Robert Bennett: Having faith in America's future

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  • VickieB SLC, UT
    July 2, 2013 3:38 a.m.

    History is so interesting. Between 1880 and 1920 (40 years) we let in 20 million immigrants. We look at it as a great wave, yet it was 500,000 per year. In the last 20 years we have let in legally over a million a year.

    No period in time exceeds our legal immigration now.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    How anyone could be a marxist even with a small "m" is beyond me. Marxism has failed EVERY state that has adopted its more extreme forms. Even in its less extreme forms, it is inferior in all but the distribution of wealth, and those below average are almost always worse off than all but the bottom decile of states with more economic freedom. Economically, the lack of property rights and failure of common goods dooms marxism to suboptimal outcomes. Finally, the tyranny of thought and expression that usually accompanies these marxist regimes are but two casualties of freedom for those under its control.

    This is not to say that market-based economies are without serious failures. But marxism of any form is not the answer. Karl saw some of the problems, but his solutions are the proverbial cure that is worse than the disease.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    Though I consider myself a marxist (small "m") because I think Marx's economics belongs in mainstream economics, I nevertheless believe to a degree in Providence. Examples of Providence that the senator might not be so comfortable with are Roosevelt's dealing with the Great Depression and Secretary Paulson's and Obama's dealing with the Great Recession. I think we would both agree that we are very fortunate to be where we are considering what might have happened. But we are not out of the woods, so if Senator Bennett is comfortable with prayer - I say have it. He can do it for both of us.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 1, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    Irony Guy
    Bountiful, Utah

    Is always shocked when somebody in his hated party doesn't live up to his stereotypes for them.

    That's why it's a bad habit to just group people by party, race, religion, etc. It doesn't work.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Beautifully written Mr Bennett! Thank you!

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 1, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    I think America will ALWAYS be on the verge of being the greatest light there is in the world, AND on the verge of disaster.

    It's just the way it is... and the way it's always been. If you read any of the writings of the Founding Fathers and the great leaders we have had throughout our history... you will see the same sentiment in their minds from the beginning of this nation and throughout it's history. We have the potential and everything we need to be great... but we also have everything in our human nature to fail miserably.

    But one thing they've always said (and I agree)... that IF we fail... it will be because we failed from within (not because some military power or other nation destroyed us)

    That's something to think about on this 4th of July.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    July 1, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    Bob, you are an anachronism in your party. The GOP has been hijacked by the Cruz-Paul axis that will argue with a straight face that the Civil War was northern aggression and should never have been fought, that states rights should have been respected, and that "slavery was not an issue." They are twisting the clock back to Jim Crow and repeal of the civil rights acts, voting rights, etc. Bob, your party is turning into an abscess on America.

  • vance SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 1, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    I would like to see July 4th 2013 as the date citizens realize that those in Washington have turned their backs, while filling their pockets with money, on our original Constitution. It is barely recognized today, and until we quit voting straight party tickets and begin voting True principled voices in office, our Government will only become more powerful and less responsive to We The People. Only two groups are responsible for what is going on in D.C. and we have voted for them over and over again. We should be waiving black flags in mourning of what we are letting our Country become as we thank those who have given their lives so we can be free.
    We need to let them know of their sacrifices and that we intend to intensify our efforts to turn our leaders around and make every effort that we pursue and. return to our Original Constitution.
    May God bless us. May God bless those warriors who have given their all. May God again one day Bless America with the Constitution he brought forth for us by inspired Men. May we do our part to see that this is accomplished.

  • JimInSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    July 1, 2013 6:50 a.m.

    Congress has gone home for the fourth holiday break, allowing govt. backed student loan interest rates to automatically double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Last year the govt. made $51 billion on student loan interest. Having faith in our future is only talk if it is not backed by the required works to make our future great. How does burdening students with debt help our future?

    Sorry that this is a bit off topic for this article, but I did not see any mention of this important topic reported in any other article. Shame on Congress for not acting to resolve this matter before going home. It does not give me much hope in our future when we have a govt. unable to accomplish anything. Maybe they see this as a way to make money, but govt. is not supposed to be in the business of making money off the backs of the citizens. Or, maybe this is a way to force students to turn to loans from the banking sector.

    One day we will realize that we are in this together, and the abuse of one sector is an abuse to us all.