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Tax protest day was an event last month where thousands of people across the country gathered in hundreds of locations to protest high taxes, government spending and the government bailout or rescue plans for banks and America’s auto industry. Here in Utah, dozens gathered to hear people like Attorney General Mark Shurtleff shout their defiance of the tax system.

Shurtleff has spent most of his professional life collecting a paycheck that is made possible because of taxpayers. He is a professional politician. He is looking to extend his professional political career by challenging U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett in a Republican primary.

Each year, the U.S. government loses more than $100 billion to “tax-dodging corporations.” These corporations stuff money into offshore accounts so they don’t have to pay taxes.

According to PIRG Education Fund, which has a breakdown of all 50 states, this corporate shell game shifted $628,813,434 to Utah taxpayers. Now why wasn’t Mark Shurtleff shouting about that? The people of Utah could use that money.

I would ask Attorney General Shurtleff to consider two things before he challenges Bennett: First, he should work with Bennett in trying to end the abuse and use of offshore tax havens. Second, he should resign his post as Utah Attorney General; this will insure the state’s top legal office stays focused while he sets off to further his professional political career.

Bennion Spencer
2008 Democratic candidate for Congress

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