Matthew Sanders: State of the Union? 'It's complicated'

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  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 14, 2013 8:21 a.m.


    how hard it it to cut entitlements? ask your provincial government who instead of cutting entitlements is going to institute a sales tax that will bleed citizens for years.

    the president is undoubtedly the elected target of our country, however he is not responsible for the votes in congress that control the purse strings of our country.

    At Hill AFB studies show they can cut over $4-$34 million (depending on which study you choose to follow) a year without hurting the service they render.

    We have congressmen from Utah serving in Washington who know the country is fiscally unsound yet each of them ask the government for more money annually to fund Hill. They go there expecting others to cut this or that, knowing they can save the country at least $400,000- $3,500,000 monthly and they they say "we need more funding for Hill"

    Until we get integrity from our own elected officials, we should not cast stones at the president or other federal officials. The federal rules have beeen laid out for decades, I wish those we elected would play by a higher law or a different set of rules.

    sadly they don't

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 13, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    It's complicated???? Get complicated is cutting entitlements? How complicated is cutting spending?

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    After a divisive and battering election, republicons would turn their vaunted communication skills toward conciliation and unification?


  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 5:33 p.m.

    More of Barama Bull is what I heard. I turned it off before my whole house smelled like the Stock Yards.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:45 p.m.

    Every dollar spent by government comes out of the private sector. Obama can not decrease the debt by increasing public spending. If he understood double-entry bookkeeping, he would know that every expenditure must be assigned to an income account or to debt. Nothing stays in limbo.

    There are few of us who haven't dreamed of buying things that we can't afford, but most of us are wise enough to not spend that money, money that we don't have and money that we're not likely to have. Obama is different. He has no qualms about spending money that he doesn't have.

    The true State of the Union is that we are in dire circumstances mostly because inept politicians have ignored their authorized duties and done things that they have no right doing. Obama is not the first, but he is certainly the worst. He flaunts his disrespect of the citizens and of the nation.

    If he ever keeps his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, he will have to change his course 180-degrees.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:41 p.m.

    I wouldn't call it complicated. I would call it dull and repetitive....oh and very predictable. Can't change a Zebra's stripes. Can't change a committed leftist's ideology.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Every dollar gov't takes comes out of your pocket? Maybe so, but a lot of those dollars produce a lot more dollars, as in federally subsidized research, education, and infrastructure, the kinds of things Democrats invest in. Every dollar Republicans take for wars is well and truly LOST.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    "Only 12 percent of those that liked the speech were Republican." Is that supposed to be a surprise in a time when politics are as contentious as they are today? I expect that the Republican establishment will want to find out the names of those "RINO"s so that they can be banished from the party. I liked the commentary since it was balanced with both likes and dislikes which would lead one to conclude that the world is not painted only in black or is a mix of many colors.

    PS. Chris - you forgot to mention that the President:

    Got the price of gas down to a level that only Newt Gingrich was willing to

    promise! (You seem only to be able to write with lots of white space between words, so I am assuming you read the same way.)

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    Slowest spending in decades
    Annualized growth of federal spending
    Reagan ’82-85---8.7
    Reagan ’86-87---4.9
    Bush I ’90-93---5.4
    Clinton ’94-97---3.2
    Clinton ’98-01---3.9
    Bush II ’02-05---7.3
    Bush II ’06-09---8.1*
    Obama ’10-13---1.4*

    *2009 stimulus re-assigned to Obama
    Data: OMB, CBO & Haver analytics

    Chris has been busy with his cut and paste from faux news.
    It's obvious from those who will look instead of parrot the radio that
    Republicans are all about spending and well spending more...

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    4 years ago barack said

    "I will cut the deficit in half during my first term"

    It wasn't cut in half

    It wasn't cut by 25%

    It wasn't cut by 1%

    It increased

    Barack also said if allowed his


    of many spendathons of 787 billion that unemployment wouldnt reach 8%

    It reached 8%

    It reached 9%

    It reached 10%

    It reached 11%

    Several trillion dollars later, barack still couldnt do as he promised

    You will have to forgive me for using this guys actual history as indication of how the next 4 years will be.

    As opposed to his nonsense talk that 50% of the country buys into.

    I look at results.

    And barack,

    You failed.