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Published: Sunday, Aug. 21 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Wow. Charles is writing another weekly blasting of the President.

This isn't something you see every day...

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Go easy on him, Chuck. At least he gives good speeches.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

I agree that the "bad luck" comment is a pathetic response to the problem.

But, lets back up.

The GOP answer to everything is to lower taxes.

How low do you want to go? We have the lowest federal tax rates in 50+ years.

And we have had them for 10 years now.

So, if low tax rates are the single biggest key to economic prosperity, how did the economy crater in this 10 year environment?

Someone? Anyone?

Let me guess. Bad luck and Democratic mistakes?

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Was it bad luck to allow Bush and republican minions to run our country into bankruptcy, nah, just apathy combined with stupidity and ignorance and arrogance. Obama is a good-guy trying to solve the problems created almost entirely by the previous 8 years of disaster.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity! Even Hillary warned us that Obama was unprepared and unqualified to lead this country! Does Obama blaming "bad luck" prove her point or what?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Charles is doing his job as a political observer. He observes what Obama says and does and comments on it. Those who don't like the message, will attack the messenger. Those who like his message will say he is telling it like it is! The question then; it depends on what is, is!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Joe Blow. We have the highest corportate taxes in the world! About 50% of Americans pay no federal income taxes at all while the most productive Americans are paying nearly 80% of all federal income taxes. Low taxes for some, not so much for others! I will answer your question with another simple question; When was the last time a poor person offered you a job? Made in China sound familair?

KJB1
Eugene, OR

All I saw was the headline and I told myself, "Yep, that's Krauthammer."

Isn't he the one who'll say that we need to balance the budget one week and then tell us we need to invade Libya and that we can pay for it later?

There are plenty of conservative commentators who (while I may not agree with them) are capable of making coherent and well-reasoned arguments. Why does such a hack like Charles get endless space to whine about Obama?

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

@JoeBlow: Low taxes are a key to economic prosperity. Unfortunately, that's no the only component. The economy is also drowning in debt and the heavy hand of government currently throws up roadblocks and uncertainty at every turn.

To see prosperity we need business-friendly policies, low taxes and most of all to get the fiscal house in order. That is going to take time. This isn't Obama's fault, but he has made it worse. We need entitlement reform, regulatory reform and about 7-10 years of paying down debt before we will see a booming economy again.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

So, chuck, how was the economy doing the day Obama took office? Any bailouts in place? Companies tanking?

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

@JoeBlow

Tax rates are part of the picture, but not the whole picture.

The economy is in a shambles because of government attempt to "run" it. They don't know enough to run it. They tried to create "affordable housing," and destroyed the lives of the very people they were supposedly trying to help.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Mountainman:

1) Only 40% of total tax revenue comes from income tax.

2) That 50% that doesn't pay income tax only controls 2.5% of this nation's wealth.

3) People who don't pay income tax still pay state tax, local tax, sales tax, Social Security, Medicare, and property tax. Contrary to what Fox News tries to tell you, we all have "skin in the game."

4) Without a class of people who are able to buy stuff, rich people aren't going to get rich. A "poor person" may not offer you a job, but our economy can't function without them. You can only sell so many yachts and private jets.

We've have 30+ years of trickle-down economics. We can keep making excuses and demonizing everyone who isn't insanely rich, or we can admit that it's failed and try something else. I know which way I'd go...

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Krauthammer criticizing Obama? How could this be? It's unimaginable. I mean...now I've seen it all!

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

A bit strident this morning Mr. Kruthammer. However, as a former supporter of Mr. Obama and this administration, I must agree with you that the President is being hypocritical. In his defense, he is a politician fighting for his political life and that of his Party, which he leads. So, why shouldn't he suggest all of this about the Republicans and their policies? He is doing what he must and should. What we need is more folks doing like you have done in this article that points out the inconsistencies and partisanship, failures and when they occur successes. Too many times, all that media does today is play the cheerleadeer for their side. This isn't so bad, but their claim to be objective journalists is what is so galling.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

So what's Charles answer?

What are his solutions?

Other than his weekly write ups on how we should invade Iran and Libya, give out my handouts (in the forms of subsidies and tax cuts) to the rich, and blaming everything on Obama?

coach hines
Salt Lake City, UT

charles once again hits it out of the park exposing obamas lack of leadership....he will be voted out next year and rightly so, he has no record of accomplishment to run on

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the President acted stupidly. Thats a real big part of the reason we find ourselves heading into a great depression.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Great Moutainman, now you agree with Clinton is's?

Krathehammer is a shill propagandists and it's a shame the DN prints it faithfully every week.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: KJB1 | 10:03 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011

Mr. 'Don't-Call-My-Bluff' Obama said that he wouldn't sign a budget bill that didn't include new taxes. Obama is still suffering indigestion from the budget will without new taxes that the Republicans instructed him to sign.

The liberal Democrats found out what the Palestinians already knew .... Obama caves when pressure is applied. Looks like the liberals have hooked their wagons to a nag that just can't pull the load.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

You seldom get everything.

There are WANTS and NEEDS.

Right now, this country NEEDS to move towards fiscal conservatism.

Many WANT to deal with Gay Marriage, Aborting and bring religion to the forefront.

If the T Party would focus ONLY on our NEEDS, it may get some real traction.

But in the end, the T Party is just the right wing of the GOP.

Disagree? Fine, tell me how they differ.

Now, I am sure that some will tell me that my list of WANTS are really NEEDS.

But you know better.

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