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Published: Friday, Feb. 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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thinkitover
BENTON, IL

Your math is off by a factor of 1000. Your $300 times 70 million equals $21 Billion.

ECR
Burke, VA

This really is low of the DN to willingly embarrass one of their readers by willfully printing a mathematical error of such magnitude. $300 times 70 million is tweinty one thousand million, or $21 billion dollars, not $21 trillion. I'm sure this author was sincere in their intention to solve a complex problem but the DN editorial staff could have handled this a little better by just responding back to the author to check their math rather than publishing their mistake for all too see. Shame on you DN.

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

You're off by a factor of 1000 - it would only bring in $21 billion. But I agree that everyone should have some skin in the game.

HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

Pretty sure that math doesn't work.... mixing up Trillions with Billions. Good concept that everyone pays a little at least. As much as leftists like to disagree with this, you cant take 21B out of peoples hands, without affecting the economy a little bit. Just imagine the affect of the alleged 80B that we just stole from the "wealthy" among us, in the name of class envy. The letter writer probably just unknowingly stumbled onto the exact example or argument, demonstrating how government spending needs to be cut to really improve the deficit. Conservatives have known that all along.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

That's an excellent idea; however, my calculator shows that $300 X 70,000,000 = $21,000,000,000. Nine zeros = billion. Twelve zeros = trillion.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

It was men like Verle here who worked hard and sacrificed to make this Country great. The selfish young people of today could learn something here.

Even today, Verle is willing to contribute what little he has for the good of the nation. Unfortunately, far too many of the younger generation has adopted the entitlement attitude of the left-wing. They expect their country to give all to them, while they give nothing in return.

We must do as Verle has said and stop the practice of handing out tax dollars to those too lazy and slothful to provide for themselves. This process of bankrupting the country must stop now.

Christian 24-7
Murray, UT

I suggested a couple days ago that US budgetary numbers are too big for the many Americans to comprehend. I was right. But I am glad this letter doesn't just assume the government has an infinite supply of money.

While the numbers are off, I still think the deficit would be diminished by more than just the amount taken in, because when everyone understands the burden of taxes, they are less likely to vote for frivolous services and more likely to guard the public money from corruption with more vigor.

I appreciate this writer for not just thinking that someone else will pay for him. I suspect that our seniors, who have paid for their social security, are more like minded with Verle than our welfare recipients.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Apparently Verle is a Republican. His solution, like all those proposed by GOP candidates, is arithmetic-impaired. Verle, you and your 70 million fellow income tax escapees would have to donate $25,000 per month to reach that pie-in-the-sky number he tossed out.

But even if Verle's math had been correct, his solution would have been impossible for some families with low income and several children, because each of the children would also have to pay that $25.

Still, why not ask the poor to pay more, so that we can allow those with more money than they know what to do with to accumulate wealth even faster? The GOP must believe that increasing wealth inequality is the solution to our problems.

micawber
Centerville, UT

Mr. Solt, I commend you for your civic mindedness. Thank you.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

I am confident that Mr Solt had good intentions with his letter.

It does help to highlight the magnitude of our debt problem.

If we could only cut his medicare and social security and give more tax breaks to those with the most, surely we could make a dent.

Hey, it's a start.

wrz
Ogden, UT

Good idea. The only problem is, the current government leaders would not apply the funds to the debt. It would be mostly used to grow the government leaving most of the debt in place for future generations to deal with.

Buford Buckley
Provo, UT

Who cares whether the math is wrong? The letter writer is right. The lazy 70 million who don't pay a dime in taxes need to buck up and start carrying their own weight. Better for them to pay $25 a month than nothing.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Or better yet: stop buying bombs and close all the military bases around the world. Since when does a national defense call for bases on every corner of the globe?
Also, have a 100% tax on guns and ammo.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

I think we need more tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And cut public services.

That will solve our problems!

Verle, if we cut your SS and gave the Koch Bros and Mitt Romney more in tax breaks, then I'm sure you'll be better off!

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

A shame really, allowing this poor man to embarrass himself like this. And the idea is a terrible one. People who don't pay federal income tax pay plenty of other taxes, including federal taxes.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It was men like Verle here who worked hard and sacrificed to make this Country great. The selfish corporations and CEOs of today could learn something here.

Perhaps, John "Charity" Spring, there is more than just one very narrow truth in all of this.

What's the saying, "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see."

one old man
Ogden, UT

Buford, when you wrote: "The lazy 70 million who don't pay a dime in taxes need to buck up and start carrying their own weight."

Didn't you realize that you were calling the writer of this letter lazy?

May I suggest, Sir, that you are a large part of our national problem? Until we can quit calling one another names and start looking for wise and fair solutions, there will be no solution.

DougS
Oakley, UT

First, I appreciate the authors desire to contribute to reducing the deficit but I wish to point out that the rest of the 70 million may not be so inclined. The politicians in Washington depend on these 70 million to vote the back into office so they can continue their profligate ways.

Can you imagine what would happen if only those paying taxes were allowed to vote?

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Regan tripled the debt.

W. Bush, doubled the debt.

Obama...has done neither.

Regan raised the debt x18 times.

W. Bush, x7 times.

Obama? x4 times.

If we are going to address the concern of debt, the very least we can do is address who adds more to it.

FYI? Mitt Romney paid zero taxes from 1996-2002 by using tax shelters like putting his American dollars in Switzerland. Even the Deseret news reported on this, 1/26/12

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

Verle, I will accept your offer only after all loopholes are closed for corporations, and those enjoying the benefits of living in America while camping their funds in Swiss bank accounts. Verle you don't take in account the fact that if SS is your entire income then you are paying a greater percentage of your income in all taxes, which are numerous. If you were a good Republican you wouldn't be volunteering to pay because "we don't have a revenue problem but a spending problem". I'll send one of the party officers by to set you straight if you like.

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