Originally Posted by Yosemite
Considering the financial mess the US in in right now, it can only be a good thing when the Bush tax cuts expire so the country can get some money in their coffers to pay down some of the debt.
Yup, yup, yup. The Bush administration racked up UNPRECEDENTED deficits in eight years --- doubling the national debt! Yes, doubling. Much of it going to underwrite the war in Iraq (and lining the pockets of the leaders over there.) Whether McCain or Obama had won - neither one would have been able to avoid raising taxes. Honestly, the US cannot afford tax cuts. That's a pie-in-the-sky mindset. We will be paying for generations to come for the mistakes and misteps of W and his henchmen.
Intrinsically, taxes are not a bad thing if the revenue is not mismanaged. I don't mind paying taxes. Taxes work for the common good, for things like police, fire, schools, infrastructure ... So in and of itself, tax is not a dirty word. Again, it's how it's used and how the revenue generated from taxes are used.
And what -- funding social programs is a bad thing? Yeah, bad until you need it.
I am also hoping that these guys may... just may have the guts to do something about healthcare costs. I know my premiums are *killing* me.
I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I'm an independent thinker who is a clear-eyed, clear-headed pragmatist. I seriously considered voting for John McCain, who has a reputation for being more of a centrist and a thoughtful, decent guy, but he obviously sold his soul to certain elements of his party. Some presidents move toward the center/conciliation when they take office - check your history books. I think that could have happened, but McCain would have been so indebted to one faction in his own party, that I don't think he would have been able to govern as he would have wanted.
And just wait. The honeymoon for Obama and the Dems will be VERY short-lived. B.O. will find out even with party control of the Congress, just how difficult it will be to get ANY of his agenda accomplished.
Entropy - thy name is Washington D.C.