Becker warns that federal budget stalemate could hit Salt Lake streetcar plan

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  • idolspillsbread SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    "Anyone foolish enough to build something that depends on government subsidies deserves to be stuck paying the full cost."

    Remember that every time you freely drive almost any road in town.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    If a project does not make economic sense, then do not build it. That should have always been the rule.

    Anyone foolish enough to build something that depends on government subsidies deserves to be stuck paying the full cost. And, that applies to both government officials and those who voted for them. But, those who voted against them and their unwise spending practices deserve far better treatment, even though they will be stuck paying the bills which rightfully belong exclusively to their parasitic neighbors.

    There is no federal money left. Stop the spending now, on all sorts of unecessary projects.

    Your kids and grandchildren will thank you if you stop the spending, but curse you if you burden them with the massive bills for your immediate gratification.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 27, 2011 8:33 a.m.



    If what you said were widely known, BO would not be able to fear-monger. That's his most effective tool.

    You notice after bush sr. used willy horton to effectively campaign against dukakis, the dems all cried foul and said how horrible he was for fear mongering? It's amazing how silent they are now that BO's fear mongering.

    But I mispeak, they are NOT silent, they are loudly repeating BO's fear-mongering as if it were the truth.

  • Sick Public Transit, Gloria Fort Dulles, VA
    July 27, 2011 4:57 a.m.

    The city shouldn't be building this in the first place. There are already much better and cheaper ways of accessing this area - I-80 one-half mile south and 2100 South (which already has UTA bus service) one-half mile north.

    Notwithstanding the above, if the city wants a streetcar, then the city should pay for it - not federal taxpayers who live out of state who won't ever get to use it and not local taxpayers who don't live in Salt Lake City - they won't get to use it, either.

  • Sqweebie Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2011 1:00 a.m.

    My list of cuts:

    1) their wages (they shouldn't get paid over $75,000 a year for sitting on their butts and need to learn to live within their means like the rest of us.

    2) stop paying single moms for every illegatimate child that they have. One is a mistake more than one is a bad habit. Tax payers shouldn't be picking up the tab. I can already see more money in the till for other things that will help this country as a whole.

    3) Funding for "nifty" stuff like trolleys can wait. As well as the monies that are sent to other countries for rebuilding and arms support.

    4) Stop paying for anchor babies whose moms come to this country from other parts of the world. If the child isn't conceived in the United States and the parents don't speak english then no help until they do speak the language.

    Social Security is an entitlement that we pay into for our own use. If the government feels the need to cut it then they should also put their own paychecks on the cutting block after all it is the tax monies that pay their salaries.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    July 26, 2011 10:56 p.m.

    Here's the facts.

    Even if no agreement is made by Aug 2.

    #1: The debt bill will still get paid.
    #2: Social Security checks will still go out on time.
    #3: The military will still get paid.
    #4: Medicare/Medicaid will still be in operation.

    The govt. is bringing in enough tax revenue every month to cover all of that. Those things are ESSENTIAL to our nation continuing to function and the Treasury dept. will take money from elsewhere to make sure that they still happen.

    Just imagine where all the votes would go if seniors (the largest demographic in the nation) didn't get their SS checks. The whole group in DC would be facing recall votes within a month. They're not about to mess with SS or the military or healthcare.

    Now, everything else that the government does (EPA, TSA, Education, Land Preservation, foreign aid, domestic subsidies, etc.) will be on the chopping block.

    The feds are borrowing $0.41 of every dollar spent... 41% of the government can't be funded by tax revenue. If the ceiling isn't raised it'll all have to stop or taxes will have to be raised for services to continue.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    July 26, 2011 7:03 p.m.

    In the power play what happens to those living check to check on Social Security? Two neighbors have already been told by the landlord that if they are late with the rent payment they will be given notices to move. He can't make his payments if they do not make theirs.
    Fatcats in Washington don't care about those who rely on what was promised.

  • dferg Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    When will these Democrat mayors, governors, etc. get it? We don't have the money to undertake these non-necessity projects!! While they are correct that a major issue is creating jobs, the answer is definitely NOT to create jobs by starting projects like this in such lean economic times (that smacks of WPA programs of the 1930's, or what I call "make work" projects). "Niceties" such as some of the items Becker wants to do (the streetcar project, the bridge under 1300 E. to Sugarhouse Park, etc.), while they would be nifty to have, are projects that money shouldn't be spent on until we're in a better place financially.

    The limited resources that are available should go to high-priority, necessity-type projects and/or existing programs. "Would be nice to have" does not equal "must have". Stop with the "Sky is falling because we may not be able to start un unnecessary project" act, Mayor.