OK, right wingers, blame Obama for this!
It's too bad that taxes for the highest earners aren't back at
pre-Reagan levels.Instead of having just relatively low deficits, we
might be able to actually balance the budget.When Reagan lowered
taxes for high earners, yearly budgets exploded, and Reagan TRIPLED the debt on
his watch.After Clinton raised taxes again for high earners, we had
budget surpluses.And then of course GW lowered taxes again for high
earners, and he more than DOUBLED the debt again; and we had GW's Great
Recession.We're still struggling with too little revenue
because Republicans insist on keeping taxes far too low for the highest earners,
even though spending cuts, including cuts to needed services, have greatly
reduced expenses.Interesting correlations, aren't they?
Does this not prove that Washington has a spending problem? When Congress can
decrease spending, deficits shrink. "Revenue has been boosted
by a stronger economy, which means more people working and paying taxes, thereby
reducing the deficit."Does this statement from the article not
validate the Republican economic theories? Have a low, but fair, business tax
to increase economic activity, which leads to more employment, which leads to
more revenue in the treasury. However, it is broadly recognized
that our current economy is actually moving along sluggishly. Imagine what
would happen to federal deficits if the economy was more in alignment with
historical norms. Raising taxes hurts the middle class, it hurts
entrepreneurs, it hurts small business, it hurts those seeking jobs, it hurts
the economy, it hurts the treasury. BTW, GaryO, Clinton benefited
from welfare reform (led by Republicans) decreasing spending, and a roaring
dot.com stock market that brought in higher than expected revenue in taxes. But
it all ended in the late 90's with the stock crash. History
proves Reagan and Republicans are right.
David -"History proves Reagan and Republicans are right." WRONGHistory proves that Reagan may have been the worst
President of the 20th century.We've been following his trickle
down economics strategy for 30 years (except during the Clinton years), and what
has it gotten us?It's time to cut Reagan's toxic policies
right out of the works. We should just hit the undo button on that one, and put
this nation back on a sensible course with sensible taxes and reasonable
revenue.Being an apologist for past Republican fiscal and monetary
policy must be exhaustively frustrating.
Thanks a lot, Obama. This is all your fault!
"History proves Reagan and the Republicans were right." We
never used to run these types of deficits until Reagan took office, and I
remember how exorbitant, debated, and costly those deficits were, but he felt
government spending was needed to stimulate economic activity. Also, Reagan
raised taxes several times. He did a lot of great things, mostly by bringing
confidence and a positive attitude back to your country, but make no mistake,
runaway government spending started under Reagan and has continued ever since.
That is one of his lasting legacies for sure. We have small upticks
in the economy and that is cause for celebration, but the pressures downward are
much greater. Our economy is based on consumerism which is a mainstay of
capitalism, but our main consumers (those who spend money) have been seeing
their real incomes remain flat or lower since 1974. Our economic malaise is due
to this fact. As long as income inequality of this magnitude remains a constant
force, our economy will continue to get worse and worse over the long run. If
people don't have money to spend, jobs are lost, tax revenue declines, etc,
Kings Court -"Reagan . . . did a lot of great things, mostly by
bringing confidence and a positive attitude back to your country . . ."Not really, Reagan just happened to be in office when those things
happened.Renewed confidence and a positive attitude came about
because of the economic rebound, and the economic rebound was directly due to
the fact that the price of world oil plummeted to less than 1/3 the price it had
been during the Carter administration.NOTHING stimulates the economy
like cheap energy. Back then oil was the king of kings in energy sources. Coal,
natural gas, and other sources were not nearly as available back then, so when
oil spiked to an all-time high price during the Carter administration, the
economy skidded to a stop. When the price of oil plummeted to such an extent
during Reagan's administration, the economy rebounded. Reagan just went
along for the ride.By exchanging favors and promising to sign pork
barrel bills, Reagan did convince members of Congress to finance his great big,
hugely expensive, and ultimately worthless Star Wars play set though.Reagan was an absolutely horrible president.
Some suggest raising taxes on the wealthy.They are already paying far more
than you and I.But at the core of it all is the philosophy that THEIR
money belongs to US in the first place. How do we get to that non sequitur?Now, if you want to talk about corporations escaping taxes, I'm with
you.But you lose me when you start talking about government capping
compensation and raising taxes on those who are millionaires.
It helps having a GOP house to keep some control on BO’s profligate
spending.GaryO,The last time the budget actually ran a
surplus, the last time gross federal debt decreased was in 1969. Slick
willey’s supposed surplus? Nope, the treasury was still borrowing form the
SS trust fund, but there was enough surplus in SS receipts to more than covere
the treasury’s deficit. Remember, slick had a GOP house then and he
wanted to spend more than they did – he shut the government down twice
because they would not spend as much as he wanted.Thank you, though
for no longer saying we are giving to the wealthy – recognize we are still
TAKING more from them than from anyone else.Being an apologist for
dem fiscal and monetary policy must be exhaustively frustrating.Worst president of the 20th century? Hands down it was carter.
Harding, Coolidge and Nixon were all 20th century presidents who underperformed.
Hoover had some great moments, but they all happened either before or after he
was president. And yes, he took unfair blame for the Great Depression.
Carter's deficits were small and he had a habit seldom seen in Washington -
NOT lying. He was also our most devout president, and was hated for it. Now
he's a punching bag for those who've remade Reagan in their own image.
Obama has proposed spending that would have added over $1Trillion to the
deficit(the main two are the $447B jobs bill in 2011; $302B Transportation bill
this year ). I wonder what the deficit would look like had these bills been
passed. I guess it is a good thing that congress quit letting the credit card
run wild after 2010. What could have changed? Congress denied the spending
that Obama wanted. If it had been up to him, the deficit would still be above
$1Trillion per year. Where are all the people complaining that
Congress wont say YES to Obama?
Eight trillion dollars added to the debt in just six years.Hmm?
That's about $200,000 for every second in a year.Sorry folks,
but this is not good leadership.No president from the past can be an
excuse for this.