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Published: Monday, Aug. 20 2012 10:04 a.m. MDT

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atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

The Ryan budget explicitly says that it would cut tax credits so that it's revenue neutral compared to current revenue. Romney/Ryan favor large tax cuts for the rich, so the only way it could even out was to raise taxes on the poor.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

And every time republicans say to "broaden the tax base" that means they want people at the bottom to pay more taxes. That is literally what that phrase means.

As for Medicare, this article does a good job of noting that Ryan himself (in his plan) supports the same Medicare cuts as Obama when it comes to reducing inefficiencies and fraud in the system.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

In view of Romney's considerable record of distortions of President Obama's record, Mitt isn't exactly in a position of moral superiority to be casting the first stone at anyone on that score.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

Obama says - "So, New Hampshire, here is what you need to know: Since I have been in office, I have strengthened Medicare."

And you did this how? Was it by taking the $500Billion from Medicare, ten years of cuts to pay for what and help Medicare how? So taking the money from Medicare to fund ObamaCare is strengthening Medicare? C'mon Really! Are people really that ignorant. The claims that the cuts help benefit Medicare fraud, to make the program more efficient, how do you make it more efficient by taking their money. Does that sound familiar throughout this campaign. Take money and spend it elsewhere and then take no fiscal responsibility of the growing national debt. He has taken all this money and where has it gone, better yet what has it produced. Absolutely Nothing! This guy is a joke. Can we give someone else a try. People don't like the voucher idea, but giving government control of health care, how is it any different. I will tell you, you get to make the decisions yourself, unlike Obama making them for you. Seriously people, please wake up.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

I believe Paul Ryan when he asserts he wants this debate on Medicare. I’m just skeptical that either he or Romney intend to honestly tell the American people that their long term plan is to phase out Federal government administration of Medicare supplanting it over time with a subsidy (voucher) system. The public needs to understand how it will leave gaps in coverage that many will be unable to make up cost differences out of pocket.

The Romney/Ryan plan is rooted not in cost concerns so much as in conservative principles eschewing individual dependency on government as pernicious and debilitating. There’s nothing wrong with making that argument. But there’s a fundamental dishonesty in insisting insisting that they’re trying to save Medicare. The public deserves to know what their real intentions are.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

We all know that Mitt Romney likes being the boss. He doesn't like being criticized because he knows everything. It must be a very unusualy situation for him to be questioned by anyone he considers a subordinate or inferior to himself. This is an interesting character flaw.

Having been raised to believe that he is right in every instance, is now center stage and things he says are not automatically accepted as "truth". Even his wife recognizes that the things the Romneys say is subject to criticism and she, like her husband, don't want to hear it.

Romney is used to issuing proclamations, edicts, instructions, and setting policies without anyone questioning his judgement. Once he makes a decision (assuming he doesn't change that decision because of some beneficial need), he expects, demands, that others follow it to the letter. He is a man who is not used to not being in complete charge, which is why he has such difficulty relating to real people. He's been a boss so long that he will always see himself as the boss, the authority, the one who should be in charge.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:atl134

Romney and Ryan favor tax cuts for the rich? Where did you get that from other than listening to MSNBC? I suppose you consider small business owners RICH ... correct? So a small business owner who makes over 250k but has to pay his employees and building and insurance for his employees etc.... probably brings home around 90k - 125K per year. But that is RICH in a liberals mind. Also, for the non-business owners who make more than 250K and who get whacked with Obama's tax increases do you really think these people are going to turn around and invest in small business now ... after getting slaughtered with new Obama taxes? Nope - not going to happen. So who REALLY gets hurt by Obama's "fairness" tax? It is the poor souls standing in the unemployment lines looking for work - any work - but unfortunately nobody is hiring because they just got whacked - or will get whacked - with Obamas tax increases. I would say that is pretty darn "unfair" to be out of work for so long. How about you?? Romney / Ryan WILL cut taxes so that small business can start hiring again - after a 4 year Obama nightmare!!

djc
Stansbury Park, Ut

I would tell "patriot" that anyone working in any of the thousands of service industry jobs in and around Salt Lake City or any other city or town in the nation making at or near the minimum wage, or approximately $19,000 a year, would consider the amounts you named as rich. Considering all the jobs created by Staples, Walmart, Target, and Home Depot and their ilk are at or near this level, there are a lot of Americans who aren't rich. No matter how you use fancy words to paint a pretty picture of the situation, a tax cut for rich Americans that is revenue neutral must be paid for by the poorer Americans. There is no other logical explanation. $19000 - 2470 is not enough to live on in America. That is how much a 13% tax on a full-time Walmart worker would be. However, most Walmart workers don't get 40 hours a week, so their income is significantly less than $19000. Balancing the budget on the backs on the poor is just plain wrong.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@atl134 - "Broaden tax base means to make people at the bottom pay more taxes" I think everyone should pay their fair share, the rich, the poor, the middle class. And if it means paying more taxes even as a poor or middle class person than so be it. The rich are trying to create new jobs, new businesses, etc. There is a reason they are called the rich, because they built it. There is a reason they are called the poor and middle class, not because they are not hard workers, but because they didn't do what the rich people did. Success is what you make it, it is not handed to you like the way the Dems want it. You cannot ask the rich to carry the poor because they don't want to do it themselves. Even with Romneys taxes, $3MM seems a pretty fair share. Obamas additional 5+% he paid more than Romney didn't even total a tenth of what Romney paid. So pay your fair share, I think Romney did and then some along with other members classified as the rich. If everyone just paid, the rich wouldn't have to cover them.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@atl34 - Ryan does NOT support Obamas medicare tax cuts, he favors a few. You are spinning this to read how you want it to read.

@Craig Clark - "Distortions about Obama", What has Obama done that is not distorted? THe guy has flat out failed the American people. That is a FACT!

Also, you say "I’m just skeptical that either he or Romney intend to honestly tell the American people that their long term plan is...." You mean like the honesty Obama portrayed while running for President last time...Oh yeah, there was no honesty, he lied and is doing it again. And, what plan of Obama's, this guy has no plan on anything, especially our budget. When did you last see his budget proposal, you haven't because he has not submitted on yet in fours years on time.

@Mad Hatter - You must be good friends with Romney to know all this inside detail. Why didn't you let us all know who is Vp pick would be weeks ago if you are that close. The taste of bitterness never goes away.

@djc - At least they have jobs. Now pay taxes.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"So a small business owner who makes over 250k but has to pay his employees and building and insurance for his employees etc.... probably brings home around 90k - 125K per year."

Patriot,

FYI, employees salaries and building and insurance are business costs and would be deducted as business expense.

In your example, he is taxed on 90k - 125k per year. And Obama is proposing that his taxes would not go up.

It is a fairly easy concept. Profit = money received minus business expenses.

Are you unaware of that or trying to spin it to make a false point?

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

UtahBruin,

Are you aware that the top 10% in this country owned about 73% of the wealth in 2007. And that number has certainly climbed in the last 5 years.

What percentage of the taxes do you think that they should pay?

FYI, in 2007, they paid about 71%

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

@Utah Bruin: Of course Ryan doesn't support all of Obama's Medicare plan, but he just so happens to support the very same cuts to Medicare that you Blast Obama for in your first post.

Seems that you are the one who is spinning this the way you want it to read.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

@JoeBlow - Nice stats. First some facts. According to Federal Reserve, wealth was down 40% 2007 to 2010 where has that gotten us. It puts us in the mess we are in now, has nothing to do with taxes anyone has paid. Why did it all decline at the end of 2006 into 2007 etc. Most think it was caused by the residential housing boom coming to an end. Why did it end. Clinton and his honyocks thought it good to create lending for people who could not afford homes. Remember? Thus creating BKs, foreclosures, high debt, etc. Thus creating hard times for banks, lenders, thus slowing US growth. Blame Bush? Blame Dems for thinking everyone is entitled without having to work for it. Answer your question, how much taxes do I think they should pay? Their fair share which I believe they do, I think everyone should pay their taxes so the rich do not have to cover them and be blamed for it.

@xscribe - Again, Ryan does not support ALL of Obama's Medicare plan. Does he support some, yes, all no! The spin is on yours and atl's. Sorry but those are facts.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Keep on believing that you are not spinning. Yes, wealth was down, and now it is back up, almost to W's high, at least in the stock market. Wealth has also been up and down since America's inception. Keep on spinning!

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Ryan's tax plan reduces Mitt's personal tax obligation, assuming he has one, to about 1% of his income, which is mainly from investment income. IIs this what we should look forward to? Because the other 12% of his current tax rate (so he says) has to made up somehow, and I'd prefer it not be by me.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

To "Mark B" prove it. Give us an unbiased analysis (the Tax Policy Center analysis is flawed and can't be used either) that shows that Mitt Romney's tax obligation would go down.

There are some serious rebuttals to the TPC's analysis that you and the liberal media are clinging on to. Read "No, Romney Won't Raise Your Taxes $2,000" in the American Spectator. The better analysis showing why the TPC's analysis is full of garbage is at Bloomberg in their article "Romney Tax Math Gets Easier With More Breaks on Table". Basically the TPC did an analysis with incomplete data. Just that fact alone should show you that it doesn't work.

To "xscribe" wealth is still down, only the stock market is up, and it is not quite up to its previous high.

To "JoeBlow" so then you agree that the wealthy do pay their "fair share" of taxes. If you look at things in terms of income it is worse because we tax income, not wealth. According to the Huffington Post, the top 1% take home 24% of all income, yet as you point out pay 71% of all income taxes.

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