Politics needs more wonks and fewer ideologues

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  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I generally agreed with the author in this column. Although I disagree with the implicit idea that we need Government to solve our problems. We need the Federal Government to get smaller and less intrusive and to take care of it's core responsibilities (like national defense and protecting private property rights) and not a a massive group of central planners and social engineers. Ok, I'm an idealogue but we're being led by an idealogue.
    The President appointed a bipartisan deficit commission and they actually came up with some reasonable proposals to address the problem (e.g.lower tax rates with less deductions) and the President ignored them and the whole issue of deficits. The President's only proposal was to raise the top tax rate (as if that would help anything) There's an idealogue for you.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    This opinion piece addresses an important topic, but ignores a central truth. The irrefutable fact is that a nation cannot tax itself into prosperity.

    The occupy movement would have us believe that all people have the same talents, abilities, and work ethic, so all people should receive the same salary. Indeed, these left wing extremists would have us believe that if anyone earns a higher salary than someone else, fairness demands that the salaries be equalized by reducing the higher one through taxation. This is completely un-American nonsense.

    The fact is that those who earn lower salaries do so because they were not willing to spend the time and effort required to obtain marketable skills. They want to work low-hour low-skill jobs but get paid high salaries. They expect to bask in their laziness, while supporting their lifestyle with tax money taken from others. This is the exact opposite of fairness.