Kathleen Parker: Advice columnist to the GOP

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  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    To "Roland Kayser" glad to see you agree that JFK's policies would be beneficial. Since you don't believe me, read "John F. Kennedy on taxes" at WND. They go over JFK's tax policies which included CUTTING taxes and reducing the burden on people and businesses. Read the quoetes in that article. JFK makes the same arguments that Reagan did over his economic policies.

    One great quote is "The present tax codes...inhibit the mobility and formation of capital, add complexities and inequities which undermine the morale of the taxpayer, and make tax avoidance rather than market factors a prime consideration in too many economic decisions." That was in 1963, now look at how complex the tax codes are now. Do you really think the tax codes do anything to help the economy?

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    To Red ShirtUofU. By all means let's go back to JFK's economic policies. A top tax rate of 70% vs 39% today. Corporate taxes bringing in 25% of federal revenue vs 6% today. Almost 40% of American workers belonging to a union vs. 8% today. Those were the policies that lifted up the middle class and working class.

    p.s. How many RedShirts are there?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Did Reagan's trickle down economics work or was it the result of increased goverment spending? During the 8 years of Reagan the Democratically controlled congress actually passed budgets in 4 of those that spent less money than Reagan requested.

  • RedShirtUofU Andoria, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    To "Kent C. DeForrest" the Republicans that are going against the establishment are actually doing quite well. They are the ones that are preaching responsibility and not Progressivism like Bush did.

    Trickle-down economics does work.

    To paraphrase U2's Bono, capitalism and the free market do a much better job at pulling people out of poverty than government redistribution programs ever could.

    If you don't like the Reagan trickle-down economics, how about we try the JFK trickle-down economics. They were nearly the same.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    She didn't mince words, did she? When she says the GOP needs to come up with some new ideas, that includes giving up on the same old trickle-down economics the Republicans have been touting since Reagan. It doesn't work, so please, find an economic theory that will address the biggest problem facing the United States: rampant inequality resulting from a system where corporations rule the country and are determined to push millions into poverty.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 9:41 a.m.

    Ms. Parker is much too refined a southern gentlewoman to come out and say so directly, but the demographic that "A proud, right-wing wacko-bird" represents really does fall in the "idiotic" range of the political spectrum (despite her diplomatic sidestepping of the term). The rigid, restrictive litmus tests for the "conservative" label (Reagan would not qualify) and the lavish dismissal of two thirds of the GOP as RINOs for some imagined and trivial failings guarantees that the right-wing wacko-birds are destined for extinction (or perhaps reserves in Texas and Mississippi). Will one of them please, please Google the "No True Scotsman" logical fallacy before they level the next RINO charge? Add to that an anti-intellectual bent that dismisses science in favor of ideological preconceptions (why trust the folks who have actually observed, measured, analyzed data, and published their research when the dropout on the radio says they're wrong?), a Taliban-like zest for keeping women barefoot and pregnant, and a persuasive style based on insults (like the local radio host who always calls Hillary "Butch Clinton") and you have a recipe for self-destruction. It's fun to watch, though.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    Nov. 5, 2013 7:01 a.m.

    The Republican party is rapidly losing its voter base. They have already lost Hispanics, Blacks, and yes even Asians. With local efforts to demonize women and gays they are quickly seeing support among the millennials evaporate. At this rate the only support for the party will be be white males like my Uncle Ingvald, who lives by himself on this dry farm in Eastern Montana.

    The GOP needs to shed itself of the far right extremists and get back to generating solid, centrist, conservative, ideas like Romneycare and the Nixon inspired EPA.