$62 million later, Eisenhower memorial still a dream; Bishop pushing funding freeze

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 21, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Memorials are something you spend money on when the economy is good and the government is running a surplus. Not when the economy is in the tank and the government is drowning in red ink.

    Much like a household, when times are tough, you only buy the necessities. A memorial is not a necessity.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 21, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    28 million dollars in saleries from 1999 and nothing accomplished. Someone please tell me how to get a job on the Obama memorial and get paid for doing nothing for over 10 years. Come to think of it, that in itself would BE a good memorial to Obama.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    March 21, 2013 7:21 a.m.

    CHS 85 - THank you for your service as a Veteran. Now that you're apparently retired after 20 years of service, I suppose that its ok to you for those who remain in the military to have substandard training or equipment after four years of Barack Obama and his slashing the military. Where have you been? The military HAS been cut nearly one-trillion dollars over 10 years projected from the time Obama took office, and that was BEFORE the so-called sequester cuts which will hammer defense kick-in. Remember, under sequester, defense will take a 40% cut (on top of the cuts already taken), whereas the rest of the federal government will only take a measly 10% cut.

    So Defense has given at the office. There reaches a point when we will become hollow, and like Great Britain. The once-greate military power who can't even build a submarine anymore.

    THe problem is Entitlement SPending. And Obama and the Democrats have removed any discussion of even the most modest changes which would make a huge financial difference, from the table.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2013 7:30 p.m.


    So the Department of Defense is a job placement program now?

    Yes, I know that the Department of DEFENSE keeps me free. I spent 20 years in the uniform of this great country to defend your freedom. I am well aware of what military service is.

    I'm glad that the federal government employs so many good Utahns. One can be pro-defense and also be budget conscious. Mr. Bishop may be from your county (and the county where an ancestors settled), but his disdain for everything federal except defense is tiresome. There is more to the federal government than bullets, planes, ships, and tanks, and that's all he seems to care about.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    March 20, 2013 7:07 p.m.

    in response to CHS 85, please note that Rob Bishop was elected to represent a Congressional district where the largest three employers are all defense-related. Hill AFB is not only the largest employer in his district, but also the state. He'd be an utter fool not to be pro-defense. Sometimes folks who live south of the refineries in SLC sometimes forget that. A lot of us who support Rob Bishop up this way are really glad that he is pro-defense. Not only because of jobs, but to keep you and me free. (No, that's not a corny thing!). I thought the slight against Bishop was unfair and undeserved. I'm glad he's pro-defense, and pro for cutting stupid waste out.

    Some of the comments against elected officials are getting to be so personally nasty these days. Is this what we are becoming? Then you wonder why good people don't want to run? Have a reasoned debate, not ad hominem attacks just because a person is opposite politically than you are.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Of course he wants to block a monument to President Eisenhower. Anyone who would have the audacity to warn about the military-industrial complex is sure to raise the ire of Representative Bishop. Coincidence?

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 20, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    It's not much of a savings, but it is a start. Good work, Rep. Bishop, keep it up!

    This thing has turned into a huge cost over run on an edifice the family dislikes and is not needed. Reasonable Person has it right- put the memorial at the Eisenhower Library instead.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    This is painful to admit, but I'm with Bishop on this one.

    We also need to think about what we are doing. Are we going to have 44 memorials (and counting) on the Mall, one for each President?

    Eisenhower has a Presidential Library; expand THAT and bring people to his home town. Put it in context.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 20, 2013 8:10 a.m.

    There is nothing in Utah that bishop can/will also freeze?