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Published: Friday, Sept. 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Being a responsible citizen in America means leaving "Neverland and Peter Pan" behind. A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me", but, instead asks, "how will this affect our country".

A college student may not have the experience to know what happened when Obama seized two automobile makers and turned them over to the unions - without paying the bondholders. A college student might not know what actually happened when Obama took $49 billion out of the public treasury to "buy" G.M. and then gave them another $38 billion in illegal tax credits against future earnings.

A college student might not actually understand WHO it is that builds businesses and hires workers. It is not Obama. It is not the government. It IS the "rich guy" that Obama is threatening to rob. A college student might not actually understand what will happen when hard working "rich guys" stop working. A college student might not actually understand what will happen if the deficit keeps increasing at the rate Obama has set.

A college student might not actually understand that all his education will be worth only a tent in a public park in Obama's world.

Salt Lake City, Utah

President Obama is the right vote for everybody that frequents their local Payday Check Loans establishment and thinks it is a good idea to borrow against tomorrow's income to pay yesterday's bills.

What a legacy to leave for our grandchildren to pay for.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Actually the youth understand the situation much better than the Old GOP folks who keep trying the same thing that has nearly destroyed the middle class in just 30 years. If we give more to Mitt and his buddies we'll all get more, because deep down inside they want to share the wealth with those who created for them with out being forced to through socialism.

Problem being, that NEVER happened, and they keep trying saying "lets just try it one more time," this time they will let some trickle down.

It's time to try something different, and turning it over to "Big Business for president" won't be the answer.
Privatizing everything and then giving people voucher or coupon. This is a solution?

one old man
Ogden, UT

Mike, I agree that "A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me"

So why, then, do Republicans keep asking that very thing? Especially the wealthy Republicans.


"The choice is clear for all young Americans". Call me in a few years when you see the reality of Obama's failed policies. Despite receiving raise, our family can't get ahead and it just keeps getting worse. I don't want the government to take care of my family, I want my family to take care of my families basic needs. You may think your seeing clearly, but you need your eyes checked.

Casa Grande, AZ

I'd say "neverland" is believing that Regan didn't tripple the national debt like he did. Believeing that Bush kept us safe when he actually ignored warnings about Alquaida. But republicans still love those two for some reason.

Neverland is saying things like you're against entitlements but don't touch my Medicare or Social Security like the Tea-party does.

You've got your neverland, now try being responsible.

Orem, UT

The real problem is that we always understand when something we currently have is taken away, but we rarely recognize when an opportunity never comes knocking because of some decision we made in the past.

College students will immediately recognize a cut in funding for student loans and subsidies that may currently flow to their wallets from some "magical source" called the government. They will not recognize that the reason they can't get a job after graduation is because some businesses failed or were never started because the taxes and regulations made it more difficult to get off the ground.

Eugene, OR


That may be the case in theory, but taxes are currently at the lowest point they've been in decades. The stock market is at 13,500.

So where are the jobs? And what does Romney have to offer besides more of the same policies that got us into this mess?

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: one old man Ogden, UT
"So why, then, do Republicans keep asking that very thing? Especially the wealthy Republicans."

Any business man must ask himself what kind of return will he get on his investment. Only a fool would invest his time and money in a venture that is doomed to fail.

And yes, that same businessman may chose, or not chose, to donate more or less of his income to charity. That choice is none of anyone else's business.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

What a terrific, smart letter. And its author obviously knows where government revenues come from. He just thinks helping students afford college can and should be a national priority, allocated more resources. As it happens, he's right.

Hayden, ID

If I could just become a “victim”, I could qualify for free stuff from the Democrats! I could get other people’s money through income redistribution, or food stamps, or Obamacare, or free birth control pills, all free and all paid for by someone else! Today it has come down to where do you sign your check? Romney supporters sign their checks on the front and Obama voters sign their checks on the back. Oh to be a “victim” of something, anything!

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

So your saying it's OK for our precious wealthy citizens to ask "what's in it for me," because he's a smart businessman.
But if your an average guy asking their representative how a program or tax cut will effect them, they are being selfish.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Young people usually reflect the opinions of their parents. They share their bias and opinions. They follow their example and try to be like them in every way because that is what they are taught. However, the day comes when they recognize their independence and begin to think for themselves. They may apply critical thinking skills to issues they confront. Certainly, they see their world as different from that of their parents, and they move forward rather than dwell in the past.

Whether a person votes for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate should come from their own reflection and not because some "older guy" tells them to do so and gives a bogus reason to justify the decision. Too often talking points, political propaganda, misinformation and outright lies form the basis of these "reasons". Nonetheless, when young people rise up, cast off the chains of dependence, and truly think for themselves do we find letters like this begin to appear in the newspaper.

Republicans have lost the "youth vote" because they demand ideological purity. They turn to strategies like voter suppression to limit the vote since they have no plan and are not getting the that vote.

Salt Lake City, UT

@Mike Richards
[A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me"]

Last I checked, Republicans keep looking for tax cuts while claiming the deficit is crippling, and have this funny sense of only suggesting spending cuts that don't affect them personally.

"A college student might not actually understand WHO it is that builds businesses and hires workers. "

Consumers. A business isn't going to hire anyone unless there's a demand for it.

"A college student might not actually understand what will happen when hard working "rich guys" stop working."

Someone will rise up and take their job. Besides, last I checked Romney didn't even work for most of his income last year. He's just getting paid investment income on his money sitting in a blind trust that he claims to not have direct decision-making power over.

"A college student might not actually understand what will happen if the deficit keeps increasing at the rate Obama has set."

College students understand that Obama wants to increase revenues, cut defense spending, and reform entitlements to make them more solvent while Romney wants to decrease revenues, increase defense spending, and undo Obama's medicare entitlement reform.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
"Rifleman - So your saying it's OK for our precious wealthy citizens to ask "what's in it for me," because he's a smart businessman."

No, I'm saying only a fool would invest money without asking what kind of return he could make on his investment.

The average guy should be asking his representative why our government continues to pour his hard earned tax dollars down a rat hole on programs we could get by without.

Our Federal Government excels at spending money we don't have on programs we don't need. We could start be cutting off economic aid to countries that hate us and think we owe them a living.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

A vote for a failed presidency makes no sense.

The proof is in the pudding: unemployment is still sky-high, the GDP is anemic, and one of our ambassadors was just assissinated with no response from the White House and even a denial that it was a terrorist attack. That is failure all around, plain and simple.

salt lake, UT

@mike richards
A college student if their professors are doing their jobs sees right throw your often repeated lies. Its is sad how some people are so quick to leave behind their values and bare false witness. I guess it goes to show that selective morality is not just an affliction of the non believer.

Farmington, UT

Whose jobs have been hurt the most by Obama-nomics? The young, the students, women, minorities and the poor. With four more years of anemic growth we will soon have a complete lost generation of young people who haven't been able to get jobs for eight full years. Is a person employable after eight years of not working?

Who is doing well under Obamanomics? If you notice, the stock market is doing very well and business has become a lean and more productive machine. The climate Obama has created does not help the middle class but simply encourages business to do more with less. Less employees, less benefits, less jobs. This is clearly not an economic mecca for those just entering the work force.

L White
Springville, UT

Oh my, the greedy, the self-centered, and the selfish pretend that nobody has to pay for the "gifts" from Washington. They must still believe in Santa. There is no "rich guy" who will pay their way. Obama is a liar. He offers NOTHING except failire. Real Americans WORK. Obama plays golf. That's all you need to know. He never invented anything. He never created a business. He never even ran a lemonade stand. His ideas don't work. Just ask his brother, George. If you want to live in a slum like George, then listen to Obama.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

If the rich company owners (the 1% who own 80% of eveything) PAID their employees more, then we would have such a things as the working poor, who fall into the 47% who need assistance.

Until they do - and Government needs to step in and make up the difference - the Wealthy should be sent the bill for it.

If the wealthy hired more, they would need to pay less taxes.
When they don't, they need to pay more.

That's how you balance the budget.

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