President Obama is the right vote for young Americans

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  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Sept. 30, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Hmmm... I am trying to figure out how Obama managed to get his hands into teacher and law enforcement pension funds to give to G.M. unions. It seems to me that those pension funds belong to each state, and the President of the United States cannot touch those funds. Please be honest with your arguments.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Sept. 29, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    Simple decision for all to compare:Romney has a stellar record of turning the proverbial sow's ear into a silk purse. BO on the other hand has the innate ability of taking everyone's money then taking the silk purse and turning it into a sow's ear. Pathetic record cannot justify another four years. He has already nearly destroyed America. All you left-lib socialists can have him back to make your lives even worse. Broken promises and lies we do not need.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 9:36 p.m.

    I have tried to reason with devout Romney supporters, but reason is lost on them.

    So, I am looking forward to the day in early November when I can just say "Scoreboard!"

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    i thought I was reading the comics section for a minute. What a joke.

    The cost of education is up $2000 average compared to when Obama took office. My own insurance premium was up $1000. Thanks Democrats.

    Don't be fooled by this smoke and mirror propaganda, kids. Democrats love to talk about all the great handouts Democrats gave us by raising taxes and increasing debt, but they always make sure not to address the actual results.

  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    The "R" is for reversing the Destructive path our country is on. The choice is clear for all Americans: Let's defeat Obama and return to the Constitution, freedom, opportunity, strength, and prosperity.

  • Linus Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    With logic like the left, we're sunk! atl134 agrees that businessmen don't build businesses. He says that consumers do. Obama says the government does. Both are ignorant of history. Where was the line of consumers with cash in hand ready to buy the incandescent light bulb, or the Tin Lizzie, or the PC. No, my friends. First comes the idea. Then comes a lot of hard work. Then comes investment, and not from consumers. Then comes marketing. After free enterprise and capital have done their work, then consumers finally get a boost in their quality of life.

    The left favors a model where taxes plunder the capital and regulation strangles free enterprise -- all to win the votes of the "gimmee-free" crowd awaiting their government check, their food-stamp card, their free cell phone. And then they mock the businessman for not being more willing to be bled dry.

    No, Turner Bitton! Obama is not the right choice for the youth vote. I am old and will mercifully die before your generation will ever pay off Obama's debts. Enjoy them as the citizen of a Third-World economy.

  • red state pride Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 29, 2012 12:24 a.m.

    I thought this was a really odd letter because it struck me that Mr Britton assumed that he would always be in the "18 to 24" demographic. Sadly, at some point we all turn 25 and leave college and get jobs and are saddled with student loan debt.I consider myself a responsible, patriotic American citizen and when I reached that point circa 1998 I worked in my first career type job for peanuts and ate Ramen noodles and diligently made my roughly 200.00 a month payment on my student loan debt. I don't recall complaining about it to anyone- other than kicking myself for actually wasting valuable time in college obtaining a meaningless non Math/Science related degree. Now I raise a family of five and chip off 20 large to the Federal Govt every year (not including FICA or state income, local property, or sales taxes) and Mr Bitton has a problem with his circumstances? Welcome to the real world pal. As we used to say in the Army- they give you a hundred dollars and take back ninety-nine. Gee Mom I wanna go.....

  • boxerdog915 Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 6:11 p.m.

    @one old man

    "Especially the wealthy Republicans."

    So because some Republicans are wealthy, they all are?? Forbes latest issue talks about the 400 billionaries in thie country and guess what? They were't Republicans, they were mostly Democrats...

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 3:04 p.m.

    Wah, wah, wah. Cry me a river.

    Unless each and every liberal who supports Obama has contacted the Treasury Department and made arrangements to pay the $16,600 PER PERSON, in his family, that Obama has cost America, that "supporter" is just another "radical" who wants to be suckled by Obama's plan to force some "rich guy" to pay for "gifts" from Washington.

    Republicans know that there is no free lunch. Democcrats pretend that everything is free. Obama ignores private ownersip of anything. He seized the pensions of policemen and teachers when he "gave" G.M. to the unions.

    Who's next? When will his pilfering stop? At your door? At mine.

    Liberals, no body owes you charity. Jf you want charity, join a church and learn to give.

    There is no "free lunch". Republicans know that. Democrats ignore that. Obama pretends that there is no private ownership of enything.

    Fools agree with Obama, thinking that THEIR possessions will never be seized, like the assets of the policemen and teachers whose retirement was destroyed when Obama gave their bonds to the unions.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    @L White
    your right he has done none of those things the only thing he has done is be president for the last four years can Romney say that? didn't think so. it is truly sad that you and mike have turned your backs on basic Christian values about honesty and how we should treat one another.

  • killpack Sandy, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    Young man, and I say this with all due respect, your logic is so seriously flawed. Equal pay for equal work?!?! That is not a youth issue. That is a women's rights issue! It's the same with don't ask don't tell. That isn't a youth issue. It is a LGBT issue. To say that young people should vote for Obama because of those things is frankly insulting to young people. That leaves student loans and credit cards as the only things you mentioned that are specifically relevant to youth. And those are VERY WEAK reasons to vote for Obama. Like Obama has made (or is going to make) student debt go away? C'mon! On the other hand, youth should be very concerned that some have predicted our NATIONAL debt to be upwards of $20 trillion dollars by the time Obama leaves office in 2016 if he gets reelected. Not to mention if you are found to be without health insurance, you'll pay a penalty that could cost as much as 2-3 thousand dollars per year. Those to me are reasons alone to not vote for Obama, especially as a youth.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    "What MR. Bitton failed to mention in his over the top praise for our current president is that he, his children, his grandchildren,his great grandchildren, and possible generations beyond will be saddled with such debt due to the big government policies that the president and guilt by association, Mr. Bitton espouses. Good luck with that."

    As opposed to Governor Romney who wants to cut taxes for the rich, increase defense spending and allegedly wants to protect entitlements (though the Ryan budget sharply cuts them) by saying he wants to restore medicare funding cut by Obama. How is that a deficit reduction plan?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    Blue, are you sure?

    Or was the damage done by President Cheney and his little buddy? How much worse off might we all be if it weren't for Obama's attempts to get our ship back on course?

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    What MR. Bitton failed to mention in his over the top praise for our current president is that he, his children, his grandchildren,his great grandchildren, and possible generations beyond will be saddled with such debt due to the big government policies that the president and guilt by association, Mr. Bitton espouses. Good luck with that. Just wait until you are in the real world. Your view may change.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    If the rich company owners (the 1% who own 80% of eveything) PAID their employees more, then we would have such a things as the working poor, who fall into the 47% who need assistance.

    Until they do - and Government needs to step in and make up the difference - the Wealthy should be sent the bill for it.

    If the wealthy hired more, they would need to pay less taxes.
    When they don't, they need to pay more.

    That's how you balance the budget.

  • L White Springville, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Oh my, the greedy, the self-centered, and the selfish pretend that nobody has to pay for the "gifts" from Washington. They must still believe in Santa. There is no "rich guy" who will pay their way. Obama is a liar. He offers NOTHING except failire. Real Americans WORK. Obama plays golf. That's all you need to know. He never invented anything. He never created a business. He never even ran a lemonade stand. His ideas don't work. Just ask his brother, George. If you want to live in a slum like George, then listen to Obama.

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 1:05 p.m.

    Whose jobs have been hurt the most by Obama-nomics? The young, the students, women, minorities and the poor. With four more years of anemic growth we will soon have a complete lost generation of young people who haven't been able to get jobs for eight full years. Is a person employable after eight years of not working?

    Who is doing well under Obamanomics? If you notice, the stock market is doing very well and business has become a lean and more productive machine. The climate Obama has created does not help the middle class but simply encourages business to do more with less. Less employees, less benefits, less jobs. This is clearly not an economic mecca for those just entering the work force.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    @mike richards
    A college student if their professors are doing their jobs sees right throw your often repeated lies. Its is sad how some people are so quick to leave behind their values and bare false witness. I guess it goes to show that selective morality is not just an affliction of the non believer.

  • Thinkin\' Man Rexburg, ID
    Sept. 28, 2012 11:16 a.m.

    A vote for a failed presidency makes no sense.

    The proof is in the pudding: unemployment is still sky-high, the GDP is anemic, and one of our ambassadors was just assissinated with no response from the White House and even a denial that it was a terrorist attack. That is failure all around, plain and simple.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 11:01 a.m.

    Re: Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    "Rifleman - So your saying it's OK for our precious wealthy citizens to ask "what's in it for me," because he's a smart businessman."

    No, I'm saying only a fool would invest money without asking what kind of return he could make on his investment.

    The average guy should be asking his representative why our government continues to pour his hard earned tax dollars down a rat hole on programs we could get by without.

    Our Federal Government excels at spending money we don't have on programs we don't need. We could start be cutting off economic aid to countries that hate us and think we owe them a living.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    @Mike Richards
    [A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me"]

    Last I checked, Republicans keep looking for tax cuts while claiming the deficit is crippling, and have this funny sense of only suggesting spending cuts that don't affect them personally.

    "A college student might not actually understand WHO it is that builds businesses and hires workers. "

    Consumers. A business isn't going to hire anyone unless there's a demand for it.

    "A college student might not actually understand what will happen when hard working "rich guys" stop working."

    Someone will rise up and take their job. Besides, last I checked Romney didn't even work for most of his income last year. He's just getting paid investment income on his money sitting in a blind trust that he claims to not have direct decision-making power over.

    "A college student might not actually understand what will happen if the deficit keeps increasing at the rate Obama has set."

    College students understand that Obama wants to increase revenues, cut defense spending, and reform entitlements to make them more solvent while Romney wants to decrease revenues, increase defense spending, and undo Obama's medicare entitlement reform.

  • Mad Hatter Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:38 a.m.

    Young people usually reflect the opinions of their parents. They share their bias and opinions. They follow their example and try to be like them in every way because that is what they are taught. However, the day comes when they recognize their independence and begin to think for themselves. They may apply critical thinking skills to issues they confront. Certainly, they see their world as different from that of their parents, and they move forward rather than dwell in the past.

    Whether a person votes for the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate should come from their own reflection and not because some "older guy" tells them to do so and gives a bogus reason to justify the decision. Too often talking points, political propaganda, misinformation and outright lies form the basis of these "reasons". Nonetheless, when young people rise up, cast off the chains of dependence, and truly think for themselves do we find letters like this begin to appear in the newspaper.

    Republicans have lost the "youth vote" because they demand ideological purity. They turn to strategies like voter suppression to limit the vote since they have no plan and are not getting the that vote.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    So your saying it's OK for our precious wealthy citizens to ask "what's in it for me," because he's a smart businessman.
    But if your an average guy asking their representative how a program or tax cut will effect them, they are being selfish.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    If I could just become a “victim”, I could qualify for free stuff from the Democrats! I could get other people’s money through income redistribution, or food stamps, or Obamacare, or free birth control pills, all free and all paid for by someone else! Today it has come down to where do you sign your check? Romney supporters sign their checks on the front and Obama voters sign their checks on the back. Oh to be a “victim” of something, anything!

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    What a terrific, smart letter. And its author obviously knows where government revenues come from. He just thinks helping students afford college can and should be a national priority, allocated more resources. As it happens, he's right.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    Re: one old man Ogden, UT
    "So why, then, do Republicans keep asking that very thing? Especially the wealthy Republicans."

    Any business man must ask himself what kind of return will he get on his investment. Only a fool would invest his time and money in a venture that is doomed to fail.

    And yes, that same businessman may chose, or not chose, to donate more or less of his income to charity. That choice is none of anyone else's business.

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Sept. 28, 2012 9:28 a.m.


    That may be the case in theory, but taxes are currently at the lowest point they've been in decades. The stock market is at 13,500.

    So where are the jobs? And what does Romney have to offer besides more of the same policies that got us into this mess?

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    The real problem is that we always understand when something we currently have is taken away, but we rarely recognize when an opportunity never comes knocking because of some decision we made in the past.

    College students will immediately recognize a cut in funding for student loans and subsidies that may currently flow to their wallets from some "magical source" called the government. They will not recognize that the reason they can't get a job after graduation is because some businesses failed or were never started because the taxes and regulations made it more difficult to get off the ground.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I'd say "neverland" is believing that Regan didn't tripple the national debt like he did. Believeing that Bush kept us safe when he actually ignored warnings about Alquaida. But republicans still love those two for some reason.

    Neverland is saying things like you're against entitlements but don't touch my Medicare or Social Security like the Tea-party does.

    You've got your neverland, now try being responsible.

  • twinfallsid TWIN FALLS, ID
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    "The choice is clear for all young Americans". Call me in a few years when you see the reality of Obama's failed policies. Despite receiving raise, our family can't get ahead and it just keeps getting worse. I don't want the government to take care of my family, I want my family to take care of my families basic needs. You may think your seeing clearly, but you need your eyes checked.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Mike, I agree that "A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me"

    So why, then, do Republicans keep asking that very thing? Especially the wealthy Republicans.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 28, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    Actually the youth understand the situation much better than the Old GOP folks who keep trying the same thing that has nearly destroyed the middle class in just 30 years. If we give more to Mitt and his buddies we'll all get more, because deep down inside they want to share the wealth with those who created for them with out being forced to through socialism.

    Problem being, that NEVER happened, and they keep trying saying "lets just try it one more time," this time they will let some trickle down.

    It's time to try something different, and turning it over to "Big Business for president" won't be the answer.
    Privatizing everything and then giving people voucher or coupon. This is a solution?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    President Obama is the right vote for everybody that frequents their local Payday Check Loans establishment and thinks it is a good idea to borrow against tomorrow's income to pay yesterday's bills.

    What a legacy to leave for our grandchildren to pay for.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    Being a responsible citizen in America means leaving "Neverland and Peter Pan" behind. A responsible citizen never asks "what's in it for me", but, instead asks, "how will this affect our country".

    A college student may not have the experience to know what happened when Obama seized two automobile makers and turned them over to the unions - without paying the bondholders. A college student might not know what actually happened when Obama took $49 billion out of the public treasury to "buy" G.M. and then gave them another $38 billion in illegal tax credits against future earnings.

    A college student might not actually understand WHO it is that builds businesses and hires workers. It is not Obama. It is not the government. It IS the "rich guy" that Obama is threatening to rob. A college student might not actually understand what will happen when hard working "rich guys" stop working. A college student might not actually understand what will happen if the deficit keeps increasing at the rate Obama has set.

    A college student might not actually understand that all his education will be worth only a tent in a public park in Obama's world.