My father Vincent faced a real problem with four children growing up in Elgin, Illinois. He wanted us to go to Catholic schools. The free public schools was not an option with my father. So we had a family meeting, it seems we did that a lot in our family.
It was decided that our family vacation to Wisconsin was not needed and that money would go to pay tuition. When college( big expense) was brought up years later, cuts were not needed but income and cuts were needed, so Dad took a second job, working at the race tracks at night as a cashier, three night a week to pay for college for his kids. VERY SIMPLE cuts were not enough to help.
Any one who thinks this idea of cutting tax loopholes ( tax cuts given at a certain time for a certain reason) is really a Tax increase is just spinning words. Here is what the American people think is a tax increase raising the tax rate on people or corporations.
We were always in debt, car payments, mortgage, school loans, so debt was needed to survive, so this idea of a balanced budget every year is just stupid because American families don't have balanced budgets every year.
Balanced budgets are talked about every year by the party who is not in office and so one year it's a Republican idea next term it's a Democrat idea.
This idea of having this crises in the next six months right before an election really who is playing politics is not hard to answer it's the Republicans