Deseret News dialogue with Sen. Orrin G. Hatch

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 4, 2011 7:34 a.m.

    Utah can gain tea party non-influence and obstructionism by sending another tea party Lee to D.C.

  • ReaganFan Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    No one better than a true Reaganite like Senator Hatch to Chair the Finance Committee. Whether it's getting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security back on track or reforming the tax code, the Senator will be in prime position to make serious headway on those fronts. What does Utah (and the country) gain from not having Senator Hatch in office?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    He is under the tea party influence and therefore irrational. He needs to be booted like Hank Jr.

  • Freedom Loving Citizen Salt Lake City, ut
    Oct. 3, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    To image that a brand new Senator for Utah could accomplish much of anything for Utah in the next 3 or 4 years is to not understand DC.
    It will be amazing when the entitlement reforms are written by our team (the conservatives) with threat of amendments from the liberal spenders rather that the other way around. This will protect our seniors and give our youngest tax payers choices.
    It will be a great day indeed when Sen Hatch takes the Gavel for the Finance Committee for I hope, several years.
    Thank you for your hard work and integrity Senator Hatch!

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    'Gee Pagan, you are offended? Seems a bit odd.' - Flashback | 12:15 p.m. Oct. 3, 2011

    Gee. So, I guess profanity is the new civility?

    *'Hatch proposes drug testing for welfare, unemployment recipients' - KSL News - 06/16/10

    "We should not be giving cash to people who basically are going to go and blow it on drugs and not take care of their own children." - Sen. Orrin Hatch

    Because, as we ALL know, single mothers ONLY use welfare money on drugs. (pun intended)

    The archaic stances of Hatch serve no purpose. His first campaign promise on campaign limits were done....36 years ago.

    Since then, Hatch's dialouge has only been self-serving.

    The dialouge Hatch promotes would be insulting to those who support him, if levied at themselves.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    Gee Pagan, you are offended? Seems a bit odd.

    Orrin does a good job for us, it's just you myopic Tea Party folks that don't see that (pun intended).

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    'Deseret News dialogue with Sen. Orrin G. Hatch' - Title

    *'Sen. Orrin Hatch utters profanity about President Obama's health care reform' - By Jamshid Ghazi Askar - DSNews - 03/01/11

    ' much so that, during a recent appearance at Utah State University, Utah's senior senator used profane language to describe the reform law.'

  • DucatiCR Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    What? No meetings with powerful out of state donors like Freedom Works? For a candidate who has 97% coming from PAC's outside the state of Utah, we should all be proud of how Orrin will help repay them for their donations to his campaign with the POSSIBLE chance at a chairing a powerful committee.

    And if Orrin is in a powerful position, for the Senate Finance committee, how is it going to do anything for Utah if Mike "No Federal Money to Utah" Lee?

    I am sorry, this is a marketing piece by his campaign to white wash the fact that in 30 years, Orrin is now suddenly all tea party for this re-election? The GOP ignores his Bank Bailout vote, his DREAM act sponsorship?

    We need to vote all of these partisan hacks out, and replace them with people who will work for the real people, not corporations that the Supreme Court calls "People".

  • freedomforthepeople Sandy, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 7:52 a.m.

    We are fortunate to have Senator Hatch in office. He is in a powerful position, one that most Utahn's probably don't appreciate, not having much connection with national politics and tending to be less involved in the national scene than some states.

    We would be foolish to replace him with someone inexperienced, for obvious reasons. But it would be tragic to remove him when he will likely be the most powerful Senator next term. It is unusual for Utah to have such an influential role; I hope our citizens will take the opportunity to understand this dynamic and ensure Senator Hatch has the opportunity to serve for one more term.

    We have plenty of "new" representation - and that is a great thing. But experience and position power are things we cannot afford to give up.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 3:44 p.m.

    My goodness, where to start with commenting on this article. I find it amazing that Senator Hatch can take you in so easily Mr. Edwards.

    Let me identify one glaring example of reasons Senator Hatch is unworthy of our continued support. He has pushed a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution for many years. I believe this would be both exceedingly foolish and futile. But regardless, Senator Hatch is no model of integrity or keeping promises. Think back to the George W. Bush administrations when, for most of the time, Republicans controlled the Senate. Consider how many huge commitments of federal spending programs and decisions were made: the Medicare prescription drug benefit program, the Afghanistan war, the Bush tax cuts in 2001, the Iraq war in 2003, and the second round of Bush tax cuts in 2003. Each of these initiatives, bills and military ventures cost hundreds of billions of dollars. Did Senator Hatch make any attempt to provide revenues to pay for these things? NO! Our budget deficits are largely due to his irresponsible actions in the Senate.

    There are many more examples of Orrin Hatch's infidelity to self professed ideals. Vote Hatch out in 2012.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 9:50 a.m.

    The article says "Promises mean everything to Hatch and he seems, in an almost childlike way, bewildered by those who would balk on promises for short-term political gain." If that's true, why is Hatch pandering to the Tea Party and far right wingers now. Oh, yeah, I know -- to get elected. What do promises mean to a politician whe s/he is trying to get elected? NOTHING!