House GOP gears up for debt showdown this summer

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 25, 2013 11:11 p.m.

    Does this country have the grit to stop us from becoming a Cuba?

    A seventeen trillion dollar debt is decaying our nation.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 24, 2013 8:17 p.m.

    Boston is the place where they had the first Tea-Party and did the right thing about their tyrants across the sea with military forces in their back yard without representation. No party is perfect and even the Tea-Party wasn't perfect in Boston but mainly perfect as it sent a message, without texting to England nor a pigeon that could fly that far. The Democratic Party for their 40 years of domination in both the House and Senate sort of caused some of this political and economic crises with all the spending, tax increases, robbing from Social Security as the baby-boomers won't be retiring for 30 years, entitlements right and left and foreign policy in Congress and the Presidents Kennedy/Johnson for the horrendous Vietnam era, and Clinton's security debacle leading up to 9/11. Both Bush's were not perfect but dealt with attacks on our allies and country. Even Nixon ended up getting us out of Vietnam, even though not smoothly.

    President got the Nobel Peace medal for keeping us in Afghanistan 5 more years and the Commander there getting the CIA-director position leading us into Benghazi and his resignation or firing for his internal investigation.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 24, 2013 4:28 p.m.

    To HS Fan:

    The Republicans are transfixed on the debt problem because the Democrats seem to want to ignore it and continue kicking the can down the road. You admit we have a long-term problem with out federal debt situation, but also say it isn't yet a crisis. Why do you want to wait until it actually is a crisis before being forced to do something about it? The longer we wait, the harder the medicine will be to swallow.

    It actually seems pretty ludicrous to most of us that the government continues borrowing 40 cents for every dollar it spends. Most people would consider that to be fiscal suicide. Before long, the interest we will be paying on our out-of-control debt will become our single biggest expenditure in the budget. When individuals get to that point, they are forced to take out bankruptcy. That will also happen to the federal government if this escalating problem isn't soon addressed. The sooner meaningful action is taken, the better off our country will be. Only the can-kickers seem to disagree with that obvious logic.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    April 24, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    JWB wants it both ways. He wants to be able to talk about a "fiscal crisis" because that allows him to attack the administration. But today he claims there IS no crisis because he fears that talk of having one gives Obama too much leverage. Which is it, and how in the world does it tie in to Cambodia?

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 24, 2013 2:38 p.m.


    What are you saying, exactly?

    You seem to imply that Obama is a type of "political bomber", then you imply the manhunt in Boston was an overreation.

    Maybe it was just leftwing propaganda from the lamestream media, but the people of Boston seemed relieved when the suspects were killed & captured. Or maybe those were just Democrats. What's your theory?

    I know people at the SLC marathon were relieved that the perps in Boston were found and stopped, that they wouldn't be showing up to the next major marathon in the US the next weekend.

    If they hadn't gone on a successful manhunt in Boston, then (it seems) you'd be blaming Obama or government in general for being inept, a waste of taxpayer resources. (Am I far off in that assessment?)

    I'm starting to think there's a sizable portion of our population completely detached from the reality the rest of us live in.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 24, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Why the party of NO is so transfixed on the debt? It's politics, plain and simple. We have a long term problem but it's not a crisis. 2014 can't come soon enough so America can get rid of this do nothing bunch of knuckle heads we currently have back there.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 24, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    The President keeps on making executive moves to make more of a crisis just to do his political campaigning for the 2014 elections for the House and Senate and impacting on the states. He is very good at making a crisis out of a non-crisis situation. Making people late on aircraft and potentially not as safe in the skies, border, and in their homes, homeland security is far from making us more secure in the past 10 years. It is just more of a political bomb waiting to go off every time something happens. Having flown on the border between Thailand and Cambodia in the mid-1970s many times, I saw what the Pol Pot regime had done to the country and no one and nothing moving on the streets of cities was an eerie feeling. In Boston, last week, it was similar with nothing running or moving, as a general rule. These two individuals caused a problem and the government may have gotten the people but it was a reminder of what the government can do in individual incidents. Over-reaction? The news make it want to be done in the one-hour reality law and order series.