The New York Times Saturday 14 April Editorial “More Help for the Wealthy” opens complaining that the Republicans are trying to “starve the government of needed revenue.”
In its first 6 years The George W Bush administration had a monthly average deficit of $20 billion, unprecedented at the time (the last two years, assisted by Democrat House of Reps, who know a thing or two about deficits, even that monthly average was raised to $35 billion.) In its first 42 months the Obama administration's average monthly deficit has been $120 billion. If ever a government needed a little reduction in revenue, this is it.
Next you claim “the economic reality is that employers, big and small, are hesitant to hire because of slow or uncertain demand for their products and services, not because of their tax burden.” Do the arithmetic. Regardless of the certainty of demand for their products and services, if you cut employers' taxes, they have more money to hire new employees.
You close referring to proposed Senate Democrat's calling for a vote on the Buffett Rule, that “would require the wealthiest taxpayers to pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes and, in the process, raise some $47 billion over 10 years.” We're running a $120 billion average monthly federal deficit, and you use valuable New York Times editorial space plumping a Senate proposal that might raise $4.7 billion a year for 10 years?
I've lived in Detroit, St Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh PA, Marblehead MA. Worked as tech rep in Southern CA, Bay area, NYC, I've been to Europe a dozen times (Ireland, UK, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium.
Favorite restaurants are Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago, Roma Cafe in Detroit, Frankie and Johnie's in NYC, Rigazzi's on the hill in St. Louis (Also Charlie Gitto's, was Angelo's when I went there.)
For about a year I had small offices in Clayton MO, in the Country Club Plaza in KC. I rode a ten-speed bike around Lake Michigan (The bottom half in one week in June 1978, another week for the top half in 1980, used the Badger both times.
Don't get to travel much anymore, but still try to rent a car and go around the Lake in March every year. Sure, there's still snow, and it's not warm, OTOH there are no bugs and no toursts. Greatest little tavern in the world is Sherry's Port Bar in Garden UP MI