DISCLAIMER: There is sarcasm, snark, and irritation in this post, though it is not directed at anyone reading this.
1) Even if the tax cuts are not extended, this does not amount to the Democrats raising taxes.
I'm so tired of hearing this idiotic point repeated over and over again ad naseum. If you make the argument that this tax cut being allowed to expire, as it was designed to by Republicans years ago, is somehow the Democrats fulfilling the "tax and spend liberal" prophecy, then you need to go sit at the kiddy table so the rest of us can have a serious adult conversation. It is ridiculous to claim that the Democrats would be responsible for a tax increase that was planned years ago by Republicans. I heard this argument propagated yet again today by Orren Hatch, and found myself hoping that the roof of the Capital Building would cave in, crushing him to death on national TV.
2) You can't have it both ways America. Either you're worried about the deficit so you can't support increased spending or you believe in Keynesian Economics.
The fact that the same people who are supposedly so concerned about the debt are now crying for the extension of this tax cut (even those who only want the Middle Class part extended -- who are undoubtedly Middle Class) is ridiculously hypocritical. You mean you're against spending that doesn't benefit you? Wow, I'm shocked.
3) Making the argument that tax cuts aren't stimulative because we've lost jobs while these cuts were enacted is stupid.
-3 + 1 results in -2, which is still a negative number. This does not mean that 1 is negative. I watched this argument made on the floor of the Congress on Cspan by a Democratic senator who should probably be unplugged from the feeding tube and breathing machine she's on.
4) Hey Republicans, remember that "listen to the American people" argument you made in relation to healthcare?
Well, the American people are against extension of tax cuts for those making over $250,000. Please adhere to your own rationale or stop spreading populist rhetoric.