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Party Lines: Deficit: What should be done?
by Rob Miller
Jul 23, 2011 | 1594 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Clipper has asked, “If you were president, how would you control the deficit?” Thank goodness this is just a theoretical question because I cannot imagine a more difficult job than being the Commander and Chief.

My first thought is to address a situation that I believe is ignored far too often in American politics, that being Uber-Capitalism and its financial relationship with China. The problem with Uber-Capitalism and American economics is its addiction to China. There are those who believe that Capitalism will overtake Communism. I believe it is the other way around. Look at all the dollars we throw to products produced by oppressed and suppressed work forces, and look at the debt we now owe to communists. I believe that made in the U.S.A. is more important than ever and that our desire for the cheapest price should have boundaries when it comes to building up nations that do not respect human life, freedom or dignity. If I were president I would heavily regulate and speak against sending American dollars to countries that oppress opportunities for their citizens and I would do all I could to uplift and support entities that uphold human dignity.

Utah Democrats have a firm and enduring belief in low taxes and balanced budgets. Utah Democrats demand efficiency in government and support strict priorities for spending that place public safety, health, and education above all else. Utah Democrats believe that the systematic and conscious shifting of the tax burden to the middle-class and poor is especially unfair and damaging to our economy because it hurts rather than helps the working people and their families who are building or state and country while fighting to support themselves.

Utah Democrats support fairness in the state and federal tax code. We support the restoration of progressive taxation through income tax re-bracketing and indexing new brackets for inflation. We support the elimination of outdated commercial and industrial sales tax exemptions to reduce the overall rate. We support increasing the flexibility and local control for city and county taxation. We support retention of the corporate franchise tax.

Utah Democrats believe budget deficits created by the Bush administration demonstrate gross fiscal irresponsibility that places an unfair burden on our children and future taxpayers and many of us feel we should return to the federal tax policies that were in place during the Clinton administration.

Utah Democrats believe economic development generated in the private sector creates the wealth that sustains a high living standard. Utah Democrats are resolute in our commitment to strengthen industries which provide a diverse economic base with higher-paying quality jobs.

The free exchange of goods, services and capital worldwide creates job opportunities for Utahns in export markets and allows us to import products that hold down the prices of goods purchased by businesses and consumers. All such fair trade agreements must, however, protect the rights of workers and prevent degradation of the environment. If I were president I would take a look at the lost jobs caused by NAFTA and CAFTA and consider a reversal and/or strong revision of those policies.
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