Utah delegation frustrated as they wait on budget decision

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 9, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    It sounds like Rep. Chaffetz is the one least likely to compromise. His supporters must love him for the way he sticks to his principles.

    That's why he is so ineffective. Blame the stalemate on him and his fellow class of tea-party-supported fanatics. They are more interested in their message than their responsibility.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 8, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    Representative Bishop: establish your leadership in deficit reduction and call for the closure of Hill AFB.

    Its time to get serious about cutting spending, and closing Hill would save far, far more money than cutting off Planned Parenthood. It's clear that our nation cannot maintain our current levels of defense spending. We're borrowing hundreds of $Billions from the Chinese and then we spend 7 times as much as they do on defense? This is patently insane.

    We're set to spend more on the F-35 fighter than the GNP of Australia? Push your speaker to cut defense by 20% or more. Then you'll have moral authority to speak on deficits.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    April 8, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    CHS85 -- oh, are you talking about the Obama Wars? You're trying to blame Boehner for the cost of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghamistan... But what about Libya too? Didn't Barry, oh, I'm sorry -- Barack... our Commander In Chief....(not one day of military experience on his resume) campaign on the idea of all U.S. troops being out of Iraq and Afghamistan by, oh, wasn't it last year? And what about the terrorists at GITMO? Being tried in US Civilian Courts per the ACLU? What happened to those plans, when Barry Administration announced quietly last week that they'd begin military tribunals at GITMO after all? Oh, wait, maybe that mean, old, terrible George W. Bush, was right about something AFTER ALL??????? Lefties and Leftist media will never admit it though..

  • facts_r_stubborn Kaysville, UT
    April 8, 2011 6:06 p.m.

    Congress can't keep shutting the government down to solve every budget dispute. That will just add to the deficit and wreak havoc on the economy.

    It's a little like doctors in the emergency room fighting over which procedure is best, while the patient expires.

    Yes, the deficit and its rate of growth are extremely dangerous to our future prosperity and our national security. But the facts are the facts and neither side is pure in tackling the tough issues.

    The fact is you can't curb this deficit and the growth in deficit spending by cutting funding for discretionary spending. Some programs are essential, and some programs may have debatable value. But is this the battle to die for?

    Having said that, until Congressman Ryan's plan came out, no one was willing to tackle the elephant in the room, entitlements. Now many find this GOP plan reckless. Fine, what is your alternative? Some combination of benefit cuts, raising or retirement age, reducing of health care cost must occur if the budget is to brought under control.

    Congress' attack on discretionary spending reminds me of Don Quixote's attack on the windmills. Pick battles that matter!

  • SuperArcher Lehi, Utah
    April 8, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Hatch is lying. Funding for Planned Parenthood *is* legal. The Family Planning Services and Population Act signed by (gasp!) Nixon in 1971 amended the Public Health Service Act to fund Planned Parenthood under Title X.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    April 8, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    ...and John will continue to spend $370 million per DAY in endless, needless wars with no end in sight sending hundreds of thousands of young men and women into harm's way toppling sovereign nations and chasing rouge terrorists throught the hills...

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    April 8, 2011 4:16 p.m.

    Harry and Barry will not fund the troops but they will fund the killing of babies.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 8, 2011 4:09 p.m.

    *'Memories of 1995 haunt GOP as shutdown talk grows' - By Charles Babington - AP - Published by DSNews - 02/20/11

    WASHINGTON Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents.

    *'Senate Republicans Block Defense Bill, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal' - By MATTHEW JAFFE and DEVIN DWYER - ABC News - 09/21/10

    Thats right.

    Republicans voted against the ENTIRE defense budget...

    rather than allow openly gay service members in the military.

    And you think they care about you?

    Best of luck.