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Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"This week could mark the end of the Obama administration's second term." The last 30 years have witnessed the U S. tax system become more and more regressive, in terms of declining top marginal rates and increased payroll taxes. Mr Liljenquist can scarcely conceal his glee at the continued destruction of the American working class should his prediction come true. I grew up a working class kid on the Salt Lake westside. From that locale the future has never looked more bleak thanks to guys like Liljenquist.

Glendora, CA

The British pulled out of Benghazi,months earlier. Is their intel that much better than ours? Good job Jason.

Ogden, UT

Chaffetz never was searching for the actual truth. He was ony playing politics, and trying to get the selective "truth" he wanted to find. He missed out on a lot of REAL truth. Sad.

Salt Lake City, UT

Only in the fevered imaginations of hyper-partisan Republicans is "Benghazi" a blow to the Obama administration.

Shall we look at Republican votes on legislation to fund security improvements for our embassies? Or their (non)responses to the deaths of US diplomats abroad during the Bush years?

There are things to criticize the Obama administration about, but Benghazi isn't one of them.

Hayden, ID

@ Furry. Playing politics is what the Obama administration has been doing; stonewalling, cover-ups and telling us it isn't important. When Republican crooks and liars are investigated it "getting to the truth". When Democrat crooks and liars are investigated it playing politics and nothing more than a "witch hunt", right? Chaffetz is doing his job, unlike ANY Democrat.


Can't you find something useful to do Chaffetz?

Hayden, ID

@ Marxist. "The last 30 years have witnessed the U S. tax system become more and more regressive." Since about 47% of Americans pay no federal income taxes and nearly 80% of all federal income taxes is paid by the most wealthy Americans, please explain how our tax system is become more and more regressive? Or did you mean repressive in stead of regressive?

slc, ut

Is this the same Chaffetz that outed Lybian CIA agents? The same guy who votes to decrease security spending on our embassies ? I see a disconnect here Mr.Liljenquist.

Salt Lake City, UT

This issue is about four American lives that were lost due to the indiscretion and carelessness of Hillary Clinton and the current administration.

It cannot and should not be swept under the rug. Keep searching for the truth, Jason. You are one of the few that are in the right position to represent us on this fiasco.

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

If you go fishing, you go where the fish are. 80% of the income taxes are paid by the wealthy (of which I am one) because we're the ones with the cash. We live in the greatest country in the world and are taxed less than other Western, democratic nations. Conservatives that have run our federal goverment have time and again proven they are incapable of balancing a budget or managing the economy. Look no further than the Eurozone right now where they have responded to the 2008 recession with conservative austerity measures instead of doing what we have done here. America has been blessed this past 4 years that politicans like Chaffetz are in the minority and have been unable to worsen the situation left by the GOP prior to 2008.

St George, Utah

Republican efforts so far have been appropriate. But they can overplay their hand. Rand Paul may have let the cat out of the bag when he said Benghazi should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding higher office. Are the Repubs after the truth or working on the next presidential election ?

Salt Lake City, UT

"An administration that is willing to lie to protect itself from criticism is unworthy of our trust and support."

Good Work Jason! Keep the pressure on these guys.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Chaffetz is not searching for truth, nor is Dan L. Both are looking for ways to gain the political upper hand. The truth is that nasty demonstrations over the "video" erupted all over the Middle East that day. Since no one has actually talked to the Benghazi attackers, no one--not even Jason Chaffetz--knows exactly what motivated them to attack, or if the video played a part. How can you cover up something you don't know?

Hayden, ID

HS fan, Oh yes, the Euro is doing great isn't it? That is why Germany is having to bail out the Euro! Also, if you add ALL taxes we pay, we are not one of the least taxed nations on earth. Add them up! Mine are about 50% of my gross, before Obamacare taxes coming soon to your house. Lastly, if person A earns 100K and pays a federal income tax of 15%= $15,000. If person B earns 50K and pays 20%= $10,000. Who paid the most taxes and how is that "regressive"? Please don't tell me taxes are lower for persons or higher income or that taxes expressed as a percent of income is fair, it isn't. Do higher income people use more government services or are lower income people subsidized?

Christopher Stout
Salt Lake City, UT

"I am grateful that Congressman Chaffetz and his colleagues are asserting their constitutional prerogative to investigate and police the abuses of the executive branch."

Alleged abuses. This is not the end of the Obama administration. This is a manufactured political stunt to entrench partisan divides. The fact of the matter is that Republicans in the House aren't trying to police anything since the independent commission already determined flaws in policy within the State Department.

If the House has any actual evidence, they should impeach the President. Since the evidence is scant at best, you won't see articles of impeachment passing the House anytime soon. What is more disturbing, and should be disturbing to all Americans and Utahns in particular, is that in conservative circles, the President has already been impeached, tried and convicted without the benefit of due process. Liljenquist is a hypocrite with respect to the U.S. Constitution. He condemns an alleged abuse of power, while fueling the partisan nature of the inquiry all while ignoring that the President must be tried before convicted.

Articles of Impeachment will not be forthcoming from the House. They will drag this past the elections next year. Count on it.

sandy, utah

Did the congressional hearing prove that the Benghazi attack was directed by any one terrorist group? The answer is no. Did the hearing result in a resolve to increase funding for Security Forces? The answer is no. So what really was the hearing really for? Can I saw politics.

Ogden, UT

Some comments are laughable. The Obama apologists are out in force. You folks should apply to the 24th of July parade commitee to secure the jobs of following the horses. You know the folks with the brooms and shovels. Since when is lying by the POTUS acceptable. Oh and demonstrators alway attend demonstrations with mortars and rocket propeled grenades in their back pockets.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Partisan cheap shots are alive and well here in Utah. Meanwhile... Where are the REAL solutions to REAL problems effecting Americans? Dan? Jason?


Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

The "truth" about Benghazi is that Chaffetz voted to decrease security funding long before this happened.
Chaffetz also failed to express any outrage when this same sort of attack occurred several times when Bush was president.
Why don't you guys just stick to real issues? If either Dan or Jason cared about our future they would be objective when it comes to climate change and perhaps listen to the real experts instead of faux news talking points.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT


As I've suggested before, if you are paying 50 percent of your gross in taxes, you are either extremely poor or are the worst money manager in the country. I earn above average income for a Utahn, but am squarely in the middle class. My total taxes (even including excise taxes on my cell phone service) amount to about 21 percent of my gross income. And I do absolutely nothing to try to avoid paying taxes. I have no mortgage interest to deduct and no children under 17, so I get no child tax credit. My taxes are about as high as they can be for someone in my tax bracket. Our tax rates are well below what my friends in Germany pay.

And as for the wealthy paying 80 percent of all income taxes, that's certainly too low, considering how quickly they are accumulating wealth. Will you still be complaining when the top 5 percent own 95 percent of the wealth and pay 90 percent of the income taxes? Do you not understand the trajectory of these trends?

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