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Published: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 11:40 a.m. MST

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clearfield, UT

LDS Liberal

Unfortunatly for your side, the biggest gaps in this area have come during the Obama administration. In other words, it is the Democrats and their policies that are increasing the gap. Or to put it another way, a lose/lose for the country if Democrats continue to have power. To read some of your posts one would believe that you think that this country has been run by the Republicans for last 5 years now. Well, since 2007 the Democrats have had the overwhelming amount of political power in America. Maybe it's time to acknowledge that taking the Democrats always right, Republicans always wrong approach is not working.

San Tan Valley, AZ

There should be no minimum wage at all! Wages should be based on performance and the better you perform the higher your wages will rise because employers will commit to keeping the best employees by paying them more. Nothing should be a guarantee.

We have the highest unemployment in the inner cities and black youth, and for example and we have a mayor of Washington D.C. who told Walmart to say out unless they paid their employees $15. Well... Walmart stayed out, as well as any job opportunity and work experience for the inner city youth. So if you raise the minimum wage then you will get fewer jobs.

Minimum wage is just another means for wealth redistribution plain and simple. And for those of you who are of the LDS faith the Book of Mormon states that redistribution of wealth helped lead to the downfall of the Nephite nation (Hel. 6:38). The book is a forewarning to us so we do not follow the same destructive course.

Everett, 00

San Tan Valley, AZ

That scripture (Hel 6:38) warns about the Gadianton's alright,
but you missed that scripture, and have it 180 degrees wrong...

ref the very next verse --

Helaman 6:39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor...

40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction.

FYI --
The NON-re-distribution of wealth, and the huge disparity between the rich and the poor caused the Nephites destruction.

Rexburg, ID

Those of you espousing Marxist policies (including forced incomes) surely must realize you are embracing an oppressive, anti-liberty, failed theorem. The U.S. constitution sets severe limits on the powers of the Federal government, limiting those powers to those specifically granted by the constitution. Nowhere is meddling in economics granted, except in the context of "regulating" the commerce between states. Marxism has no place in America.

San Tan Valley, AZ


Thank you for commenting but you have it 180 degrees wrong. The Gadiantons were not robbing in the dead of night. No, they were trying to convince the more part of the Nephites to agree with the precept that it is OK to take from some and give to others. It was an ideology they were selling for the sole purpose of gaining power.

Hence, as soon as they had the majority agree to it, they took over the government. Well, who were they robbing from? It wasn't those that didn't have much. Those on the receiving end becoming dependent on the something for nothing, kept those that gave them the riches in power.

Sounds a lot like today!

San Tan Valley, AZ


One other thing. Those in power really do not care about the poor just that they are comfortable. Sure some do care, but for the most part the people with power use the poor for their benefit.

They are not interested in helping them become self sufficient then they wouldn't need their help any more. If you really want to help the poor just giving them something from somebody else for political gain is the height of priestcraft.

Provo, UT

Firms will hire all the workers it needs to be able to supply the product. For to long we have substituted entitlements for higher wages. Entitlements are paid for by the taxpayers, higher wages by business.

Keeping wages down, and substituting entitlements is welfare for business.

Dr. Thom
Long Beach, CA

It's important to keep in mind that the 1% who comprise a majority of the wealth in the US are literally "citizens of the world" and are equally as comfortable in Switzerland as the are in NYC, Chicago, or Beverly Hills, and can literally take their wealth anywhere in the world they want. If Bill Gates liquidated his entire estate, then paid taxes on that action, his remaining estate would be tax free, and he could legally move it anywhere in the world and live in great comfort, never stepping foot back in the US again.

Taxing the rich is a nice theory unless they pack up their troubles and leave the country, then who gets taxed to make up for their departure?

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