Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?

Depending on your opinion, what programs would you be prepared to cut, or what percentage of your income would you be prepared to give in taxes, to fix the problem?

As "fiscal cliff" negotiations heat up, congress can’t agree on whether Washington has a spending problem or a revenue problem. Nor can the American people or, in many instances, even economist

In an article on Marketplace.org, headed up “Washington has a spending problem not a revenue problem,” the argument is made that you can’t keep spending and just raising taxes to meet the outflow of money. The best way to fix the country’s deficit problem is to gut spending.

In a story in the Daily Kos, Joan McCarter looks at it from the other side in an article titled, “We have a revenue problem, not a spending problem.”

In the story, McCarter shows the loss in revenue as a result of the Bush tax cuts and the economic downturn in the economy between 2001 and 2011.

Our question is, if you believe that it is a spending problem and not a revenue problem, what programs would you be prepared to cut to fix the problem? On the other hand, if you believe it is a revenue problem and not a spending problem, what percentage of your income do you think it is fair for the government to take in taxes to fix the problem?

Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 08:49 PM
You know full well what that "at the point of a gun" phrase in reference to taxes is meant to imply - fear. You break any law - local, state, federal, and you obstruct justice, refuse to comply, yes, you may be facing a gun. The IRS is not going to come knocking at your door with a gun to do a tax audit. Lots of people have evaded taxes and still haven't seen a govt. gun in their face.
Karsten Torch January 08, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Of course they will. And those that have evaded taxes haven't seen a gun for one of three reasons - haven't been caught, went along quietly, or complied and paid what was owed. Any other options, the guns come out. But that's not really the point. My point was that the threat of force is what ensures compliance. There's plenty of laws that I follow because I want to. Plenty I follow because I don't feel it's important enough to me to face the consequences if I don't. And others I choose not to follow, and I'll accept the consequences should I get caught. Just like everybody else.
Good Grief Y'all January 08, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Really, the IRS auditors carry? As a part of their job? You're something else, Karsten. The rest of what you said,? . . . you're belatedly agreeing with me. You and Racer remind me of a couple of little boys walking around in their daddy's shoes. You should rethink that breaking the law stuff. You might come to regret that. If you break laws (dishonest), you probably lie (dishonest), too, so it's a wasted effort to take you seriously. Not like everybody else. That's delusional. That's a sad and risky way to make yourself feel better about something you must know is wrong.
Karsten Torch January 08, 2013 at 10:22 PM
IRS does carry. Not auditors, granted, but if you don't cooperate with auditors, who do you think shows up next? Please, think before you post. So, you never speed? At all, not one little bit? Maybe especially on roads that you think the speed limit is a bit too low for? If you find $20 in front of a supermarket, you report that to the IRS? There's lots of little examples every day. But, if you don't, you don't. Good for you. I guess you are a good citizen. Oh, and illegal isn't the same thing as wrong. Wrong has to do with morals. I follow my morals every day. Even on things that aren't illegal that I still know are wrong. I don't always stop and ask myself "Would Uncle Sam want me to do this?" I stop and ask if God would want me to do something, and try to act accordingly. THAT is my center. Not government.
Good Grief Y'all January 09, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Yes, I think before I post. And, again, you're just belatedly agreeing with me on the gunpoint-tax issue. No, I don't speed. Learned that lesson a few expensive times a couple of decades ago. Speeding doesn't get you there any faster, in most cases. Have you ever noticed, driving along and somebody flies past you. You stay steady on the speed limit, and then you pull up right behind or beside the driver in a hurry at the next traffic light? And speeding is dangerous, especially in the digital age adding more distractions. Haha. This driving talk reminds me of that old, old song, "Keep your mind on your driving, keep your hands on the wheel, and keep your snoopy eyes on the road ahead . . . " I haven't been lucky enough to find money, but I believe I would probably donate it to the church or a charity if there was no evidence of its owner in the vicinity. I'm not perfect by any means, but if it's not mine I can't enjoy it. Report $20 to the IRS? It's a wash if you just donate it. I don't cheat on taxes. If you're constantly asking yourself if something is wrong and whether to do it, maybe you're conflicted. You're the one who said you choose which laws to break - your confession, not my accusation. God probably wants you to obey the laws. You're nothing if not persistent.


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