Utah has resources to survive shutdown through January, but 'can't float this forever'

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  • Allen A. Idaho Falls, ID
    Jan. 5, 2019 7:11 p.m.

    The best solution for keeping your freedom is to not become dependent on government for anything, but especially not to depend on the Federal establishment. Regardless of your circumstances, if you are really committed to becoming or remaining independent, you can find a way. Do not allow weakness, whether real or imagined, to stand in your way.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 1:04 p.m.

    "It's the 4th Federal Shutdown by Republicans if you include the one by Mike Lee and Ted Cruz...all done by Republicans."

    I'd say 3rd. Blame goes to whoever is picking a fight over something.

    The one under Obama was Republicans led by Cruz and Lee trying to install a defunding of the ACA into the budget and lasted 16 days.

    The first one in 2018 was by Democrats trying to force DACA to be reinstated. That one lasted 3 days before Dems abandoned it.

    The second one in 2018 was Rand Paul being stubborn but that only lasted 9 hours so it didn't really matter.

    The third one is the current one which is Trump demanding a wall and is now at 14 days and counting.

  • taking a stand for truth Lehi, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 12:53 p.m.

    It is sad that the funding issue is going on. My own family is affected by it. It is nice the state is helping out. The problem stems in DC and the bitter divide between Dems and Reps.

    That walls and fences are effective is proven by past and present operations along the border. Those who know the issues and are there in the trenches know walls work.

    The funding for the wall at 5.6 billion dollars is very miniscule compared to what is spent on defense and homeland security each year. It is also miniscule compared to what is spent each year on illegals in this country.

    Most Dem leaders were vocal in support of fences and the like only a few years ago. If you have not listened to what Obama, H Clinton and Schumer said about it, just do a quick internet search.

    So the issue here is obvious. The Dem leadership have flip-flopped on this issue only to thwart Trump. If he was not there and Hillary was, you know they would be for the walls.

    Let's hope they do the right thing, end the stalemate on funding and build that wall ... and soon.

  • Edmunds Tucker , 00
    Jan. 5, 2019 9:54 a.m.

    ''about $55,000 to help keep Bryce, Zion and Arches national parks open through the end of last year, and still has $25,000 available, ''
    Didn't the Governor's office say there was eithe $150 million or $252 Million surplus going into 2019? Isn't that Five Thousand times, (5,000) more than these costs? The best thing possible would be to demonstrate that Utah's parks don't need federal interference, nor money, and operate these tourist destinations on our own. This is the chance to cut the chains that have strangled Utah's growth. Go to the budget.utah.gov to check these figures.
    So they can't last forever? Let's see, spending an extra $55,000 a week, would use up 2019's surplus in about a thousand years. So OKay, they can't last forever. But maybe it will get us into the millenium.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 9:18 a.m.

    "The state has already spent about $55,000 to help keep Bryce, Zion and Arches national parks open through the end of last year, and still has $25,000 available, funds that are expected to last at least through midmonth."

    Another bailout for the Republican party is being paid for by Utah tax dollars...again.

    "Other areas of the state budget that depend on federal dollars are being monitored, Cox said, particularly those aimed at providing food assistance, including school lunches, for low-income Utahns."

    Aren't the school lunches being paid for by the exorbitant taxes on the demon alcohol sold by the state?

    "the school lunch program administered by the Utah State Board of Education could be out of federal dollars by the end of the month."

    Again, aren't the school lunches paid for by alcohol sales taxes?

    "It's the third federal shutdown Cox has had to deal with since being appointed to head the office by Gov. Gary Herbert in 2012. That's a "sad statement," she said. "

    It's the 4th Federal Shutdown by Republicans if you include the one by Mike Lee and Ted Cruz...all done by Republicans.

    I'm seeing a pattern here, Republicans like shutting down the government.

  • Spoc Ogden, UT
    Jan. 5, 2019 1:42 a.m.

    There are classes available to help people who are in difficult financial conditions to help them become independent and self sufficient on a family level. A liberating and secure place to be.

    A great deal of pride has been expressed lately that, as a nation, we have become independent of OPEC and self sufficient in oil and natural gas production. A liberating and secure place to be.

    We would be wise as a state to work towards becoming independent of federal funding and self sufficient to the extent possible, with the additional benefit of liberating ourselves from the ties that bind and possessing the security of controlling our own destiny.

    Are we mature enough to be weaned from Big Mom and fend for ourselves to the extent possible? Maybe then the Feds will be able to live within their means and stop increasing the mortgage on our nation. It's a liberating and secure place to be.