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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 20, 2013 7:56 a.m.

    You cried against supposed cuts in Medicare, Romney ran on not ever cutting medicare, you cry that it's loosing money and cry again when it's funded by your paycheck because both sides of congress wouldn't extend the reduction.

    Grow up.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    I would love to see the look on many of the gullible left as they opened their first pay check of 2013 (those that actually get pay checks). I'm certain there were tears... of joy...knowing they were privileged enough to take part in ...reducing the deficit! Sort of that same confused, desperate, angry look of a guy in a supermarket checkout line ..that can't find his wallet!! The reason he can't find his wallet is because Barack found it first!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:33 a.m.

    I'm certain that MSNBC and CNN reported this tax INCREASE to middle America.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:31 a.m.

    oh wait you didn't get the memo that you were being including as part of the evil rich tax increase? Actually it was just the payroll tax increase that Barack didn't bother mentioning. Two years ago we all got a nice tax cut and now you don't get that anymore but surely you don't mind paying more ... of your fair share...do you? Taxes make us all feel better and you can feel confident that this tax increase will be put to good use. Expect more nice Obama surprises in the coming months and years. Remember also that those who don't pay ANY taxes (most of the Obama electorate) didn't notice a thing in their pay checks.... I mean welfare checks. With that $70 less in your pay check you will now want to run out and spend more ... right? It is all part of the liberal mind set. Get used to it because there are MANY more taxes increases coming.... but remember it's all part of fairness and now you get to take part in wealth redistribution!!!

  • Mike in Sandy Sandy, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:48 a.m.

    Kalindra for Gov! And the letter writer has to take off his tunnel-vision glasses and stay current with the real world. Quit getting your "news" in the parking lot on Sunday.

  • SLC gal Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 18, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    Our nation is the frog in a pot of water. I'm afraid the next four years are going to be the culmination of what conservatives have been warning about all along. After all, he no longer has another election to win.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 18, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    @Christian 24-7

    "Those who defend the welfare programs, the extended unemployment benefits, housing subsidies, daycare subsidies, all subsidies, can you now see how people come to think that they are entitled to living off others?"

    Here is the funny thing that never came up in last years campaign. Mitt Romney's father, for two years, lived on government assistance in the early years of his marriage. He later rose up to head a US corporation, and lead the state of Michigan. Somehow..... seems Romeny's own dad benefited from these very same programs.

    Blanket statements that these programs don't help anyone ring of political rhetoric rather than some analysis of the benefits of these programs. Many have risen up through these programs to become productive people in society.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 18, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    Joe5,
    You're putting words in my mouth. I haven't blamed Bush, I haven't claimed Obama has no power or that he must remain "untainted". I have no problem criticizing Obama where I disagree with his politics or his policies. This simply isn't one of those times.

    I fault Congress because the tax holiday was a law enacted by Congress. Congress had the option to extend it. Congress did not do so, and an executive order can't override that and resurrect an expiring law. This is a fundamental separation of powers issue, which is why the kneejerk responses on here blaming the president are so exasperating.

    I fault voters who were ignorant that Congressional inaction would impact their paychecks. That includes the original letter writer and several commenters here. Yes, there's much going on in an election, but faulting Obama for not informing one's self is a stretch. When it comes to public knowledge of laws, voters have no business accusing politicians of pulling a fast one on them. It's part of personal responsibility as a voter. I though conservatives were big on "personal responsibility" instead of relying on others.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    I can't figure out if you guys don't get it or won't get it. There's way too much kool-aid drinking going on here.

    The party of blame is wearing out the Bush excuse so now JoeBlow, ResNovae, and others will use Congress as their scapegoat. Even though Obama has shown no hesitation to use executive powers and force things through without Congress, when it is convenient his loyal following claims he has no power.

    Or maybe, like ResNovae, they prefer to blame the voters. I guess it doesn't matter who we blame as long as the hero stays untainted. And those are claiming the media was all over this should trot out the huge media coverage that was happening before Nov6 instead of the media coverage we had after Christmas.

    My real question is: How can you stand to have a President that is so completely impotent that he is never responsible for anything? What kind of leadership is that for you to adore him so completely?

  • Camguy Ivins, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 2:04 p.m.

    Sorry to learn you haven't been following real news sources. As you've learned by now, there is more to news than FOX.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 17, 2013 12:15 p.m.

    Joe5,

    It's the responsibility of the voters to be an informed electorate. Given the number of Americans who can't name the first president, identify Afghanistan on a globe, or remember the name of their senators, my expectations are regrettably low. But when the media is repeatedly reporting that the payroll tax holiday is about to expire, I'm hardpressed to think that Obama was purposefully hiding that fact to hoodwink the ignorant into voting for him.

    Unfortunately, you can't force voters to watch or read the news to inform themselves on all issues -- and that's on them, not on the president. You can lead a horse to water, but can't make him drink.

    Oh, and I knew about the payroll tax AND shockingly I still voted for him. Call me doubly hoodwinked for thinking it was Congress's responsibility to stop a law from automatically expiring. I certainly don't think that a Romney victory would have changed that from happening, so I'm a little unconvinced about any "shenanigans" from the White House on this.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    Uh Joe5

    You do realize that Obama didn't cut the payroll tax, nor did he raise it. This is the job of congress who votes on all such things.

    You are saying he outsmarted the electorate. If what you say is true, didn't he just outsmart the GOP?

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    That's exactly the point I was making. Obama knew that dumb people would not review the expiration notice. They would not read it when it passed or, if they did, they would forget at election time two years later. They would not listen to the media reports which, by the way, would largely become news as the time approached for the rates to go back up (in other words, after the election).

    If you don't get my point, you might be one of those who fell for Obama's shenanigans. Let me try to state it simply: Obama knew that if he could give people a break, MANY (not all) of them would not understand the terms on Nov 6 so they would vote for him. What they learn later would not hurt him. All he needed was a couple of million people to fall for it, not every American and not even every person who voted for him. Many would vote for him even with complete knowledge of the tax holiday. But you can't be blind enough to deny that many voters did not understand.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:40 a.m.

    "Obama used the 2% holiday to buy the election. Smart people knew that this increase would go back in after he was re-elected. Dumb people who didn't know that voted for his re-election. Smart play on his part."

    A public law contained an expiration notice visible for anyone who bothered reading it from the moment it passed, was a matter of public record for 2 years, and was referred to repeatedly in media reports on the fiscal cliff....

    And somehow when people are uninformed and caught by surprise when it expires, it's all part of a cunning strategy to win re-election?

    Good grief. The lengths some folks are going to pin the blame on Obama, instead of the Republicans who steadfastly refused to consider an extension of the holiday, are astounding.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    Obama used the 2% holiday to buy the election. Smart people knew that this increase would go back in after he was re-elected. Dumb people who didn't know that voted for his re-election. Smart play on his part. All he needed was a couple million votes to ensure he would stay in office so he bought the votes he needed.

  • Alfred Ogden, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:37 p.m.

    @Che:
    Just look at Social Security. That money you say we owe to support this wonderful program doesn't even do so. It's spent by the crooks..."

    Actually, it's loaned to the government who pays interest to the fund.

    "...rather than being put into a protected, controlled investment program that would actually give far larger payments to SSA recipients in their old age."

    What do you recommend for an investment... the stock market, where all could be lost in a market downturn? Investing in special government bonds is the safest place to put SS fund excesses.

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:16 p.m.

    The whole George Bush argument is such a losing argument. Your man, Obama, 4 years later, still has us in the wars, and has added Pakistan, and he had a tax holiday, and he is racking up debts at over twice the rate of Bush. Oh, and he keeps adding more entitlements, when we can't pay for the ones we have now.

    It was not the republicans in congress that did that, it was Obama and the democrats. He is commander in chief and has kept us in those wars, he and the democrats crafted the tax holiday and the new entitlements. It was all done by the democrats.

    Thank God the republicans have slowed him down a little.

    But hey, go live with your blinders on and keep worshiping Obama. Don't expect the rest of us to do so just because you choose to.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 6:33 p.m.

    The comments are beginning to be based on reason and fact. Reason will ruin the tea party.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    That reminds me....Thanks, George, for the multi billion dollar war and associated tax cut. Not sure how that math worked, but we don't really emphasize knowledge anymore, do we?

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    @Kalindra:
    "Blaming Obama for things over which he has no control indicates a lack of knowledge of how our form of Government works."

    This is how our government (Obama) works re taxes...

    He raised taxes on the wealthy, only. Others (poor/middle class) get no tax increase... true in actuality. False in reality.

    The tax on the wealthy usually is tax on businesses owned by the wealthy. This tax ends up in the cost of the product/service generated by the businesses. So, when the poor and middle class buy the product/service they pay a higher price... largely do to the increase caused thy the tax on the wealthy. Bottom line? Everybody's 'taxes' are up... including the article's author.

    Cleaver politician trick, raise taxes via a circuitous route.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 3:14 p.m.

    He did not forget to tell us. You just weren't listening.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    OMM,

    What complete nonsense.

    According to you and Obama, the $100 or so LESS that I receive is not a tax increase, but just the result of the end of a "tax holiday"; but, you tell us that Bush's tax cut expiration would be a tax increase.

    Obama had every right and every opportunity to extend either or both as long as he is in office. He used the threat of a tax increase (expiration of the Bush tax cuts) to intimidate America but he conveniently forgot to tell us that he would increase the amount that each family pays to the federal government by $1,200 a year by increasing the amount of money that he would take from each and every paycheck of each and every working American. Which "tax increase" affected more Americans? Would the end of the Bush tax cuts reduce your paycheck by $100 or more each pay period? Obama used extreme guile to increase revenues by doing exactly what he promised he would not do.

  • merich39 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    Obama did not promise that your net paycheck would not go down. He did not promise that your Medical and Dental insurance deduction would not go up. He did not promise that your 401k withholding would not go up. There are many possible deductions on your paycheck and there is only ONE about which he did make a promise, and that is your Federal Income Tax. And your FIT has not changed from last year to this year. The only federal tax that did change is the FICA / Medicare 2% tax holiday that was always intended to be temporary and was allowed (by Congress) to expire on Jan 1st. So if you're going to be angry at the POTUS, as least be angry for a legitimate reason.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    You should be thanking Obama for the 2% payroll tax cut you got for the past two years. It was what he insisted on in a compromise with Republicans. Neither party was interested in extending it for 2013.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 16, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Obama didn't lie, and your taxes didn't go up - just like he promised.

    IF the Bush tax cuts-had expired, your taxes would have gone up.

    So, all things being considered....

    The tax increase of $70 the letter writer only sees,
    is far smaller than if the tax rates had gone back to "normal".

    So, the net gain is an actual tax decrease - made permanent BTW - for 99% of Americans.

    You taxes DIDN'T go up - just as he promised.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 16, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    "Before long, he'll raise taxes to FDR's 90% war level"

    Mike, Your post is riddled with non-truths, and you probably know it.
    Obama cant raise taxes, or lower them. Obama cant extend tax holidays or initiate them.

    This is the job of congress.

    You were probably in the camp in 2007-8 when all the Republicans defended Bush as the economy tanked and unemployment rose saying "Bush doesn't make the laws. That is congress's job"

    Congress votes on ALL Spending and ALL Taxes.

  • Henderson Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Another feeble attempt from the radical right to attack the President.

    Better luck tomorrow!

    One thing is for sure, the sun will rise in the east and repubs will accept zero responsibility for anything in this country and will complain about Obama incessantly.

  • Res Novae Ashburn, VA
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:21 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    "He snookered those who believed in what he implied. Those of us who can actually read and reason knew that he would raise our taxes, even though he doesn't call it a tax increase, even though his followers don't call it a tax increase. Those of us who pay taxes know that having the federal government take an extra $100 taken out of our paychecks is a tax increase."

    No, the expiration of a tax holiday, which for a period of two years lowered payroll taxes from the rate set years ago, is *not* a tax increase, no matter how many logical pretzels you try contort out of it. The rate you pay now is the same rate you paid when Obama took office 4 years ago -- which is a lower rate that you paid under Reagan, the patron saint of lower taxes.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    First off, Obama said income taxes wouldn't go up. Same as Romney who promised the same thing.
    Secondly, Obama wanted to keep the payroll tax cut. Republicans didn't, and Obama gave it up during the negotiations.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Republican logic: A temporary tax cut is a tax increase.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    @Mike Richards

    Senator Lee voted against the payroll tax cut extension in December 2011 and January 2013. He (Seantor Lee) voted to increase taxes. Care to explain?

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    As a conservative, I don't like Obama's policies. He is ruining the country.

    However, it is just silly to try and tie the expiration of the payroll tax "holiday" to him as a tax hike on the middle class. Such a attempt is just plain dishonest.

    I realize that the left uses this tactic all the time to vilify conservatives by convincing a bunch of gullible Americans to believe some lie or half-truth, but our side should not resort to such dishonesty.

    I know it works so it is very tempting to do it, but just as Lance Armstrong doped perhaps because "everyone else is doing it", doesn't make it right.

    Instead of the payroll tax, I am much more concerned with all the tax hikes related to Obamacare and other sources of "revenue enhancements" that will surely hit everyone, not just the "rich".

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Obama is the president and increases in tax are ultimately his responsibility. democrats often overlook that they are in power and they should not blame the evil Republicans for every failure of the Obama presidency. When government takes more from citizens in taxes, it is a tax raise. Stop the rationalizations about being temporary, etc.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Obama is a master at using exact words to protect him from what he implies. Before long, he'll raise taxes to FDR's 90% war level and claim that it is not a "new tax" because it existed since the time of FDR.

    He knew that he would be raising taxes by over $1,000 on a typical family. He knew that he would never be re-elected if he told the full true and nothing but the truth. He also knew that he would have power to do whatever he wanted to do if he were re-elected.

    He snookered those who believed in what he implied. Those of us who can actually read and reason knew that he would raise our taxes, even though he doesn't call it a tax increase, even though his followers don't call it a tax increase. Those of us who pay taxes know that having the federal government take an extra $100 taken out of our paychecks is a tax increase.

    What should we have expected from a tax and spend President?

  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    Those who defend the welfare programs, the extended unemployment benefits, housing subsidies, daycare subsidies, all subsidies, can you now see how people come to think that they are entitled to living off others?

    The payroll tax holiday was just another promise that those working now could retire on the taxes paid by others.

    Hand outs don't help people in the long term. Getting them to work is the answer.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    What's hilarious to me is how the party of "No Accountability" did nothing to extend these cuts (but now their followers complain about these "increases" (which aren't even increases but merely letting the rate return to what it was just 2 years before).

    When will the GOP do anything? They have control of the House.

    Yet... They appear to be mere bystanders as Obama does whatever he wants.

    When will repubs stop being victims and do something... ANYTHING??? For the people?!

    It's too easy to complain and complain while doing nothing to resolve anything. Just keep kickin the can down the road repubs cryin all the way. Tremendous strategy for 2016. As if this strategy worked soooooooooooooo well in 2012...

    Terry, if Obama is responsible for these increases where's your letter calling out your party for not extending them? They didn't even attempt to fight.

    Where's the accountability?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    What Terry didn’t tell us is the amount of decrease due to the income tax.

    The other point is that all politicians lie, even the good ones.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    @Che
    t matters because the letter writer inaccurately singled out Obama for blame. republicans need to stand up and take responsibility for their role in our broken government instead of always trying to displace blame on others.

  • Che Payson, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    So what if it's temporary. Does that mean it can't be extended, or made permanent...if anything in DC is ever permanent. Obama, Democrats, Republicans....what does it matter. They're all incompetent....a bunch of crooks. Soooo, temporary or not....I'm getting less each month. Haven't had a raise in 4 years...and probably another 4.

    Just look at Social Security. That money you say we owe to support this wonderful program doesn't even do so. It's spent by the crooks, only taking out what they have to to keep the Ponzi scheme afloat, rather than being put into a protected, controlled investment program that would actually give far larger payments to SSA recipients in their old age.

    Good luck America.

  • Lane Myer Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    Nate
    Pleasant Grove, UT
    Government programs are great, as long as someone else has to pay for them. It's different when we have to pay for them ourselves.

    The tax increases which prompted the writer to complain are for Medicare and Social Security. Even with the tax increases, these programs are under-funded. We borrow money to pay for them.
    ----------------------

    No Nate. We actually borrow FROM Social Security programs because we are still bringing in more than we pay out. And we did NOT get a holiday for Medicare. That rate has remained constant. Honest.

  • homebrew South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Terry Its to bad you dont understand how the government works. The Bush tax cuts bankrupted our country. The rise in taxes you see is the end of an additional tax break, from the Obmam administration, to help shore up the economy. The Bush tax cuts need to expire on ALL of us. We havent paid a bill for 10 years, thanks to them, and the unfunded wars he started. Terry do some fact checking, to find out what your talking about before you open your mouth and insert foot!

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    I'll bet in the same breath this letter writer complains about the growing National deficient as well...

  • Bergbub Midway, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Rather than complain and blame everything on Obama, why not thank him for giving you a temporary payroll tax cut for 2 years? Don't you remember why you got that 'raise' for the past 2 years?I do, and I thank President Obama for that. Now, it's time to start paying full fare for the programs that we all benefit from, and are being shortchanged from that temporary cut. It's the responsible thing to do.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    This letter is completely foolish.

    The writer actually needs to thank the GOP side of Congress. When Obama tried to get the 2% cut passed four years ago, the GOP fought tooth and nail to stop it. Now, when they had a chance to prevent the return of the 2% when it was due to expire, they did nothing.

    Actually, the 2% was a "tax holiday" intended to try to boost the economy that had been trashed by President Cheney and his little friend. Now it's necessary to let it expire because it is needed to fund Social Security and other programs this writer will certainly want to be there when his time comes to retire.

    One more Utahn has fallen for the propaganda of the right.

  • Grover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Terry is too young (or too partisan) to remember that the current program and rates were set in place in 1983. From that date till the "tax holiday" stimulus, that was what we all paid. Now that I am among those collecting benefits, Terry thinks that the correct policy is to cut the payroll (Soc. Sec.)tax AND complain that the program is underfunded and needs benefit cuts. No wonder we can't get anything done in Washington.

    PS. Your current rate would be that signed into law by President Reagan if that helps you accept reality better.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    Terry needs to get off the foxnews/am radio kool-aid. The Payroll taxes aren't going up. They are returning to the exact rate they were when Obama made that promise.

    Lets suppose your local Harmons store sells Chicken for $5. Monday-Friday they go for their normal price of $5. then, on Saturday, they decide to have a promotion. They lower the chicken to $4. But it's just a promotion, a temporary measure, and everyone (except for a very small ill-informed minority of the population understands this).

    On the next Monday, the price for chicken returns to the normal price of $5. Would anyone in the right mind say that Harmons is increasing their prices? Absolutely not. Yet, when the price increases to its normal cost this very small ill-informed minority complains that the prices are increasing.

    Do the attacks that this ill-informed minority carry any weight? Are they legitimate? Do they really speak for the majority? Nope.

    Same thing applies here.

    Obama didn't lie. Payroll taxes aren't increasing. And the very small ill-informed minority should be ignored. Sorry Terry, but Obama won. Get over it.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:58 a.m.

    It shouldn't have been cut two years ago.

    He throws little scraps here and there to keep his constituents happy. None of these scraps amount to anything other than votes. They clearly don't help the economy.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Government programs are great, as long as someone else has to pay for them. It's different when we have to pay for them ourselves.

    The tax increases which prompted the writer to complain are for Medicare and Social Security. Even with the tax increases, these programs are under-funded. We borrow money to pay for them. Which is the same as saying, our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay for them. Medicare and Social Security need to be reformed, but no politician will do it, because it would cost them votes. Some politicians, like Obama, don't even admit that a problem exists. If they talk about it at all, they pretend it can be solved by taxing the rich. But, mathematically, there aren't enough rich people to make up the shortfall.

    A real leader would go before the American people, explain the problem clearly, and propose a solution behind which the nation could unite. Instead, Obama demagogues the issues and tries to shift blame to his political adversaries, and nothing constructive gets done. It's going to be a long four more years.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:23 a.m.

    "Anyone really thought 0bama told the truth? Just wait for the death panels "

    Oh yes, the infamous death panels. The part where doctors get paid for the time that they spend discussing end-of-life options with the family. This was sold to the unknowing as "death panels"

    Kind of sad when people call out other for not telling the truth, while blatantly NOT telling the truth.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:07 a.m.

    Mr. Gunn apparently doesn't read this opinion page, nor any other news outlet. This same, childish premise was presented in a letter just a few days ago. I'm wondering why the Desreret News feels it necessary to present worn out issues day after day. Are the writers of opinion letters so few and far between that you need to have something just to fill the page?

    So since we're restating old opinions here, let me make a point that was probably made on the previous day. Yes, Mr. Gunn, you should thank the president because his stimulus package included a holiday from payroll taxes over the past two years. And so based on your statement, you probably avoided paying over $1500 in payroll taxes over the past two years. What did you do with that money? Did you pay off some debt? Did you take a family vacation? Regarless of what you did with the money I hope you'll take the time to write the president a personal note thanking him for your good fortune. The president didn't raise your taxes but the holiday is over.

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    I expect the author intends to collect social security when he retires. If we expect Social Security to be there for us, we have to pay for it.

  • bodgerdlue Kearns, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    Terry, your taxes went up because the Payroll Tax holiday that President Obama passed with a Democratic Majority in the House in 2009 has now expired. The Republican led House of Representatives did not act in time to save it. This was part of the tax cuts that the President wanted to preserve, but Congressional Republicans were willing to let go so that they could preserve tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 16, 2013 6:39 a.m.

    I don't know what kind of work you do, but based on the reasoning exhibited on this letter, there are many professions in which I hope you are not engaged.

    Two years ago, Obama convinced Congress to pass a bill which he then signed into law to temporarily reduce the payroll tax rate by 2%. This temporary tax reduction expired. Without action from Congress, there is nothing the President can do about that tax rate - at least, not without overstepping his Constitutional authority.

    The payroll tax did not go up - it returned to its regular rate. This is not considered a tax increase but the end of a tax holiday.

    Blaming Obama for things over which he has no control indicates a lack of knowledge of how our form of Government works. And if the only complaints you have against him are baseless fabrications, then he must not be doing too bad of a job.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Jan. 16, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    Anyone really thought 0bama told the truth? Just wait for the death panels - we have so desensitized the people with abortion, I guess death panels for the elderly is just another step. And as a Senior, I would like to thank those who voted for 0bama and especially other seniors who thought we would not have to pay 1 cent more, or that we could retain our doctors of choice. Wake up!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 16, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    I am sorry that you were not aware the payroll tax was going to return to the rate it was when Obama took office. See, technically there was a sale on role taxes where they were 2 percent lower than when Obama took office - and that sale - or pay roll tax holiday expired December31st - your back to paying the rate you paid when Obama took office.

    Not sure how you missed it...... it has been plastered throughoutt the news for the last month

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Jan. 16, 2013 5:09 a.m.

    The social security tax cut was planned to be temporary.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 16, 2013 4:16 a.m.

    I have no doubt that was is occurring here to Terry is the expiration of the payroll tax cuts.

    You know.. those taxes that pay for SS and Medicare. The 2 programs that are underfunded, and their funding (read taxes) were cut previously under Obama.

    Neither party was big on extending them.

    From the Wall Street Journal -

    "The workers’ share of the Social Security payroll tax had been lowered by two percentage points for the past two years, to 4.2% from 6.2%, amounting to an annual income boost of $1,000 for a typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year."

    This in simply another case of one getting a TEMPORARY tax cut, and then calling it a tax increase when it expires. And blaming Obama.