I’m tired of hearing the Democrats and my hate-mailers stupidly try to pin our historic deficit spending on the “evil, immoral” Bush tax cuts, so let’s just put this narrative down for good, shall we?
NY TIMES, JULY 9, 2006: Surprising Jump in Tax Revenues Is Curbing Deficit
An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.
On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year’s levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.
Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year.
The main reason is a big spike in corporate tax receipts, which have nearly tripled since 2003, as well as what appears to be a big increase in individual taxes on stock market profits and executive bonuses.
Italics mine. Read it all. It’s really not a difficult concept, but our credentialed gentry can’t seem to get it: when businesses are not overtaxed, they hire people and reinvest in their business. When people have jobs, they make money. When they make money they can pay taxes!
Angela Merkel seems to have figured it out; she outright rejected the Obama Way, and did the unthinkable–she cut some spending and lowered taxes–and German Unemployment Dips to 18-Year Low in October