    What will also be interesting is to see how far Darrel Issa will accomodate the CEOs he recently sent letters to asking which regulations they'd like to see abolished.

    Hopefully his efforts won't have the same result as Bush's suspension of Clean Air Act regulations for coal power plants in east Texas, where pecan farmers have been devastated by the accompanying sulphuric oxide pollution.

    Any bets on whether Rio Tinto will push for exemption for environmental regulations for their real estate developments in the Salt Lake Valley?

  • MormonDem Provo, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    I'm amazed that the GOP thinks this short game is going to do them or the country any long-term good.

    First, the Dems were one chess move ahead of them on the healthcare bill. Are they going to repeal the parts that have just been enacted? Which ones? The part that prohibits denial of coverage to children with cancer? Or the part that closes the prescription drug donut hole?

    In order to have to repeal, they're going to have to identify which parts they don't like. And when they do that, the public will realize that they DO like them. Polls show that a person's opposition to the healthcare bill is directly proportional to their ignorance about what the bill actually contains. The more they know about what's actually in it, the more likely they are to like it. Good luck explaining to the public why you took away insurance for kids with cancer, Cantor!

    Obama's ability to get Republicans and Democrats to work together during the lame duck session gave his numbers a huge boost, proving that what the American people want isn't a Republican government, but an effective one.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    'At the same time, incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., conceded the new GOP majority intends to bypass its own new rules when it votes next week to wipe out the health care law approved by Democrats in 2010.' - Article


    Chicago style politics anyone?

    Republicans 'vowed' to stop Healthcare reform. Not repeal it.

    Now, after Healthcare reform passed, now they 'vow' to repeal it.

    Republicans gain majority in the House in 2010 Midterms.

    Let's forget about the promises of jobs too.