There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I know this is hard for you to understand but if you would apply your own personal financial decisions to that of the Federal Govt. you would get it. When your revenue goes down(tax increases cutting take home pay) you spend less unless you are the Federal Govt. where as you blame lack of revenue for the problem. We don't have a revenue problem we have a spending problem.
BEA links GDP and Receipts/Expense
U.S. Department of Commerce. Bureau of Economic Analysis
As others have noted, the fix from the revenue side will only come when we get mroe people back to work in private sector jobs. It'll never happen otherwise. This current "deal", while it is now getting its pork attachments, goes much further to that end than the original Stimulus. It certainly will be far better received by the job creators than teh first Stumus fiasco.