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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Here, UT


Why not start a business and create some jobs yourself?

Hayden, ID

@ Ranch, Tried starting a business? Check out all the government regulations before you do! And now there is Obamacare mandates to comply with! Highest corporate taxes in the world, OSHA, EPA, unions, zoning laws, building permits, et al. Why would anyone in their right mind risk their capitol and attempt to start a business in America? Go ahead and give it a try and you will learn why nearly everything we buy in America was "Made in China".

Murray, UT

Amen Vicki!!!

But there is no love and concern for people driving these welfare efforts. It is all a ploy to make the elected leadership more powerful and more re-electable.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

The greatest job creation in the last few years have been government jobs, especially in areas like Washington D.C. In fact, it was only recently that having a government job became more profitable, with better benefits, than what an equal job in the private sector would have offered. The only trouble with this system of course is that it is unstainable because eventually there will not be enough wealth creation in the private sector, and resulting taxes, to sustain the government sector. I wonder when that bubble will burst?

Orem, UT

Mountainman: I agree with most of what you said. While it is not impossible to start a business, the bar has been raised so high by all the taxes, regulations, and red tape that you must have a very compelling business model before you dare start a business or hire new employees.

Just like everything else, if you make it harder to do something you will get less of it. Why start a business and risk your money and time when government is throwing so many roadblocks in your way and is reducing the potential reward if you are successful?

Many people will still do it, even more won't.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

I've started two businesses in the last ten years. I got a tax number. That was it--no fire-breathing gov't coming down on me. What's so difficult?

clearfield, UT

Irony Guy

How many people are your two businesses employing? It is when an employer has a certain number of people employed that the real regulations and stuff begin to come down on you. Health care, business taxes, unemployent insurance, SS, OSHA regulations, ect. The bigger a business gets, the more the government gets involved.

Woods Cross, UT

"Our government leaders seem constantly obsessed with coming up with new ways of taking care of us."
Of course to do this they must raise taxes and they look for any way to tax something we do. Remember the Beatles song "Taxman" - "If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat, If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet." This is the attitude of too many in gov't. And too many who receive welfare don't care that they are living off the sweat of others. Gov't officials should have as their FIRST priority the tax payer, not the tax user, including themselves (the gov't).

Salt Lake City, UT

Oh the 'big bad government' is coming to get you!

I mean seriously, have you LOOKED at the alternative?

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When was the last time a CEO did anything for you?

Provo, UT

"If they would spend as much time working on the economy, creating an environment in which jobs could be created here in the U.S., people could actually take care of themselves."

Now Vicki knows how I felt when repubs sought out to rebuild the Middle-East. We don't have enough money for education, green energy, health care, or anything here. Yet we have trillions to waste in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Say what you want about Obama, but at least he has focused on Americans. He has focused on attempting to raise our standard of living. Repubs? Couldn't care less about Americans. they'd rather give more handouts to the middle-east.

Provo, UT

"The greatest job creation in the last few years have been government jobs, especially in areas like Washington D.C."

Actually not. We've seen a net loss in federal government jobs since Obama has taken over.

Please, let facts form your opinions. Allowing opinion to create facts does absolutely no good to anyone.

Salt Lake City, UT

Working on the economy?

Reagan tripled the national debt.

Bush doubled the national debt.

You cannot say either, about Obama.

16,000 point dow. A new record.

Up, from the previous record, 15,000 dow.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

$1.5 trillion wasted on the failed F-35 fighter plane, along with 2 unnecessary wars is a big reason for that deficit you mention.
If that money was spent in research and education, the economy would be fixed. Instead the USA goes in to debt creating new ways to kill people on the other side of the world and those who complain about the Affordable Care Act and deficits see nothing wrong with it.

Everett, 00

clearfield, UT
Irony Guy

The bigger a business gets, the more the government gets involved.

9:33 a.m. Nov. 27, 2013


That's when businesses morph over to become CORPORATE welfare.

Orem, UT

Pagan: "When was the last time a CEO did anything for you?"

Answer: Last payday!

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Corporate profits are at an all time high in the U.S. Obviously it is not as impossible to manage a profitable business as some of you think.

Corporate taxes are nowhere near the highest in the world even though conservatives constantly claim that they are. Our top marginal tax rates are the highest, but our effective tax rates are among the lowest in the developed world. People who don't understand the difference between top marginal tax rates and actual taxes paid should refrain from commenting on tax policy.

The federal government has fewer employees today than it did when President Obama a assumed office. Almost every state and local government has fewer employees than they did five years ago. If we had all of the government jobs back, our employment picture would be considerably brighter.

Sandy, UT

Vicki, Vicki, Vicki. $6000. That is the number that the average middle class family pays a year to subsidize the real welfare queens. The corporation. $1200 of it is loss of revenue subsidies to corporations stashing cash overseas. $1200 is for being overcharged for medications ie, Medicare Part D which is prohibited from negotiating with drug companies. There are state and local subsidies which Utah uses regularly to draw businesses. The much ballyhooed NSA complex is receiving a massive break on their water bill, something your side gave away to draw it here. All this while the average Joe has not seen a significant increase in income in 30 years. Your businesses are flourishing the employee is not. 1 in close to 5 is going to bed hungry and all you got to say is they need to go get a 2nd or 3rd job, since most of those on SNAP have someone in the home working. Think about it. McDonalds and Walmart actually teach their employees how to apply for SNAP. Think about it. Your trickle down is a fantasy.

clearfield, UT

Roland Kayser

Then why is the average government job now the best paid and benefited in the U.S.? Government workers are now making a better living than their private sector counterparts. Why is the part of the country that is least hit by recession the government? If there are fewer employees in government, I'll bet it is coming from the military dropping people. That's how Bill Clinton claimed to reduce the size of government. I doubt, as you kind imply, that there are many GS workers who have lost jobs. Especially under Obama. And remember, the unemployment rate at around 7 to 8 percent, was the same back in 2008, even before Obama took over. As for corporate profits being all time high, I guess that corelates with an all time high stock market. Corporations are making a lot of money, and holding it, not expanding because of their uncertainty with current government policies toward business.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thanks for being the one who finally says, The king has no clothes.

Tooele, UT

Re: "Oh the 'big bad government' is coming to get you!"

It's only out-of-touch, liberal, Big-Government apologists who can't see the government really IS out to get us.

And, their disingenuous suggestion of conservative paranoia is proof positive of their own mania.

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