What is more important: lower taxes or better USA?

Tax cuts seem to be a goal in themselves, in Republican eyes. Yet, the growing inequality between rich and poor has major downsides: - slow economy - increased social instability - increasing number of people on welfare. Shouldn't fixing the economy and making the US ready for another growth spurt be... show more Tax cuts seem to be a goal in themselves, in Republican eyes.

Yet, the growing inequality between rich and poor has major downsides:
- slow economy
- increased social instability
- increasing number of people on welfare.

Shouldn't fixing the economy and making the US ready for another growth spurt be #1 for both Democrats and Republicans.

One would expect "fiscally responsible" Republicans to push policies that would put people back to work, such as increasing tax rates on the top 2% or 5%, and spending it on teachers, roads, schools, electrical grid, renewable energy research, pollution abatement, bridges, environmental agencies, and so on.

Instead, the emphasis on cutting taxes (and balancing the budget) cripples the economy and throws millions onto foodstamps. We could call this Congress "The Food Stamp Congress."
14 answers 14