With US aimed the wrong way, most want new leaders

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 9, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    Excuses is a sign of weakness.

    Great leaders get things done without blaming, and whining.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    "The Tea Party infestation of Congress has rendered that institution almost completely ineffective as a governmental body, and the polls reflect that."

    Liberal intentions are worthless. Liberal results are what is needed. If America is heading into a default and a collapse of our economic system because of deficit spending, we may look back in the future to these times and realize that the Tea Party was the most liberal movement of our time.

    In the Cold War there were a lot of banana republic dictators who said they were on the side of democracy and they were running right wing death squads on the side. Just because Dems SAY they are liberal does not mean that they are.

    Liberal results are needed. Liberal intentions don't cut it.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    "Republicans have an edge among this group as the party more preferred to control Congress, 43 percent to 34 percent"

    Over the past 8 years - the Democrat party has been in full control of the US Senate with Harry Reid at the top. The US House has had Democrat control the first two years of the Obama presidency in which case the Democrats had BOTH the House and the Sentate and rammed through Obamacare with ZERO GOP votes and several Democrat Senate members having to be "bought off" in order to vote for this nightmarish Socialist bill.

    One thing needs to be made clear - there is a large segment of America which will always vote with the food stamp party - Democrat party - regardless of how poorly things are going. These people don't know and they don't care - they want more free money and they don't want to work to get it so that is not going to change.

    The GOP MUST campaign better - they MUST get ALL conservatives out this fall and not have 4 million set at home as in 2012. I have my doubts that the GOP is organized enough to pull this off but let us pray they can!!!

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    @ Gary O:

    If you were writing with a straight face when you wrote that passing Obamacare "was to the benefit of the nation and it's citizens", then you just lost a ton of credibility. Almost no one is buying into that. Polls have undeniably shown that Obamacare is disliked by the majority of America. And that disliking continues to grow. It will only get worse as the bigger part of it kicks in at the end of this year. There was a purposeful reason Obama unlawfully delayed it (without Congressional support) until after this next election. He himself knows it stinks.

    Obama won his multiple Pinocchio awards for lying about Obamacare. (If you want to keep your insurance you can... period. If you want to keep your doctor you can... period.)

    Yea, right. He also lost tons of credibility with the American public over Obamacare. And it's one of the many reasons his favorable rating declined so significantly and keeps declining... except with a few low-information apologists who can't seem to pull their heads out of the sand and into the daylight. You should try it. You would undoubtedly like it, Gary.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    You can't remember when the Dems had TOTAL control of government. When Obama was sworn in in 2009, Pelosi was Speaker, Reid was Majority Leader, and the Senate had 57 Democrat votes. One Independent (socialist) Sanders who votes Democrat, one Independent Lieberman, who usually votes Democrat, and Republican Arlen Spector who changed parties to become a Democrat in 2009. In any case, that is just about a fillabuster proof majority. If is wasn't, the ACA would never have passed the Senate, as no Republicans were for it. As for the Supreme Court, you seem to forget that a conservative judge was the swing vote for ACA. Justice Roberts. Calling it a fee and not a tax. What baloney.

    Just a note in case you ever read this. Recent polls show a huge majority of Americans are against legalizing all these illegals. They see it as a direct threat to the nation and economy. If Obama does overstep his legal bounds and does an Exec Order, he could be setting up a landslide against Democrats. That is something you and other Dems should be concerned about. Obama doesn't care about YOU, or anyone else except his narcissistic self.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    @ Gary O:

    You admitted that Obama was very naive when making his campaign promises. Congratulations on making that kind of progress. Maybe he actually was a little bit. But if you read and research Obama's history, you'd learn that his personal advisors and handlers (especially Valarie Jarrett) advised him to promise whatever it took to get elected and then worry about delivering later... if ever. We're still waiting.

    The reason Mitch McConnell became dedicated to making Obama a single-term president is because Obama immediately showed himself to be someone who would not work with the other side. Not whatsoever. He was obstinate and cynical with whomever didn't agree with him right after taking his oath of office. He had no idea how things got done in Washington. He immediately created political enemies and even alienated many of his past supporters. Most insiders could immediately see that Obama was in over his head. Way over. He still is.

    You also admitted that "Obama was WRONG". He definitely was. And unfortunately, he's made an ongoing habit of continually being so. But it's good to read you finally admitting it. That's definitely progress worth congratulating.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 7, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    Hey SC Fan –

    “We are going to need a lot of Republicans with brooms to clean up this one.”

    Now there’s an idea. Let’s let Republicans be the custodial staff in our nation’s capitol. They probably won’t do that well either, but at least they won’t be in a position to cause a whole lot of damage.

    “the Democrats did have TOTAL control of government look what happened.? I can’t remember the last time the Dems had “total control of government.” Our Right/Wrong-leaning Supreme Court has been around for quite some time. And the small majority of Democrats in Congress have not been enough to neutralize filibusters.

    But during Obama’s first two years, he did succeed in passing the ACA to the benefit of the nation and it’s citizens . . . even though many citizens are too dim to realize that.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 10:26 a.m.

    Hey Gary O

    In case you haven't noticed, the Democrats have had the vast majority of power since 2007. The Republicans have only had the House for 2 terms. The Democrats had the House from 2007 to 2011 and have had the White House since 2009. During that whole time they have had the Senate. So if there are any leaders to vote out, it is the Democrats, not the Republicans, as you suggest. And by the way, when the Democrats did have TOTAL control of government look what happened. An unpopular health care bill was passed, and in response the American voters put the Republicans back in charge of the House. And, there is a good possibility that the Republicans will take back the Senate soon. So, you are on the wrong side of where the country is headed on this one. You're lament was valid back in 2006. You got what you wanted. Democrats in charge. Now, that parades gone by and the only thing left to do is sweep up the mess left by it. And it stinks. We are going to need a lot of Republicans with brooms to clean up this one. Or it will just get worse.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 7, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    Hey Objectified -

    “Obama made strong campaign promises to end partisan politics and to end gridlock in Washington.”
    Uh huh . . . Well he was being quite naïve wasn’t he?

    He was assuming that Republicans also wanted was best for America. But Obama was WRONG. And he realizes just how wrong he was. So now, he’s right.

    Republicans have dedicated themselves to obstructing all progress.

    It began with Mitch Mconnels decree that Republicans must focus on denying Obama another term as President. (Of course, the Repubs failed in that. They often fail.) And so they set about to sabotage the economy. They blocked every bill that would have been advantageous to this nation, like Obama’s Job’s bill, that would have employed millions building badly needed infrastructure and in support industries.

    Now, sabotaging America’s success has become a habit for Republicans.

    It’s what they do. It is what DEFINES them.

    As I said, the cure for many of the world's problems is simple.

    Just vote out Republicans. It's so obvious.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 7, 2014 9:38 a.m.

    But Romney is a greedy rich man!

    The people believe this rubbish and re-elected Obama.

    What a nation of fools! In a few years, poverty will spreader further, and we'll be speaking Spanish.

  • Objectified Richfield, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 9:20 a.m.

    @ Gary O and There You Go Again:

    Just before his first election, Obama made strong campaign promises to end partisan politics and to end gridlock in Washington. He promised he would bring the 2 sides together through compromise and apparently through his very presence, which he now feels we should all bow down to.

    Nobody else in Washington made such promises... just Obama.

    And now we have the worst gridlocked Congress ever. Neither side trusts the other. Obama doesn't know the meaning of the word compromise. If he doesn't get exactly as he wants, his next course of action is to villify the Republicans. Counter-productive.

    Even though that worked for a short time, people are now tired of his lame excuses and lack of results. Like Congress, Obama's poll numbers are at an all-time low. The majority of Americans no longer trust him to lead our country in any major area. None! His poll numbers are as weak as his promises. The only ones still in his camp are a few low-information apologists.

    Things aren't looking good to get anything accomplished in Washington over the next 2 years.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 7, 2014 9:06 a.m.

    "Comments about ‘With US aimed the wrong way, most want new leaders"

    And yet over 90% of Americans were happy with GW Bush's job performance as he committed an unprovoked attack against Iraq and killed over a hundred thousand of their people, and thus recruited tens of thousands of hard-core terrorists dedicated to the destruction of America and Americans.

    Wouldn't you say we were "aimed the wrong way" back then?

    That's when America should have wanted a new leader.

    We still have a chance to improve the world situation.

    How? Simple . . . Just vote out Republicans.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:57 a.m.

    Funny thing about polls that show Congress at 14%. Most voters will say they want Congress to change, but they for the most part like their guy. It is just all the other "guys" they don't like and want voted out. That's why, in spite of how low Congress' numbers are, about 98% of the incumbents will be reelected.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Aug. 7, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    Incumbent ought to be a dirty word by now. They should all be turned out and term limits imposed.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 7, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    "Leaders do the right things, managers do things right", Dr. Peter Drucker. Obama is a very poor leader and a bad manager! Don't blame me, I voted for Romney!

  • captainA Orem, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 6:16 p.m.

    We keep electing incumbents for what reason? Isn't that the definition of insanity, do the same thing over and over again and hoping for a different result.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 6, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    Which is it, Ted? Did you mean to say you trust Democrats the least? Speaking personally, I trust the GOP - to oppose anything that Obama and co. ever touched.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:53 p.m.

    Big changes likely coming to Congress this year, and it will likely be the Democrats who are put out of power. Not much chance of House change. The single worst Senator and the one who has stalled Congress the most is Harry Reid. The best thing that could happen to get more done in Congress is to have the Republicans take control and put Harry Reid as minority leader.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    In the interest of fair play, as a rejoinder to 2:15...

    I trust Republicans.

    I trust Republicans will continue to work tirelessly toward destroying our wonderful country.

    I trust Republican partisans will forget 2001-2008.

    I trust Republicans will forget 2 unfunded wars.

    I trust Republicans will forget Medicare Part D.

    I trust Republicans will forget our economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month as they left the White House.

    I trust Republicans will forget they swore an oath to make President Obama a one term POTUS when he was ELECTED.

    I trust Republicans will forget the use of the filibuster as a political weapon.

    I trust Republicans will expect Democrats to forget how Republicans used a scorched earth vendetta of obstruction against Democrats.

    I trust Republicans.

    Thanks for the opportunity to respond to 2:15.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    They're not going to change. They are all drunk with power. I don't trust either, but, I distrust Obama and his democrat minions the least. Not only have the democrats thrust us into more poverty, they have destroyed the healthcare system, destroyed our ability to defend ourselves, weaken every aspect of our society that is or was good. They are the party of dope. The party that voted out God. They actually believe legalizing drugs is going to help people. They preach about life, and then fund the deaths of millions of unborn children. They don't know how to create anything, but, rather tax it and overspend it policies.

    Many Republicans are in bed with the democrats.

    None of them are actually held accountable. Instead they become more wealthy off of our backs.

    We can't question them. The media won't question them.

    It's a sad state of affairs in our nation.

    Terrorism has now taken over nations. They are getting stronger. They still teach the destruction of our nation and our people.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    " . . . just 13 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress overall is handling its job."

    I'm surprised that som many people approve of Congress. These must be people who don't pay any attention at all to what's going on in the nation.

    The Tea Party infestation of Congress has rendered that institution almost completely ineffective as a governmental body, and the polls reflect that.