Cautious optimism

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  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 11:25 p.m.

    Americans would stop worrying if their beloved government would stop redistributing their hard earned money. Socialism and class warfare doesn't make for positive bold action by businesses.

  • Christy Beaverton, OR
    Dec. 31, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    Republican politicians chose party over country. They didn't lift a finger to employ anyone in order that one man lose his job.

    How bitter they'll be when he remains in office, the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% are adjusted back down to Clinton levels, where they belong, and housing prices begin to rebound.

    Happy New Year, everyone.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 4:31 p.m.

    If the top marginal rate, 35%, were to be back where it was before the Bush tax cuts (39%), austerity measures would not be necessary. Why cannot the Deseret News be for this? Because they are property of an ideologically coservative system.

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Dec. 31, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    This editorial is just an oblique attack on the Obama Administration. Ryan's plan was rejected because among other things it would essentially lead to the destruction of Medicare as we know it today. Ryan's plan would have privatized Medicare and created savings by shifting health care costs to seniors while at the same time increasing profits to health insurers. The only demagoguery Mr. Editor, is the right wing bias of the Deseret News.

  • kibitzer Magna, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    The most optimism lies in the coming presidential election, and the possible rise of a third party, and voters who will perhaps oust the squabbling gangs of reds and blues. Also that the nation will take a better course in its way of life and merit the blessings of heaven.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Dec. 31, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    For the 12th year in a row, Americans approach the final day with economic worries on their minds yet.

    About 40,000 state laws taking effect at the start of the new year will change rules. Alabama, with the country's toughest immigration law, will require all employers who do business with any government entity to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check that all new employees are in the country legally. Eight states will raise the minimum wage. They include Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Vermont and Florida. San Francisco will become the first city to raise its minimum wage above $10 per hour. The new $10.24 minimum is nearly $3 above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, set in 2009. Several federal rules change with the new year, too, including a Social Security increase amounting to $450 a year for the average recipients and stiff fines up to $2,700 per offense for truckers and bus drivers caught using hand-held cellphones while driving. Many laws reflect the nation's concerns over immigration, the cost of government and the best way to protect and benefit young people.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 31, 2011 5:49 a.m.

    Utah will play a role in helping Washington get its affairs in order. Will Utahns keep asking for more federal spending while being unwilling to pay for it? And will Utahns keep sending politicians to Washington who keep refusing to compromise and insist on the high stakes political games that are putting this nation in jeopardy? You can't point to others while you are part of the problem.