Robert Bennett: The GOP missed a good opportunity with President Obama's proposed budget

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  • Moabmom Moab, UT
    April 16, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    FDR asked why Utah replaced Bennett with Lee? Simple. Bennett jumped into bed with SUWA and pulled the covers up. Progressives and rinos in SL may sing Bennett's praises, but rural Utah will never forget. Utah is incredibly blessed to have Sen. Mike Lee representing us. He cares about people and Constitutional liberty not backroom deals.

  • Honest Abe Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    I think you are right on! However, it would be hard to say it in Washington with our political climate.

  • deserthound Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 8:42 a.m.

    Reasonable opinions, Senator Bennett. Except, one thing. In order to have an honest and open conversation about this issue, let's lose the "entitlement" label for Social Security. Since when is a program that is funded entirely by employee contributions an entitlement? Except that in the sense that this is something I have paid into my entire working life, you darn right that I am entitled to the full benefits. But calling SS an entitlement plays into the GOP's false assertions that all Government programs are simply welfare freebies that only increases the dependence by lazy Americans and bloats the federal deficit. You're an experienced and well reasoned politician. Please use those attributes for constructive dialogue in lieu of fodder for the feeding frenzy.

  • SWP Provo, UT
    April 16, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Sorry, but Senator Lee represents only himself and his political ambitions. He's not representative of the majority of Utah. Had he been running in the most recent election, where turnout in the caucuses was high and therefore not hijacked by conservative ideologues and more representative of the state as a whole, he would not be a senator today.

    I agree with Senator Lee on most issues, but I find him to be arrogant and out to help himself and no one else.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 16, 2013 7:38 a.m.

    The GOP missed an opportunity? Wow, there's an understatement. Couldn't even elect a worthy representative from their party or pass a rational platform to challenge the most vulenrable sitting Preseident of our time. The GOP has become the Green Party for the right wing fanatics of our time.

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    April 15, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    @FDRfan Sugar City, ID:
    "Would someone please explain why Utah replaced this Senator with Senator Lee?"

    It's called replacing a politician with a statesman.

    How's good ole Sugar City these days?

    April 15, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    Obama's budget, over six weeks late btw, is just the same as other democrat budgets. It calls for no actual cuts, and increases in spending. The "cuts" that is asks for are conditional on the repeal of the sequester cuts--actual cuts in the growth of new spending. Why would republicans give up the minimal cuts for even less?

  • I-am-I South Jordan, UT
    April 15, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    I understand Senator Bennett's point of view. It is valid and in some ways very wise. Unfortunately it is precisely why I decided I didn't want him representing me. Senator Bennett and his partner in crime Senator Hatch are both experts (two of the best) at playing political games. This article shows that. I like Senator Lee because he is more straight forward. He tells you his principles and he goes with them. Maybe you wish we had someone back in Washington that was a little better at the game. That's fair enough they could play the other political game playing politicians and maybe make some progress towards your particular political biases. The problem I see with that is that they don't just play the game with the other politicians. They play it with you the citizens too.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    April 15, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    the Republicans are invested in the gold standard

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 15, 2013 11:48 a.m.

    In view of the fact that Congress simply has dispensed with the budget process for several years, suggests than any budget proposal should be hailed as a good starting point. Unfortunately, the GOP seems incapable of anything resembling a "nuanced reaction" preferring to substitute the "its my way or the highway" reaction. Its time to get to work folks.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    April 15, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    FDR Fan,
    Sure, I'd be glad to explain that right-thinking Americans believe in a citizen-government as intended by the Founding Fathers, rather than career politicians who enjoy royal treatment for life and an attitude of serving by "divine right." There should be term limits and every office-holder should live on the same standard and observe all the laws the people are subject to. There are other smart people out there who should offer their time to public service and then return home to their real careers. Senator Lee is doing a good job representing Utah's majority views.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    April 15, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    I can't imagine why the republicans didn't jump up and cheer when Obama proposed a budget with no cuts in spending, and when he has publicly butchered every offer they have given him.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    April 15, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    From the article:

    ". . . a more nuanced reaction could have set the stage for a positive shift in momentum on an issue of great import. An opportunity missed."

    Today, we don't want nuance Senator. We want firebrands and pitchforks. Pyrrhic victories over progress through compromise.

    I miss the old days . . .

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 15, 2013 5:47 a.m.

    "In theory, he's responsible on (fill in the blank) but unable to act because of Republican intransigence."

    Thank you Senator Bennett for simply stating the climate on Capitol Hill for the past 4+ years. Your simple sentence could be used to describe a long list of issues that went without resolve because of "Republican intransigence."

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    April 15, 2013 5:14 a.m.

    Would someone please explain why Utah replaced this Senator with Senator Lee?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 15, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    This one was easy to predict. Republicans have been calling for cuts to entitlement spending for years, but now that President Obama has proposed some, they're opposed.