Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Nothing at all, as long as you spend it to help those who don't have enough
- without judging how they may have ended up that way. That is, if you claim to
believe certain sacred texts.
And here I thought that the only righteous reason for seeking riches was
"for the intent to do good--to clothe the naked, and to feed the hungry, and
to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the
afflicted." (Jacob 2:19) Silly me. I must have missed the part about
multiple McMansions, Cadillacs, car elevators, boats, costly apparel, dancing
horses, and accounts in the Caymans and in Swiss banks.
Ah, but how do we know that the money was earned honestly and honorably? How he
did it is fair for discussion to know the background of the man who would lead
the nation. Seeing tax returns is appropriate to know what factors influence the
man. His tax rates are relevant to engage in a public discussion to determine
future policy. And there are more reasons. I don't care if someone is rich
or really how he spends his money. I do care if he is overly secretive, giving
the appearance of hiding something. And I object to pulling down others,
particularly when you distort the facts, which are actually well known, public,
and part of how we treat the leader of this great country. Bush, Reagan and all
presidents are treated the same, and so would Romney if he was to win (but he
Our founding fathers left us an economic system of slavery focused on protecting
landowners and forbidding women and minorities the right to own property or
vote. It took almost 200 years for our GOVERNMENT to free the slaves and grant
civil rights to women and the descendents of slaves and other non-whites. The
"free market" didn't build that!What we had was a form
of "crony capitalism" centered on white men. Today, our capitalistic
system still is a "crony" system that favors fossil fuels, low taxes for
the wealthy, etc. Sadly, too many Americans are disenfranchised or
expoilted in this capitalistic system, especially single women with children,
who make up the vast majority of the proverty in this nation. A
government that offers daycare, low cost education, and ther opportunities to
uplift the disenfranchised is the cornerstone of a great nation. It's
third world nations that ignore the poor or seek ways to marginalize them to
reduce the tax burden of the protected classes.
Isn’t coveting other people’s property a sin? How about,
“judge not, lest ye be judged”? Our problems are not because of how
Romney is spending HIS money but how Obama is spending OUR money! That’s
the real problem!
"And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of
a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."-- Matthew
Somehow money "earned" by sending American jobs overseas doesn't
seem like it was earned honestly.And what about those foreign bank
Where was Russel's concerns over Presidents spending their own money for
vacations when Bush was President?Oh yeah, that's right, Russel
was silent on this issue during the Bush Administration. Consistency
is not exactly a common attribute among the right.
Mr. Bender's letter misses the point entirely. No one is complaining about
the fact that rich folks exist. The complaint is _how_ some people get rich.If you can acknowledge that there are important differences between the
wealth of a Columbian drug lord and the wealth of a popular novelist, then you
must also recognize the importance of distinguishing between the wealth of a
person who wrote a valuable piece of computer software from a person who
achieved wealth by shipping US jobs overseas and avoiding taxes through Swiss
bank accounts and Cayman Islands tax shelters.The fact that Mitt
Romney, owner of Swiss bank accounts, beligerently refuses to make public more
than the last two years of his tax returns, when his own father shared 12 years
of returns when he ran for President in 1968, should make Americans deeply
skeptical of Mr. Romney's claim to be qualified to lead our nation.
I see other wealthy persons like Warren Buffet, Bill & Melinda Gates, Jon
& Karen Hunstman.They have HUGE Foundations dedicated to helping
the poor, sick, needy, and the under-priveldged and seek to better Human kind
with their wealth.They seek to better the world.Mitt
Romney has his wealth tucked away in secret Foreign accounts.Then,
Without even touching his OWN wealth -- He takes in $$$ Hundreds of
Millions of donors TAX DEDUCTABILE donations to run for President of the United
States, and seeks to rule the world.If Mitt Romney was using his own
"hard earned wealth" and not just using TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations, you
might have a point.But all I see is another spin doctor rationaizing a
I have a question for those who take the time to write a letter to the Deseret
News to try to convince others to vote for the Republican candidate. Why do you waste your time? Utah is a lock for Mitt Romney. Even if your
letter (no matter how misinformed or hyperbolic it is) draws half of President
Obama's supporters over to your side, does that make Utah have more than
the six electoral college votes that are already going to Mr. Romney?
Capitalism, just as socialism, communism, or any other economic system that may
exist in the world today is flawed. The economic system to which Mitt, and all
of us who are LDS should subscribe is the Law of Consecration. Nothing we
accumulate in our lives belongs to us. Therefore, we ought to use whatever we
have for doing what God wants us to do.
I think most people simply want decent paying jobs that provide them a
comfortable living--the ability to provide for the needs of their families.
People want a "cushion" between themselves and ending up on the street.
They want their children to get a quality education so they can also become
self-sufficient. People don't want to worry about a health crisis that
will leave them penniless.I don't think it is about
"coveting" wealth. It's about a system where wealth and power is
concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. Its about wealth purchasing power in
govt. to benefit themselves.If anyone is idolizing and worshipping
wealth it is the Republicans. In their minds, the wealthy are to be admired for
their intellect and hard work. But that may or may not be true. There's a
difference between George Romney and his son.
Esquire your right, "to know the background of the man who would lead the
nation." "I do care if he is overly secretive, giving the appearance of
hiding something. And I object to pulling down others, particularly when you
distort the facts, which are actually well known, public, and part of how we
treat the leader of this great country." So ask again who is Barak Obama and
what are the influences of his life? His mentor, and his father were
communists, but it is ok to ignore these influences. In his book he states he
sought the communists on campus, but we are not allowed to peer in to his past.
Why are his college transcripts hidden? Why do we not get to vet his history?
Please tell us what reason Obama has to hide who he is?
OK I LOLed on this one. I hope you will accept my apology. "He takes in
$$$ Hundreds of Millions of donors TAX DEDUCTABILE donations to run for
President of the United States" Two points here:1.
Political donations are not "TAX DEDUCTIBLE."2. Where is Barak
Obama getting his $$$ Hundreds of Millions of donors so called TAX DEDUCIBLE
donations to run for President?
Everything on Earth belongs to GOD. If you take more than you need, seek riches
to inflate yourself and don't care for others you can answer for it. It's no different than if I ordered a pizza for my kids and my son
claimed the pizza as his own and made my daughter work for her slice. What rich man has made even one atom from nothing? Capitalism isn't what
we are on Earth to learn. You'd do better to seek other goals in life than
a car elevator and dancing horses. Mitt can answer for that himself, but I
won't be holding him up as an example as what is good. What is
good is a person that works with his own mind and hands for a living and not the
labors of others less powerfull.
People need to work for what they receive because if they don’t they
become less than their creator designed them to be. They waste their God given
talents, their freedom (dependency is not freedom) and their dignity. They
become just a different kind of slave and never experience much of the joys of
life! They don’t live, they just exist.
@ jsf, if you don't know who Obama is after serving as President for four
years, all I can say is you need to come out of the cave. All you spout is
radical right wing venom meant to tear down, back by nothing whatsoever. Zip.
Nada. Right wing conspiracy theories. Want to see Obama's tax returns for
10 years? Easy. Want to see Romney's tax returns for 10 years? Forget
it. Here's the deal. Either Harry Reid and his Bain investor source are
right that Romney didn't pay, or he had involvement in the Son of Boss tax
scam, which Marriott Corp. got caught up in while Romney was on the Board,
described as “a truly abusive tax shelter...the most abusive in US
history,” or some other issue with the IRS. This would explain why Romney
told a close associate that had he known he was gong to be pressed to release
his tax returns, he would never have run for President. Unlike some, I
don't fall for his "Ah, shucks" act.
We see people's real character when the do what they will with power. Mitt
has always sought and obtained power. But what did he do with it? He took
control of distressed companies, sent jobs to other countries where the workers
have been made desparate and slashed and burned pensions funds in this country.
When Mitt had power to run the olympics he sought and spent 1.5
billion dollars of taxpayer money to "fix" the shambles of
disorganization. Anyone could fix it with a billion and a half dollars.The $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars that Congress poured into Utah was 1.5
times the amount spent by lawmakers to support all seven Olympic Games held in
the U.S. since 1904—combined. How is that so great? How is that not crony
Re:JsfLolIn your comment you point out that Obama says
he "sought the communists" on campus but then claim he is hiding his
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