Utah tea party founder announces run for governor

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    To "spring street | 5:17 p.m." since the building is useless without the workers that have the highly specialized skill, what good would it be to set up a factory in Utah without the skilled workers to go with it?

    I am not sure you understand why he has the shop in Poland.

  • OfManyOne LEHI, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 10:00 p.m.

    I worked with David Kirkham at Camp Loll, the world's most beautiful and amazing Scout Camp. I know Mr. Kirkham to be an excellent person, and I believe that his intentions are for nothing but to help his fellow man.

    I cringe every time some story pops up that has anything to do with a topic such as this, where people are certain to have differing opinions. The user comments always seem to lose altitude rapidly. Politics has become synonymous with contention, and this electronic medium only exacerbates the problem as any soured individual may spew his poison without fear of accountability. What has happened to common respect for one another? Is a man (or woman) evil simply because he is a Republican or a Democrat, or simply because he doesn't see things the way we do? Can we not give our fellow man the benefit of the doubt? Can we not respect in spite of disagreement? Who has never been a hypocrite? Do we not all desire respect? Is it so hard to live at peace, in spite of differences? Please understand, this is just a general plea, not directed at anyone in particular. Be at peace.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    @ RedShirt: Where did I ever say anything about dragging Polish people away from their families?

    I said bring the factory to Utah - factories and people are not the same thing.

    And since the goal would be to provide jobs to Utahns, bringing workers from Poland would kind of defeat that purpose.

    Additionally, there are plenty of people in the US who know how to work with aluminum - but since they are considered skilled workers, they demand a little more money.

    You know, my first post was really pretty straight forward and is easily read and understood by anyone with a 6th grade education (according to my niece, who is in 6th grade). Your attempts to convolute it reflect poorly on you.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 1:37 p.m.

    Most of America has soured on the Tea Party. Will Utah follow?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    when someone says socialism hurts the poor it means they will do harm to the poor. and he will most likley work to cut taxes and education spending because thats what they do. they never want to help the poor only big corps, that pay for the tea party kids anyway.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    It is funny about people complainin about him runnin his factory out of Poland. So far nobody has stated why he did that.

    When he started making his cars, he needed highly skilled workers who can form aluminum skins. There were NO workers in the US who could do what the Polish workers could.

    Now you have people complaining that he didn't bring the workers to Utah to work. People like "spring street" are arrogant thinking that those people would just jump at the chance to leave their extended families, country, culture, and everything they grew up with to come to the US.

  • spring street SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    @ my2cents: You're right - he knows why business owners operate in countries other than the US because he is one of the business owners that does that.

    If he is willing to put his money where his mouth is and close his shop in Poland and bring it to Utah, then he might be worth listening to - otherwise, he is just another hypocrite.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 4:11 a.m.

    The only non party controlled candidate and I'll vote for him. He knows why factories and business in the US are turning off their lights and locking the gates, as governor he can legislate changes to keep factories from turning off more lights and locking more gates.

    The reason he started up in Poland is they had workers willing and ready to turn the lights back on and a government that let him unlock the gates. Socialism and welfare states turns out the lights of factories.

    He understands the relationship of worker prosperity and the economy. He understands the benefits of Unions and organized workers deserving more than poverty jobs that force a poverty economy. Most republicans and business owners are 'slavers' who think poverty and minimum wages workers are overpaid company overhead.

    The Federal Labor Laws prohibit business to use foreign labor, legal, illegal, and outsourced as illegal competitive anti american job rights. In all this 'smack down the labor and workers of America campaign' every one is forgetting the Federal Labor Laws and the rights it gives the American workforce as primary job beneficiaries.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    I'd say the far-right fringe will be well represented in this year's Republican primary. Can we please have some more mainstream candidates now?

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 7:14 p.m.

    I'd like to see Governor Huntsman run. Utah prospered and grew while he was governor. He's just what we need.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 6:38 p.m.

    Another Tea Party conservative.

    Aren't there any people in Utah who are moderate and sensible?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I welcome more choices for Governor. If this is the same Kirkham that I hear when watching PBS as a sponsor, I'll give him a chance.

  • ms Draper, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    All candidates should incorporate what Kirkham states about government transparency and in that light they should bring Terry Diehl to justice for having abused his position on the UTA Board by capitalizing on his insider knowledge to profit personally from same to the tune of $24MM.

  • Sombito Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    "Much of the company's work is done in a former aircraft factory in Poland. Working in Poland and serving an LDS Church mission in Peru, he said, gave him firsthand knowledge of what socialism does to people."

    Obviously, socialism in Poland prepared people to be exploited for cheap labor by an American businessman like Kirkham who does not want to pay Utahns or other US citizens to work for his company. Socialism--at least socialism abroad--certainly seems to have benefited his business strategy, to the detriment of those unemployed in his own state.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:41 p.m.

    ANYONE but Herbert please!!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:17 p.m.

    Isn't it time for a non-politician who has created businesses? The insiders bring us nonsense like GRAMA without even thinking about it.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    Herbert's questionable dealings in the Utah county I-15 project and subsequent pay off of the construction company that was going to file a lawsuit along with his support for the Utah Compact and signing of HB116 rules him out for me as an option beyond his current term. I voted for him in the last election but he has since done nothing but disappointment me in a very profound way.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 4:59 p.m.

    I would like to hear Philpot and our current governor. They are my choices.

  • Constitutional_Conservative CEDAR CITY, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Morgan Philpot is a very strong fiscal conservative. He has incredible plans to make Utah the #1 state in the nation and will follow through on them. He's a strong supporter and fighter of states rights and will fight for Utah when it comes to the federal government land issue in Utah. Please take the time to meet Morgan today, ask your questions and learn more. I promise you will realize this is the candidate you will bring change to Utah and make a huge positive impact!