We have a budget deficit, let's raise taxes! On the rich! (to the prev post I reply Duh!)
Before we raise taxes, let's cut spending... how about we start with Earmarks?
Earmarks! That is nothing, all the spending is in entitlements!
But cutting Earmarks is a start and they corrupt the process. But OK...Let's cut entitlements.
We can't cut entitlements! People would be mad.
But we can't afford to continue the current entitlements, they are breaking us.
But you/we are legislators, why don't we deal with entitlements?
Yes! We need to deal with entitlements, let's raise them, everyone needs health care!
But you just agreed we can't afford our current entitlements, why do you think we can add another?
Because people need things and it is the responsibility of a small portion of the citizenry to pay for the general welfare. Raise taxes on the Rich!
But even if we raise taxes and ignore its effect on the economy, we will still go broke if we don't deal with entitlements. Let's legislate something.
No! If we legislated something other politicians would say bad things about us and we would lose our jobs!
Who would say such things? This is really important, the country is going broke, we need to act.