2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
For the Wars, I'm using a cost of $3 trillion divided over the period of 2003-2012... or $300 Billion a year that's $1.2 Trillion for 4 years..
For stimulus I'm using:
February 2009: Obama stimulus $787 billion in broad stimulus package
February 2009: Obama stimulus $75 billion for distressed homeowners
February 2009: Obama stimulus $200 billion for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
March 2009: Obama stimulus $30 billion for AIG
March 2009: Obama Stimulus $15 billion for small business lending
March 2009: Obama Stimulus $22 billion for Big 3 Automakers Chrysler and GM
Which adds up to $1.099T...
1.099T+ 1.2T- 24B = $2.275 Trillion... My point is still valid...
Now as for your "Its a very simple choice the GOP has now. They can join the Democrats in extending the tax cuts for the middle class and argue about the tax cuts for the wealthy later. Or they can once again hold the middle class tax cuts hostage to the tax cuts for the wealthy."
So let's assume we cut the taxes just for the middle class, what do we cut from the budget to make up for that tax cut we gave to the middle class?
Here are some examples that don't have near our growth. They are our major trading partners and the Eurozone alone is responsible for 60% of out exports of finished goods.