You'll find that I am pretty moderate, even conservative on a fiscal level (well, conservative by most standards; not conservative based on the demands of the child-throwing-a-tantrum tea party philosophy). I DO think we need to adjust Medicare, probably in a big way like raising the eligibility age (full disclosure: I think Paul Ryan's approach sucks). I do think we should fix other entitlements like SS and Medicaid in ways that make sense. I do think we need to cut military spending to the extent we can afford to do so. Anything that is 18% of the budget...needs to be touched. Period. You can't act as if it's off the table when it's nearly 1/5 of the problem. So we need a balanced approach..I WANT a balanced approach. I don't want the wingnuts in my party to win this battle. The difference is...the Republicans, it appears, DO want the wingnuts to effectively wag the dog.
Again, how can you possibly dispute that the Bush administration grew the government, and yet lowered taxes? If you are going to grow government, taxes cannot go down or budget problems will arise. They are related, as much as you guys do not want to admit it. Spending and spending alone does not exist in a vaccuum; the revenue side IS a factor and WAS adjusted just before we started having these deficit problems in the early years of President Bush. I am not in favor of massive tax increases on the middle class, particularly in this climate; we need to be careful. But revenues need to be on the table, every bit as much as everything else needs to be on the table. And to suggest otherwise is stubborn partisanship at its finest.