Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
"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.
The British pulled out of Benghazi,months earlier. Is their intel that much
better than ours? Good job Jason.
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.
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.
@ 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
Can't you find something useful to do Chaffetz?
@ 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?
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
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.
Mountanman-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.
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 ?
"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.
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?
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?
"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.
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.
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.
Partisan cheap shots are alive and well here in Utah. Meanwhile... Where are the
REAL solutions to REAL problems effecting Americans? Dan? Jason? Crickets...
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
Mtnmn: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
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