More than anything else, Utah is unique for the strength of our communities. We work hard. We play hard. And when times are tough, we pull together and put things back together again.
Resourceful. Innovative. Determined. Compassionate. These are the words that come to mind when I think of my fellow Utahns. In hard times we join to help those in need. From fires to floods, tsunamis to recessions, we are always there to help. When a neighbor loses a job, we help them find work, and in the meantime we do everything we can to support them. It doesn't matter if they are a Mormon or a Muslim, a Ute or a Cougar, a Democrat or a Republican. When we see people in need, we overcome our differences and get to work.
But in recent years many of our political leaders haven't lived up to these Utah values. As national politics degenerated, they weren't there to stem the negativity and the naysaying that now predominate. They forgot what makes our community strong, and we let our representation in Congress slide below our standards. The consequences for working families have been devastating.