I keep hearing President Obama say the wealthiest Americans need to pay more and the middle class needs to feel relief. Then I hear that people who make between $30,000 and $100,000 per year are going to have their taxes go up this year. The wealthiest Americans now starts at $30,000 per year?
I also keep hearing about all the pork that is being shoved into this plan to reduce the deficit. Not balance the budget, but just reduce the deficit. A deficit should never be allowed. There should be law in place that if there is not a balanced budget then every program shuts down until there is one. That is how it is for American families. You can only spend yourself in the hole so long before they come and shut your family down.
It seems that everyone and their brother is coming and sticking junk that has nothing to do with balancing the budget into this law. Things to further their political career with their constituents and not balance the budget. It sounds like bribery to me. Both the one who paid the bribe and the one that took the bribe should both go to jail. Isn't bribing a US Senator or Representative a crime just like bribing a judge or police officer?
A bill submitted to congress, in my opinion, needs to stay on topic and be protected from scope creep. When a bill is submitted on a topic, then material not directly pertaining to that topic need to disallowed from being included in that bill.
Bills and the resulting laws passed from them, should be short and to the point. They should also be readable by the average American. Not the upper or lower level American, but the average American.