Governor Herbert: Utah on road to economic recovery

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  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 28, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    Yes, you do need independents to win in Utah. As an example, Utah County has 112000 independents, 105000 registered republicans, and 36000 registered democrats. Without the independents, the republicans would not win.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    @pickaf- The Dept of Energy was established back in the 70's to make us energy independent. That sure failed. As for the Dept of Education it takes $1.00 away from each State, launders it and returns $ 0.50 to the State with a bunch of provisions. The other $ 0.50 goes to a bunch of Washington stooges.

  • pikap1868 Layton, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 4:14 p.m.

    @Confused- So you don't know? You could have said you didn't know rather than blaming unions...

    @Ritchie- The power of the states do not and cannot override the power of the federal government. And do you even know why the Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Education were established?

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    I see a lot of sour grapes in some of the comments above, but the Gov made a lot more sense then the stuff I heard the night before and he did it in half the time. In case some of you folks don't get the big picture, the Federal Government has limited powers, which they have grossly abused. Read the Constitution and the Federalist papers. For starters Obama could abolish the Departments of Energy and Education, because they don't belong on the Federal level. Privatize the Post office, because they are all losers of money laundering offices. Send the left wing tree huggers back to California.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:02 p.m.

    why is that whenever someone says that the Feds did something slight of hand (declaring lands as protected without public input) that the first thing liberals do is point to what Bush did?

    Even if it is true, Two WRONGS don't make a right.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    "For all of you the claim that California and its politics are "messed up", please name me on thing that makes it "messed up"? "

    How about the fact that they are 460 BILLION dollars in debt (not all caused by the illegal immigration)

    How about they are paying their teachers, employees with IOU's

    How about the fact that they are so unionized that they can't even think about covering the retired workers.

  • pikap1868 Layton, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    For all of you the claim that California and its politics are "messed up", please name me on thing that makes it "messed up"? Other than the illegal and liberal meme...

    @Rox- Do you really have to ask that question?

    @VST- Utah is the most Republican state in the country. So by saying that it was mostly the Independent voters is an out-right lie.

    @Rifleman- Utah in debt in the billions also, so gloating does nothing to make your point. Furthermore, California's economy is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, state economies in the country.

  • Belching Cow Sandy, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    "Normal people look at Utah politics and either laugh or cry."

    How do you define normal? I have a feeling I would be glad not to fit your definition. And you want to observe some wacky politics, look at California. Now that place is messed up.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    You think so Herbert? Wait until the California illegals come pouring in for jobs and welfare. Without strong laws passes this legislative session, they are coming. I see the Calif plates now.

  • Murray Dad Murray, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    Re: other
    No need for Mike Lee to weigh in; DMN's resident Constitutional scholar, Mike Richards will beat him to it.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    Anyway you look at it we are in much better financial shape than our more sophisticated neighbor on the left coast. California is $40 billion in debt and trying to come up with new ideas to tax the working class.

    The day is coming when California will ask the Federal Government to get Utah to pay our fair share of California's debt.

    It must drive the liberals crazy.

  • Rox Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    What a bunch of noise. Why are most Utah politicos so odd? Who elects these people?... the Buttars, Herberts, the absolutely inane senators and reps?
    Normal people look at Utah politics and either laugh or cry.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    What is it these polliticans dont understand about our "Fedral Lands" in Utah?

  • other Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Herbert complains that there was no public input in the federal decision to allow the BLM to protect non-wilderness designated lands,. But he overlooks the fact that there was also no public input when Bush/Leavitt revoked these protections several years ago. And, the lands are federal- and the federal government has the power to protect them. Balanced management is needed- something we never saw under Bush.

    And then he says he doesn't want Utah to become a colony of DC. Does he object to the cities and counties becoming colonies of the state legislature? I doubt it. In the news today, the legislature is trying to engineer a state takeover of all local school districts and possibly make the Governor the Superintendent of all state schools. Perhaps we should change the constitution to make the Utah State Legislature take over the powers of the US Congress. I am sure that Mike Lee, with his great and narrow understanding of the Constitution, could find a way to justify this as what the founders of the Constitution had intended.

  • Florien Wineriter Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 7:23 a.m.

    The governors remarks would have been stronger if he had added the words "and esponsibilities" each time he mentioned "states rights". It's my thought that politicians, like the rest of us, need to keep in mind that rights and responsibilities are mutually important. Flo Wineriter

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Jan. 27, 2011 6:38 a.m.

    It's one thing to have some of our more right wing elected officials make pronouncements against the federal government, but I find it down right embarrassing for our governor to be spouting anti-federal government rhetoric. It is particularly puzzling since Utah receives more money from the feds than we collectively pay in federal taxes.
    If Mr. Herbert wants control of federal, of federal land in Utah, is he going to reimburse Washington for the cost of administering those lands for the last 100 years?
    This whole situation is like a kid who lives in his folk's basement, whining about his restrictive parents.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    The nuclear assertion was the big surprise in the speech. We'll need to look at Utah's water budget -- how much water is agriculture willing to spare for a nuclear power plant?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 3:56 a.m.

    I think the governor is jumping the gun on this article. Who and where has there been any improvement in the economy of Utah? So far everything has been going in reverse and headed for more losses.

    Losses in earmarks alone is going to kill this state and the government can't keep handing out tax free development to business and illegal alien employees who don't pay any taxes and worse then poverty income jobs and call it growth. Utah hasn't even felt the affects of national recession and dollar devaluation yet. He should not be too anxious to lie and back himself in to a corner before the hens start laying some eggs.