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Published: Sunday, Sept. 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This letter is absolute claptrap. In the Eisenhower years, corporate taxes constituted 25% of all federal revenues, the figure today is 6%, a 75% reduction. The top marginal income tax rate was 91%, today it is 35%. The share of national income going to the top 1% has tripled, while their effective tax rate has been cut in half.

Every single thing in this letter is completely backwards, it's the reverse of the truth.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

This argument falls under the weight of history and its own internal inconsistency. If the first proposition is true, that "[t]he U.S. economy is the greatest in the world and the very best system in the history of the world in providing prosperity to the most people," then it cannot follow that realtive success is punished and mediocrity is rewarded by progressively greater taxation, because progressive tax rates and regulation have been in place for decades, yet the economy has still provided prosperity for many over the long term. In fact, it would make more logical sense to say that the economic decline for vast numbers of people in the middle class in recent years, coupled with the growing enrichment of the upper class during the same period, is a result of historically low taxes for the wealthy.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealth out of prosperity
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Esquire
Springville, UT

This is such nonsense. Other than spouting campaign rhetoric and talking points, there is not one shred of evidence. I'm getting weary of these lies.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

As we retreat again into a fantasy world...
Can I also say that paying taxes isn't a fine, it isn't a penalty, it isn't a punishment, it's a privilege. It's an honor, to get to be a US citizen, and support our constitutional government.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm going to use this argument with my next speeding ticket. "It's not a fine, it's a tax!!" With these words I shall enlist the sympathies of the freedom loving traffic court judge. "It's an unnecessary levy on my business! An interference on my sucessful driving skills by an administration that's gotten out of control!" I will continue. I wonder how that will work?

BRM
Pleasant Grove, Utah

The Supreme Court said that a fine is a tax, not me. Lower taxes boost the economy. The liberals always dismiss the argument by calling names rather than putting forth their reasons and proof.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

So, Blaine, is the solution then to reward those who succeed and penalize those who cannot, even though the unsuccessful would like to succeed and try their best to? That appears to be the current Republican solution. Or do we just not tax anybody? If lower tax rates spur economic growth and produce more, not less, tax revenue, then it only makes sense that reducing rates to zero would be the optimal tax plan.

Mahatma Gandhi identified seven "blunders" that are causing all the problems in society. At the top of his list was "wealth without work." And he wasn't referring to those who were getting help from government to stay afloat. He was talking about the Mitt Romneys of the world.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

You tell em Blaine, tell em like it is. Of course you'll have to change your philosophy but you can still tell em like it is.

William Gronberg
Payson, UT

Roland Kayser:

When you read the rules for letters and posting to letter, there is not any mention in the rules that truth and/or accuracy is a requirement.

BRM
Pleasant Grove, Utah

To all my critics. Please respond to what I said and not what I didn't say. I am not against taxes. Reasonable taxes are reasonable. I didn't say anything about penalizing the unsuccessful. I am not defending our system. It has many flaws. All I said was that it is the BEST. If you have another system you think is better just present your case. And to all of those who just resort to name calling, just grow up.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Except that Personal income tax is at 60 year lows.

EFFECTIVE corporate tax rates are at the lowest tax rate on record.

Obama is certainly doing a very poor job at punishing the rich. Reagan was MUCH more punitive.

William Gronberg
Payson, UT

BRM:

Yes, the first half of the first paragraph in your letter says USA is number one and why. Then in your post you also say:

" I am not defending our system. It has many flaws. All I said was that it is the BEST." Confusing. You are not defending our system, but it is the best.

Few are looking to establish any other system. Most want to fine tune some parts of the American economic and political model. You included. There is a great deal of disagreement on what to fine tune, how much and in what direction.

A major problem with Mr. Romney is that he speaks out of both sides of his mouth over time and to different audiences. Romney care is good. Romney/Obama care is bad. Abortion, guns, marriage, etc.

Yes Mr. Obama's has had four year of mediocre performance. Should he be given 4 more years by the American voter that actually votes?

The choice is somewhat between Tweedledum and Tweedledee‏. But I am finally off the fence. I have a check in the mail to the Obama Victory Fund 2012

The donation is for $47.00.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Well if republicans have their way, the labor class will do all the work and pay all the taxes.

Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

Another $47 donation made.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

W Gronberg & screwdriver have wasted their $$$ IMO.

Why support yet another Ivy Leaguer & get more of the same!?

Gary Johnson 2012!

HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

Obama said it himself! He is all about redistribution of income and private property. That is HIS version of fair, and If he could ever bring himself to tell the truth ( doubt it't possible), most likely his biggest disappointment over the past 3 1/2 years. Not doing more to punish prosperity and reward non achievers through redistribution!

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