Kathleen Parker: Let them eat cake

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 2, 2019 1:31 a.m.

    "To "Hutterite " do you feel the same way about the wealth that the Clinton's have amassed? What about the Obama's wealth? Or Pelosi? Or most any member of Congress?"

    Yup. It's just that I was commenting on something stupid that Wilbur Ross said.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:42 p.m.

    Breitbarts Ghost said: "Soros has a massive wall around his compound. Works for Soros, it will work for the country as well."

    Did Soros pay for the wall or did his neighbors?

    Did Soros not pay his housekeeper and employees until his wall was built?

    But does he only have it on the side facing his Mexican neighbor, and the other 3 sides open?

    This is just a silly argument that the radio dropouts keep floating, the same way they try and compare a house hold budget and a country's finances.

  • Breitbarts GhostšŸ‘» , CA
    Jan. 31, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Soros has a massive wall around his compound. Works for Soros, it will work for the country as well.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 8:02 a.m.

    To "Hutterite " do you feel the same way about the wealth that the Clinton's have amassed? What about the Obama's wealth? Or Pelosi? Or most any member of Congress? Most of them have generated their wealth through lawsuits, tax shelter, insider trading, and trickery. Few have actually had a real job where they actually built to created something.

    Does this mean that the Democrats don't really care either?

    To "patrioticAMERICAN" and who are the people that can understand the common man? It surely isn't most of the Democrat leadership if we use your standards. So, who is left?

    To "Prometheus Platypus" so you don't want billionaires telling you what to do with your money, so you election millionaires to put policies in place that effectively tell you what to do with your money. You do realize that according the the BLS the average federal employee is paid $90,794 per year. Not exactly poverty levels.

    To "Kent C. DeForrest" I think the Constitution would disagree with you. The US is a Republic.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:29 a.m.

    Mike: "The House knows that it does not have the votes to override a Presidential veto, so it played fast and loose with politics, trying to blame the White House when anyone who has read the Constitution knows that it was Congress that caused the longest shutdown in our history."
    The House passed a bill, but McConnell refused to allow a vote on it. The Constitution has been circumvented by clever but dangerous gamesmanship on the part of party hacks in the leadership. Maybe we should allow Congress to pass a bill, then if the president vetoes it the onus is clearly on him. As a constitutionalist, you should be concerned about this departure from procedure.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:27 a.m.

    The GOP votes to give the ultra wealthy and filthy rich corporations more and more.

    Mike Lee has voted more than several times to give tax breaks to those who not only don't need it but increasing the deficit burden on the middle and lower class.

    Mitt Romney goes to Congress with an additional $10 million in the GOP tax cuts in his coffers.

    Yet the party of Lee and Romney try to take health care away from millions, bad mouth immigrants, demand cuts to safety net programs such as welfare, child heath care, food stamps and other programs for the needy. They call Social Security an "entitlement" as they wallow in their ill gotten tax gains.

    It is obscene and repulsive. They have no clue what working class people have to deal with. And they are robbing our treasury for what? More money and greed. Period!

    It is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. Trump put an estimated $billion in his own pockets. This as he robs this country with his multi million dollar golf trips and family business ties. The isn't government, it is a crime sydicate.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 12:02 a.m.

    Congress approved a fence they didn't finish. If they cared, they could solve this today.

  • Unreconstructed Reb BE, 00
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:10 p.m.

    "The House knows that it does not have the votes to override a Presidential veto, so it played fast and loose with politics, trying to blame the White House when anyone who has read the Constitution knows that it was Congress that caused the longest shutdown in our history."

    As usual, you left out some key facts that are inconvenient to your assertion. Like the part when Trump called in the then-House leadership and arranged with them to pass a new budget with wall funding, knowing full well the Senate had just left town after doing its part and McConnell would not reconvene.

    Or the part where the newly-seated House sent appropriations bills to the Senate only to have McConnell refuse to bring them to the floor for a vote because the White House would object.

    And it is not the House's responsibility to pass-veto proof bills to placate a president who has been unsuccessful in convincing the majority of Americans that his pet project should be funded.

    Quoting from the rulebook alone omits the context of what happened on the field, which was quite clear. Trump owned the shutdown from start to finish. He told us all as much 2 weeks beforehand, so why not take him at his word?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 2:55 p.m.

    For those who believe the words of the Constitution, the United States is a Democratic Republic where the people are represented by the House, the States are represented by the Senate, and the nation is represented to the world by the President. The House must originate all revenue bills. The Senate may concur if it desires. The President cannot spend money that the House has not legislated. For anyone to say that the President was responsible for the shutdown is untruthful. The House has the responsibility to fund the government. If the House failed in its duty to fund the government, then the President has no authority to spend money. The House knows that it does not have the votes to override a Presidential veto, so it played fast and loose with politics, trying to blame the White House when anyone who has read the Constitution knows that it was Congress that caused the longest shutdown in our history.

    As for the fence: When Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Barrack Obama and the Clintons tear down the fences around their own property, then we can discuss whether a fence keeps intruders out.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 2:49 p.m.

    @ Kent C Deforrest

    "America is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is not some hybrid of the two. It is a plutocracy."

    You call it a plutocracy. I call it a meritocracy! Mr. Trump and his cabinet are very wealthy, but that is because they are good people. They are much smarter and worthier than ordinary people, and therefore they know how to lead us!

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 12:06 p.m.

    America is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is not some hybrid of the two. It is a plutocracy, and it became even more so with the Trump administration. There is only one way to fix this, and that is to spread the ownership of capital more evenly, especially by giving workers a portion of ownership in the companies they work for. This is not communism. It is capitalism as Adam Smith envisioned it. And for those who are wealthy because they inherited it, they should be taxed until their wealth no longer enables them to purchase more political influence than anyone else.

    In the meantime, the best thing we voters can do is stop voting for the party that keeps giving tax cuts to billionaires and allowing wealthy polluters to set environmental policy.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:36 a.m.

    "Let them eat cake"

    The New Republican motto, I like it.

    They really have no idea, nor do they appear to care.

    See the comments about how the poor should save money for health care emergencies, instead of prop 3 helping them so they don't have to choose between medicine and food or heat.

    Nothing better than billionaires telling working folks to get a loan because your boss isn't paying you?

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:14 a.m.

    What did America expect when it elected a billionaire born into money, who had his daddy (or his inherited money) to pick up the pieces his whole life? Why was America surprised when "all the best people" turned out to be a hodge-podge of rich people whose main qualifications were that they ran in the same circles as Trump, knew how to make money off the backs of the working class, & were willing to carry out his (& often his party's) tone-deaf policies?

    Why are so many people surprised that a billionaire pres. & a govt filled w/the wealthy elite & funded by the wealthy elite (Mercers, Kochs, etc) should--surprise! surprise!--vote for a tax bill that benefited the rich at the expense of the poor & working class, & focus most of their energy on taking money & benefits away from the powerless (attempts to repeal ACA & make welfare harsher) so they can justify all the money they just gave to themselves & their rich friends & backers who helped put them office. Have you ever seen the list of ultra-rich senators & reps that run Congress? It's obscene.

    If we want a country run by people who can understand "real " problems, we need to start electing people capable of understanding.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 30, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    Wilbur Ross' statements about failing to understand the plight of federal employees is repulsive on the surface but also reveals something.
    Ross, along with most of his cabinet colleagues and boss, are wealthy each of them beyond my wildest dreams. They've had charmed existences of staff, trust funds and inheritances. Even if they've 'created' their wealth it's involved lawsuits and tax shelters and trickery. Not a lot of hands on workers in the bunch; trump claims to be a builder, he's built things, but not in the real sense. He just looks ridiculous in a hard hat or behind the wheel of a tractor.
    Yet for some reason we elect them, and proclaim them to be the representative and friend of working people. They represent our interests.
    As Wilbur Ross noted, they do not. They have no clue of our interests, and they don't care. The disconnect isn't in the elected. It's in the electorate.