“We cannot simply cut our way to prosperity”
Maybe not, but we can simply spend our way into economic oblivion, and we must simply cut our way out of the giant black hole of debt that our current runaway spending is putting us in.
“Prosperity requires investment”
Non-profit organizations don’t make investments. They rely upon the generous contributions and endowments of supporters. Government is not a for-profit enterprise, so terms like “investment” are really inappropriate and deceptive. Now, I admit that the federal government can do good things such as infrastructure projects like the interstate highway system–which liberal decry because, God forbid, some family might use gas and drive on the highway. The government can also secure our borders (again, opposed by the President’s party). What government cannot do is seize the income and property of some of its citizens to redistribute to other people–sometimes not even citizens–who then spend the money on consumables, and then try and convince me that it just made an “investment”.
Governments don’t create wealth or prosperity, and what the federal government is spending money on is almost never an investment anyway. Nevertheless, I agree that prosperity requires investment. What government can do, and what it ought to do, is make it as safe and easy to invest as is possible. Get out of the way of businesses hiring people, creating products, and earning income for owners, employees, and investors alike. The President’s party is opposed to this as well.
“It is important that everyone pays their fair share as we work our way out of our current financial problems”
I agree. Since nearly half of Americans do not pay income taxes at all–these taxes are disproportionately paid by the middle class and upper-middle class–we need fundamental tax reform. The President’s party will say that the working poor pay payroll taxes, and while it is true that legal workers do that, so does everyone in the middle class along with almost everyone in upper middle class. What’s more, that “tax” is supposed to be paying for the worker’s own retirement. Since wealthier workers will never get back their full contributions to Social Security, and poor workers very often get more than they paid in; this is just another example of the wealthy paying more for something than the poor do, and another example of the President’s party being quite deceptive about the situation.
“Right now, the government needs to focus on creating jobs rather than cutting spending”
No it doesn’t. Jobs are a by-product of prosperity. They are a natural outflow of a healthy economy . The government’s most important role in creating a healthy and prosperous nation is to facilitate an open and honest marketplace with reasonable and straightforward rules that are not constantly shifting. Businesses need to be able to plan. Let’s focus on being a nation worthy to prosper, and let’s choose a government that performs its role reliably and consistently, but let us not look to the government to make investments, or to create jobs, or to take on any other task which it is notoriously bad at…or worse, corrupt when doing it.