Robert Bennett: Take ineffective laws off the books

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  • Dektol Powell, OH
    March 20, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Utah could start by removing the prohobition of Plural Marriage from its Constitution. This is an attack on Religious Freedom. I don't practice it but those who do believe they are following God. Remove the foolish section from the Constitution - it doesn't even have a penalty.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Mr. Bennett's argument is specious, for at least two reasons.

    One, the reason immigration laws "don't work" -- "the situation" -- is that corrupt government, at all levels, willfully refuses to enforce them. Illegal aliens are here because they know that there is no enforcement to speak of. They correctly view the United States as the pushover that it is -- and they take advantage of it. The problem is especially acute in Utah -- which is why Utah has the fastest-growing illegal-alien population in the nation.

    The correct remedy, then, in this case, is not to throw out the law, but rather to ENFORCE it, in earnest, for a change.

    Two, immigration law is NOT some meaningless, ridiculous law. Its wanton violation has harmed this nation and its citizens in numerous ways. The ruin of California offers one illustration.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    March 19, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    Now you can see why Sen. Bennett was not selected to represent the Utah Republican Party in the 2010 General Election. Even if he had made it to the primary it is doubtful that the millions of $$$ that he had spent would have gotten him elected. Bennett's support of employers that hire illegal labor at the expense of Utah workers was one of the reasons that he lost out at the convention.

    Bennett says illegal immigration is a mess.This is true only because the laws have not been enforced. If we were to follow Bennett's logic marijuana should be made legal, since it is available anywhere and a lot of people ignore the law. Perhaps alcohol and tobacco should be made available to minors, since they seem to be able to get it whenever they want

    Bennett's logic is that if large numbers of people ignore the laws then the law should be repealed. What about abortion? Bennett doesn't think that illegal aliens harm Americans. Yes they do, by flooding the labor market and depressing wages. Yes then there are the illegal drugs and crime committed by them. Bennett cares only about the employers.

  • Opinionated Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    Yea, you are probably right...let's remove the speed limits off roads...they are most certainly ineffective.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    March 18, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    Great Idea! Let's start by repealing the Gun Control Act of 1968 (it's as worthless as those who drafted it).

  • Trust Logic Brigham City, UT, 00
    March 18, 2013 12:05 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Bennett. I agree with your assessment of why President Uchtdorf made his statement and I like your example.

    I think though that many of the comments you referred to are because of something much more shallow. President Obama is considered to be wrong about EVERYTHING by some people and therefore their faith is shaken when a religious leader agrees with anything he says. I disagree with a lot of what President Obama does and says, but he is not the the emperor of the Galactic Empire. He is not pure evil. Some of his motives and policies on immigration could be based on good values and be agreeable to most of us.