Randy Shumway: Can tax reform jump-start our economy?

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  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    March 26, 2014 3:08 p.m.

    First we have to start from a basic agreement. It must NOT be revenue neutral because anyone with one eye and half a brain knows the government spends too much. Period. If we can't start from there, we will get nowhere.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 26, 2014 12:15 a.m.


    Government will still get their share. They will find other ways to steal from the ones responsible enough to gain a skill and work.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2014 4:30 p.m.

    I could not agree more.

    I wish I had more hope that it might happen.

    Sadly, the biggest reason we've got this monstrously overblown and complicated tax code is due to the influence of all the special interests on politicians who see no problem in piling the tax code and burden ever higher if they see any possibility of some political and/or, probably, financial advantage and/or benefit of any kind to themselves.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 25, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Complicated tax codes have proven to be shelters for wily lawyers and their well-healed clients in the past, and so yes, it makes sense to simplify an unnecessarily complicated tax code.

    The tax code should be revised in a sensible way, consistent with the Common Good and the General Welfare.

    The trouble is, any simplification of the tax code proposed unilaterally by a pack of Republicans is more likely to cheat the Middle Class, while it simultaneously further enriches the already wealthy

    What we need is simplification, not simple-mindedness. There is a difference between real public servants and Republican employees of the Koch brothers who also happen to occupy high positions in government.

    Given the fact that this simplified code was originated by Republicans, I can say without looking at it that it's most likely another attempt by plutocrats to rip off the rest of America, via their ever-willing and malleable Republican employees in government.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    We've tried other more expensive programs that haven't worked and probably made matters worse. Give it a try.