Economy

Economy

“It is important that both parties put aside their agendas and learn to collaborate and compromise towards the better good.” – Hiram A. from Salt Lake City, UT

“I believe that we need to help the poor, and the needy. That we do not tax the middle class and the poor out of existence.” - Dennis E. from Salt Lake City

“Let the economy grow. Assist small business, especially on a local level. Buy from your neighbor when you have a choice. His success helps you and your community, even if you do have to pay a little more. Buy American.” – Lea M. from Salem, UT

“We should strive to help those who are less fortunate.  The economy can be fueled to increase by providing the people living in poverty with assistance so that they can purchase items they need.” – Dennis E. from Salt Lake City, UT

“America has a shared responsibility to help all of its citizens reach self-reliance. As Trisha Beck says, I believe that it is important to give people a hand up, in order to prevent a hand out. The efforts of America as well as church and other private groups are all important to helping people in our community that are suffering from circumstance, or from economic hardship.” – Crystal Y. from Salt Lake CIty, UT

“The American public gives the President too much credit regarding unemployment and the economy.  Presidents are powerful legislators but they do not control economic cycles given our market-based system. Understanding changes in the job market has more to do with Federal Reserve policies than presidential agendas.   Regardless of what you might think of George W. Bush or Bill Clinton, their policies had little to do with the banking or housing collapse.  Unemployment stayed low during the early Bush years primarily due to the low cost of borrowing money.  Credit cards were cheap.  Mortgages were cheap.  Refinances were cheap.  Americans were leveraging personal debt to drive the economy through revolving credit and real estate borrowing.  Money was pulled from the housing boom and spent on consumer goods and services which in essence was debt.” - courtesy of Mormondems.com

“The government can play an important role in tempering the extremes of the market and fill in the gaps where the market does not function.The democratic party believes in a balanced approach to Market and realizes that we are all in this together as citizens.” - Chris J. from South Salt Lake

“I believe we should support local, small businesses whenever we can. They are the ones who contribute to us locally through donations to schools, churches, and civic causes. The money they earn stays in the community where they are located and not sent to a corporate headquarters somewhere.” - Doneta G. from Layton, UT

 

“Government’s role in the economy is to facilitate growth and innovation. The free market provides economic freedom, but it sometimes needs to be regulated to prevent abuse and exploitation.” – Russel D. from Orem, UT

“I feel it is very important to spread the message of diversity in the sometimes
overwhelmingly Republican LDS community. There is a place for LDS Democrats in
Utah and it is especially important during this period of economic woes that we spread
the Democratic word.” – Kristen W. from Salt Lake City, UT

“Live simply, so that others may simply live” are wise words I believe in! My small urban veggie garden and local farmers’ markets help sustain my family, and it’s great to see more people developing green thumbs. My folks were poor, worked hard, and it taught me to balance a frugal budget, buy recycled clothes, furniture, etc.. I hate the ‘buy more, buy bigger’ bombardment of store sales which fuels shoppers’ greed and overconsumption of products.” – Jo Lynne H. from Ogden, UT

 

“‘The nation is prosperous on the whole, but … how much prosperity is there in a hole?’ — Will Rogers. The similarities between 2012 and 1930 are not missed on me. We have weathered a tough period, and there may be bumps along the way to recovery, but … we’ve done it before (e.g. 1930s, 1980s, 2008-2012, et al) and we can come back and do ever so much better – but, we need the proper leadership in Washington, on Capitol Hill AND in the White House. We still need more fiscal conservatives who are also socially moderate and compassionate for their fellow citizens but we can ALL come together in this fiscal cliff crisis.” – Greg D. from Provo

“One man (i.e. the POTUS) cannot and does not control the economy, period.  If the ecomomy is good or bad, it is a result of trends, comsumers, etc., not the POTUS.”  - Kristen H from West Jordan

“Keynesian Economics – We are unsure the accuracy or impact of Keynesian economics given the theory has never had the opportunity to fully work.  Keynesian principles call for deficit spending in economic downturns, but also requires savings on upturns.  When taxes are cut at the sign of an economic rebound before debt is paid off, Keynesian principles were undercut.” – Courtesy of mormondems.com

 

“We should strive to help those who are less fortunate. The economy can be fueled to increase by providing the people living in poverty with assistance so that they can purchase items they need.” – Danielle B. from Logan

 

“I think we are headed in the right direction but have a way to go” – D.D. H. from Marion

“These are the first words of our constitution …’We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.’ Justice, domestic tranquility, general welfare, blessings of liberty …  Today’s Democratic party, more than any other, mirrors these views. For the economy, this translates to fair taxation on individuals and companies. this translates to government oversight of the financial industry, including the healthcare insurance industry in the interest of we, the taxpayers. to me, Fair taxation means a reasonable percentage, each to their means. to me, this means Government transparency, taxing/spending enough to achieve the goals above, no more and no less.”  - Hubbert S. from Sandy

“I believe we should support local, small businesses whenever we can. They are the ones who contribute to us locally through donations to schools, churches, and civic causes. The money they earn stays in the community where they are located and not sent to a corporate headquarters somewhere.” Doneta G. from Layton

“US Budget – A very misunderstood complex topic. Although 90% of budget conversations revolve around non-military discretionary spending (15% of our total budget), the budget is broken due to mandatory and military spending.  Democrats have a better track record on fiscal conservatism than Republicans over the past 30 years. On a side note the fiscal cliff is also over discussed and expiration might be the best thing for the long term health of our country.” – Courtesy of mormondems.com

“I believe that there is more to life than the economy. Complete obeisance to the ‘invisible hand’ has gone to the point of idolatry, and we need to recognize how we allow so many people to be left behind in the pursuit of wealth.” – Kyle J. from Salt Lake City

“Market economies can produce some wonderful growth, and innovation, and can lift people out of poverty. However, thinking that infrastructure can be all but ignored is foolish. Without proper roads and bridges and power grids and public transport, goods and services cannot flow properly, and greater cost is then passed on to the consumer, and more people are unable to afford the things they need.” – Samuel R. from Logan

“The general trend continues improving. Hold steady. Avoid the fiscal cliff. Compromise some but hold to our basic philosophy – decrease taxes to the middle class. Increase them on the rich. The republicans are weak right now when it comes to identifying with the common man.” – Ellis L. from Springville