Way to go, Lockhart!!
This is why US Senators should be appointed by the states, not directly elected
by the people. If Senators were beholden to the states we would still have
states rights and there would be no such thing as unfunded mandates.All power is now centralized in Washington DC.Power corrupts and
absolute power corrupts absolutely.Money is power. If you want less
corruption in government, give them less money.
Obama won the election.Instead of working against the well-being of
your country because your party is out of power...why not attempt to
Lockhart advised the House members that they were not "free from sin."
Who'd a thunk it. On the matter of health exchanges, Lockhart's
remarks show how we would fair absent so-called Obamacare - death by 70 or bust.
@the rockdo you know why we no longer have the Senate appointed by the
states? believe it our not it was not a result of a power grab by the federal
government, it was actually to protect the right of the people to be
represented. Look up the history it is a good read.
Pagan- you mean the way the dems did during the Bush years?
@pagan"Instead of working against the well-being of your country
because your party is out of power"What a laughable post. You
try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of
your country" when in fact it is not. Were the dems "working against the
well-being of (their) country when they opposed GWB?Frankly my
elected officals, the ones I voted for, are doing what I want them to do, what I
think is for the "well-being of my country" by opposing obama in almost
everything he is trying to do. I want grid lock, I want nothing passed. That is
what I feel is in the "well-being of my country".
Dems during the Bush years? W. Bush as President enacted: The Patriot Act The TSA No child left behind The Wall
Street Bailouts And the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When
Democrats reclaimed the Senate majority in the 2006 midterm elections, cloture
filings shot up from 68 in 2005-2006 (From Dems) to a record 139 in
2007-2008.' (From Republicans)The current Republican House has
passed the least amount of legislation than any in history.3%.True, Bush had a majority Republican support. But to claim Democrats
obstructed Bush when the filibuster almost DOUBLED after Obama was elected?Shows you need to do some research before making claims that are easily,
Doesn't anyone else find this a bit funny? Becky shaking her fist at the
Feds with one hand, yet the other is stretched out taking money from them to run
things in this state.Watch this session very closely. Corruption
isn't just rampant in Washington, D.C.
You try to pretend that opposing obama is "working against the well-being of
your country"... Current Republican House legislation
passed.... 3%. Why pay Republicans $175,000 a year to
avoid doing their jobs.
No sympathy for Lockhart and her RINO friends from me.All they have
to do is pass e-verify to stem the flow jobs going to illegal aliens and they
would save the state of Utah on the order or 100 million or so to spend on LEGAL
residents (and help Utah residents keep their jobs as a side benefit).
I was present for her entire speech. It was alright, but not realistic. How can
Utah get less dependent on the Federal Government without severely cutting much
needed welfare benefits and other essential programs? If Utah wants to become
less dependent on the Federal government it must raise taxes or cut services
substantially. Both options are not reasonable or politically feasible.
This is outlandishly funny.Lockhart blasting the Feds and then
complaining because Utah won't be receiving as much as she'd like from
the very Feds she's blasting.If this isn't insanity, what
Pagan- As I commented on your multiple postings about this 3% issue, so what?
(in the words of HRC) Maybe 3% is too high! If it's bad legislation, then
so be it! So if the Senate passes 75% of their stuff, and it's bad, then
does it matter the passing percentage? I just don't get it.
@paganUh...since when was "passing legislation" all they are
there for? I love that they have pssed very little legislation, we have far to
many laws and regulations as it is. Once again the officials I voted for and
helped elect, you know the wones that WON the races here in Utah, are doing
exactly what I want them to do and that includes NOT passing any more
legislation. That is what I want them to do, keep more damaging and freedom
killing legislation from ever being passed.I'm not surprised
that a big government loving obama voter like yourself see's the job of
elected officials to be passing even more legislation.
Sad, at least to me to see some of the comments @Pagan.We need to
learn how to be able to compromise and do what is best for all in this
country.The partisan bickering needs to end. A bit more
understanding on ALL sides is desperately needed. We live in a democracy. We are
all entitled to our opinions but in a democracy it's the majority that
rules. We might not always like that but for example, the entire population of
Utah is less than some of our major metropolitan cities. The right of the few to
think as they want does not equal dominating the majority.We are a
nation of many cultures, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. We need to
learn to respect others who may not think exactly as we do.
I continue to be embarrassed by our political leaders. They don't do
what's right when it's easier to react out of spite.
Duckhunter's comments show us exactly why this country is the shape
it's in. They don't even know what legislation might come up, but if
Obama wants or the democrats want it, then Duckhunter deems it instantly
inappropriate and doesn't want it passed. Again, is there any wonder why
this country is in such a divide?
This country is in a divide because the Left and Progressive movement want
everything and will not negotiate. Those in congress that have any sense
realize this and have finally said no to this movement and are being made to
look like the bad guys because they won't compromise their standards.
Washington is the biggest boom town there is right now because of big government
policies and spending. If you want to get rich and lose your soul go to
Washington. This country is in a divide because people who are apathetic and
support this administration believe everything they hear by the main stream
media which is total propaganda. Do you realize that this country on a GAAP
basis (per accounting standards) is over $20 trillion in debt? Wait for the
house of cards to come down because no one in Washington "gets it" other
than those who are being black balled as extremists. We can keep spending but
the day is not to far out when all this will implode. Laugh if you want, but it
is the truth.
Legislators in D.C. spend more time fundraising than legislating, and when/if
they actually do their job they make sue to pay-off their donors. As Orrin Hatch, Mitch McConnell and Max Bacaus about the loophole they gave
Amgen in the recent fiscal cliff deal. Medicare had paid providers
separately for the drugs and for administering dialysis treatment, a system that
often encouraged overprescribing.In 2008, Congress reversed the
incentives by requiring Medicare to pay a single, bundled rate for a
patient’s dialysis treatment and related medications, starting in 2011.
But certain oral drugs, including Sensipar, were given a two-year reprieve, to
expire in 2014, from being included in that more cost-effective bundled system.
The fiscal bill included a measure by Hatch/McConnell/Bacaus that has now
extended that exclusion until 2016, at a cost of $500 million to taxpayers, over
the 2 yrs. btwAmgen’s pleaded guilty just weeks ago to
marketing an anti-anemia drug illegally and agreed to pay criminal and civil
penalties of $762 million, a record settlement for a biotechnology company.
In God We Trust is now being left off of the new coins.Lame.
Whoever this Becky Lockhart is, she is right on. I only hope that other
legislators in our State and those who represent us in Congress have a spine as
Passing legislation isn't necessarily a good thing. Sometimes less is
Lockhart, once again, proved that she's part of the problem, not part of
the solution. Sad.
Red, do some fact checking. It is totally FALSE that "In God We Trust"
is being left off new coins.It was the new dollar coins that set
this lie off. While it's true the phrase is not included on the FACE of
the coin, it is engraved on the RIM of the coins.
Another grandstanding political speech by a politician, there is a shock.
The current Republican House has passed the least amount of legislation in
HISTORY.3%. If I did 3% of my job?I would be
Pagan- Please stop with this 3% stuff! NO member of congress whether D or R is
there just to pass legislation. Is it really that hard to understand? Can we do
joseywales said: Pagan- Please stop with this 3% stuff! NO member of congress
whether D or R is there just to pass legislation. Is it really that hard to
understand? Can we do an intervention?Yeah, the other 97% of the
time they're cashing checks from lobbyist, going out to eat with
businessmen, and checking craigslist postings.To be fair
they're also summiting laws written by special interest think tanks to
benefit special interests groups who sponsor said think tank.
The Federal Government, Legislative and Executive, have not done very many
positive things for 4 years. They have not set an example for all states,
especially when establishing a budget during the past 4 years. They have passed
bills or acts that are no congruent with the real Constitutional intent and
direction of that sacred document. State partnership with the Federal
Government have relied on those funds that have been promised and directed by
the funding formulas for many years. However, with no action from the Senate
and President, we are living on borrowed time and money for our
great-grandchildren to pay, if they ever get to that point of solvency. What a sad state of affairs. Federal Government shutdowns of agencies
and departments will have a roll down the hill effects. For two years, the
Federal House of Representatives have submitted proposals and have been turned
down by the Senate who never came back with proposals of their own. This may
have been as the Obamacare act is not doable and the Government knows it and
doesn't want the roll in budget to show it on paper.This
administration doesn't show honor or majesty with integrity.
Pagan, we don't want to work together because Obama is working against the
country. Well, against the people, if not the government. These representatives
are defending our rights and liberty against a president who honors neither and
disdains the constitution that ensures them. We all need to work together to
turn our country around.
You talk about working together, that has to start with the President. He
refuses to sit down with congress and come up with a budget. He controls two
branches of government and still has yet to pass a budget. To me it is
interesting that the dems want compromise but the President said he would veto a
budget that he hadn't even read, far from compromise. The healthcare bill
was passed in the middle of the night behind closed doors. It is insane to look
at this through rose colored glasses. Speaker Lockhart has a good right to
chastise the Feds and she is right to stay as far away from them as possible.
When have the Feds ever spent our money wisely?
@paganTell me, will you be willing to compromise in the direction
that conservatives want things to go? I'm willing to bet you won't but
let's put it to the test shall we?Myself, and most other
Conservatives/Libertarians wish to see the size of the federal government
reduced. We want to see regulations on ourselves and businesses reduced. We
would be all in faovr of apssing legislation that would accomplish those things.
If you want to see legislation passed how about passing some that we want
passed?But for libs that has never been what "compromise"
means. To you "compromise" means that libs want to increase government
by X amount and republicans then "compromise and government is only increase
Y amount. Government still icnreases, just not as much as libs wanted and that
to you guys is "compromise".Let's compromise my way for
once. I want to see the departments of Education and Homeland Security
eliminated. Why don't we comrpomise and just cut the size and budgets for
them in half? How about that? That would be a compromise and you could feel like
congress is doing their job by passing legislation.
@xscribeIt takes 2 to "compromise" doesn't it? How come
obama and the libs are "compromising in the direction
conservative/libertarians want?You see "your comments show us
exactly why this country is the shape it's in". You are unwilling to
"compromise" you just want legislatin passed that will grow the
government and nothing that will shrink it. Why should it only be those of us
that oppose government growth that "compromise" our wants for yours?Tell me how much of the legislation that republicans want has obama
"compromised" on and passed? "is there any wonder why this country
is in such a divide?"Just as obama got elected to the presidency
repulicans got elected to control the house. Guess what, the house is where
legislation comes from, not the presidency. Presidents are supposed to manage
what is given them by the house. The fact the republicans overwhelmingly were
elcted to control the house shows people want them to pursue their agenda, just
like libs claim with obama.Of course you don't see it like
that, you only see your side of things and you want us to "compromise"
the not funny thing is she replaced clark as speaker a couple of years ago
because he was pushing ethics laws, and they dont want them because they always
have conflict of interests to make money.
Is Utah going to take care its sick and poor, as Jesus repeatedly commanded his
followers to do? If so then I don't care about the details of how it
happens. However, we Mormons also believe in following the laws of the land, and
it also seems like a waste of time fighting the feds on healthcare.
Hey Duckhunter,"The fact the republicans overwhelmingly were
elcted to control the house shows people want them to pursue their agenda, just
like libs claim with obama." First off, what kind of patriot who
claims to love his country doesn't even have the decency to capitalize the
name of the president of the United States? Show some respect, please.Secondly, democratic candidates for Congress received around 5 million more
votes than did republicans. The republican majority in Congress is due largely
to unfair redistricting by republican controlled state legislatures. Please
stop pretending that your "conservative agenda" is somehow a path that a
majority of Americans wish to pursue. It isn't.By the way, I love
duck hunting too!
If I had any smarts and in the Utah Legislature, I would keep my mouths shut
when talking, or suing the Federal Government. In March there is a bill that
will cut a large hunk of money for the military. If the feds are mad at you,
Hill AFB might be o the block. If the legislature would listen to me, JUST COOL
Speaker Lockhart does not seem very Christian to me. I do not understand
conservatives; they claim to be religious, but they do not follow Christ
teachings in being compassionate. That is why I left the Republican party, they
just seem so mean spirited, their math rarely adds up,and they despise everyone
who is not a millionaire.