Letter: Getting our own way

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    The problem isn't which party you voted for, or whether or not you vote by party.

    The problem is... that you only blame ONE side (when both sides obviously contribute to this).

    When you only focus on blaming one side... we get nowhere. And by blaming only one side it's obvious that you don't care if we actually get anywhere... as long as you can score a point or two for your side in the process.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Jan. 15, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    Sometimes I wonder if those at the top of the heap don't have us exactly where they want us: Bickering with each other over issues that have little if any effect on our financial and economic direction; demonizing each other in the process, sometimes with their encouragement. As long as our attention is "over here", the status quo reigns "over there." I'm no fan of the Ted Cruz types, but you have to admit they ARE attacking the status quo, as are ultra-liberals like Elizabeth Warren. I find myself simultaneously rejecting their ideologies and hoping they have some success.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Jan. 14, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    2 bits
    Cottonwood Heights, UT

    Democrats have contributed to this problem as well. If you can't see that... that's a problem.

    Republicans contribute to it just as much. It's not just one side that has this problem.

    11:16 a.m. Jan. 14, 2014


    That why I'm not a Republican OR a Democrat,

    I am unaffiliated - Independant.

    I vote simply on the person and the issues, Never EVER by Party.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    It's also the tendency to just blame one side... that contributes to this problem.

    Try seeing some of the contributions YOUR side has made to the problem. There is no chance for progress when you just blame one side (no accountability for the other) and just insist that it's all one side's fault (of course the other side) and you and your side have zero responsibility.

    Democrats have contributed to this problem as well. If you can't see that... that's a problem.

    Republicans contribute to it just as much. It's not just one side that has this problem.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    The fact is that our founding fathers did not anticipate that the differences in people could be so deep and unyielding. As businessmen they assumed that government would always be made up of businessmen and did not provide any provision where the case of political difference would go beyond the aspect of money.

    It is impossible to not recognize the fact that the problems of our present government are racial prejudice. Though businessmen have given hundreds of reasons for their opposition to our government, they wont admit the real reason.

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 10:45 a.m.

    Why do you think they ignore every time Americans are polled on any subject that contradicts what their money managers support?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Our congress ix actually very effective and efficient at delivering exactly what the donor class wants. 28% of all political contributions come from the top 1/100th of the top 1% (the 1% of the 1%). These people get what they pay for, the rest of us don't matter.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 10:21 a.m.

    I think Dave hit the problem on the head.

    We think we should get EVERYTHING we want.

    When Democrats got their unprecedented Super-Majority... they wanted EVERYTHING on the Obama Agenda, and NOW... so they threw tantrums if anybody tried to block any of it. Republicans get frustrated with that and try to block everything. And they threw their own tantrums at being made totally irrelevant.

    Both sides wanted everything or else. If they don't get ANYTHING they wanted... they will go to the nuclear option (both sides, ie shutting down the government, ending the filibuster of judicial appointments, etc).

    Both sides expect to get their own way... or else.

    It's the same throughout the country. We all want our own way... or else. GLBT people want everything on their agenda... or else. Christians want to block the drift away from traditional values... or else.

    It's this attitude that divides us. We ALL need to realize that we won't get everything we want. We need to negotiate and find common-ground and work on that... and abandon the radical extremists who expect to get EVERYTHING they want, and allow nothing the other side wants.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Jan. 14, 2014 8:09 a.m.

    All or Nothing-ism
    My way or the Highway
    No compromising
    ..or else! [we'll shut'er down]

    We can all see where the problem is, and who to blame for it.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    One of the biggest challenges of the last 10 years has been to get a real budget. Posters who blame only the republicans need to remember that even in 2009 and 2010, when the democrats controlled all of congress and the white house, and they didn't pass a budget. Can't blame that on Bush or the republicans for that.

    The reason they never passed a budget? The democrats know we can't afford all their vote buying programs, but they don't want to allow the numbers to show it, so they never looked at the numbers. But it shows in $7 Trillion in new debt in just 5 years. Then they lie and say it isn't a problem.

    The democrats had their way, and now that republicans have the house, the democrats are so spoiled they have no interested in compromising. They still want everything their way. They not only cause gridlock on dealing with the budget, but they shut down the government to get their way.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    Power. Its about money and power.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 7:36 a.m.

    Mr. Goddard - you are asking the wrong group of people, don't ask us ask members of Congress.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 7:25 a.m.

    Greed, Pride, selfishness....same things that's destroying the Republican party.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    It's not part of their agenda.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 14, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    I think when Mitch McConnell set GOP strategy to make Obama a one-term president, the wheels were set in motion.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 14, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    Gee, I don't know?

    Pride, Selfishness, Greed...

    You know,
    The same things that destroyed the Nephites, Jardites, etc.

  • Stalwart Sentinel San Jose, CA
    Jan. 14, 2014 4:24 a.m.

    The answer is simple: money.