Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Should we be angry about this sequestration business?

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  • Lew Scannon Provo, UT
    March 3, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    No, LaVarr, you are not Tea Party-ish on national issues. You are extremely Tea Party-ish, which means your positions are dangerous to our country's future. See Gandalf's excellent explanation above.

    We need to restore the ability to raise taxes to cover the expenses both parties agree we cannot cut (almost all of the federal budget). There is a reason why Republicans grow suddenly quiet when asked to give specifics on what exactly they would slash from the federal budget.

  • I'll call it Ogden, UT
    March 3, 2013 2:40 p.m.

    Lets go for small or even larger percentage cuts each and every year until the feds have a balanced budget and become debt free. Do this with no tax increases at state and local levels as well. Yes, the government is clearly bloated at many levels. I can give you many examples some other time.

    It's just plain criminal that they would spend "unborn folks money" year after year and get away with it.

    Next, pass the constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget with one exception, congress has to declare war in order to govern under a deficit. Yes, this would mean no more contacted or volunteer armies for special interests. This would mean we would bring back the draft and "we the people" would decide if the war(s) are just or not.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    March 3, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    How about our conservative Utah legislators proposing legislation to eliminate or reduce some of the tax loopholes which seem so ridiculous?

    1. Giving corporate tax benefits for private corporate aircraft?
    2. Tax bonuses to the oil companies?
    3. Loopholes which allow companies and individuals to avoid taxes at any level by moving profits or incomes to the Cayman Islands.

    There must be some other significant loopholes when 50 or our largest and very profitable companies paid NO corporate income tax for 2011.

    As Mitt Romney proposed, let's close some of these loopholes.

  • Kimber Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Thanks Frank for your insight! This was a good thought I doubt many people had thought of.

    A high school Classmate
    Kim C

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 3, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    The Republicans are taking an interesting approach in explaining the effects of the Sequester.

    To deflect the Democrats' warning about the impact of $85 Billion in cuts, the response is to point out that this is only 2% of the budget, and we have another 33% to go to balance the budget.

    "You ain't seen nothing yet. And we're not raising taxes anymore, either"

    Normally, optimists are quick to denigrate those who see things in terms of a zero-sum game. "The pie expanding, and all will benefit."

    For the first time in our history, we're seriously facing the prospect of a longer term shrinking pie, especially as the rise of Asian economies and economic shifts away from the US mean we could be chasing to cut a growing percentage of deficit spending, as the economy stagnates under federal austerity.

    For those who think federal spending is as simple as a household budget, here's the difference: In an economy, what I spend becomes your income. If we all become misers overnight, we'll all become even more miserly, as fewer jobs enforce greater austerity.

    The UK was recently awarded a credit downgrade for their austerity program, and shrinking economy.

  • Gandalf Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    I've read Frank & LaVarr for years and it's always the same story. LaVarr is rabidly anti-Democrat and Frank, supposedly balancing off LaVarr, casts a pox on both parties. Neither is correct.

    The reality is that Republicans in Congress knowingly and intentionally insist on pursuing austerity economics despite abundant evidence demonstrating that when other countries pursue the same economic philosophy, their economies tank. See, for example, England post 2008. In addition, the GOP and Tea Party has a significantly higher degree of visceral negative reaction to anything Obama or Democrat than anything seen on the left side of the aisle.

    The GOP is contributing much more to D.C. dysfunction than the Democrats. People are slowly beginning to figure that out. But until the GOP is unmasked, we're in for some hard times.