Buying local benefits Utah's economy

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 5:24 p.m.


    The food you eat is nearly all the work of cheap labor. It’s just that you don’t get to buy it at cheap prices. You should count your self lucky if the food is produced according to the regulations. In truth the farmer, the trucker, the warehouse and all the other hands that the food goes through tend to operate just barely within the law. The law made up of thousands of regulations.

    I think the reason people tend to live longer than their ancestors is because they get the benefit of all the bad experience of the previous and the regulations to prevent the bad experiences.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    Does anyone know of any places I can move to, besides Hong Kong and Singapore, where I don't have to deal with a hundred different bureaucracies telling me what to do? I'll buy local in a place like that.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    I would just as soon buy something made locally by cheap labor than foreign. Our tax structure and red tape, call that too many regulations chase companies out of the country, out of a state, etc. Private enterprise has to make a profit. If they can't they are out of business.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    Seems like businessmen like to talk about a free market when speaking to the public but often join with their brothers in organizations to prevent a free market.

    Campaigns to “buy local” are attempts to sway the consumer away from price competition and provide a subsidy to the local businessman.

    The notion that states should collect sales tax on internet purchases is the same idea. While providing no services whatsoever to the internet vendor, the state wants to apply a penalty on them for selling goods in this state. The fact is that if the state wins their case, it will be the resident of the state that pays the tax so it is simply a new tax on residents. And by calling it a sales tax, it is prevented from being a tax deduction.

    Meanwhile, we are ask to pay American prices for foreign goods made by cheap labor or by local cheap labor.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    He writes, " you have any idea how much sales tax revenue is lost to the state of Utah from consumers perhaps finding a 'deal?'"

    Utah does collect taxes on those purchases. I pay a "Use" tax as part of my annual state income tax for everything I buy outside of the state for use inside the state. It's the law.

    Those who don't must not believe in the rule of law and are illegal tax evaders. What part of "illegal" do they not understand? Do they deserve amnesty? The longer we refuse to enforce this law the more we can expect illegals to flout it and burden our economy.