OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Kos, I very much enjoyed reading your post "Riding a populist wave toward 2014" as I've been feeling some unusual creeping optimism about the upcoming midterm myself.

However, I couldn't help notice you left out perhaps the biggest issue that might help our side out in 2014, that the American people are with us on: taxes and spending!
Tax and spend has been used as a dirty word forever, but I think making "cut and gut" even more toxic is the way forward with 2014's older and whiter midterm electorate.

More than half of the house Republican caucus wouldn't vote for tax increases for millionaire's, and now "more than half" apparently would rather see a global financial meltdown than allow spending to go uncut.  Is this how the American people would prefer we balance the budget? Absolutely NOT.  In the underappreciated Slate/YouGov poll, 84% would raise taxes as the least painful way to reduce the deficit, while only 34 and 27% would reduce Medicare benefits.

Since most Republican candidates can't resist talking about the deficit as if they care, my proposed question for all of them in 2014 is: "Do you think raising taxes or cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits is more important for balancing the budget?"  If they pick raising taxes, ask them how they voted on the fiscal cliff deal (and the same insane people who voted against that will likely vote to blow up the economy to make Obama cut spending).  If their votes prove them a liar, make them pay for it.  If they pick cutting Medicare and Social Security, congratulations you've just made them into the Todd Akin of the 2014 election!  Who can imagine what crazy quotes might ensue in order to justify gutting these popular programs?

We only need 14 House and 5 Senate Akins (or should we call them Tommy Thompson's?) to kick some serious legislative butt in 2015.  So add it to the pile, Kos, and in addition to asking every candidate about abortion, ask them about taxes and spending!

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.