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Published: Sunday, Oct. 9 2011 7:04 p.m. MDT

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Petra
Sanpete County, UT

It is good to see young people caring enough about our country to protest what they see as a huge problem. While many on these boards are concerned about "big government," they would do well to also see the threat to our democracy by the emerging presence and power of a plutocracy/oligarchy. When elected government is purchased by the highest bidder, we, the people, lose everything. In my opinion, this is exactly what has been happening for some time now, and I am delighted that the problem is being brought front and center, thanks to these protesters.

When government is purchased, law then benefits the buyer. Those wealthy enough to hire lobbyists, contribute millions (in various ways) to political campaigns, purchase media, find ways to pay little to no tax - these people run this country without ever being elected and with no accountability or personal negative consequence.

I hope this protest spreads far and wide. I hope average Americans can recognize how much of a plutocracy/oligarchy we have become, hidden until now. I hope it's not too late for the vast majority of good citizens of this country to do something about it.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Petra | 8:45 p.m. Oct. 9, 2011
"I hope it's not too late for the vast majority of good citizens of this country to do something about it."

"When Obama accuses Republicans of standing in the way of his nearly $450 billion plan, he ignores the fact that his own party has struggled to unite behind the proposal." - Associated Press

The vast majority of good citizens aren't buying what Obama is trying to sell, and taking from those who have and giving it to those who don't won't solve our problems.

Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

It is interesting to note who is encouraging/fueling this protest such as Unions, and the Obama administration. Perhaps a Mr Soros lurking in the background? Is this protest providing a smoke screen to obscure the facts of past unresonable union demands and failed goverment programs that have contributed to loss of jobs, savings, increased foreclosures, borrowing/printing money to shore up federal revenues to pay the cost of government and union mis-steps? And now an Obama's administrative grand scheme to create a federal lopsided tax code to finger point blame at and penalize the "greedy, rich bad guys" and corporations? Perhaps the protestors are actually protesting against themselves?

lket
Bluffdale, UT

im not a party person but when i have worked my whole life and put money into the system and the tea party people call it something other than benifits i get mad. we take tax money and give it to oil companies even when they wont build any refineries. also we pay billionares to not grow food. and kill milk cows. if they had left ssn, medicare money alone it would have been there now. also drug company right offs are out of this world. i made less than 35,00 thousand and had to pay 3,000 fed and almost 2,000 local. this is because i have no right offs. and still paying all the other stuff too. ssn-1 ssn-2 and medicare. they are greedy rich guys. and if you support them you believe their propaganda. i could sell you somee swamp land

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