Quoting SpaceCowgirl:" Perhaps if we were willing to tax the poor, our budget deficit would be greatly reduced. However, nobody ... [snip!] ... that our politicians care more about getting re-elected than they do about actually solving the problems that they created."
great conversation, btw.
for me - when we all start speculating about precisely what needs to happen to stimulate the economy, i feel like there's so much of the system that's unaccounted for.
it reminds me of talking about consciousness in the brain.
we can focus on certain things: revenue, jobs, taxes... and formulate a model w/ these variables that gives us a supposed plus sign somewhere in the future, right?
but we're always missing a variable or two or just chaos itself (an earthquake in DC, the zombie apocolypse, you know...)
still, i read this entire thread, b/c it's full of decent lucid thoughts on a highly complex issue i doubt any of us fully understand in its entirety.