GOP hopefuls cheer for a spending showdown

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  • Gentile brookings, SD
    March 1, 2011 3:16 p.m.

    Have you seen the latest polls that reflect moderate, calm thinking in the American body politic? Obama is becoming unbeatable. See John Thune's latest comments. I wonder why the nation is slowly moving to Obama?

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    March 1, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    One of PRIME responsibilities of the federal government is the security of this country,

    while there may be some small cuts that can be made here,

    any drastic cuts could endanger our country.

    what should be cut is social spending and all the handouts given to states annually,

    all that spending could and should be done at the state or local level.

    we do NOT need the federal government in our schools, our homes, our cars, our businesses, our healthcare, our lands, our environment, etc.

    All that can and should done by the state or local governments.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2011 12:38 p.m.

    In case people don't understand let me help you to put his in perspective.

    $15,000,000,000,000 is how much debt we have and it's growing exponetially.

    Average household make around $30,000-40,000. Can you see the difference in zeros? How in the world could that not make anyone nervous? When China, Britain, European alliances are scared about our debt that should be a hint that it's too much!

    We need to cut back and cut now!

    How many left wing nut jobs were ticked at Bush and said we couldn't afford a 300 Billion dollar war? Yet they feel we can support $4 Trillion spending programs half of which are going to other countries, the other half isn't going to our economy.

    Barack sold us out!

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    March 1, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    liberal larry
    You, as libs tend to do, have it backwards. It is the overspender that would have the government shutdown. And why would they have it shutdown? So it will be a PR disaster for the evil conservatives. Repeat after me, we are broke! Say it like you chant all the slogans at your anti-capitalism rallys in Wisconsin and else where... We are broke! We are broke! Say it until everyone hears it and understands our situation. Stop villifying those who are trying to bring our country from the brink of financial disaster.
    When we can no longer afford anything, then the socialist utopia will be complete. We will all be poor together. long live cloward and piven. At least long live piven.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    March 1, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    Its really hard to follow the logic of right wing conservatives who threaten to shut down the government if they don't get their mis-guided tax cuts. The last time they shut down the feds, it was a PR disaster. Its sort of like holding a gun to your head and shouting "Give me what I want, or I'll shoot!

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    March 1, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    300 ships and platforms operated by the military are not even seaworthy, nor are there plans to make them so, yet they are being maintained by the military at a cost to this country of over $900M. Could the state of Utah use that for education? I think so.

    Mitt bankrupted several of his companies in order to make the others look profitable, he is not the answer for financial reform. Currently on the horizon the GOP has a remote chance of getting a president elected in 2012 as there is too much pary infighting.

    We should continue to make the current president accountable as he is litening. This week he said he would allow states to change the healthcare if they can show a better way. That is progress and supposedly what the country wanted, now we will see how many states come up with a better plan or if they were just whining over having to change.

    The state of Utah needs to lead out in cutting costs instead of waiting to see the federal government do so. Currently the state takes more tax dollars from the feds than they pay in. That is wrong.

  • AmPatriot Kearns, UT
    March 1, 2011 6:10 a.m.

    Why is there any debate about over-spending? They all know how disastrous it is for an economy so what is the secret behind the scene? What has the Busch's and Obama really done to this country that makes all our congressmen shudder in fear to balance a budget? Who have they sold this country to? Why is our congress too terrorized to consider even reducing spending? Obama's plan is to maintain his spending and not stop or reduce anything. Is the US being blackmailed in to this position for secret promises and borrowing? Has Obama gone to the black market loan sharks and borrow money? The american people are not being told everything and closed doors and closed government still reigns supreme.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 1, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    This brinkmanship is irresponsible leadership, putting personal ambition for power ahead of the good of the country. Politicians want to play this game, all while protecting their own special interests, and then putting the economy of the U.S. in jeopardy. Voters should pay close attention to who can actually govern and put out real ideas, and those who give general criticism from the peanut gallery.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 11:04 p.m.

    Our elected leaders, President and the Congress, should be personally responsible to pay the debts they incur that put our nation, which they serve, into such huge deficits by their spending. It is an easy thing to say, just shut it all down, unless you are one who will lose employment, possible your home, etc., by the shutdown. Gov. Romney would be the man to fix the financial problems, but the fix will not come without casualties of innocents who may lose everthing in the process. Those who brought us to this brink of disaster must step up and be responsible. If that does not happen, there is little hope for our future.

  • John Charity Spring Alloway, NJ
    Feb. 28, 2011 9:44 p.m.

    In this, the battle to save America, who win will out? Will it be the right who seek for fiscal responsibility or will it be the left who seek to turn this Country into a welfare state?

    Entitlement programs are driving this Country further and further into debt. It could not be more obvious that the government cannot afford to finance the lifestyle of an ever expanding population of those who will not work to provide for their own needs.

    Apparently, many would be content to take from the military to give to the lazy. They may change their tune when they find that we are not invaded by the socialists of Europe, but by terrorist states.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 28, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    Mitt we are still waiting for an original idea.

    Neither of the major parties will touch the defense spending which takes more than 35% of every tax dollar.

    They are not serious about controlling spending or that would be addressed. This is a political show. Were they serious this issue would have been addressed already.