Boyd Matheson: This is my State of the Union address

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  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 9:07 a.m.

    @USAlover

    What do you mean socialism does not work.

    Are you saying government funded education, highways, police, fire protection, military, and medically research does not work. Or are you saying you do not want to add medicare for all when the federal government is already paying for most of the health care.

    Look at the big picture. Based my understanding medicare-for-all may actually provide a more cost effective solution.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:37 a.m.

    @marxist

    My dear friend, socialist doesn't work. It doesn't. IT DOES NOT WORK.

    And why a staunch believer in socialism would not move to Greece or France or anywhere in Europe (where they have run out of money) is beyond me. Au Revoir mon ami!

  • bluecollar Kearns, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 9:54 a.m.

    I think Bernie Sanders could give a more honest Report.
    "People are dying or getting sicker because they can’t afford their insulin, just so pharmaceutical companies can make outrageous profits."
    "You would think that everyone would agree that all Americans have a right to breathe clean air and drink clean water. And yet Andrew Wheeler, Trump's nominee to lead the EPA, won't commit to regulating a family of toxic chemicals found in our drinking water."
    "We must honor (Rosa Parks) by working to fulfill her vision of racial, economic and social justice."
    "Trump and Republican leaders would have you believe that the estate tax is a burden on ordinary Americans and it should be repealed. The reality: it only affects the richest top 0.2%."
    "If Walmart can afford $20 billion for stock buybacks to enrich wealthy shareholders, it can afford to raise the pay of all its workers to a living wage."
    "Republicans don't push the myth of voter fraud because it is an actual problem. They push it to maintain the racist voting laws that have kept them in power for generations."
    "40% of Americans don't have $400 in their bank account." (Sanders).

  • poyman , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:39 a.m.

    @utefan

    "... Trump will tout his awesome accomplishments. .

    Name one!

    Really tell us what accomplishment he has done. Back it up with real honest facts. "

    *******

    I'm so tired of this kind of stuff...

    Get yourself a pencil and a paper because here we go...

    *- The Economy has dramatically improved under Trump's watch... What was less than a 2% annual GDP is now in the 4% range (and this after Obama declared that 2% was the new norm).

    * Wage increases have finally started going up (+3% last report). Under Obama it was flat to negative.

    *Unemployment is the lowest it has been in 50 years... (Minority Unemployment levels are at record low levels).

    * The number of America Workers contributing to GDP are at there highest levels since 2006.

    * Poverty levels and food stamp participants have shrunk.

    * The growth of federal regulations slowed, and has lately reversed.

    * Crime rates declined.

    * Manufacturing jobs have increased.

    * Corporate profits, stock prices and home values set record highs.

    * Table set for more and equal trade with foreign entities that we have had problems with.

    * Red lines with foreign adversaries actually mean something.

    * Etc., etc.

  • poyman , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:08 a.m.

    @williewiseguy

    "...Though of course, the current WH occupant makes me not want to tune in and in many ways, ashamed to be from a country who could elect such a man as its leader"...
    ****
    I too have shame... Only my shame comes from the fact that we have citizens such as yourself in this country who feel it is okay to bash a President that this Democracy elected as their leader... I personally hope that if you in fact feel this way about this President that you don't listen to the State of the Union... We need positive views towards are future... not antagonists who hate all things involved with President Trump. If you don't like him, beat him at the polls but stop the obstruction and negativism.

  • poyman , 00
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:04 a.m.

    @jamchild

    "... I suggest you look to the Book of Mormon for evidence of just how precarious societies become when inequality is as great as it is in America now. "

    ***********
    Perhaps it would benefit us all if you could identify specifically what "inequality" you speak of? I know of no citations in the BOM that say that those who work hard should not be allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labors... or that those who want to complain instead of educate themselves and work hard at creating their own individual successes and wealth should be entitled to the benefits created by others who do in fact educate and work for that success.

    Also, I love it when those who may not be invested in religion attempt to chastise those who are by using fake scriptural references and invented religious ideals as their tools for doing so.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    Feb. 3, 2019 12:18 p.m.

    The free-market works. The problem is government induced crony capitalism that the federal government subsidizes. One of the greatest lies is the “to big to fail” subsidies of the Bush and Obama Administration.

    The free-market would have let them fail like obsolete dinosaurs. Smaller and more effective and efficient financial institutions would have replaced the failure. Smaller banks were forced to fail to save the incompetent huge banks.

    Profit and failure drives the free market. The same is demonstrated by defense contractors. If they have a bad-quarter the services find a new need to sustain the contractor. Current cronyism only lets large corporations avoid any risk of failure.

    At the very least, the big banks should have been broken up. Give a choice, Government will usually choose poorly.

  • Williewiseguy Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 3, 2019 10:11 a.m.

    Though of course, the current WH occupant makes me not want to tune in and in many ways, ashamed to be from a country who could elect such a man as its leader—this too shall pass. If our nations leaders find it hard to stand, applaud and put on “I just ate a moon pie” smiles—during the upcoming “look at me” fest, they might want to stand for the fact that we are well past the halfway point.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Feb. 3, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    The State of the Union is much stronger now than it has been in decades because of the number of federal judges President Trump has appointed, including the last two Supreme Court justices, who believe they are bound by the text of the US Constitution. Once Justice Ginsburg is replaced, President Trump may have saved our Constitution for another century unless voters are naive enough to give Democrats a chance to "pack the court." No matter what else President Trump accomplishes during his tenure, his legacy will be his efforts to preserve the text of our US Constitution. These efforts should be seen as honorable because judges who are bound by the US Constitution will indeed, at some point, confirm in their opinions, that there are limits on presidential power and authority just as there are limits on the powers of other branches of federal, state and local government.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    Feb. 3, 2019 7:03 a.m.

    Herbert Gravy - Salinas, CA, you said Trump will tout his awesome accomplishments. .

    Name one!

    Really tell us what accomplishment he has done. Back it up with real honest facts.

    I would bet you can not name a single thing with real facts and honest evaluations that Trump has done since he took office.

    Get Educated.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Feb. 2, 2019 12:58 p.m.

    a lot of points well made we will have to wait until Feb5&6th to see what is said and the nations reaction to sad items thank you for your efforts

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 3:21 p.m.

    You do have a number of applause lines. The best might be, "Who leads us is less important than what leads us." A nation led by principles will endure even when its elected leaders fail it.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 11:04 a.m.

    @pragmatistferlife "Mr. Matheson carefully slipped in a couple of personal views into his otherwise optimistic and hopeful view of America's future. ...What's wrong with that is they are disguised as American principles. Of course both are economic views. The first is his love of the "free market system". ...Secondly is his desire for appropriations to come in "under budget". "

    Yep, Matheson serves up the predominant LDS point of view, which will admit nothing else. This makes discussion difficult to impossible.

  • Furry1993 MSC, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 8:32 a.m.

    t@marxist - Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:49 p.m.
    I very much agree with your emphasis on confidence in securing our nation's future. Such confidence requires a solid economic database we all can believe in. Let's work at this.
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    Sadly for the nation, that would require working to protect the country against the vagarities, lies and corruption of its nominal head so that head doesn't destroy what is good and decent about our country.
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    @Herbert Gravy - Jan. 31, 2019 3:55 p.m.
    @Impartial 7

    Exactly. If Obama had done 1/10 of what President Trump has done for this country...…
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    In truth everything good or even half-way decent that trump has done was built on programs and plans President Obama put in place. While trump may have done a bad job fine-tuning things President Obama created, he has done nothing good by himself. Nothing trump initiated has been beneficial. trump hurt a lot of people with his temper tantrum shutdown, and there are a lot of ways better than his wall to handle border security. He's a disaster that sadly has found a way to happen.

    trump makes me said that I'm a Republican, but I'm staying with the party to try to make it better.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 8:25 a.m.

    Mr. Matheson carefully slipped in a couple of personal views into his otherwise optimistic and hopeful view of America's future.

    What's wrong with that is they are disguised as American principles. Of course both are economic views. The first is his love of the "free market system". Free markets are not the same as capitalism itself. America has worked within a regulated capitalist system for over 120 years and history has repeatedly showed us that it works best for all when markets are not "free".

    Secondly is his desire for appropriations to come in "under budget". Simply put you can't have a society, or economy that constantly is seeking to reduce revenue. There is a robust discussion to have about expenditures, but the rights obsession with less, and less revenue is existential.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    Feb. 1, 2019 7:20 a.m.

    Impartial7 - DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:40 p.m.
    Wow. That's a lot of words to say, "Ignore what Trump and a GOP Congress has done to America in 2 years". If Obama did 1/10th of what Trump and his administration have done, Matheson would be yelling from the roof tops. Stay vigilant and very vocal, America.

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    Dear Impartial, may I take the liberty of saying "Thank you for a wise comment."

    It's going to require a very long, long, long time to reverse the damage.

    I hope we will survive the Putin / trump administration.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 11:49 p.m.

    I very much agree with your emphasis on confidence in securing our nation's future. Such confidence requires a solid economic database we all can believe in. Let's work at this.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 8:59 p.m.

    Mr. Matheson, I admire your optimism that Americans still value the principles that undergird the nation's founding, including that we are all created equal.

  • Jamchild Centerville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 8:30 p.m.

    Boyd, platitudes like this that continue to ignore the giant societal threat of wealth inequality will only allow the issue to grow. If you're a Latter-Day Saint, I suggest you look to the Book of Mormon for evidence of just how precarious societies become when inequality is as great as it is in America now. Or go spend some time in Appalachia or East Oakland.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 6:51 p.m.

    It’s supposed to be a report, not an address.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 5:32 p.m.

    You cite a loss of confidence in the market system a difficiency. This is not so. The great working class is under duress as never before because the market system doesn't work for them. You offer no solution.

  • Boyd in Provo , 00
    Jan. 31, 2019 4:50 p.m.

    "Every American should live with confidence... We cannot, and must not , cast away our confidence."

    I have spent the last six months visiting the great states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Hawaii and I have come away with the very strong impression that most individuals who reside in this great country of ours have a strong confidence in our country and our ability to solve problems. I could see it the simple way I was treated over and over by complete strangers. Many were so willing to give me information or help along the way and they did it cheerfully and I am grateful to all those I came into contact with who belong to such a powerful and good country. This country will survive and it's the people that will make it happen.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 31, 2019 3:55 p.m.

    @Impartial 7

    Exactly. If Obama had done 1/10 of what President Trump has done for this country......

    Record employment numbers. People getting off food stamps and getting jobs.

    Trying to keep folks from illegally entering our country. But I digress.

    This is about the SOTU address. Still wish he would give it from the Oval Office directly to us, the American people.

    Do not want to spend the evening watching the pained expressions of the opposition as President Trump reviews the awesome accomplishments of this administration.

    🤗

    Guess I will turn up the audio and sit in an adjoining room.

  • Vala Harlem, Montana
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    Thank you.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 31, 2019 2:40 p.m.

    Wow. That's a lot of words to say, "Ignore what Trump and a GOP Congress has done to America in 2 years". If Obama did 1/10th of what Trump and his administration have done, Matheson would be yelling from the roof tops. Stay vigilant and very vocal, America.