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Published: Thursday, Aug. 11 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

"All risk being overshadowed by one Republican who won't be on the stage Texas Gov. Rick Perry"

Actually, few have that risk. For certain, not Ron Paul. Why would he be threatened by another establishment neo-conservative trying to tell us how 'Christian' he is, code for Romney and Huntsman aren't. Perry brings absolutely ZERO to the race that Romney, Pawlenty or Bachmann don't. Paul tops them in all in a principled stand for the Constitution, limited government, and balanced budgets. Rick Perry, no thanks.

Salt Lake City, UT

*'Poll: Less than half of GOP primary voters satisfied with 2012 field' - By Mark Murray - NBC News - 06/15/11

Syracuse, UT

"Poll: Less than half of the Nation said that they will vote for Obama in the next election - CNN - 08/10/11

Sugar City, ID

Strange to me how Rick Perry talks about the need to get wisdom and help from God while Mitt Romney only talks about not raising taxes. Who has the best track record in "creating" jobs? Buying a company and stripping it down by laying off workers may be efficient in a business sense but I don't know anyone who says Joseph Smith was a good businessman. Maybe people can be motivated by something besides profit.

Salt Lake City, UT

What's wrong with Corporations? Seriously...

Provides services, jobs, income, industry, inventions. Clearly, liberals want none of those things.

Obama is the most anti-business President EVER. And in a time of economic depression. Beautiful....

Orem, UT

The weakest candidate of the entire field running for President is Barack Obama. At least half of those running in the Republican primaries would make stronger Presidents than Barack Obama and their policies would bring people jobs, something Obama's policies do the very opposite. The financial community cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama, the people of this country cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama. As far as the entitlements such as medicare, medicaid, and social security, the policies of Barack Obama will assure their insolvency within a very short time. The Republican plans will assure that they remain solvent. This is what we face in 2012, the weakest and most financially destructive President we have ever had, or the preservation of our country under responsible leadership.

Salt Lake City, UT

There are definitely a couple of corporations that need to go to prison!

Oh, that's right, they can't go to jail. Convenient for the "people" who run the corporations.

Evanston, WY

Wow, it's about time we heard this from a potential leader, other than government employees, most employees work for corporations, if you own stock, have a 401K, chances are your a part owner of some corporations. Most corporations biggest overhead expense is payroll, you raise their taxes, and they have to make cuts, people will lose jobs. Finally a businessman who understands this.


I have never worked for a poor person. Businesses and corporations provide jobs as well as goods and services we all depend on. The reason the economy isn't rebounding is because all of the regulation of businesses and the tax burden placed on them. Should businesses pay some taxes? Of course, but over tax them and they will cut where needed to save money and those cuts will hurt the American people.

Bountiful, Utah

Clearly shows how of touch he is and who is he trying to please. But Mitt, corporations don't get to vote. Before you get excited about having them in your back pocket, you need to get PEOPLE to vote for you. What kind of President are you going to make if you can't take a few hecklers at this stage of the game? Perhaps you should take some anger management classes, because this is nothing compared to how it might be a few months from now. If you anger this easily and can't hold your reaction in, you are going to have a real problem getting elected.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

But what about corporations that pay nothing at all? Did they pass those savings on to employees? Customers? We see a pretty good example now. When a 10% tax on airline tickets expired, fares simply remained the same and the airlines pocketed the extra 10%, helping no one but themselves and maybe the bosses at bonus time. Some corporations may even deserve the death penalty, but that's one class of "person" who won't receive it. People that live and breath should be any government's first concern, not "people" who only exist on paper.

Logan, UT

I work for a corporation. It helps pay my bills and get me the things I want in life. I know I am not a auto worker, or a school teacher, or a nurse, or a miner, or one of the 'working class.' But I go to work every day just like they do. Am I not doing my part or 'paying my fair share'?

Logan, UT

@Mark B

Corporations that pay nothing at all are well represented in the Obama economic team. (CEO of GE) I just heard Romney last night say that those loop holes should be closed. He's talkink about the class warfare of the left against 'the rich' in this country.

Tooele, UT

Re: "Corporations are people, my friend."

In a sense, yes. They are the people that invest in, work for, and buy from them.

But, one thing is for certain sure -- corporations NEVER pay taxes.

Just people.

Shrill liberal demands that we tax corporations is like demanding we shoot ourselves in the foot. Every nickel of tax filched by bloated, unaccountable government will come, ultimately, from our pockets in the form of higher prices for goods and services.

American First
Merced, CA

If Corporations aren't people neither are Unions.

American First
Merced, CA

Those liberal astroturfers were trying to shout Romney down. He handled himself quite well and his answers were good ones. Romney is appearing more presidential by the day. If he can hone his responses and throw in a few zingers he'll be well on his way to carrying the mantle of Reagan. Mitt Romney will make a great President in 2013.

Clearfield, UT

Free market economics only works when corporations are ethical. To many corporations pay obscene salaries to a few at the top and leave crumbs for everyone else. Public employees never spilled oil in the gulf of Mexico, looted the treasury for billions, engaged in insider trading, cooked the books, and other dishonest and unethical practices. I understand the important role business plays in the economy. That doesn't excuse not playing by the rules. That's why we need a degree of gov't regulation.

I still like Romney.

Junction, Utah

NeilT - We need a honest government more than more government regs.

my slc
Newport Beach, CA

Not one of Mitts' better moments in my opinion.

A second questioner asked Romney what are you going to do to strengthen Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare without cutting benefits. Romneys response, after briefly shouting at the questioner, was Im not going to raise taxes. Thats my answer. The rowdy crowd at the Iowa State Fair interrupted his answers to chant Wall Street greed.

If this is how he reacts in Iowa, what is he going to do in when he is in with the big states? New York, California, Illinois, Florida etc?

Salt Lake City, Utah

I notice Mitt didn't tell the man what he would do about social security and medicaid. Isn't it interesting how Republicans talk about cutting entitlements as if it is some mystical thing in outer space, but when given a chance to talk directly about their plan for medicare and social security they punt.

Taxes on corporations and the wealthy are the lowest they have been since the 1950's. Where are the jobs? Overseas.

CEO salaries rose 29% last year while they were creating record profits for companies by moving jobs overseas.

Big Business in this country could give a squat about anything but the bottom line. That is fine they are entitled to make as much money as they can, lets just be honest about why they are leaving the country and it is not regulations or taxes, it is the ability to hire people at a few dollars an hour in China and India. If Americans would work for a $1.25 and hour and no benefits, US Manufacturing would be booming, and unemployment would be almost zero.

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