Originally Posted by Jackmannii
I'm all for raising taxes as part of an overall budget plan to lower the deficit (any realistic plan relies on a general tax hike along with lowered spending). If you don't like the term "yammering" in reference to the idea that raising taxes solely on the very wealthy will have any meaningful budget impact, we can substitute "pretending".
Well, even if both sides could agree to raise taxes (an idea the republicans are almost always dead-set against, no matter what), the base problem is that the two sides are way waaaaay far apart on what is acceptable to cut.
Republicans will cut medicaid, welfare, money for schools, and government agencies like the EPA.
Democrats will not cut those things, if they can avoid it, but will cut the military budget. Which the republicans will fight against.
In addition, the democrats also would like to close tax loopholes and benefits for big businesses, so that companies like Boeing and GE could maybe pay a bit of Federal taxes, instead of paying $0 dollars like they have for years. IF they are people, how come they don't pay taxes like people?