We're in a pickle

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  • John Marx Layton, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:53 p.m.

    I'm glad at least someone is bringing it up. I don't think those who just care about their party want to talk about it because neither party has their hands clean.
    Thanks for injecting partisanship into this though.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 10:53 a.m.

    Now is the time to dig and go to work, setting aside ideology. Can it happen?

  • ugottabkidn Sandy, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    By far the largest creditor of the US is the US citizen, something that seems to get lost in all this economic discussion.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    When I think of the phrase, 'in a pickle,' I usually think of baseball, when a baserunner is caught off base, and has to run back and forth, dodging all the fielders trying to tag him out. What you can't do, in that situation, is pig-headedly run straight to the next base. You need to dodge, try different tactics, improvise. Or, in political terms, cut spending and raise taxes.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    We don't need to recognise the problem anymore. We need to solve it.

  • dobberdobber Ivins, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Yes China and Japan own a lot of our debt but if you are going to write about it you should get the actual figures. China owns 7.15% and Japan owns 6.95%.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    The U.S. is by the far the largest export market for both China and Japan. Neither country has any interest in inflicting severe damage to our economy, which would also inflict severe damage on their own. That doesn't mean we don't have a debt problem, merely that the scenario presented here is unlikely in the extreme.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    Mr. Robertson, I didn't think anyone could propose a more vague solution to our nation's fiscal problems than Mitt Romney and the Republicans, but you've done it. Congratulations.