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While I am quite enjoying seeing my president negotiate from a position of strength, there is a part of the fiscal puzzle I don't understand.  Personally, I believe that increased governmental spending on aging infracture is overdue and vital to our long-term economic health.  Given this point of view, I would prefer to see all of the Bush Tax cuts expire, including those for income brackets below $250 K.   Things seemed fine in the 90s from my point of view.  However, the increase in taxes on middle class families is widely predicted to cause a recession.  Here's what I don't get.  While I would enjoy keeping $2000 more of my salary to spend on things I like, it's not like the government wouldn't spend it after collecting it.  So why is my own consumer spending more "stimulative" than government spending?  Thanks in advance for an explanation I understand.

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