Utah awaits possible federal shutdown

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  • JMHO Southern, UT
    Sept. 30, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    I might be wrong but it seems like we hear these articles every 6 months or so. For the past 200 years before recent history the government passed a budget. Why can't they just do that and move on.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Other than for the military, the federal government does nothing for us. Shut it down and let it stay shut down. We would all be better off. I certainly would not miss it. It does nothing for me except steal money from me.

  • Exercise4Health Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 7:06 p.m.

    This article should be subtitled "Former Senator Bob Bennett tells us again why he lost his last election bid."

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    Dems wont negotiate over a law that they rammed though on a partisan vote before anyone read it to find out what's in it - it remains unpopular
    Republican have passed a bill to keep government moving and stop a law that Obama illegally keeps delaying anyhow
    Obama and Reid refuse to negotiate anything - yet leftists have the absolute gall to try to blame Republicans for a potential shutdown

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    The government has hijacked America!

    We have "leaders" who think they are in charge. Hmmmpf.

    Power to the people!

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Sept. 28, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    The Federal Government shuts down every weekend and I love my weekends.
    Perhaps there is a cause and effect relationship.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    I find it interesting that congress cut food stamps for the poor. But did not cut farm subsidies that go to billionaires and millionaires. I guess those with money for "donations" get the freebies.

  • PhotoSponge nampa, ID
    Sept. 28, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    I don't understand why you said that Ted Cruz and Mike Lee didn't make a difference. It most certainly did! People were proud of them for standing up and taking a stand for principle! It may not be a poplular stand with some, but either was standing up for Jesus Christ at one time. They did the RIGHT thing.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    Sept. 28, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    I, for one, would like to see the government shut down. I think it would go this country a lot of good.

  • just-commenting Logan, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    No one disagrees with the fact that many people will be serious harmed by this arrogant grandstanding by the extremists on the right, and senator Lee's smirking irrational behavior in shutting down the government. But what those who voted for him seem to be unable to recognize is that Lee does not care one bit who gets hurt. He and Cruz are not wanting to help the people of this country, they just want to promote themselves.

    This is all tilting at windmills with Romneycare (AKA Obamacare) being mischaracterized by the right wing. Lee and Cruz stand up, thump their chests and tell everyone how great they are, ask for more money (donations), and then privately smirk and laugh that thousands of people are dumb enough to believe what they say.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 10:48 a.m.

    Utah needs to get out of the "middleman" job, and let the federal programs that hand out welfare do so directly.

    Utah values are based on hard work, self reliance, personal responsibility, and charitable giving and voluntary help to those in need. Utahns can, and will, take care of Utahns truly in need.

    The other federal programs which dole out money for non-welfare programs need to be carefully scrutinized, and evaluated to see if the "free cheese" is worth the risk of being trapped into performing tasks and programs that Utah would be better without. Those "attached strings" are major costs that cannot be ignored and can skew spending of Utah tax dollars on programs which we would not voluntarily start.

    Yeah, the socialists and welfare for everyone crowd will not like this, but they are free to donate more of their time and earnings to handout programs if they feel so strongly about them.

    Good on the Governor for keeping his options open, and refusing to panic over the "federal shutdown is the end of the world" rhetoric from the deceitful Democrats.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    If the government is to be shut down it would be a great idea to stop all paychecks and benefits to members of Congress and their staffs. Please leave the Parks open, they are useful and functional as opposed to our esteemed leaders.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    Thank the radial Texas Senator's Utah assistant.

  • davidmpark Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Okay, I didn't click to read this article for political opinion. I wanted to read what exactly Utah is prepared for and what is needed for improvements. What parts that directly affect the public would be affected, what is planned by the state, who exactly is in charge of planning and implementation, what is the county and city government's responsibilities, and what is the citizen's part to make the plans more effective? Those questions are not answered.

    This is just another hit piece disguised as news.

    Please redo the article to include those questions and any others DN feels is necessary to inform us and answer them - in detail!

  • MrTuscadero Houston, TX
    Sept. 28, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    I've heard it said that the Chinese symbol for "crisis" is also the symbol for "opportunity."

    We all remember that ByeloRussia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the Ukraine are now free from Soviet domination because the Soviets are no more. Their leaders creatively handled the economy via a centralized system dominated by an elite group totally ignorant of farming, banking, manufacturing, sales, real estate, mediciae, (and devoid even of common sense) until it completely collapsed.Tremendous hardship and upheaval resulted.

    With the U.S. government operating off the eqaivalent of "payday loans," that are always up for renewal, the federal government may very well collapse.

    Some of the early settlers to Utah got the uncomfortable feeling that their territory had been forcibly annexed by the U.S. government. It is just possible that one of these days, if not this October, but eventually, God will set himself to undo a system that no longer serves his ends. When that happens, (and it has already become a foregone conclusion,) the several states will becom truly sovereign entities answerable only to their own citizens. God has warned teh saints about this day since the beginning of the Church.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 28, 2013 3:24 a.m.

    Dreadful, so what does the governor deem priority government? We are ready? Dose that mean we have a trillion dollar line of credit in Utah to maintain the status quo of indentured government?

    Has the thought of capping welfare and shutting it down? Any program receiving federal funding are not essential governemnt. I hope the governor is making plans to delete services and costs in everything federally dependent. Its very unlikely federal governemnt will shut down becasue essential federal governemnt is defined and covered in budget disputes among the delegates. Welfare and state funding is not essential federal funding and that is how the governor should plan.

    Gone oar the days of the horn of plenty in Washington DC, and this is the concept that a smart and wise governor would plan.
    Utah is not ready to be independent from the federal control, they don't have the spine to be Americans.