Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
A $2,500 child credit will vastly increase the pool of Americans who pay no
federal income tax. Then Republican candidates will campaign against these
"moochers" who refuse to take responsibility for their own lives.Another question: although I haven't seen the senator reveal any
hard figures, such a proposal will certainly shrink the revenue going to the
federal government. How do we make up the shortfall? higher deficits? spending
cuts?, if so precisely what does Senator propose cutting?
A conservative's view of inequality to be sure, but it ignores dynamics of
capitalism which drive us to ever increasing inequality - multinational
corporations which can whipsaw local labor, top heavy distribution of wealth
which can buy influence dwarfing any influence the little guy might have, and
the rendering of labor as a mere commodity. A man like Senator Lee could
benefit from a course in Marxian economics, but that will never happen, and we
will continue to live in separate worlds.
As usual, Sen. Lee is utterly divorced from reality. First, his assertion that
gov't is responsible for income inequality is baseless, and he offers no
basis for it. A U.S. Senator should know that simply asserting something
doesn't make it true. Second, the notion that big families
aren't supported by the tax structure is false. They get massive
preferential treatment. If anything, it's the single taxpayer who gets
smacked by the system because she pays way out of proportion for the services
she receives. Meantime, a dad with 10 kids pays nothing to educate the 10. Talk
about "personal responsibility"!
Mike Lee is doing more than just about anyone to prevent the nation from taking
advantage of opportunities to move forward and improve things.
I watched Mike Lee on Meet the Press this morning and was awestruck at how
anyone could possibly be so dishonest and misleading and actually say what he
was saying this morning.I was totally disgusted.
This subject was raised recently.My opinion remains the same.
Let's do it and then let's do away with income tax entirely. The
problem is not low taxation; it's high taxation due to high spending on
unconstitutional "causes".Stop the warmongering and the
trillions spent on it; close the military bases all over the world; stop the
national health program that is so unpopular and coercive. End foreign aid.
Close down micromanaging bureauracies. Protect our jobs by stopping illegal
immigration and by returning to reasonable protective tariffs to even the
playing field and re-open our factories. The balance sheet will be
in our favor and we will get a taste for freedom once again.
A couple comments --1. $2,500 of additional tax refunds will
increase the budget shortfalls by another $65 Billion annually. How does the
Senator plan to offset those shortfalls?2. The "rich" have
increased their "riches" by a factor of 10 over the last 4 years, and
yet they are not expected to pay one cent more. But the problem is with the poor
and the middle classes? I don't believe him for one second.3.
Elitists at the top, immune from taxes and the law? -- I gotta hand it, at least
he got THAT part right, but he didn't mention one word on how to fix it.
Careful, this Senator will align Utah for succession with Texas.
Mike Lee's Proposal stinks: The tax exemption should be in the
neighborhood of $7,500.00! But, hey, for someone already on his way to being
co-opted by the corrupt Washington establishment, it's a start. Mike still
has a chance to be the greatest patriot this country has ever had, but we will
see if he falls into the same trap as Harry Reid, Orrin Hatch, and Jim Matheson.
Mike Lee is one of the few that has the correct vision for the future of this
country. He is correct about growth of the Federal Government in its
unsuccessful attempts to manage our lives as it see fit. He is correct about the
growth of our country's debt and the Federal Government's attempts to
silence those who want to stop that growth. He is correct about the
deterioration of the family as a warning of the approaching failure of our great
country. He is correct that the elite in Washington and elsewhere who influence
the passing of laws designed to help us, the ignorant masses, but exempt
themselves from those laws. He is correct about our government that has done its
best to remove God from everything. He is also correct that most god fearing and
family loving people feel the same as he does and I am one of them.
Lee gets it wrong and backwards - again. His so-called pro-growth, pro-family
stance is a plan for for more and more pollution and congestion and for greater
and greater population - consuming dwindling resources, adding to congestion,
and greatly increasing pollution. What we really need is a steady state
population and a sustainable economy. As usual Mike lee has the problems and the
'solutions' backward again. He really needs to go back to school, get
a good undergraduate degree, and get beyond his ideological adolescence. He
should resign to have the time in which to become an adult.
We are already subsidizing those with large families through tax exemptions
(someone with six kids gets a $23,000.00 yearly exemption deduction) . Those
with no children are more than willing to help support programs such as public
schools but feel that they shouldn't be asked to pay MORE than for these
programs (medicaid, public education, ect) than those who's children
actually benefit from these programs; Lee's proposal just adds insult to
injury.If Lee is truly interested in "leveling the playing
field" for the middle class, he should work to remove such regressive tax
policies as lower Capital Gains rates and advocate for a more progressive tax
system.Those who choose to have many children should be willing to
pay for that choice and Lee should not penalize those who choose to have smaller
One of the great things about reading all these comments is that it underscores
the absolute 'problems' that people have with our tax system. It
should be abolished, along with the IRS, and the government needs to get out of
the business of subsidizing everything from corporations, to welfare, to
Education, Energy, etc. The list is endless, but this tells everyone the size
and magnitude of it all. The only answer is to get out of everything that is not
in the constitution. Until then, people will be screaming at each other,
defending their favorite entitlement. Until then, by all means, I'm for
Mike Lee proposing something that actually does something for families. People
will realize at some point that looking to Washington to solve any problems is a
no brainer. It can't! Government is destroying the greatest engine for
development, freedom and liberty attended by individual accountability. Join
the wave of constituents that actually believe in liberty and freedom.
To Bandersen of St. GeorgeThanks for your comments. I am agree with
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