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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 22 2012 6:09 p.m. MDT

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Holden Caulfield
Eagle Mountain, UT

I'm so excited! What plans will he have this year to help the 1%?

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Holden Caulfield Eagle Mountain, UT
"What plans will he have this year to help the 1%"

Chaffetz is less concerned about the 1% and a lot more concerned with how our children are going to pay off the debt the Obama Administration is running up. And no, more taxes on the rich isn't the answer. You can always spend more money than you earn if you put your mind to it.

Holden Caulfield
Eagle Mountain, UT

More taxes on the super wealthy absolutely is PART of the answer. The golden age of America, when a far great number of Americans were experiencing some degree of affluence, were the same years the wealthy were taxed at far greater rates than today.

For some strange reason that has completely reversed and many conservatives now find it patriotic when their cronies find tax shelters investing in havens far from American soil. They also find it patriotic to bust unions, further crippling the middle and working classes.

There isn't much more you can ask firefightesrs, policemen, teachers, and nurses (just to name of few occupations) to give. Only so much blood can be squeezed from a turnip. If we're going to continue to be the policemen of the world, it absolutely should be on the backs of those who benefit the most from such actions....the 1%.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

@ Holden Caulfield

The difference today is not that the "evil rich working class" are taxed too little, but that the government has become a bloated bureaucracy and politicians have learned that by robbing Peter to give money to Paul, they can always count on Paul's vote.

25 years ago tax rates were higher, but government spending was a much lower percentage of GDP, and the vast majority of spending was on Defense. Now, the Defense spending is far less than that for various entitlement programs, or for interest on our obscene national debt.

You could take every dollar from every "rich" person's wealth and tax every dollar they earn at 100% and still not pay for what Congress is spending every year. The ONLY solution is to cut spending. A lesser assistance will be to unshackle business to grow the amount of tax revenue from increased economic activity.

Representative Jason Chaffetz understands that, and so do Rob Bishop, Mia Love, Mike Lee, and even old Orrin Hatch. The Democrats, including "Trillion Dollar Jim" Matheson do no.

Listen to Chaffetz, you will learn some things.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

@DN Subscriber

You appear to be Mr. Chaffetz's biggest fan here so here's a question. What exactly has Mr. Chaffetz accomplished in his four years since District 3 elected him? How many bills has he been able to get through both the House and Senate?

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Jason Chaffetz Votes with his party 93% of the time (why show up? really, just phone it in.)
Jim Matheson Votes with his party 56% of the time (someone seems to be thinking before deciding)

The clear choice is the person who represents his district, NOT his party!

Jason and Mia both speaking? Is anyone even attending the GOP convention?

Fred44
Salt Lake City, Utah

DN Subscriber,

The difference 25 years ago is that the wealthy reinvested their profit in their American business, thus creating quality middle class jobs, with benefits. Why did they reinvest? The way the tax system was set up they would get clobbered pulling their money and taking it offshore. Funny back then the wealthy still made a nice profit lived a great life, but were willing minimize their profits just a little bit, and put that money into employees. That is why we had a strong middle class and good jobs were plentiful. Yes the wealthy can create jobs and can create a strong middle class, but it does dig into the profit margin.

A strong vibrant middle class also pays taxes. A large lower class that can't find decent jobs with benefits require greater government expenditures, kind of a simple concept. We could get out of debt real quickly if the wealthy would put their money on America and cut their profits just a little, instead of betting on the Cayman Islands.

I know class warfare right?

Gr8Dane
Tremonton, UT

Many of us are so sick of the 1% invented rhetoric of the Obama campaign. You notice Obama, who's worth about $8 million dollars in net worth (due largely to books ghost written for him), loves to resort to the rhetoric of "millionaires and billionaires." So does Nancy Pelosi, who is also worth about 30 million dollars. Hypocrites. Capitalism runs hand in hand with freedom. Socialism restricts freedom.

Chaffetz understands this concept. And if we had more like Chaffetz in Congress, this country would be a better place and the economy turned around from our far-left Socialist president whose policies are not only a Fail, but an Epic Fail. I can't believe there are even 1% of people in America would would actually vote for him... Again! Mind numbing, and disturbing.

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