Mitch McConnell is not telling the truth when he says of our fiscal issues, “We don’t have this problem because we tax too little. We have it because we spend too much.”
That isn't even close to true.
Our nation faces unprecedented challenges on many fronts.
The necessary and responsible answers to these challenges are expensive commensurate with the scope of the problems we face.
Where we have not faced facts is on the revenue side of the equation. By every measure, our revenues reflect a refusal to acknowledge the challenges we face.
This graphic from Ten Charts that Prove the United States Is a Low-Tax Country by Michael Linden, Seth Hanlon and Jordan Eizenga, writing for the Center for American Progress, makes this point powerfully.
The United States is simply not in a low-cost era. Our problems are not small. Addressing our problems has not been and will not be cheap. It is our revenues that do not reflect this truth.
Only a fool, and apparently Mitch McConnell, would think that we can fix our problems by refusing to pay for the solutions.
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