Letter: Contractual right

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    Contracts are just as volatile and changeable as laws passed by the Congress of the United States. There is little difference in them in what they are intended to accomplish. Contracts can be rewritten and revised and even canceled by approval of the parties of the contract.

    In fact the laws of the USA, created and properly processed by our government are for the most part adjustments, amendments, additions, and changes to previous Contracts are just as volatile and changeable as laws passed by the laws. Even to the extent of amending the Constitution.

    Every law, program and legislation is just as legal and powerful as the Constitution itself. That is, until it is struck down by the Supreme Court. Further, the judicial decisions of any court become part of the law unless overturned by later a court.

    We need the flexibility in our government to deal with the constant changes in our world. What we don’t need is the improper control of our government by people and interests that are not of the general population.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 11, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    The "freebies" that people demand from the government are things like Social Security and Medicare. Those programs are hardly "freebies". Each of us who ever earned a paycheck saw that FICA was not optional. We paid all of our working lives into Social Security. Those of us who are self-employed paid the whole amount. Those who worked for others were told by the government that the employer "contributed" half of the amount. That is a bald-faced lie. Employers pay a wage. Some of that wage is paid directly to the employee. Some of that wage is withheld from the paycheck to pay taxes and benefits. There is no "freebie" from the employer.

    The Federal Government requires us to pay 15% of our gross wages into Social Security and Medicare. That money, if it had been invested over a lifetime, would return a very comfortable retirement. But Congress mixed that money with the general fund and then spent it - all of it - leaving us with worthless I.O.U.s Now they want to repeat the process by charging us another 18% for ObamaCare - money that they will spend on "pork", not on healthcare.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Oct. 11, 2013 7:04 a.m.

    "One Congress cannot commit a future Congress to continue the laws it has passed."

    Where would you ever got that idea? If the new Congress wants to change the laws of the previous Congress - say eliminating the Affordable Care Act - that Congress can then put new legislation forward to change that law that was previously passed. But of course they have to have the votes to do that. The current Congress tried to do that over 30 times since the ACA was passed but they just couldn't muster the votes to get it done.

    But what we are talking about is paying bills that have already been committed to by our government. If you bought a business and that business had contracts in place, you wouldn't be able to just ignore the contractual commitments of the business you bought. You would be obligated to deal with them in some way. Likewise, a newly elected Congress starts from the point where the old Congress left off. It's really quite simple.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    "One Congress cannot commit a future Congress to continue the laws it has passed."

    That's clearly incorrect. Why bother passing laws if they're not going to be persistent from congress to congress?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 11, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    Defaulting on your mortgage is not a good idea if you want a roof over your head. Better not legislate the expense, avoid defaulting on the expense already enacted, unless you want the economy to collapse.