Michael Gerson: Forecast for Washington — more paralysis and posturing

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  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    I have no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama will meet with members of both parties and talk common sense solutions for the upcoming budget. Yes I know Barack will listen and respect the opinions and suggestions given to him especially regarding the facts about Obamacare and it's impact on jobs and exploding costs. I have full confidence that Barack will handle the upcoming budget talks with the same degree of thoughtful and skillful leadership that he exhibited during the Syrian crisis and the Libyan embassy tragedy a year earlier. The America people have full confidence in their president to continue to be the great leader that he is always putting the priorities of the country above his own political ambitions. If you believe all this I have some swamp land in Florida for sale at a bargain price that you will surely be interested in.....

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    "But conservatives sense opportunity in a weakened president and a deeply unpopular law (Obama care)". I am getting more and more annoyed at these naysayers. A slight majority of Americans feel that Obamacare will increase healthcare costs despite facts indicating otherwise, including my own experience. Where I work (a company with less than 100 employees) r the premiums were projected to go up 20 percent for 2014. We have just secured a contract, providing the same coverage) reflecting only a one percent increase. This is the second year in a row our premiums have remained stable.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    Syria gives up its WMD's??

    The U.N. has proved itself more than incompetent at enforcing ANYTHING, much less munitions that could fit in a car trunk.

    U.S. citizens can pretend he'll give them up as long as they want, but it WON'T happen! He may turn over "some", limited amounts but he could always keep a few in his bedroom drawers. None the wiser.
    Also, Hezbullah, and Hamas are good candidates to carry them around for awhile. For safekeeping, of course.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    Easy prediction when the president has already taken a stand and publicly stated he won't negotiate on anything on the budget or debt.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    KJB1 what are you talking about? Not Syria. Putin got what HE wanted, which was an unchanged government and leader in Syria. Assad will still be there, still being one of Putins best allies in the mid-east. Assad will also go on killing at will if he wants to. Just not with chemical weapons. You at least understand that none of this attacking Syria talk would have happend at all if Obama had not blustered off the cuff with that "red line" talk. All that has happened since then is a scramble to save face for Obama. What no one believes though is that this was strength displayed by our President and our country. Most everyone both foreign and domestic think that we looked weak and indecisive.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 18, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Obama's "handling" of Syria is just one more proof that he is not qualified to be President. Bluster is no replacement for leadership. He blusters about everything and does nothing. It's clear that when many of us agree with Putin, that we have a President who is not qualified to be in office. He just does not understand his duties and he is not willing to learn. That is a recipe for failure. At least he is succeeding in being a failure.

    When history is written, Obama's name will be synonymous for incompetent.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    One Vote. When GWB was president, why didn't you support and praise him?

    KJB1. Thousands of innocent Syrians are still dying and do you honestly believe Assad will turn over his chemical weapons to Putin, who probably sold them to him in the first place? Obama looks weak and retreating and Iran, N. Korea and the Muslin Brotherhood are laughing today. Putin won big time and America is weaker and getting jeered by the world!

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:20 a.m.

    @one vote

    You are misreading the situation. Most conservatives support the United States more than they support an American president whose objective is to diminish the United States.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Sept. 18, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    President Obama got Putin to give him everything he wanted and is track to realize his goal in Syria (eliminating their use of chemical weapons) without firing a shot. Why are conservatives so intent on turning that into a failure?

    Oh, that's right. They'd have to admit he was successful. Can't have that.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 7:55 a.m.

    Most conservatives will support Russia than the United States. What happened to your "with us our against us" or "love it or leave it".

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 18, 2013 7:50 a.m.

    In the game of "fundamental change" versus the checks and balances of the Constitution, it seems the Founders still have the upper hand.