Quote from tewdles
We, as a country MUST spend money.
The difference of opinion is HOW we spend it.
And, how we keep the cash flowing INTO the government so that the essential programs are funded.
Many (most per vote) believe that the rich should return to previous tax responsibilities and tax cuts should be extended to the middle class.
We have a right to expect that our POTUS and Congress will take care of that bit of business, as well as a list of other important cans that they have been kicking down the proverbial road for some time now.
I'm sorry that you are so "depressed" CrufflerJJ.
Not so much depressed as pessimistic/sarcastic.
Yes, my country should spend money. My country should spend no more money than we bring in from investments/taxes. If you overspent as an individual, you'd be bankrupted, your possessions seized & sold to pay off your debts, and you'd likely be thrown out of your home. Why should our government see its fiscal responsibilities any differently?
Unfortunately, TRUE fiscal responsibility is not Politically Correct, nor is it rewarding on an individual basis to our elected officials. Their primary job is to get re-elected, rather than address our nation's problems.
Even if we were to establish a 100% tax on those earning $1 Million/yr and up (by this, I mean take every single dollar they earn, leaving them penniless), it would not match our nation's penchant for spending beyond its means.
See: Fox Wins Straw-Man Argument Against Taxing Millionaires At 100 Percent | Research | Media Matters for America
If I, as a nurse, tended to spend my annual income in the first 3-4-5 months of the year, wouldn't that suggest that I have a spending problem?
My government seems to believe that it doesn't have a spending problem, instead, we merely have an income problem.
As to "We have a right to expect that our POTUS and Congress will take care of that bit of business...
", maybe in a perfect world. Having seen political reality, however, I have almost no hope (there I go again, Mr. Cheerful!) that my government officials will do what is right for the nation.