New USA Today/Gallup poll: Americans rank tax hikes on wealthy as lowest priority, place job creation on top

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 1, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    @ DN: You denied this? Ridiculous. But I guess I'd better flesh it out a bit.

    Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research said, "Of course, the federal government should be engaged in stimulus spending right now, but it is being held back by superstitious beliefs about the public debt. In reality, we don't have a federal debt problem."

    I said, "Someone should give back his Economics degree, if he even has one".

    The rationale for my deleted comment should be obvious. Some federal debt is fine. It helps with the ebb and flow of GDP when there is not enough revenue to cover basic services. But we are (and have been since Reagan, increasing with each successive POTUS) in a debt crisis, where maintaining our debt has become so burdensome as to take more than 1/3 the entire federal budget - that's if we HAD a federal budget for the last 3 years, something congress has been derelict in their duty on.

    Why do you think the current administration is clamoring for more taxes? We pay enough taxes now to provide every needed federal service. But the debt does not allow us to.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 31, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    A lion raised in a zoo would die if placed in the wilds. Dependency has prevented the development of survival skills.

    Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing.

    Our follow Americans are losing the urgency of survival, and becoming beggars, and whiners.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 31, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    Re: HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    "Simple strategy, take additional money from the rich ...."

    That goes hand in hand with Obama's philosophy that: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that." What the liberals refuse to understand is that corporations want to bring their money home to invest in America but when they do they get hit with a 35% tax on it.

    Corporations have no moral duty to empty their pockets so Obama can flush their money down a rat hole.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    Obama is tied to his far left wing base, just as Bush was beholden to the far right. His "stimulus" has gone to failed enterprises such as Solyndra and other crony capitalism rewards. His saving the auto industry ignores the $48 billion still owed. General Motors profits have come from off shore success. Our president lives in a fantasy land of tax and spend after deriding Bush in 2008 for using a Chinese credit card. He called it unpatriotic and irresponsible, Both accusations are correct.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 31, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    HS Fan
    Salt Lake City, UT,

    What are you talking about? Our country holds the worlds record for funding education and roads. Should we take from the employers and create new government jobs?

    So what if the employers save some of their money. It's non of your, or Obama's business. Do you think Obama paid any taxes on the hundreds of millions spent for vacationing? Do some homework and see how much of our money Michelle has spent.

    You don't keep re-investing in wasteful spending. The infrastructure card has been played many times. Does a sixteen trillion dollar debt ring a bell?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    The two are connected. Simple strategy, take additional money from the rich that would be sitting in the bank, maybe overseas, and stimulate the economy with job creation (roads, education, etc.). Corporations and the rich have not stimulated the U.S. economy since 9/11. They have been investing overseas. I know that because I see it everyday in my job.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 31, 2012 7:11 a.m.

    And the Democrats claim Romney is out of touch?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    July 30, 2012 6:18 p.m.

    The wealthy pays eighty percent of all income taxes. The problem is excessive spending.

    Decreasing taxes, and regulations on the rich would allow them to hire more for their companies.

    Not signing the Canadian oil pipeline deal has cost us 600,000 jobs--Toronto newspaper 2012.

    Many barrels of Canadian oil is currently being trucked to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped to China.

    All Obama can think about is Romney's tax returns?