For better or worse, whether he likes it or not, Mitt Romney occupies a unique
place in Washington...far beyond the normal duties of the Junior Senator from
Utah: He is the voice of responsible Republicanism, a check on an administration
that has frequently demonstrated it is neither responsible nor Republican. Which in effect makes Mitt Romney America's Senator. May he play this
Romney don't just vote to vote. The 2 proposals are not good for our
security. You know it and being part of the problem is why you voted for them.
To give the impression your for the people while the action shows you are
not...Thanks again Senator Lee for doing the right thing.
The Mexican Standoff is a fight of the citizens of the United States against the
elites that want to hold them down by bringing in low-skill 3rd world
replacements.We need border security. Mitt doesn't need border
security, because his posterity attends private schools, he has walls around his
mansions, and he has armed security guards. Like Pelosi and Schumer, he cares
about his own security, but not the security of U. S. Citizens. If he did care
about everyday U. S. citizens, he would build the wall.Also, Mitt
talks a great deal about civility. When is he going to step in and defend the
Covington Catholic students from the abuse they have received from the leftist
mob and anti-American press?
This is Nancy Pelosi’s shutdown. She is worried about winning political
points, even preventing the President from giving his State of the Union address
to the American people. She is not interested in funding border security, only
expensive, socialist policies that we can’t afford, and that won’t
work.In the two weeks since Nancy Pelosi became Speaker, her party
has put forth socialist proposals that pale in comparison to $5.7 billion for
border security:Government-Run Health Care – $32 trillionNew Long Term Care Entitlements – $3.1 trillionA “Green New
Deal” – $2.5 trillion (and counting)“Free” College
– $807 billionGovernment Job Guarantee – $400 billionSocial Security Expansion – $188 billionSocialism Total: $40
Trillion[Source: check congressional records]5.7 b is .0001425
of $40 Trillion too expensive?? That is 1.4 ten thousandth of her proposed
spending bills What is expensive is her expansive socialism
proposals.Build the wall!
@JaneB - Wilsonville, OR says Majority of Americans don't want the wall
because they know it's wrong."Check your facts. That is
not correct. The new outlets spin the story and say "The majority do not
think the wall a priority." That is a far cry different story than the fact
that the polls show most want the border security, walls and all, just
don't think it is a priority.
@wrz;"What the Democrats are shooting for is denying President
Trump any chance of success in any of his campaign promises."--
Nope. It's Mexico that's denying Trump his campaign promise, which
was that Mexico would pay for it. Take it up with Mexico.
There are two things I noticed that in common with the past shutdowns: Polosi
While tragic, the federal shutdown is far larger than the political battle
it's being made out to be. It's a problem that no company, or
household budget, can tolerate: Spending more than what's coming in. A
company will go out of business and a household will disintegrate if they spend
more than what's coming in. The government shutdown is simply evidence of
a systemic problem of "the great American Way." Tax & Spend
More.If anybody ever tries to tackle the problem, they won't be
very popular because of the tough choices that have to be made. I'm
waiting to see what Mitt does in this area.
TeachyMcTeacherPants:"The democrats have offered border security
funding, they just don't agree with the wall."Border
security is not the issue. Neither is a wall. What the Democrats are shooting
for is denying President Trump any chance of success in any of his campaign
promises. They want him to look less than successful to give their 2020 Democrat
candidate a better chance to win an election. And they strongly dislike him for
defeating their candidate in the 2016 election.Also, the Democrats
know that immigration (legal or otherwise) will give them a growing voter base.
@Lou"Trump's actions favor Putin and Putin's World
Order."Please tell us EXACTLY how this is the case.
@RalphPerhaps "Red" got the idea that President Trump is a
"working man and woman's President" from the fact that more people
are WORKING than at any time in our nation's history.Not to
mention that unemployment figures for a number of ethnic minorities are at
ALL-TIME lows.How about that?
I'm glad Romney held this meeting and spoke to the very people he now
represents. I am also pleased that he said we need some kind of physical harding
of the border. No technology alone can stop 7,000 people charging a hand full of
Border Patrol Officers without the aid of some kind of barrier. It is a no
brainer. Only approximately 772 miles of barrier are needed, much of which has
already been upgraded and is in place. The rest of the border has various
natural obstacles that aid technology and our Patrol Officers. I would however
answer Romney's Question concerning his relationship with Trump this way
... lighten up ... you don't like Trump ... we got it .
The establishment (democrats, republicans and lobbyists) can’t stand
President Trump. Any President with backbone would keep the PARTIAL
government shutdown going until Congress presented a balanced budget that
included a 15 year payoff schedule of the national debt. A realistic payback
plan would be 30 years or more...Not popular, but for those that
continue to mortgage future generations are nothing more than selfish. As far as the National Parks go, they should operate from their own account
because most of them are profit centers. Why would you shutdown a profit
center?And why would you give back pay for services not rendered.
The republicans and democrats are beyond disfunctional. They need to
I am having a hard time understanding why the first thing out of Mitts mouth was
his concern about whether he should ratchet up or scale back on his fight with
the President. Does he somehow believe that is what he was elected for, because
he could do a better job of Trump bashing than Jenny could?Sorry,
Mitt. Your job is to put good people into Judicial and Executive positions,
represent Utah in matters coming from the House, and represent the U.S.A. in
affirming good treaties with other nations.If you can be successful
in those three things you will have earned my respect and my vote. But spending
your valuable time supporting the Democrats in their personal war with the POTUS
is not only counter productive, but distracts everyone from the real purpose of
the Federal Government.
A Voter - MSC, UT---I disagree with the proposal to build a wall and
I believe the government shutdown over this issue is immoral. But I am most
frustrated with the Senate leadership for refusing to bring measures to a vote
unless the are sure the President will sign the bill.---The
Constitution has a clear path for dealing with a recalcitrant President,
it's called a veto override.It is clear the Senate has zero
interest in using its constitutionally provided power. Trump was
given budgets for border security over the last 2 years, and spending has been
slow on any item that was budgeted. The shutdown has increased that sluggishness
"The wall" is a term for President Trump's proposal for increased
Southern border security. The wall (s) are only a part of the proposal : drug
detection equipment, increased border agents and immigration judges,
humanitarian assistance and medical support. There never was going to be a 2000
mile wall. Nobody says why they think walls are useless; fact is the existing
walls are a big cost effective help. Israel's wall has been very effective.
The Center for Immigration Studies Director Steven Camarota says walls would pay
for themselves through reduced welfare payments, So; the shutdown is concerning
Democrats refusal to improve the security of our southern borders. That is worth
a government shutdown affecting government employees ? Democrats opposing our
security. That is the real issue. They say that is immoral ? I expect Romney to
check the facts and support the President.
Yes, We need a wall. We need an actual border! Work with the President to get
the job done!
@thidWhat solutions have democrats offered? The house has sent bills
to open the government. What has Mcconell and Trump done?
Will the "Go Fund Me" that has raised money for government employees
also give some to the Angel Families that have suffered real loss? Maybe Pelosi
can give $1 - certainly much less than she spends on Air Force junkets for her
family.On more encouraging "Go Fund me" news, the "We
Build the Wall" campaign has raised $20,569,742 by 348, 080 people. Mitt
Romney should be one of those people. He has plenty of barriers around his
multiple mansions. Mitt - Put your money where your mouth is and
donate as well as helping raise donations for the wall.The lies the
left tells about the wall are similar to the lies Ilhan Omar tweeted about the
Covington students in that it is all about politics, and not about helping the
I'd like to see a law on the books that if a government shutdown lasts
longer than 48 hours, all sitting members of the House and Senate are ineligible
for reelection. We could see if self-interest would help our representatives
(BOTH parties) do their "negotiating" in a more timely fashion.
RedShirt - USS Enterprise, UTJan. 23, 2019 1:06 p.m.History
reminder. It was Bush Jr. who got us into the worst recession since the Great
Depression. President Obama did a great job leading out of that mess with the
help of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen. May I suggest you google "Great
Recession of 2008" to learn the facts.
@wrz"then turn them loose in the US... never to return for their court
appearance." " And will get Federal government handouts of about
$5,000 each per year."You want us to believe that they drop off
the radar entirely but are still known enough to get handouts?
To "marxist" FDR held us in the Great Depression 7 years longer than the
rest of the world. He made things worse. If it wasn't for the Republicans
in the late 1930s developing a spine and cutting his Alphabet Soup
administration down to size we never would have escaped it.Obama was
just like FDR, he held us in the Recession for 5 years. The recession of 2008
was over by July 2009. There is no way that anything Obama did helped to pull us
out since he had been in office for 6 months by the time it was over.
Obama's policies made it so that we felt its impact for the next 7 years.
If it wasn't for Obama, we would have been free and clear of the effects of
the recession by 2011.
Hi Mitt, can you please speak with your fellow Republican Senator and ask him to
open the Senate floor for a vote?
@Thid "We elected Trump because he offered solutions. What solutions have
Democrats ever offered?"The greatest president in U.S.History
FDR got us through the Great Depression and WWII. He was a Democrat.The second greatest president in U.S. History is Barack Obama who got us
through the Great Recession. He is a Democrat.
He just started his term and I'm tired of him already.
Yes, Senator, build that wall!! We don't need the entire world at our
border seeking entrance.But, Senator, it will take more than a wall.
We need to change our immigration laws. It does this country no good to
apprehend illegal border crossers, give them a court date to plead their asylum
case, then turn them loose in the US... never to return for their court
appearance. By the way... this scenario is what's being told the caravan
members who keep forming south of Mexico. They know, if they can get their foot
on US soil they are here permanently. And will get Federal government handouts
of about $5,000 each per year.
Incidentally E-Verify isn't working during the Trump shutdown. More great leadership from the apprentice.
Kolob: We elected Trump because he offered solutions. What solutions have
Democrats ever offered?
Mitt speaks of how we have become so divisive, and he is correct. But just a
minute here. Mitt; unprovoked has criticized Trump without merit. Are not
Trump & Mitt both GOP? Shouldn't they "get along"? Mitt, we
EXPECT you to get along with Congress and Trump. The tallest man in the room
gets along decently with everyone, and doesn't whine provocatively. And, concerning the 'wall'. Mitt, how are you going to actually DO
something to get the wall, as opposed to merely talk about it?
The wall is a waste of time, money and debate. Pass a law that will penalize
any employer who hires undocumented people and the issue will resolve itself
without all the finger pointing and name calling. Pass a law that will not
allow the government to hold hostage the worker who keep the nation going - if
you want to hold back pay, start at the top and work your way down; stop when
you get to hourly workers. Pass term limits for congress. We, the people,
should be governing this country, not a couple of out-of-touch political
What I don't understand is why are all these federal workers in such dire
financial straits. Trump claims everyone is doing GREAT. Federal workers have
the best pay and benefits in our society. If they are hurting after only missing
two paychecks that doesn't say much for Trump's tax giveaway. What
happened to the "trickle down" ? What happened to all the increased
spending and bonuses? How do you spell bonus? It begins with a B and ends with a
If Mitt pre-selected the attendees, that is disgraceful! That shows a tendency
to script the answers you want! His statement that he wanted to hear the voters
is very watered-down by inviting certain attendees - if that is what his staff
did. Why did he even have to ask if we was being too tough on President Trump?
He would already know the answer - if he invited guests to the meeting.There is already too much partisan bickering in the congress. If you're
trying to be a person who is working for unity - and my judgement on that is
still not settled - then why invite people from a list whose opinion is mostly
known? One can be a peacemaker only when one's intentions are pure!
In one of the required religion classes at BYU, my professor said that anyone
who holds another person hostage, is a terrorist. Amazing how it applies even
The townhall is just a place to talk, we'll see just how dedicated Mitt
Romney is to the American people tomorrow when the Senate votes to fund the wall
and override the democrats refusal to fund national security.
I disagree with the proposal to build a wall and I believe the government
shutdown over this issue is immoral. But I am most frustrated with the Senate
leadership for refusing to bring measures to a vote unless the are sure the
President will sign the bill. You have basically surrendered the
authority of the Senate to the Executive branch.Vote. Vote on the
two bills today and vote on the measures sent up from the House of
Representatives. Make each member of Congress show their constituents where they
@ Red Smith: "...President Trump - a working man and woman's
president."My goodness, Red, wherever did you get this idea?
To "liberal larry" if the wall is a non issue as you claim, why
won't the Democrats kick Pelosi into gear and just fund it? The amount
requested represents a tiny fraction of the total budget.To
"Thid Barker" they complain because nothing is ever their fault. The
don't have to take responsibility for their actions.
Romney never was a flip-flopper. Anyone who knows his record knows that. But on
immigration, I wish he would flip-flop. He's just wrong on this. We do not
need a border wall. We do not need anything to make immigrants
"self-deport". In 2008-12, Romney was playing to the base, and still is.
I think he feels he needs to stick to what he ran on, even though he was
probably never comfortable with a hardline stand. Romney is a moderate, and he
should just be himself.Trump says crime will fall? That's just
a way to scare people. Immigrants commit fewer crimes than the general
population. A wall won't fix the drug problem, either.Majority
of Americans don't want the wall because they know it's wrong.
Pelosi: Democrats Are Not Going To Fund Trump's "Immoral" Border
WallQuestion, do you Democrats truly believe that protecting America
southern border from illegal entry is Immoral?
@Thid Barker - Victor, ID"Why is it that all we hear from Democrats is
is constant complaining about President Trump?"Because he is
President and we have the First Amendment. Better question is why is it
that all we hear from Donald Trump is complaining about Obama and Hillary
I just think it is funny how most commentators in here blame Trump for the shut
down. Yes he contributed but so did the democrats. Why such a blind eye?Both sides are the problem!With the attitudes of blame &
finger pointing & its everyone else's fault nothing will be
accomplished. That is the exact attitude that resides in Washington
now and look where we are at?
@JONATHANWFINK - Salt Lake City, UTJust curious why you think
Deripaska is such a big deal? Wouldn't a certain someone selling Uranium
to Russia be a bigger deal? Everyone knows what you make with Uranium.
Why is it that all we hear from Democrats is is constant complaining about
President Trump? Complaining must make them feel like they’re not at
fault. They think complaining keeps them off the hook for some time, at least.
The ironic thing, though, is that their constant complaining doesn’t solve
anything, never has, never will! President Trump isn't their enemy; their
hurt ego for losing the WH is their enemy. It prevents them from growing. It
prevents them from looking at the problem from an objective perspective.
Complaints are not solutions, they are excuses for solutions! Complaining is
easy, solving problems isn't! I hope the day will come when a Democrat
comes up with a solution, just never ending complaints about President Trump who
is dedicated to solving America's problems.
While I admire his willingness to at least meet with constituents (something my
own Representative Rob Bishop has refused to do for several years now), I have
been somewhat disappointed by his failure to stand up publicly and call out
trump for his immorality and misadministration of our nation.Mitt
was absolutely right about three years when he characterized trump.I
hope he won't back away from the truth and will stand up for what is right
and best for America.trump is neither of those . . . I'm counting you, Mr. Romney, to be a voice of reason in the Senate.
Please don't let us down.
If we have a national Emergency at the border as Trump claims and if Pres.
Clinton, Bush and Obama all voted for a version of the WALL what makes Trump so
certain that a wall is the answer. Obviously according to trum the previous
walls did not work. A 2000 mile wall would be a National Shame on our society
and our culture. Whats next ? Trump going to get mad at Canada and shutdown the
government for a wall across the Canadian border?
@Red Smith: "May God continue to bless and protect President Trump - a
working man and woman's president." - ask the numerous contractors he
stiffed whether they consider him a working man and woman's president, and
check out the impact of the tax bill he championed and signed into law."President Trump is one of the best presidents our nations ever had."
- I think history will prove you wrong, and presidential scholars are already
doing so."The majority of Utah voted for and supports our great
president." - Donald Trump received 452,086 votes in Utah. Other candidates
received 522,313. While it is true that he received more votes than any other
single candidate, 45.9% is not a majority. That came after only receiving 14%
of the vote in the GOP caucus. He currently sits at about a 45% approval rating
in Utah, and that is likely to drop in the next polling round. Hardly the kind
of support you claim. "Utahn's don't support
socialized medicine, big gov't, and eastern ideas (Romney's
vision)." - I refer you to Proposition 3, the GOP tax bill, and the results
of the 2018 election for Utah's junior senator.Otherwise, your
post is spot on.
Mitt, you are now part of the problem. You vote with Trump and McConnell. You
don't actually do anything to condemn Trump's hostage taking. Stand
up, Mitt, and take some responsibility. You can't point the finger at
others any more.
Trump’s “compromise” bill hasn’t been thoroughly vetted
and reported on by the media. It would be nice if media sources played more the
role of educator vs merely hyping the “horse race.”The
bill includes some significant changes to immigration policy and actually would
exclude some DACA from being eligible.
It's mind boggling that the president has managed to shut down the
government over a non-issue like "the wall"!If republicans
were sincere about ending illegal immigration they would crack down on
businesses who hire undocumented workers!But thanks to lobbying
efforts by the Chamber of Commerce, and other conservative leaning groups,
that's not going to happen!
Donald Trump is not the White House.Mitt Romney is to uphold the
Constitution of the United States and protect this country that we all love. His
actions should reflect that.Donald Trump's actions favor Putin
and Putin's World Order.I really hope Mitt Romney follows
through with the Constitution and moves to impeach Trump.
Is the border wall really the hill we want the Republican party to die on?The democrats have offered border security funding, they just don't
agree with the wall. Isn't governance supposed to be about compromise? This is just getting ridiculous.
My neighbor hasn't gotten a paycheck in three weeks. Thanks
Donald Trump.I'm sure you know well what it's like to not be
able to pay all your bills. Unfortunately, not everyone has a rich daddy who can
help them out.
Romney should remove all the security from his many palatial estates as he
quibbles on border security. It is not his children in overcrowded schools.
This shutdown is just stupid. You shouldn't be allowed to hold
someone's paycheck hostage because you cant negotiate well enough to get
what you want.This isn't how it works, Mr. Trump.
Mr. Romney is a Senator. While the Senate must give their approval to any
funding bill and do have input; the funding bill must, under the Constitution,
originate in the House. This Constitutional provision was designed to give added
importance to the House. Given the nature of recent political struggles using
this as a political weapon; and the fact of the tremendous growth in the size
of the Federal Government, such weaponizing has a very great impact on our
nation. The House needs the added power given by the Constitution, but the
sizeable, negative impact caused by impasses such as we have today suggest that
a way to make that impact less devastating is needed. One easily done way is to
have a continuing resolution mandating that current funding for continuing
programs be at the current level. New programs and changes in current funding
would require the Constitutionally mandated process. Political wrangling can
continue with some, but not excessive turbulence to the well-being of our
country. And the intent of the Constitution preserved.
Why does no one ever hear about these "Town Halls" in advance? Mitt's hand-picked friends ask softball questions and provide opinions
that are just campaign propaganda.
"One woman expressed frustration about representatives and senators who vote
to give "so much money
to these other countries in the world.""But they won't give us money to protect our country, and I
feel like if you don't have a wall, if you don't have some kind of a
border, you don't have a country," the woman said, pointing to what she
called an "invasion" from Honduras and drawing boos from the
crowd."A statement which sounds like it was a quote straight
from the donalds twitter. This is what we get when right wing radio and faux
news are being used as the GOPs tools to mislead and scare people. It is perfectly legal for people to show up at the boarder and request asylum.
The GOP had two years where they controlled the house, the senate,
and the presidency. They never even brought it up for a vote. Then as the
election approached all the sudden it was 'an invasion'. Classic
example of the GOP manufacturing a problem to scare their intentionally misled
base. 'The wall' is just trumps attempt to build a
monument to himself and make us pay for it, even thought he claimed that Mexico
would.We already have walls everywhere that kind of barrier is
It is clear that President Trump has no motivation to compromise his position on
the wall. It's time for Congress to come up with a bipartisan bill so that
they can override a Trump veto and get our country moving again. The problem is
that our so-called representatives are so out of touch with us, their
constituents, that would rather fight for a political position than the well
being of the American people.Then again, shame on us for largely
sitting idly by and letting them get away with it. It's time to flood
Washington with phone calls and letters and emails demanding action, but I fear
that since there is food in our bellies and something interesting to watch on
TV, we will just maintain the status quo...
JonathaFinkFor additional information you might want to read an article on
Politifact:“Trump Wants to Lift Sanctions” Romney is so correct when he says voters aren’t dealing with the same
set of facts. What sources do conservatives use to fact check what they hear?
Fact checking is very important. Otherwise, we become pawns of carnival barkers
just trying to make money for themselves.
We have two first class senators and some great representatives like John
Mia Love: “Wait, we’re supposed to talk to constituents?”Anyway, did anyone ask Mitt why he voted to ease sanctions on Russia?
Will the dnews press him on this issue? Will anyone? Or are we just gonna let
this one slide just like the many other lies Donald has told? Alrighty then, I guess we’re just gonna move along.
May God continue to bless and protect President Trump - a working man and
woman's president.President Trump is one of the best presidents
our nations ever had. The majority of Utah voted for and supports
our great president. Utahn's don't support socialized
medicine, big gov't, and eastern ideas (Romney's vision).
It is too bad that Senator Romney didn't have the courage to hold his town
meeting in Ogden. We have 5000 people in this small town who are not getting
paid because of the shutdown. It has to be having a negative affect on all of
the local businesses with 5000 families not spending a penny we don't have
to. Lincoln has to be rolling over as his party is now the party
that supports people working without getting paid.
I voted for you only so you would support President Trump. Very disappointed in
your lack of support and your op-ed. Build the wall! And give us a heads up in
a timely fashion before your next town hall meeting. Support Trump!
There appears to be the beginning of some cracks forming between Sen. Romney and
President Trump on the border wall and the government shutdown. It will be
interesting to see if Sen. Romney will be willing to buck President Trump when
it comes to voting in the U.S. Senate on ending the government shutdown. Then
Utahns will have real definite evidence between just talk and real action on
what Sen. Romney says.
@canyonprophet69: "50 people, eh?" The article says there were 300 in
attendance, requiring two overflow rooms. I don't agree with the notion of
"pre-selected and pre-scripted attendees". It sounds to me like Sen.
Romney heard and listened to some genuine and important constituent concerns.I would be happier if the folks in Washington would pay more attention to what
he has to say. Someone has to be the adult in the room, and he is my candidate
for the job.
The majority of those in his riding wish he was tougher on Donald Trump.In Utah a majority of people don't like the job the sitting
Republican president is doing?That - says - so - much!At
best he chose a campaign team who were so immoral they were secretly committing
conspiracy against the US. He's either guilty of the collusion, or
incompetent. Ministerial responsibility in any other nation would have the
leader owning the mistakes of those he appointed.
50 people eh? Well, I guess to be fair, that was just a little more inclusive
than Mia's meetings with selected attendees but still disgraceful to the
public just the same. Town hall meetings with pre-selected and pre-scripted
attendees are a disheartening reflection of what we tolerate as Americans these
days and we have ourselves to blame.
It would be nice if we had a little advanced notice of the time and date of this
town hall. Note the time and date of the article.Were there
Dear Senator Romney: As a constituent, I have recently called your
SLC office to request your statement on your vote easing sanctions on
Deripaska.Your office did not send me an electronic copy as they
promised. Your office also did not notify me about your town hall. I would
very much like to hear your rational for your vote. Both Senators Rubio and
McSally, for whom you even campaigned, have voted against easing sanctions. Why have you voted to ease sanctions? I respectfully implore you to
respond. Senator, please remember that you work for us. Yours, Jonathan W. Fink, JD