Stewart, Bishop, Chaffetz favored in House
My favorite excuse for re-electing these career politicians is
"seniority" and other nonsense. Who are these people voting
for Orrin Hatch, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc, etc? The only thing
seniority accomplishes is corruption and/or stagnation. Serve a term
and go take your "brilliance" and put it to use in the private sector.
Oh, wait . . . Politicians spend too much time and waste too much
money trying to keep office. So, thank you fellow citizens for sustaining the
"good ole' boy" vote.
Mitt Romney holds big lead in presidential race in Utah, 69% support...Only 69%?
The Deseret News should save its money. A poll to tell us that Mitt Romney,
Governor Herbert and Orrin Hatch will win by big margins is a waste of money.
Chase,I get your point but, as someone with a lot of experience on
Capitol Hill, I can tell you that seniority is a lot more important than you
"I can tell you that seniority is a lot more important than you
think."And probably for a lot of bad reasons.I hope
that DN/KSL did not pay TOO much to find out that Romney was leading in Utah.And 69%? How can that be?
Is this supposed to be 'news?' The only news is the number isn't
higher. There may be hope yet.
When will the people demand term limits and put an end to career politicians?
Is there any hope that will happen in our life time?
Term limits exist. The voters decide how long a politician holds office. Perhaps
the problem is not with the politicians. May be we need to look at ourselves and
ask why we vote the way we vote?I agree with all the comments above.
Romney ahead in Utah is no news. Only 69% in Utah for Romney that is the
novelty. Wow! there is hope. Utah is seeing the light.....
As with others, I am shocked that Romney has only 69 % of the vote when it
should be closer to 85 %.Our 2 daughters are the only members of my
large extended family that have or will vote for President Obama.
How did the Gadianton Robbers of BOM times get into government offices? They
were voted in, and the people of that day were not aware enough to vote them
out. History repeats itself.I'm not suggesting that Hatch is a
member of modern day GR, but he has been in office a very long time. Lye down
with dogs and you're going to get fleas.Our government is in a
mess, Hatch has been in there all along bringing us to this point. In the past
he has blocked whistleblowers from testifying, who was he protecting and why?Fortunately this will be Hatch's last term, and nearing the time
for him to return to his maker, maybe he'll do something good. But then,
the days of man will be 120 years. A frightening thought is that Hatch could be
reelected another 3 terms.
You mean in Utah Republicans are ahead in the polls! Now that is hard to
I remember during the GOP primary....Orrin Hatch running around the state saying
that we should re-elect him because when the GOP retakes control of the Senate
he will be the Senate Finance Chairman....A lot of people bought that argument.
Well now it looks like the GOP won't be gaining control of the Senate and
we have a re-elected Orrin Hatch. Darn....Utahns fall for it again. It amazes
me how Hatch gets away with things.
Good and bad people, both like power. When the good with good intentions get
elected, they potentially will fall into the power trap. They can ride back and
forth between Utah and DC at the government's or should I say,
people's expense. They are high paid plus the many additional perks.
Their staff gets paid a lot and with the number of staffers, that is a lot of
money that one elected official takes in for their DC and Utah home offices.
Include the office equipment and supplies and another staffer to take care of
those links and paperwork and insurance, healthcare and travel costs at both
ends of the line. Elected officials like their titles and Sir and
Ma'am tossed in and limosine type service and a more secure home for their
neighborhood. Then they have to take the phone calls from
distruntled citizens, newspapers, media, other politicians, lobbyists and
Congressional leaders and staffers from those organizations. The
free dinners and socializing at all levels requires some discipline, depending
on the type of meeting and protocol requirements for the day and night.Again, it is real hard for some but others really enjoy that type lifestyle.
There are a lot of rational people in Salt Lake and Summit counties who do not
want to vote for Mitt Romney. That is why Mitt is only getting 69% of the vote
What I do like is the slow incremental crepe toward a balanced government in
Utah. Still very far away from having anything close to a vibrant political
discussion going on in Utah, but it is slowly moving that direction. Not this
year, probably not the next election cycle, but perhaps my grandkids in Utah
will have a chance of having choice, political debate, and exchange of competing
ideas. Hopefully the middle will win out. Not all Republicans are
corporate hawks, and not all Democrats are abortion-on-demand fanatics. The
CatsAs someone with less experience than you, I can tell you that
corruption and stagnation are a much bigger problem than you are giving it
credit for. Term limits eliminate the concerns I bring up and
eliminate your fickle excuse of importance. No one will ever be
able to combat the people that re-elect 'good ole boys'. Term limits
If Romney pulls only 69%, or less then the previous percentage record, I would
view that as a disappointment. I thought for sure he'd set the new
standard of 'one sided' politics in the state of Utah.I'm thinking at least 73% and was hoping he'd push the Reagan record