The Great Debate UK
By Kathleen Brooks
The U.S. has practically zero chance of solving its debt problem in the foreseeable future while politicians line up to contest the 2012 Presidential elections.
We have already heard President Obama lay out his partisan cards. He called for Congress to come up with a plan to trim $4 trillion from the U.S. deficit in the next 12 years. His favoured way to do this: end tax cuts for the rich – a well versed refrain from Democrats throughout the ages.
Ironically it was Obama who extended these tax cuts – for everyone – at the end of 2010, which arguably has contributed to the U.S. becoming the only G10 nation to have a rising budget deficit this year, according to the IMF.
The tax question obviously goaded the Republicans and the Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner immediately responded by saying that tax hikes were a non-starter. He argued that the U.S.’s fiscal problems were not down to a lack of revenue, but due to unbridled spending coming out of Washington. So there we have it: deadlock before we have even got started.