Robert J. Samuelson: Governmental paradox: Its competence goes down while its spending goes up

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  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    Salt Lake City, UT

    You are correct and yet Utah is considering a bill that will penalize families with more than 2 children. A birth rate of 2.7 is required to maintain a stable population. We object to educating children but then depend on them to pay off the national debt that we have spent on ourselves.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 9:22 a.m.

    A large contributing factor is our country's low birthrate.Small families, young people putting off marriage, etc.. Some people complain about the burden of children, especially other peoples' children....cost of education-taxes....But, children are the hope of our future. We need to treat them as such.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    Mr. Samuelson also failed to point out that the biggest reason for our spending problem is that medical costs in the U.S. are so much higher than they are anywhere else in the world. If our medical costs were in line with Germany, or France, or Japan, most of our long term deficits would simply vanish. Then we could spend what we need to on infrastructure and science research, etc.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    "...liberals and conservatives are complicit in this charade...".


    If Samuelson had stopped there...

    "...but liberals are more so...".

    His valid argument has been reduced to just another partisan attack.


    All of them are guilty but ours are not as guilty as yours is the point in the conversation at which most meaningful dialogue ends.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    Feb. 12, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    Mr. Samuelson could have added the rest of the irony: the anti-government party in theory has become the pro-government party in practice.