I don't get the Republican intransigence against raising the tax rate for the top 2 percent. Especially when studies show that tax increases won't hurt the economy, especially in comparison to drastic budget cuts, which would send us back into a recession.
When President George W. Bush decided to spend the budget surplus he inherited from President Bill Clinton on lower taxes, he argued that it would fuel economic growth. We ended up instead with huge deficits.
It's one thing to cut tax rates when you have a surplus; it's quite another to argue against restoring the rates only on the wealthiest 2 percent when you have a deficit.