Robert Bennett: What to expect in 2014

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  • canvas1 San Tan Valley, AZ
    Jan. 8, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    Howard S and Patriot...right on!!! What we are witnessing is an awakening of people over the past couple of years to who really is fighting for freedom and the american dream that is slowly being extinguished.

    The republican establishment has been exposed as the spineless politicians they really are.

  • thatthatguy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    Thank you for another reasonable article. It's a refreshing change of pace from the anger, finger-pointing, and blatant disinformation that suffuses most political writing. More like this please.

  • Ironwood Calgary, 00
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Mostly valid comments. In truth my first job paid better than minimum wage (Life guard on a public beach had some risk to it), and living at the cabin all the money went to Driver Ed and Collage Fund.

    I will question the key assumption you make "Lawmakers must remember that most people earning the minimum wage are not the sole providers for their families."

    I have no opinion on the validity of this statement, I don't know if it is true or not. I am sure there are some who are sole wage earners, and that is dire, and jiggering that into Minimum Wage Legislation will be tricky at best. This is something that needs to be debated by the parliament responsible when formulating the minimum wage, because there is a slip stream that depend on it all their lives and how they are handled speaks volumes about the members of the responsible parliament. If it says the wrong things it is time to hire new parliamentarians at the next election – later this year as I hear.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 7, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    Mike Richards
    South Jordan, Utah
    Open Minded Mormon,

    Keep us posted on how the government is using your paycheck to help the less fortunate. That would make a great story.

    4:19 p.m. Jan. 6, 2014


    MY paycheck pays for YOUR Social Security and Medicare.
    YOUR paycheck went to pay for your Mom and Dad's.

    It's not a piggy bank Mike,
    Your contributions were never yours -
    That has already been spent helping those who've gone before.

    Therfore -- You likewise will be on the dole, taking from some who is "working".

    But --
    That's how the "Social" Security sytem works.

    I'm good with it,
    You are not.

    You are a hypocrite,
    I am not.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 10:46 p.m.

    I find myself again wondering "what's the point?" after reading another op-ed by Bob Bennett.

    And, I find myself grateful that he is no longer a member of congress.

    And, I lament that there are hundreds more just like him who are members of congress.

    And, I'm reminded yet again why the country is in the mess that it is...

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Jan. 6, 2014 7:28 p.m.

    Oh please. Anyone who thinks that the Republicans were "compromising" is drinking the Kool-Aid. They wanted Obama to either kill his signature program OR open up all the "good" parts of govt. (the parts Republicans liked) and then settle in for a long slow grind keeping all the "bad" parts (the parts Republicans did not like) shutdown for as long as possible.

    Seriously, what kind of idiot would negotiate away either his signature accomplishment or every ace he has in the deck? It doesn't matter whether you like or hate the president. You just have to understand that such "negotiations" were never possible. Sane Republicans (those evil old guys who can actually get along with Democrats) knew this and tried to warn the Tear It Apartiers. To no avail.

    They were warned time and time again that this is how it worked out last time (the President looking good and Congress looking bad) but hey, you don't need to listen to anyone else when you already know everything.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 6:00 p.m.

    what to expect in 2014 from Barack...hmmmm?

    1. Barack will speak to congress in the state of the union stating that he has seen the light and is now ready to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense bi-partisan health care solutions.
    2. During the state of the union Barack will also state that he has decided to build the Keystone pipeline as well as open up energy production on public land nation wide.
    3. Barack will summon a bi-partisan congressional meeting where he urges congress to cut corporate taxes across the board and remove regulations which were part of Obamacare.
    4. Barack will push for a ban on abortion and if given the opportunity elect a new pro life Supreme Court justice for approval.
    5. Barack will add to our military strength by approving two more naval battle groups.
    6. Barack will come clean with his part in Fast n Furious and fire Eric Holder. He will also come clean with the IRS and Benghazi scandals.

    Finally - Barack will end the year by offering his resignation!!!

    Hey - we can always hope!!!

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    "In 2013, the two biggest governmental events were the government shutdown and the launch of Obamacare. Those who fought for the shutdown were seriously embarrassed and politically damaged by what happened."

    The reality is that the Republicans offered to approve the spending bill if Obamacare was postponed for a year. The Democrats rejected this, so the Republicans offered to approve the spending bill if the medical device fee was removed. The Democrats refused such an audatious idea and allowed the government to be shut down for weeks.

    Finally, the Democrats proposed that the medical device fee be removed, and of course the Republicans signed the spending bill. There was no reason why this couldn't have been agreed on without shutting down the government.

    Soon afterwards, the Democrats embraced presidential fiats that postponed much of Obamacare for a year. Deja vu, no? The government shutdown was entirely a product of Democrat arogance and media complicity.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    It's great for business to be awash with cash; too bad consumers aren't. No cash, no buy. People use government to try, usually badly, to fix this problem; maybe business could do better. How about trying?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 4:19 p.m.

    Open Minded Mormon,

    You're in fine fettle today. We're happy to know that you have never picked up any of your paychecks, but that you continue to contribute your time and effort to the Defense Department. That's what you're telling us. You're assuming that the government owes you something (your paycheck) because to gave the government something (your time), but that anyone else who is forced to pay the government for promised services should be happy to just let the government keep the money. Maybe I'm just getting to old to understand your logic. It doesn't make much sense to me, but I'll admit that tearing down all the VA hospitals (because, with your plan, no soldier should ever expect the VA to do what it promised, and keeping your pension because you would never expect the government to honor its commitment to you (and if it did, you would surely give that money back, wouldn't you?) would save a lot of money.

    Keep us posted on how the government is using your paycheck to help the less fortunate. That would make a great story.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    I predict that in 2014 the mainstream news media will greatly exaggerate the truth about Obamacare performance in order to protect Democrats in the next elections.

  • Shane333 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    Also, the market is awash in cash but not jobs due to Quantitative Easing (QE). The Fed is pouring approx. $85 billion dollars per month into the markets to prop them up. This is essentially just printing money. Since the extra money isn't generally coming from employee productivity, there is less incentive to add headcount.

    It could be rationally argued that we are riding a big bubble, and once QE stops or gets scaled back, the bubble will pop. Just the threat of the Fed cutting back on QE was enough to get triple digit drops in the DOW in the past.

  • Shane333 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    wrz makes a good point. The Republicans were the only party offering any kind of compromise at all in the budget talks. The Republicans offered to fund all the rest of government besides Obamacare. At another point the Republicans only asked for a delay in implementation of Obamacare (which I bet the Dems now wish they had accepted) and requested that Democrat politicians and their staff actually have to abide by it (politicians and their staff were given a waiver). It wasn't the Republicans who forced a government shutdown, it was completely the Democrats.

    So this argument by Bennett manifests either a lack of honesty or that he was completely duped by the left-leaning media.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:53 p.m.

    Why would we expect anything DIFFERENT in the coming year?

    Nothing significant has changed since Bush was in office... nothing has changed in 6 years... why would we have a significant change in his last 2 years in office??

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    @Mike Richards – “Bennett knows that Obama and Reid were 100% responsible for shutting down the government.”

    Reading stuff like this it feel like I’ve fallen into a strange Wittgensteinian rabbit hole where it is possible to encounter beings for whom the answer to 1+1 does not equal 2.

    And the 8% minimum number was hilarious! Now I understand why you think SS is a ponzi scheme… you expect it to produce Bernie Madoff-like returns.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 1:41 p.m.

    "Many of them have simply quit looking and their skills are deteriorating to a point where they will soon become unemployable if they are not already." True enough but the statement should be "they will soon become unemployable if they are not already - under American capitalism." The number of people for whom capitalism doesn't work is increasing. What should they do or think of doing?

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    Mike Richards
    South Jordan, Utah

    Start laughing because I think that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme,


    I'm laughing because to think that,
    yet can hardly wait to pony up to that public trough yourself.

    let me guess, because you are "entitled" to it...

  • wrz Phoenix, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    "Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid are all part of Obama's 'ponzi scheme?'"

    These programs are not Ponzi schemes. They're redistribution of wealth schemes. Much of the Democrat mind-set is to redistribute wealth from those that have (mostly from their own labors) to those that don't have (through their own laziness, and in some cases, bad luck).

    To Mr. Bennett: Although you don't come right out and say, you seen to imply that closing down the government was the Republican's fault. This is simply not so. You have let the news media, lead you astray. The Republican controlled House passed several bills to fully fund the government (sans Obamacare). It was the Democrat controlled Senate, under Harry Reid's control, that refused to take up the funding bill and move them through Congress. And it was Barack Hussein Obama who said he would refuse to sign the bills. There's were the fault lies... not the Republicans.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    I predict an increase in tourism in Colorado.

  • ronk-sandy SANDY, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Thanks again for an excellent article. People can either agree or disagree with the article, overall, they need to remember that this is just and opinion of one person. I don't think Sen Bennett was presenting any opinion on how he wished things would go, but only how he thinks they will go. However, Sen Bennett seems to have a good grasp of how things look because of his many years in government as a US Senator and as a business executive. As like my grandfather, I believe that Sen Bennett offers a lot of wisdom in this article.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 6, 2014 8:57 a.m.


    Start laughing because I think that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, that all money (with accumulated interest, 8% minimum compounded on the full "contribution") should be refunded to those who were forced to pay into the system, that those in Congress who mixed Social Security funds with the general fund should receive the same prison sentences as Kenneth Lay and the other 15 Enron executives who mismanaged Enron's funds.

    ObamaCare is an extension of the Social Security Ponzi scheme. Obama has no intention of using revenue from ObamaCare for healthcare. He told us so when he stated that as soon as ObamaCare was implemented, he could balance the budget. The only way that would happen is if he took the 18% of the private sector money that is being spent on healthcare and mixed that with the general fund. We would end up with more worthless I.O.U.s when we sought medical help.

    Bennett is wrong when he assigned blame to the Republicans for the 'shutdown". Bennett knows that Obama and Reid were 100% responsible for shutting down the government. The Republicans funded everything except ObamaCare.

  • Million Bluffdale, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    While Social Security is considered a given and anyone would laugh at someone who said we shouldn't have it, there was quite the uproar and opposition when it was proposed by FDR. The Affordable Care insurance has started out with over promising and too high expectations but it is the correct idea to allow all access to health care and should in the end provide lower medical costs for all. As much as people sham Canada's free health care it is in reality better than that in the United States in many aspects, including a much,much lower child mortality rate. Just because our medical system costs more doesn't make it better.
    Senator Bennett has turned into a true elder statesman. I enjoy his articles - especially about the dangers of raising minimum wage too fast - what a disaster that will be for inflation on us senior citizens if minimum wage increases too fast and high.

  • canvas1 San Tan Valley, AZ
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:20 a.m.

    Your column shows why you are no longer a senator. You, as well as, all the republican leadership in Washington need to realize you are being played and used by the democrats and their accomplice media. You talk as if the shutdown is the worse thing that could ever happen and that the republicans caused it, yet it was Obama who did not compromise and said take a hike and let the government shut down because he saw all of you on your knees pleading "Please don't let the media make us look bad."

    But,that tactic that you so fear was for one worthy purpose - to stop the millions from losing their insurance who now have, to stop the millions who have had their work hours cut, to stop the millions who have seen their insurance premiums skyrocket and to stop the tens of millions of others that will be hurt by Obamacare this year. Obama knew your fear and is why he said take a hike with no political risk. All of you are no more than a speed bump to the liberal agenda.