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Sen. Orrin Hatch blasts Obama; Calls for balanced budget amendment
The State Column ^ | July 16, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 07/16/2011 1:51:48 PM PDT by Clairity

Utah U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch blasted President Obama in the weekly GOP address, calling for a balanced budget amendment in exchange for supporting an increase in the debt ceiling.

"Instead of sending that amendment to the states for ratification, and addressing the need for fiscal balance, 14 years later, our nation faces a debt crisis of epic proportions," Mr. Hatch said. "Our national debt has gone from roughly $5 trillion in 1997 to over $14 trillion today."

The Utah Republican, who has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the debt talks, said congressional Republicans should limit Washington's ability to spending, warning revenue increases are unacceptable.

(Excerpt) Read more at thestatecolumn.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: debt; hatch; obama; spending; utah
People need to focus on defeating Obama and the Dems in2012.
1 posted on 07/16/2011 1:51:51 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: Clairity

They need to be laying it on him, day, after, day, from now until November. We don’t have to worry about the economy getting any better, it’s not with Obamajaad at the helm. Our job creators are tired of this commie krap and are on strike until we get rid of the perps. If they don’t get rich, we certainly don’t either. It’s that simple.

But we can’t let up hammering Obamajaad, not for one minute. Loudly!


2 posted on 07/16/2011 2:00:29 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Clairity
Obama has the gall to complain about the budget deficit and attempts to 'share the blame' with previous administrations. No one who pays attention will be fooled by this lame attempt to shift the focus from his wild spending that got us into this mess. 14 trillion in debt - and he wants more!

Orin Hatch is correct. We need to rein in the federal spending and perhaps a constitutional amendment is necessary. However, for now, any agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling has to be accompanied by enforceable, specific spending cuts - not vague -'sometime in the distant future' promises of spending cuts (that future congresses can ignore) and absolutely no 'revenue enhancements' (taxes). End of story.

3 posted on 07/16/2011 2:05:44 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Clairity
Waste of time, it would take ten years to get a balanced budget amendment passed, ratified and SCOTUS tested, and then a balanced budget could be obtained by just raising taxes as necessary (until ya hit 100%).

We ain't got a year until we're done.

4 posted on 07/16/2011 2:08:18 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: Clairity

The debt ceiling is a defacto balanced budget requirement. Why trade it for possible Democrat agreement on a measure that would require 3/4 of the states to act before it can become effective?

Isn’t it likely that Democrats would lobby against the amendment in every state?

If we don’t raise the debt ceiling the federal government would have to balance its budget right now.


5 posted on 07/16/2011 2:08:41 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: Clairity
JELLOBAMA
6 posted on 07/16/2011 2:09:41 PM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: FrankR

Good one! :)


7 posted on 07/16/2011 2:11:35 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Headline should read “Hatch running to the right to save seat”...


8 posted on 07/16/2011 2:12:29 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: RowdyFFC

Hatch sure got religion since Bennett got dumped. I still won’t vote for him come the next primary though; he’ll just revert to his RINO ways after the election.


9 posted on 07/16/2011 2:13:00 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: Clairity
Balanced budget Ammendment? To the Constitution? The same Constitution that Congress, Democrats and Republicans both, routinely ignore?

What's the point?

This is just being used as cover for why they are not doing their jobs. The Republicans in the House should be voting on budget measures every day. If they don't pass, they don't pass, but these "secret" meetings with Obama, who does not have the responsibility for passing a budget, are a joke. We are being destroyed by the weak, effete, Republican elite led by "leaders" like Crybaby Boehner, just as much as Obama and the crazed Democrats.

10 posted on 07/16/2011 2:13:25 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Clairity

A BBA guarantees just one thing ... higher taxes for all of us.

It is a TERRIBLE idea. Oh it sounds like it’s something responsible, but it is an admission of terminal irresponsibility and will cost us a FORTUNE.


11 posted on 07/16/2011 2:15:31 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Mr Rogers

That’s exactly it. He’s seen the polls and he is in big trouble.


12 posted on 07/16/2011 2:16:21 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Andyman
Hatch sure got religion since Bennett got dumped.

No kidding. I get incessant email blasts from Hatch as he tries to convince me he really wasn't a Teddy Kennedy ass kisser.

13 posted on 07/16/2011 2:18:07 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where Freepers meet on July 23)
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To: Prokopton

The sole purpose of the Republican Party is to serve as an ineffective alternative to the Democrat Party.


14 posted on 07/16/2011 2:18:38 PM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: Clairity

A balanced budget ammendment would give the dems the leverage they need to raise taxes every year.

We need a cap on spending in the constitution, not a balanced budget ammendment.


15 posted on 07/16/2011 2:25:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Clairity

Well check out Orrin showing more skin to conservatives.

He’s got his pant leg pulled up and we can almost see a bit of his creamy calf showing above his black sock. He lookin’ out the side of his eye, one eyebrow raised playfully.

It must be warming up to the primary season.


16 posted on 07/16/2011 2:25:34 PM PDT by lurk
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To: John Semmens

>> “Isn’t it likely that Democrats would lobby against the amendment in every state?” <<

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No way!

They would love to have a constitutional requirement that forces tax increases, which the BBA would be.


17 posted on 07/16/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Going 'EGYPT' - 2012!)
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To: Clairity

My my my... Hatch is really sounding Conservative these days.

I guess the Tea Party has him very worried — as they should.


18 posted on 07/16/2011 2:32:58 PM PDT by Ronin (Obamanation has replaced Bizarroworld as the most twisted place in the universe.)
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To: Clairity

What happened to Hatch? Did he maybe get new bifocals and re-discover his gender-parts?


19 posted on 07/16/2011 2:33:53 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Clairity
Is it time for Arlen Hatch to run again already?
20 posted on 07/16/2011 2:34:34 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Clairity

“Sen. Orrin Hatch blasts Obama; Calls for balanced budget amendment”

If I didn’t know better, I’d think Orrin is approaching that part of the 6-year senate cicada cycle where he comes out of the ground and assumes the appearance of a conservative, only to metamorph again after the election.


21 posted on 07/16/2011 2:39:10 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: editor-surveyor
A balanced budget ammendment would give the dems the leverage they need to raise taxes every year.

I disagree. It might initially for a year or two, but if anything would galvanize the producers to unite it would be the immense taxes that would result without cuts. Now, even the producing segments of society still prioritize their voting about things like abortion, unions, drugs, and to a lesser extent, immigration policy.

I hate to sound like a class-warfare guy, but the takers are mostly united under the Democrat/socialist banner. A BBA would have the same galvanizing effect on the producers with respect to spending as elimination of the with-holding tax. If everyone had to pay after receiving and holding their money (or worse yet, spending it and being in debt to the government for taxes), you'd get a similar effect.

22 posted on 07/16/2011 2:53:05 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Clairity

If the goal is a balanced budget amendment, Huntsman is the one championing that - why the heck did Hatch endorse Romney ?


23 posted on 07/16/2011 2:53:44 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: Mr Rogers

you are so right. Hatch was once on every TV show...when he took liberal views now you never see him - why is that?


24 posted on 07/16/2011 3:02:33 PM PDT by q_an_a (a)
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To: Clairity
Forget the BBA. There are a million ways to cheat on it. It would be rendered meaningless.

We should focus on repealing the 17th Amendment. It gets to the heart of the problem of State-Federal imbalance, and it would be impossible to cheat on such an amendment.

25 posted on 07/16/2011 3:10:30 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Navy Patriot
There are a lot of old constitutional amendments out there floating around. The Crap, Duck and Fade scheme is phoney. All sound and no substance.
This is smoke, mirrors and bloviating.This could be an act of failure on the part of the Republicans that could really launch the Tea Party.

Looking at the continuity of the polls, the Conservatives may not go along.
TWB

26 posted on 07/16/2011 3:13:54 PM PDT by TWhiteBear (Jobs, Peace, Food, Security .... Down with Obama(Peacefully))
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27 posted on 07/16/2011 3:18:47 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: editor-surveyor
A balanced budget ammendment would give the dems the leverage they need to raise taxes every year.

We need a cap on spending in the constitution, not a balanced budget ammendment.

While I agree that a BB amendment would not help, I don't think anything we could add to the Constitution will. Let's face it, we have got to where we are in spite of, not because of, the Constitution. The Republicans and Democrats routinely ignore the plain language of the Constitution and are often backed up by SCOTUS.

Nothing written can save us from self-dealing and corruption. We the People are they only limit on what politicians can do and we have woefully fell down on our job of curtailing their drive for personal power. Term limits are the only thing I think might help, but then again there is nothing to prevent "We the People" from voting in different corrupt politicians instead of the same ones over and over.

The primary problem with this Country is the largely ignorant and narcissistic electorate. The Founders knew, and warned us, that a Democratic Republic with this type of electorate could not stand, and their warnings are proving prophetic.

28 posted on 07/16/2011 3:22:05 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: RIghtwardHo
Thanks for saying that,a Balanced Budget Amendment is a trap..... it will lead to massive taxes.

Isn't the CBO forbidden to consider that a reduction in taxes can/will cause increased business activity and can/will cause increased revenue to the government.... and required to assume that increased taxes will increase the revenue.

Once taxes hit 100% why bother working?

29 posted on 07/16/2011 3:30:45 PM PDT by garyb
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To: Clairity
We have a balanced budget amendment. It is called the debt ceiling.
30 posted on 07/16/2011 4:08:32 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Ken H
We should focus on repealing the 17th Amendment.

Absolutely correct and we should also focus on repealing the 16th amendment. It is the root of their power and ability to manipulate the nation.

31 posted on 07/16/2011 4:14:26 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Clairity

Did Hatch hit Obama with his purse?


32 posted on 07/16/2011 5:57:21 PM PDT by webschooner (Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure - Robert LeFevre)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Clairity.
...calling for a balanced budget amendment in exchange for supporting an increase in the debt ceiling...
We should also have an amendment to prohibit duck hunting while increasing the number of duck permits. /s


33 posted on 07/16/2011 7:20:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Clairity

Hey Booby Hatch,too Late,Time for you to go to


34 posted on 07/17/2011 6:20:17 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Clairity
Hatch is up for re-election or would be doing nothing.

Hatch should retire.

35 posted on 07/17/2011 6:22:25 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Andyman

Yeah, remember, the transformation of McCain? It was almost supernatural, lol


36 posted on 07/17/2011 6:58:51 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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