The tax deal struck between President Obama and Congressional Republicans is being subjected to the usual dissection in terms of who won--Democrats and the President v. Republicans; rich v. middle-class and the poor. It's a deal after all, so there's stuff for everyone.
The big loser of course--and once again--is the future taxpayer. The deal consists entirely of lost tax revenues and additional government spending. Not that some of these measures aren't arguably necessary for the economy right now, especially the extension of unemployment benefits. And I personally will appreciate the almost one-third reduction in my social security taxes next year.
But we've just added yet again to our collective credit card balance, to the tune of (based on a couple estimates) over $800 billion. To channel Everett Dirksen, there was a time when that was thought to be real money. The problem is, it still is real money.
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