GOP squandered leverage in budget fight, critics argue

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  • Cordwainer Bird Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 6:04 p.m.

    Earth to Mike Lee: You are the government.

  • JerryBall San Francisco, CA
    Oct. 18, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    How and why has the budget approvals become contentious times for "leverage" for each petty party to put the nation through an annual national sphincter-tightening ordeal? We used to be a nation of laws, not kidnappers. The election cycle has become a 365-day a year forever election stunts that are proving to be contentious for our nation. It's time to clean up Congress and get these forever-careerists out to pasture and send them back to their home state. Probably too much to hope for with the dissonance of America of today.

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 18, 2013 8:32 a.m.

“The media keeps asking was it worth it? My answer is that it’s always worth it to do the right thing.”

    Not if your tactic mindlessly damages your own cause.

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 6:45 p.m.

    The hard working, selfless, values oriented citizen lost this battle, as usual. The rich, the powerful, and the greedy won again, along with the Democratic and Republican parties. In this particular 'tiff', the Republicans lost, but this is just a charade. Believe me, I worked in Washington. Behind the scenes are representatives, both Republican and Democrat, most of them incumbents, laughing and enjoying each other and patting each other on the back. They know who really runs the show and they are merely the accepting and willing pawns without integrity. Of course, this is not as pathetic as the poor, pitiful deluded followers of the media. The appearance of some grand divide between the parties sells to naive readers. Believe me, there is no difference between the parties. Bigger, more powerful government always wins. If you disagree, then you must not like the facts. Look at the last 60 years for proof, notwithstanding the so called party differences.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    How long will the other 485 members of Congress let 30 members of the House and 17 members of the Senate think they can set the agenda for the Country? The Republican party relished the rise of the Tea Party and now a dying a slow death at the same hands. Cut them loose as their own party and encourage the extreme left of the Dems to do the same. Otherwise the end of the two party system will happen by a long slow painful death.

  • ParkCityAggie Park City, Ut
    Oct. 17, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    Am I missing something here, what leverage did they have to begin with? The GOP showed up to a gun fight with a knife, the President had nothing to lose by not negotiating with the Republicans, especially on the debt ceiling. The GOP funding machine (their backers) stood to lose millions over not raising the DC because it ultimately would have meant a devalued dollar on the world market. The government shut down seemed to hurt more Republican States (uh, hello, Utah!?). Eventually even the tea party constituents who might have thought that shutting down the government was a good thing (largely because of ignorance) would have urged their lawmakers to end it. The President was on his second term. It wasn't hard to predict the ultimate outcome, which many of us did. Republicans took a well deserved beating over all of this, the President came out embolden and unscathed. Now future negotiations will all likely go the way of the White House, the GOP blinked when they were sure the President would cave. Now they know he wont and has no reason to.