Simpson hawks debt reduction plan with straight talk, colorful language

Utah delegation gives ideas mixed reviews

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  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Dec. 19, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Please make sure you carefully read the Simpson Bowles plan it calls for significant cuts for sure, but it also calls for taxes being raised or revenue enhancement or whatever you want to call it as well. This problem cannot be solved only by spending cuts, revenue enhancement has to be part of the solution as well.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    We can reduce the deficit... and we can do so without raising taxes or cutting social security or medicare. There is plenty of pork that can be trimmed from the budget, more than enough to give us a surplus each year... but Congress doesn't have the will to do it because all those millions come from special interest projects that keep their campaign coffers full.

    Face it folks. Our government is completely broken. It's ineffective, it's rotten with greed and corruption and it is no longer interested in serving the needs of the people. America has failed.

    The only thing that will fix the nation now is a total overhaul in the form of a Constitutional Convention.

    The Federal Govt. needs to be stripped of all the power it has grabbed over the last 50 years and set back to doing only what it was originally designed to do.

    1: Ensure liberty and freedom for all citizens.
    2: Promote peace and security through a policy of armed readiness.
    3: Regulate interstate and international trade.

    Everything else should revert back to the States, as was intended by the founders of this nation some two and a quarter centuries ago.

    A large all powerful central government was one of the things our founding fathers feared the most... and that's exactly what we have today.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    "Hatch is the consummate professional politician not a new idea in years. He should have been forced to resign decades ago."

    "Spend less than you earn" is an old idea, but still a good one. If Hatch's old "balanced budget" idea would've been passed 35 years ago, 5 year delay or not, we wouldn't be in the current mess.

    Utah has been balancing its budget for about that long -- and unemployment is more than 2% lower than the U.S.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 19, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    It's far too sensible and fair. It will never pass. Congress and the White House want the privilege of granting exceptions. When Americans use those congressionally generated exceptions, "tax incentives," they are call loop holes and we are labeled tax cheats or accused of not paying our fair share. President Obama appointed the Bowles-Simpson commission and has refused to implement any of their recommendations. "Change we can believe in?" Not really.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    A lot of people want to raise taxes on the 'rich' to reduce the deficit. Well if you took 100% of the assets of the rich you wouldn't reduce the deficit. We have a spending problem.

  • wrz Salt Lake, UTah
    Dec. 18, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    "I've pissed off everybody in America."

    Alan, you need to stop pissing people off and start getting the job of saving the American economy... no, saving the United States... for total destruction.

    To the DNews monitor:

    If the word 'pissed' is the problem, be advised that the word is in the DNews article. Therefore, rejecting my comment should mean the entire article should be rejected as well.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    We can send a message that Utah voters want Representatives and Senators in DC that will vote to cut spending. That appears to be one, if the the, biggest threat to our nation at this time. Imagine spending $1 Trillion/year on interest alone, which is where we will be as a nation in just 15 years if nothing is done. So what does Congress do? Nothing.

    They are selfish and think only of their own careers. Fame, glory, power, riches...this is what so many of them seek.

    My vote will go to fresh faces who will cut spending.

  • ron holdaway Draper, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Al Simpson is a national treasure

  • Rosco SANDY, UT
    Dec. 18, 2011 1:08 a.m.

    I agree with Simpson, we deserve the mess we are in. We continue to elect those who are unwilling to promote legislation that is in the long term best interests of the Country. We need a champion with deep pockets to promote term limits and obligatory full disclosure of conflicts of interest before congress votes on major legislation. The typical legislator is so conflicted he would never be allowed to represent a client in court but we allow him to represent us as legislation is debated and passed.

    Hatch is the consummate professional politiciannot a new idea in years. He should have been forced to resign decades ago.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Stop the spending, that's the only cure.

    Hatch wants his fantasy "Balanced Budge Amendment" because it will delay forcing any action for at least 5 more years. And then those in power will figure some way to get around it. Already Hatch and his fellow Senators have gone nearly 3 years without passing ANY budget at all, balanced or otherwise. That is an action required by law, and they just ignore it. They will do the same with a BBA.

    We cannot spend our way to prosperity. We can never tax enough to pay for all the things politicians would like to give out to buy more voted.

    Time to replace our politicians who have failed us so badly over the last 5-10-20-30 years. Senator Hatch is a nice guy, and yes, he is in line to be head of the Senate Finance Committee, but he has to go!

    Sen. Simpson is a brave, plain talking man, who should be listened to, even though he is not always right in every detail.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 17, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    It makes sense, everybodies ox will be gored. Our paid off politicos will have none of it.

  • XelaDave Salem, UT
    Dec. 17, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    Read this report several times now- very sound and would get the process moving but this is an election year and it was dead on arrival and everyone including the authors knew that long before it was unveiled