Senate ready for symbolic showdown on tax cuts

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    If what is at issue was a TAX CUT then it might have some merit and reality. But this implied tax cut does not cut any taxes for anyone in the last 30 years but it has devastated our Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security of millions of retired and elderly Americans. This tax cut is sacrificing the elderly to raise taxes on workers.

    What they are debating is the defunding, not collecting money from workers to keep SSA, Medicare, and Medicaid trust fund accounts active but shut them down. These tax cuts defund social services that are the life blood of retirement health care and survival.

    The Senate wants to destroy the SSA, Medicare, and Medicaid that maintains lives of millions of retired americans. A true tax cut would change what you pay to the IRS for income taxes and the federal budget. The Tax Cut as it exists does not reduce taxes to the IRS, it raises taxes to the IRS as retirement non taxable income is converted to taxable income.

    This "hoax" has gone on long enough, end this debacle of destroying the elderly then replace it with tax cuts to the IRS.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    50% of Americans pay 0 income tax.

    I'd say the wealthy are doing their share.

    It's time for the rest of us to start doing ours. Even a so-called flat tax means that the rich as paying for the great majority of what others use. This is called stealing.

  • mcdugall Layton, UT
    July 25, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    So much for the fiscal conservatives:

    There are 47 Republicans in the Senate, and their measure seems certain to fail. The $405 billion GOP measure would continue tax cuts for everyone next year, including the highest earners.

    The $250 billion Democratic bill would continue tax cuts through 2013 for everyone but individuals who earn at least $200,000 yearly and couples making $250,000.

    The Republican plan will increase the national debt at a rate nearly twice as high as the democrat plan. Interesting...

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    July 25, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    The opposite of "pro" is "con"

    The opposite of "progress" is CONGRESS!

    We can't even agree to cut taxes anymore!

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    Here's one vote for letting us go off the fiscal cliff. There is no more compromising in Washington any more.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    July 25, 2012 7:56 a.m.

    Ha-rumph, hur-umph, harump...I didn't get a harump outa that guy?