It's hard to believe that any conservative Republican would want Olympia Snowe
to control over half of the federal budget. She is the ONLY member of the GOP
that voted for Obamacare for goodness' sake! If President Obama is reelected and
Olympia Snowe becomes Chair of the Finance Committee, you can look forward to
full-fledged European health care socialism. Why anyone would prefer the most
liberal Republican in the Senate to the very conservative Orrin Hatch is nothing
short of bewildering.
Senator Hatch has been consistent in sponsoring a Balanced Budget Amendment and
Flag Desecration Amendment. His support of Hill AFB is widely known and his
support in the Senate was critical along side Representative Jim Hansen in the
House keeping Hill off of the chopping block. We need Orrin's clout if we are
going to keep Hill during the next BRAC.I want ObamaCare defunded
and as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee he will be positioned where he
can do it. If Orrin isn't Chair, Olympia Snow will become chair due to her
seniority and no naive freshmen Senator from Utah can stop it no matter how much
of a pest he makes of himself with Senate Leadership.I believe
Senator Hatch when he says voting for TARP was a mistake and I agree, it was!
Why did Senator Hatch vote for TARP and now say he wished he hadn't? Smells
like lobbying mischief to me-
It seems to me that most of the rants against Senator Hatch fail to include
facts. Senator Hatch has helped keep Hill Air Force open, keeping thousands of
jobs here in Utah. He has helped appointment conservative judges to the US
Supreme Court and other district courts, has stood strong on social issues,
fights for the Right to Work that we have here in Utah, and is in a position to
help fix the tax code, reform social security, and reduce spending. Those are
facts and that is why I support Senator Hatch's re-election.
How many companies pay Health Benefits for their retirees?Senator
Hatch will retire with Health Benefits from the Federal Government.
Sen. Orrin Hatch has been part of the problem... for 36 years.
Does Sen. Hatch REALLY want to SERVE the citizens of Utah?Or; (and
this is my take) he REALLY WANTS: front row tickets to Jazz games (when he's in
town), priority seating to Mormon Tabernacle choir broadcasts, and last, (but
not least) continued lobbyists' support?Step aside Senator, let
someone else have a chance to do serve the citizens of Utah!
To Iron Rod | 2:00 p.m. Jan. 8, 2012 Salt Lake City, UT I would be
interested in reading someone's defense of our Senator and why we should
not retire him.I am open to new ideas.=================The only suggestion I can make is that the Republicans running against
him might (and most likely will) be worse.
To one old man | 2:19 p.m. Jan. 8, 2012 I think the fact pattern in
your comment (nominal property in Pennsylvania) describes Rick Santorum, not
Orrin Hatch. Hatch lives in Virginia, but maintains a token residence in Utah.
Orrin Hatch:"(Under G.W. Bush) it was standard practice not to pay
This guys voted in favor of the patriot act, encourages citizen spying and voted
yes on the indefinate detention of U.S. citizens. I don't see a good reason to
vote for this guy at all.
Oh wait, it's only been the last 3 years that brought us record high debt and
deficits.Hatch hasn't been paying attention. Another good reason to
send him packing back to PA.
Rarely do we see both sides of the aisle on these pages so uniformly against one
persons reelection bid...but here it is. I am certain that a defender will pop
up soon, but when even I agree with Esquire, it is notable."Mr.
Moss, 18 years is too long for anyone to serves in the senate...time for you to
come home. If elected, I promise not to serve more than 3 terms..." I agree, this is not an exact quote, but it is really close. It was on
his billboards in 1976, before my grandchildren's parents were born. Forget the
malarky about chairmanship of the finance committee. His 1,2 and 3 priority is
to maintain his status quo.
I stopped reading after, "I've always chosen the path to the right (double
Mr. Hatch needs to go away. Frankly, I don't even card who replaces him - as
long as he is gone. His credibility is ZERO.
"Sen. Orrin Hatch focuses on three priorities in the new year"1) Orrin's priority is to focus on getting reelected.2) After
extensive review Mr. Hatch has decided that his second priority in 2012 is
getting reelected.3) Priority # three is subject to revision, but it
would appear that #3 is for Orrin Hatch to get reelected.
@ one old man, I'm pretty sure that Hatch does not keep a home in PA. His home
is in Oakton, VA. His kids were raised there, and his wife has her life there.
This is a good family, but they are not really Utahns. In the past, Hatch used
a hotel room in SLC as his Utah "residence", and he has also used his
mother's home as his Utah "residence". But I don't know what his
arrangement is now. But does it matter? He has been there too long now.
re: one old man,There are no White Page telephone listing for Orrin
Hatch in Pennsylvania.Wikipedia only shows that he was born in
Pennsylvania.A Google search, "Orrin Hatch, Pennsylvania"
showed no current residence in Pennsylvania.
I tried to ask what I think is a perfectly legitimate question, but DN wouldn't
let it pass. I'll ask it again.I keep hearing that Hatch does not
really reside in Utah. The story is that he and his family actually live in
Pennsylvania but that he maintains an address here so he qualifies to be Utah's
Senator. He supposedly spends almost no time in Utah and visits for political
meetings or fund raising.What is the truth? Can some news reporter
investigate and let us know?
I would be interested in reading someone's defense of our Senator and why
we should not retire him.I am open to new ideas.
"First and foremost is reining in runaway government spending"Does this apply to preemptive wars? I believe our Senator was on the
Senate Intelligence Committee when we attacked Iraq for reasons that later
proved to be questionable.Most people generally feel the current
cost of the war in Iraq is a little under one trillion dollars and when you
figure in the cost in the future it could run as high as two or three trillion
dollars.In my humble opinion this could also be classified as
"runaway government spending"Now for the future correct me
if I am wrong but does not our Senator support military action against Iran?Tell me who will pay for this? Could this borrowed money also be
classified as "runaway government spending"?
In his 36th year as a Senator in his 78th year of age, a logical person (forget
party here) would conclude if he didn't get the job done in all that time, he
surely would not ask voters to give him six more years until he's 84 years old.
. . or would he? No politician running for a political office statewide in Utah
has ever been elected at his age.He just assumes we can't live
Mr. Hatch sold us down the river when he voted for the defense bill that allows
the President to jail us for any reason (that he dreams an act of treason)
without telling us why we were charged, without allowing us legal council and
without allowing us to be tried by our peers.Mr. Hatch has thrown
out the 4th, the 5th, the 6th, and the 7th Amendments by his vote.Just what Constitution does he stand for? OUR Constitution defends the very
freedoms that he voted to take away.
What a hypocrite! Hatch has totally caved and is now spouting the rhetoric of
the far right radical extremists. He's doing that just so he can get
elected.Sad -- we deserve better.
Hatch has only one priority. Getting himself elected. Don't be fooled by all
the other rhetoric. He is notorious for saying one thing in Utah and doing
quite the opposite in Washington. If you love what Washington is doing now,
what the Senate is doing (or not doing), then Hatch is your guy. Remember, a
large part of his time as Senator, he was in the majority and a committee
chairman. Did things get better or change? Nope. Keep that in mind, folks.
It's his demagoguery that drives me nuts.
Politicians are shameless hypocrites, they get the nation in trouble, they do
nothing to solve the current problems they helped to cause and then they make
vain promises to the voters that they are actually going to go to work and make
things better just as soon as they can fool the voters into re-electing them to
their self-serving seats for another term.
"the status quo of the past three years that brought us record high debt
and deficits"Senator Hatch, you voted for Medicaid Part D, so
you know something about deficits. You also voted for the bank bailout, and say
now it "was probably a mistake." But you still insist we avoided a
great depression because of it. If you believe your vote helped to avoid a
great depression, stand by it. Believe in something."decades
and government intrusion into the lives of Americans like we've never seen
before"Like the Patriot Act and the NDAA, both of which you
supported"That's why I've long championed a Balanced Budget
Amendment to the Constitution"The only bigger waste of time than a
Balanced Budget Amendment is the flag burning amendment. It will never get
passed, and Congress could balance the budget right now if they had the guts.
They don't need any more authority to do so."yet bureaucrats in
Washington continue to cave to political pressures"speaking in the
third person, maybe?"It's a challenging time for our country,
but I'm determined make our nation stronger as a result"the best way
to do that is let someone else in