Obama courts the GOP

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The President will meet with Republican House and Senate members today in the hopes of selling them on his stimulus package. GOP party leaders have so far been unswayed. One of the lawmakers meeting with President Obama today is Jason Chaffetz, the Republican Representative for the 3rd Congressional district in Utah. He joins us to explain his take on the president's proposal.


Rep. Jason Chaffetz

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Katherine Lanpher


Collin Campbell and Jen Poyant

Comments [6]


I am glad we have a new congressman who supports sanity. I have always been taught that you can not borrow your way out of debt. Rather then pass this problem on to our grand=children and great grand children let bite the bullet now and learn our lessons rather than spending money we don't have in order to protect ourselves from the consequences of irresponsible legislation, irresponsible gov't policies, the facillitation of irresponsible borrowing, irresponsible corporate practices, labor union practices and general greed, not to mention the indulgence in white collar crime at high levels. Hang in there Jason. We hope your voice is heard.

Jan. 27 2009 10:59 PM
Argie Shumway

I am pleased with Jason's comments and feel that it is important to understand the principle of deficit spending, how it works to enslave the spender. Let us bite the bullet, go through the hard lessons of "over" spending and start to spend what we have rather than what we have not.

Jan. 27 2009 10:21 PM

Chaffetz has hit it right on the head. History has already proven that stimulus packages -by any name- has never worked and only made things worse. Jason's ideas would be empowering for America. I support them 100%

Jan. 27 2009 07:54 PM
Bradley Reneer

Republicans under Bush and now Democrats under Obama seem determined to dig us even deeper into debt. It's just common sense that you don't fix problems caused by deficit spending by more deficit spending. The more they try to manipulate the market the more they screw up our economy.

Rep. Chaffetz is on the right track. I hope the folks in congress have enough sense to listen to him.

Jan. 27 2009 03:02 PM

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is right. Great ideas!

Jan. 27 2009 02:40 PM
Richard Johnston

I am so tired of this Republican cr*p about the corporate tax rate in the US being the second-highest in the world. Every study shows clearly the EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate is half or less the nominal rate because of various allowances and deductions. Have a look here:
http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_welfare/real_tax_rates_plummet.php. I am sorry if it disillusions you, but neither US companies nor US citizens are particularly burdened by taxes.

A case can be made for revisiting and rationalizing the coporate tax structure, but simply lowering the corporate tax rate is a non-starter.

Jan. 27 2009 09:58 AM

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