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Published: Monday, Oct. 17 2011 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Hey John, contact me and you can start giving right here!

Cedar Hills, UT

no one is stopping Buffet or Huntsman from writing out a check to the IRS for 80% of their wealth. So I say to Buffet and Huntsman and all the Hollywood flakes go ahead and open your check book and write Uncle Sam that HUGE check - give it all away if you want and then watch it get squandered by the incompetent federal government!!! If you are so certain that the federal government is so super efficient then go ahead and donate Jon Huntsman - EVERYTHING YOU HAVE. What you will see is the BIG UNION boss's getting more than their fair share along with other corrupt organizations such as moveon.org and others. I swear, the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. Huntsman really ought to change his political affiliation to democrat in the mean time.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Why can't more Republicans think like the Huntsman's?

Logan, UT

Rich need to give more sure.

Poor need to get up off the couch and stop making excuses as to why they can't do something.

Instead of blaming the rich, lets blame the poor for being poor its about as logical.

I love it how government punishes success.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Very thankful, and impressed, as well, with all the Huntsman family has done, and is doing in their goal to find the cure for cancer.

Roosevelt, UT


Cudos to this man and the good he has done and continues to do.

Kaysville, UT

Mr. Huntsman has it all wrong. The members of the "occupy" movement don't want billionaires going around building hospitals and engaging in 3rd world development. The only philanthropy they care about is their own pocketbooks. They feel entitled to cushy jobs, fat paychecks and generous benefits and they don't think they ought to have to work very hard or sacrifice for it. They want the government to step in, take your money, and give it to them. Period.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

jonny jr. you could give more money. no one is stopping you unless Jon sr won't give you a larger allowance

Quiet Neighborhood, UT

Certainly Jon Huntsman Sr. has been extraordinarily generous over the years and should be commended. The timing of the statement, however, seems politically convenient.

byu rugby
Crystal Lake, IL

Jon Huntsman needs to stop this game he is playing! He is a Democrat! Simply admit it, formally switch parties, and run against Obama. It is just silly for him to continue wasting time and money on this charade. He is irrelevant to the vast majority of Republicans.

Salt Lake City, Ut

Patriot - turn down the radio and read the article. JMH has poured hundred of millions of his own wealth into this community and is the sole reason why we have a world class cancer hospital in our great state. 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer. I am sure one of your relative has been treated at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Think before you type.

St. George, UT

@LDS Liberal:

First of all, it's Huntsmans, not Huntsman's. Secondly, he DOES think like Republicans. Hunstman Sr. said that the rich should not be required to give the money through taxes, that they should give from the goodness of their heart. The Liberals believe that the rich should be taxed more and more (socialism??). By the way, that's the difference between Socialism and the Law of Consecration. With Socialism, you are required to give. With the Law of Consecration, you give because you want to, not because you are taxed.

Don't misunderstand Hunstman's words.

Bountiful, UT

If there is to be sacrifice, why shouldn't the rich sacrifice too?

new york, ny

I do think the ultra rich should give more, but not to the government. I think Jon Huntsman Sr's Huntsman Cancer treatment center has done much more to better society than the government would have done with that same money. If you are a multimillionaire there is so much good you can do without handing everything over to the wasteful mess the government is. You can start foundations, support scholarships for education, donate to medical research, help assist families who have difficulty paying large medical bills, etc. I don't think they should be required to give 80% of their wealth so that the government can hand out more entitlements, and pay for massive wasteful spending projects that do nothing to make this country great. We don't need bigger government, we need more benevolent people.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

@patriot | 1:56 p.m. Oct. 17, 2011

Oops, this is Jon Huntsman SR, not Junior. He is not talking about giving it to the government but to charities.

Not for my comment:

If you do three things; Graduate from high school, wait until you are twenty to get married, and wait to make a baby until after you are married, there is an 80% chance you will never live in poverty. Miss any one of them and there is an 80% chance you will live in poverty.

If you really want to impact poverty you need to convince people to study in school and teach them to have a little bit of self control.

While I do not believe in limiting a persons income, I do believe that if each of us received a plot of land (say an acre) and were to build a small, simple home on it (rules would apply, like homesteading) things would be far better.

If you had a home that nobody could take away and a garden plot it would go a long way toward ending human suffering.

Give me the land of inheritance like in the Old Testament.


I believe that Jon Huntsman - not silver-spoon Jon Huntsman - is right, as a moral stand. However, this story seems to lead to confusion as to who said that the rich should give more. It also lends confusion as to how this might relate to the Occupy movement. I don't think that Mr. Huntsman advocates either taxation (redistribution) or Occupy. He simply has proclaimed his belief that it is better for everyone for the wealthy to become generous by giving their accumulated wealth away (at least 80%) rather than to have it taxed or inherited. This is conservative ideology.

Farmington, UT

What I keep finding ironic is that the Huntsman Cancer Institute does not accept charity cases. The Jon Hunstmans can get their financial investment back anytime they decide to sell.

Go Utes, CA

It appears you did not read the article or you lack reading comprehension skills. Mr. Huntsman did not say anything about taxes. He spoke about the need for super wealthy people to be more generous about donating their wealth to good causes. How can that make you so angry?

South Jordan, UT

Huntsman sr has done many great things for our state and is a very generous man. It is too bad jr lacks his dads character and integrity.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Oooooh. Jon just sealed his fate!

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