Is there a "fairness" factory somewhere out in Middle America producing self-sustaining jobs? If not, President Barack Obama's obsession with ending Bush-era tax cuts makes no sense as either policy or politics.
To begin with, Obama -- and nearly all media coverage of the decade-old tax cuts -- continues to discuss the "cost" of tax cuts as if Washington had first dibs on your money. Is the president arguing that the base line of spending includes all wealth and that anything the Internal Revenue Service doesn't take is something we have to "pay" for? If not, then government spending is the only thing that really costs us. Sometimes the cost is worthwhile; mostly it isn't.
If we could just get that one point across to most people -- that the money is ours and government must make a case to take it instead of calling dibs on it -- it would go a long way to solving our. Tax cuts don't "cost" the government. Taxes cost us. It is a sad sign of how effective the brainwashing has been that the majority don't understand that simple truth.