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Letter: Budget strategy

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  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    When was the last time we had a balanced budget under a Republican President? Be accurate. We know it wasn't GWB. Was it George HW? No. Was it Reagan? No, we know he got all this recklessness started. Was it Nixon? Absolutely not, he was bombing SE Asia. That leaves Eisenhower, some 60 or so years ago. Please don't continue the illusion that Republicans are the fiscally responsible ones. It doesn't work any more. At least, when we feed the poor, the unemployed, pay back seniors money returns to the economy as opposed to the $24 billion it cost us to shutdown, slow down, or whatever you want to call it and the irresponsible behaviors of unregulated Wall Street. That money is gone forever and it's you and me that are forever poorer for it.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    Well stated! However, too many people have bought into the lies already. It is very hard to undo that among the republicans, and almost impossible with the democrats.

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Oct. 20, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Cruz is no Churchill. He is more akin to Custer.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 8:00 a.m.

    Interesting big of fiction, Rob. The truth is nowhere to be found in it.

    I'm a conservative (but not a far right extremist) Republican, and an educated and motivated voter. It's clear from their actions that Lee, Cruz, et al., act like children who throw tantrums when they don't get their own way. I want a statesman leading my party, who will work for the benefit of ALL Americans and not just an entitled few, and Lee, Cruz, et al., don't even come close to filling the bill. Lee, Cruz, et al., are not what the Republicans, and the United States, really need. No thanks!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Lee and Cruz are the present day equivalent of Huey Long.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:33 a.m.

    Establishment Republicans would like to govern. Ted Cruz wants publicity, so he can run for President. Mike Lee, far as I can see, would very much like to be his running mate.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    @Semi-Strong
    Louisville, KY

    Cruz is no Churchill. He is more akin to Custer.
    7:46 a.m. Oct. 20, 2013

    ===========

    Agreed.

    Funny, and well put.

  • Nonconlib Happy Valley, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Ted Cruz and Mike Lee compared to Churchill? This has got to be the most hilarious letter ever printed in the DN. Thanks, DN, for giving me good laughs without even having to find the comics.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    Didn't the senate pass a budget this year (6 months ago) and request the house to go to conference on it, and didn't the house refuse to go to conference? Where has this letter writer been for the past 6 months?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    So funny (and typical) that Tea Partiers steadfastly refuse to acknowledge their responsibility for the shutdown debacle.

    $24B drained from the economy, all so Ted Cruz can build his email list.

    This will not end well.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    The Democratic Senate passed a budget around 5 months ago and since then 20 times Senate Republicans have blocked Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray's attempts to bring it to conference. You may recall a spat between McCain and the Paul/Cruz/Lee contingent about "that's not how things are done". What McCain was complaining about was their blocking of going to conference.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Oct. 20, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    @ atl134. Senate Republicans can not block anything, they are the minority! Please stop lying!

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    Oct. 20, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Mountanman,

    I believe there are 45 Republican Senators. There are 55 that caucus with the Democrats.

    Per Senate rules, you need 60 votes for cloture (to end debate and get to an actual vote).

    So, yes the Senate Republicans can block legislation.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Oct. 20, 2013 10:56 p.m.

    ugottabkidn -

    The power of the purse lies with congress.

    So when was the last time a republican congress had a balanced budget?

    2001

    When was the last time a democrat congress had a balanced budget?

    1969

    24 years of democrat congresses couldn't balance a budget since 1969.

    9 years of republican congresses have produced 4 years of balanced budgets since 1969.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    Tea party owns it.