By Bob Fuehr
To read original Op Ed, visit DeseretNews.com
President Obama said on Dec. 4 that the growing difference in income between the rich and the poor is “the defining challenge of our time” and that it will be the driving force behind “everything I do in this office.” While this is a clever political ploy to shift attention from his failed policies on job creation, immigration and spying on our own citizens, it does serve to highlight the seriousness of the “income gap.”
There has always been a disparity in wealth but it has grown worse since the early 1970s, and while this problem can be seen in all the industrialized countries, it is most pronounced in the United States. Between 1979 and 2007, the CBO found the top 1 percent of U.S. households had a 275 percent increase in their after-tax income compared to only a 40 percent increase for America’s middle class. This difference accounts for most of the income gap between the top wage earners and the 60 percent of Americans who make up the middle class.
By: Bob Fuehr
To read original Op Ed, visit Salt Lake Tribune
Federal Judge Robert Shelby’s Dec. 20 ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional is a flawed interpretation of the Constitution’s 14th Amendment and another example of the federal government overreaching its authority and meddling in states’ rights.
It is a classic example of an Obama-appointed activist judge reinterpreting the Constitution to reflect liberal social thinking.
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I’m Bob Fuehr and I believe in America. I believe in the promise that it holds for all of its citizens. We live in the greatest country in the world but America today is at a tipping point where we must decide what kind of society we want for ourselves and our children. Do we want to restore our American tradition of private enterprise, rewarding personal initiative and insuring equal opportunity for all or do we want to go down the dangerous path of emulating Europe and working toward the goals of state control of our lives, discouraging personal initiative and an equal result for all no matter how hard you work to succeed? The most critical issues facing us are to restart the American economic engine to provide a good life for the next generations and to prevent America from sliding into the throes of European socialism.
I am passionate about generating good-paying, private sector jobs, curtailing irresponsible federal spending and reducing the federal government’s intrusion into our lives. Over 20% of jobs created in the United States since 1990 have been in government. We cannot grow our economy by growing the size and scope of our government…we can only do that through the expansion of the private sector, and the key to a good job is the same as when I was a boy…education. We need to grow our investment in our youth and then get government out of the way and let the initiative and creativity of American private enterprise develop the jobs.
Unfortunately, our government is operating in a crisis mode, refusing to make the hard decisions that we need for America to grow and prosper. We need to develop long-range, lasting solutions to our problems so both individuals and businesses can plan for the future with certainty and confidence.
I’ve spent forty years working in large business, small business and state government and I have the background and experience in finding ways out of the gridlock facing America today. I want to stop the waste of our tax dollars and return more decisions to the states and to the parents of our children. We need to stop arguing and start talking in Congress if we are going to find the middle ground and put America on a sound foundation once again.
I believe that my experience and commitment to open discussion will bring reasoned and practical solutions that will start moving our country forward. With your help and support, we can make a positive impact on Washington and relight the beacon of freedom and opportunity that is…and will ever be …the United States of America.