Sure, I agree. A middle class tax cut would stir things up. Instead, working people just got a 2% increase in their tax burden. The USG created trillions and kept the beneficiaries to a few thousand people. Instead, they could have sent every tax-payer (who actually paid) a $10K 6 month Visa card (non-cash withdrawal) that expired in 6 months. But heaven forbid we give anything to workers. Bankers are the only people that matter.
The top brackets have been at historic lows for a decade - how well did that work out? Yet the crown jewel of Romney's proposals was to eliminate his 15% capital gains tax. With $300M in the bank, I doubt that this self-serving cut would have generated any kind of recovery.
...and before you say it - I did NOT vote for Obama (in 2012) and he has not done a good job of stewarding the nation through these difficult times. OTOH, I'm not sure that anything can solve the issues of automation and globalization of labor. So in a way, Obama's focus on welfare may be very appropriate since jobs are fewer and pay less and less. Me, I'm self-employed and I'm not affected. But I see how my tenants struggle and it makes me blue. I'm probably the only landlord in America who gives out rent cuts instead of rent increases - that's how sad I am.