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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 7 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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EJM
Herriman, UT

On the money. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are all about Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. In fact most politicians are not about serving the people, sad to say. They are about serving themselves. When a man like Warren Buffet says "the rich should pay more in taxes" and it is a non story (in comparison to the Kim Kardashian wedding) because he realizes he benefits greatly from living in America I respect him even more. We have many a politician in this state who could care less about their fellow man. They are in power only for themselves and want to deny for others the same advantages and opportunities they had the chance to use. And they play on the fears of the uneducated and uninformed to keep themselves in power. If you hear a politician say "We gotta do it for the kids" they aren't talking about your kids. They are talking about keeping their kids dads and moms (themselves) in power.

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Dr. Williams for president!

It's an abomination that such a clear thinking, plain talking, decent human being as Walter Williams is pilloried as somehow less intelligent, less compassionate, even less human than the liberal charlatans that have been cruelly victimizing the poor and downtrodden since the end of Jim Crow.

The personal liberty/personal responsibility message he preaches -- not any corrupt, silver-tongued leftist politician -- is the only hope of economic and political redemption, not just for the poor of the Nation, but for Nation, as a whole.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Only in left-wing thought does the government exist to take from one group of citizens to give to another. This claim goes against everything the Founding Fathers stood for.

Why is it so hard to understand that the government can't just pull money out of a magic hat to give to whomever it chooses? It cannot give, unless it takes from someone else.

In the beginning, man was told that he must earn his bread by the sweat of his own brow. Indeed, that is the principle upon which the Founding Fathers established this great Nation. The left seeks to turn this principle on its head by establishing an American welfare state. Hopefully, the gullible public will be able to focus just long enough to see, and then reject, this dangerous plan.

EJM
Herriman, UT

@John Charity Spring: This is not a left vs. right issue. Both sides of the coin allowed this to happen with greater intensity over the last seventy five years. Republicans have had many opportunities to make changes in what our government provides in terms of essential services just as Democrats had. Both chose to appeal to the basic of human emotions: "let someone do it for you or give it to you" as opposed to stopping and asking the question "Should this be an essential service provided by government?". Both sides wanted to be reelected over and over again. And we voted them in. It's our fault just as much as it is theirs. Now the question is "Will we have the courage to slowly change the tide?"

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "When a man like Warren Buffet [sic] says 'the rich should pay more in taxes' . . . I respect him even more."

I might respect him a little more if he actually paid the taxes he already owes, which he has done in only one year since 2002. Or if he paid them, and then paid some amount above that into the treasury, representing those "more in taxes" he claims to believe the rich should pay.

Buffett's a fine one to talk, but his actions -- like those of nearly all liberals -- can't be matched up with his words.

jsf
Centerville, UT

Pelosi's income for the last year $14 million. She will be happy to redistribute your measly $250,000.

The Politics of Listening
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Walter E. Williams is not part of the impoverished people, just the elite. Let us all remember who the real enemy is. And the real enemy is the tea party, reminded Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. Those who would suffer least from spending cuts would be some tea party members who are financially secure and don't need any Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid benefits, as well as the Wall Street millionaires who helped cause the global financial crisis. As long as black politicians can successfully run a rope-a-dope on their constituents by keeping them focused on allegations of white racism and telling them that salvation lies in voting for them, little good will come to their poorest constituency. The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the tea party should be called the "Fort Sumter tea party that sought to maintain states' rights and slavery."

KM
Cedar Hills, UT

It is a sad commentary that blacks have been duped by the DNC into thinking that those in political power are looking out for their best interests. When decades have proven that they have just been used to, as Walter says, focus power with the political elite. Obama is the best example of blacks being used as pawns.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

It is a sad commentary that Utahns have been duped by the RNC into thinking that those in political power are looking out for their best interests. When decades have proven that they have just been just used to, as KJB says, focus power with the power with the political elite. Romney is the best example of Utahns being used as pawns.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Whenever anyone wants to "change" us to another plan, watch out! That siren song predates earth's history. The only way that mankind can progress is when he works for what he receives and then has the right to direct how the money he has earned is spent. Politicians (and crafty "priests") would have us think that they have a better way, when all they offer is the plan to cause class warfare, class envy whose ultimate goal is taking something from the "rich guy", something they covet but have not earned.

It doesn't matter what the skin color is or the nationality or even the century; that scam has been going on forever.

As a people, we have agreed to pay taxes for a list of things, an enumerated list. We have NOT agree to become "nannies" to a welfare state run by people who want to "change" us from noble and intelligent people into beggars who look on with greedy eyes for another "rich guy" to fleece.

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

I would like to say that I denounce the words of Maxine Waters as well as James Hoffa.

The kinds of statements should be publicly denounced by the Democratic party.

I have no problem with those who respectfully disagree, but wish that both sides would denounce such speech that clearly crosses the line.

It bothers me when people only speak out against what "the other side" says, while celebrating or at least accepting when their side does it.

Both sides need to reign in the rhetoric. Our elected officials all need to act in manners which are fitting for their stature.

I challenge everyone to be consistent in their condemnation.

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