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Robert J. Samuelson: JFK's deficit policies make today's recovery hard

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  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2012 3:49 a.m.

    Conservatives from Dwight Eisenhower to Barry Goldwater all opposed JFK's tax cuts on the basis that they would cause deficits. Today's supposed conservatives support any and every tax cut, no matter the consequences.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 10, 2012 5:10 a.m.

    "They contended that deficits weren't immoral and could be manipulated to boost economic performance."

    Funny that the writer only mentions JFK.

    Dont we have more recent examples? Didn't Reagan advocate deficit spending? Didn't deficits skyrocket under his administration?

    Didn't Cheney claim that "deficits don't matter"?

    Oh for the days of the Clinton deficits (or surpluses)

    I guess, for those on the right, deficits only matter when a democrat is in charge.

    For the record, I believe that the deficits, will cripple this economy and this country.

    And it doesn't matter if the deficits come from entitlement spending, tax cuts or military spending.

    What folks need to realize is that both parties have VERY dirty hands when it comes to deficits. And history has shown that the GOP is equally, if not more guilty.

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 10, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    To go back that far and blame our economy problems on a president with the shortest tenure of any president in over 100 years is ridiculous.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    July 10, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Samuelson may or may not be right, but one thing is clear from recent history. The annual budget was balanced under Clinton, in large part due to a tax increase he pushed through at great political expense to many, and the GOP reversed those balanced budgets by pushing through large tax cuts and increasing spending on two huge wars and a drug plan without paying fro them. The truth? The GOP is the worst when it comes to balancing the budget.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 10, 2012 9:39 p.m.

    If democrats don't get to blame bush anymore, can republicans still blame...kennedy? I don't think so.

  • JKR Holladay, UT
    July 11, 2012 7:18 a.m.

    Keep sayin it Samuelson. Maybe eventually it will sink in. Deficits are ruining this country's financial health. Standards of living are bound to be lower in the future.