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Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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?

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

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"!

Springville, UT

Mike Lee is doing more than just about anyone to prevent the nation from taking advantage of opportunities to move forward and improve things.

one old man
Ogden, UT

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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Careful, this Senator will align Utah for succession with Texas.

Saint George, UT

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. Go Mike!

Oakley, ID

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.

Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Harrisville/Weber, UT

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 families...

Saint George, UT

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.

Oakley, ID

To Bandersen of St. George

Thanks for your comments. I am agree with you.

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