Think your take-home check is getting smaller? That's because it is

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  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    March 8, 2013 9:15 p.m.

    Thanks Obama, thanks Democrats.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 8, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    To "Kent C. DeForrest" I don't think that you understand productivity. When more items are produced by a set number of workers, it still costs the same to pay those workers. You also assume that the items are being sold for the same price, which may or may not happen.

    You are wrong about why paychecks are shrinking. They are shrinking because of taxes and mandates that eat away at paychecks. In the past year paychecks have been reduced through teh expiration of the SS tax holiday and the new mandates on insurance companies and businesses. The business owners had nothing to do with it.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    March 7, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    I'm glad I don't have it on my conscience that I voted for Obama.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    The best way to help the common worker isn't to raise their pay, but to pay the CEO of the company they work for even more than they are paid now. This will motivate common workers to become CEO's themselves and make even more money.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    March 7, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    "Not only is the economy recovering slowly, but the standard of living is falling for about half of Americans. This is in part due to the lack of productivity, according to the article."

    The person who wrote this doesn't understand productivity. When productivity goes up, it means workers produce more product in a given time period. Put another way, a company can produce more product with fewer workers. What actually happens when productivity goes up is that labor costs go down. This means less money goes to labor and more to shareholders and executives.

    If workers' paychecks are decreasing, it is because management is paying them less and keeping more. It's that simple. Go to Youtube and watch the viral video about wealth inequality. It's pretty clear what's happening in this country. And there's only one way to permanently reverse it: encourage worker ownership of businesses with tax incentives and other inducements.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    Our household income has dropped around $180/month. And that was just from FICA tax increase. Yet those on welfare around me, that are able to work, but refuse to. Are eating steak again tonight.

    The hard part with the cost of food increasing, taxes increasing, fuel cost increasing etc. It only hurts those of us that are too rich to be on welfare, but, too poor to be rich. We're struggling mr president. Where are you? What about your promises? The only people that have benefited in the obama economy are the super wealthy Warren Buffett, GE, Al Gore, Clintons etc. and those on the very bottom that are able to work, but, love stealing and living off of others.

    But, we're told things could have been worse. I'm not sure how. Maybe if biden was president? or if we borrowed and spent more than we currently are? How could it be worse obama?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    My wife's paycheck is $100 less a month than it was. Mine--because I'm part time for now--is about $50. Losing $150 a month is a lot of money when you're only pulling in $30,000 a year. I can think of a lot of things I could use that money for.

  • Millsap fan Taylorsville, UT
    March 7, 2013 7:37 a.m.

    Obama is the worst President we have had maybe ever! The list of broken promises is never ending. Meanwhile our country gets weaker, less educated, and most of all more dependant on the government. He promised the debt would be cut in half. Literally the opposite happened. Said sequestration wouldn't happen. It was part of his agenda the whole time. Food stamps, and other government benefits are at an all time high. Obama wants the government to raise our kids in federally funded preschools instead of putting the responsibility on the heads of the parents. Obamacare will hurt small and large businesses and this economy. He has failed as a leader and he can't blame anyone but himself.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    March 6, 2013 5:05 p.m.

    wait - I thought this past election was all about 'fairness'? The jacked up taxes we ALL got hit with Jan 1 is all part of that fairness - an opportunity to participate in wealth redistribution. It should warm the heart to know that your smaller take home pay is being wisely used by the federal government as hand out pay to the ever growing army of "Obama bums".

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 6, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    biggest decrease in disposable income in 20 years?

    Probably bush's fault. Or Mitt Romney's. If Mitt was poor I would be richer I know it. I have no logic for that assumption, but I know its Mitt's fault I'm not richer than I am.