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Published: Saturday, Aug. 18 2012 2:15 p.m. MDT

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JayTee
Sandy, UT

Romney's tax returns are an irrelevant red herring. That's a matter between him and the IRS. All this was "vetted" when he ran before. He's a fool if he plays the Obama game, because they'll always have something negative to say, like he didn't pay enough, he did this or that. It's a no-win game, and hopefully he won't get suckered with this non-issue.

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

Mitt who? Since he picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt seems to have faded from the story. It's all Ryan, all the time. Bound to change at some point back to Mitt, but it's fascinating to watch how Ryan is now overshadowing Romney.

freedomingood
provo, Utah

The republican party is against single payer healthcare - except medicare. What kind of position is that but floppy? Rediculous.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

JayTee Are you saying that because Romney does not disclose taxes there is nothing negtive to say about him...Are You Kidding?

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

louie louie,
how about your boy's transcripts, and all the other sealed records he is hiding from Americans?

The Taxman
Los Angeles, CA

Romney has paid well over $2 million in taxes to foreign governments over the past several years (see schedules 31 and 32 to his 2010 tax return). Just think if he had invested here and paid his taxes here instead. Wouldn't that be better for we Americans? We are building the roads for Mitt to drive on while he is building roads for the Chinese, etc. to drive on.
You may think Obama is a foreigner, but at least his money stays here and benefits us. Romney sends his money abroad to help others.

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

I see the topic of this real issue article is lost on the initial posters.

Obama's plan doesn't really "cut" funds for Medicare. It reduces the amount being reimbursed to hospitals and physicians for their services. Ryan's concern is valid because it will directly affect the profit margin of these facilities and practitioners. Personal example: my wife the doctor performs neuropsychological evaluations on elderly patients. Presently, Medicare pays about $525 for the service, leaving a co-payment of $125 for the individual to pay. That is a total of $650 reimbursed for a service that costs about $750 to produce. That's pretty easy math -- $100 loss on every Medicare patient my wife evaluates. Now, the president is reducing reimbursement rates even more? What will really happen is that private practice physicians will no longer accept Medicare patients.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

It doesn’t matter how much money Romney or anyone else pays in taxes because the government will only waste it on bailouts, Solyndra scams, GSA parties, ever more entitlements and will still borrow trillions we don’t have! We have a SPENDING problem in Washington, not a taxing problem!

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Ute Alumni
If some one is promoting a tax policy and is trying to convince us that it is necessary to maintain tax benefits for the wealthy, why not demonstrate that. If on the other the super wealthy, such as Romney, find ways to pay a lesser tax rate than a large segment of the population, his argument has little credibility. Obama grades and transcript have little to do with his policies. In addition how many transcripts have we received from others running for president?....Your argument is absurd.

LoveLife
Riverton, UT

Louie,
If Obama took any classes in economics or finances, then claims to have the knowledge and expertise to be able to lead our country fiscally, don't we have a right to see proof that he mastered those concepts? He certainly doesn't have the life or job experience, and he has his own tax cheats in charge.

I've heard Obama referred to as the smartest guy to ever hold the office of the POTUS. Why wouldn't he want to prove that? What is he trying to hide?

We all know the game the left wants to play with Romney's taxes. If he pays 14%, he's criticized for not paying 20%. If he had paid 45%, he should have paid 50%. Obama will use the tax returns against him anyway he can to portray him as a rich guy not paying his fair share. If he doesn't release them at all, he's criticized for that. He's legally paid his taxes. Enough of the selective moral outrage.

How does seeing Romney's past tax returns solve the Medicare problem?

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

louie louie,
class envy. you can go do the same as romney. your boy is hiding a lot more than tax returns, take your absurd aurgument and tell me why you are buying into obam's distraction of smoke and mirrors. how many years did john kerry release, john edwards harry reid your gal nancy? keep buying into obama's non issues and watch your libs go down the tube in November.

louie
Cottonwood Heights, UT

ute alumni:

Trash talking does not help in discussing the issues.

LoveLIfe:

Romney has claimed his tax plan will halp the economy. Based on his comments he must be suggesting the rich should have a lower tax rate than the middle class. When has that ever been a solution. I think never.

ronnie
sandy, utah

Romney really had no medicare plan. He is throwing this up in air now because of Paul Ryan to see if he can get some traction.

LoveLife
Riverton, UT

Louie-
What claims are you talking about? He must be suggesting the rich have a lower tax rate than the middle class? When has he said that, or even suggested it? When has he said he'd raise taxes on anyone? I've looked over his tax plan-there are no increases in it.

We will, however, have a tax increase on everyone come January with the end of the Bush tax cuts and Obamacare.

Again, please direct me to ANY qualifications, experiences, classes, grades, jobs-ANYTHING that would indicate Obama or Biden should be re-elected to their jobs to help the ailing economy.

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