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It was changed to "pay some" because of huge bills incoming from military industrialist suppliers for Iraq and Afghanistan, two simultaneous wars.
I laugh and laugh at how the neocons were so certain the absolute answer to US debt was simply cut cut cut and slash slash slash. Every American household sooner or later experiences unexpected disasters or emergencies that put an end to cut cut cut....and then, the situation mandates spend spend spend.
Right now, the US has one of the biggest disaster expenditures in just the last decade from numerous raging wildfire to massive tornadoes and disastrous hurricane damages. What do the conservatives want Americans to do really? Just pay taxes, receive zip for the taxes they pay, drive over broken and damaged roads and bridges, levees and dams that need serious repair before they cause more disaster and generally put defense, education and infrastructure on a permanent back burner? With a burgeoning population of 230+ million? This is rigid and linear thinking. You don't cut a budget by cutting jobs and making 1% grow wealth while the 99% live in abject poverty and hardship. Who lives at a poverty line when you are employed in a country like the US? Who leaves college with a masters of PhD and the burden of college loans and then is unemployable?
It is time to hold corporations feet to the fire. Their CEOs do not deserve nor do they need to earn hundreds of millions a year. Not when they are stiffing their own employees, living off tax subsidies the rest of Americans pay for and then jack prices on their goods and services every 90 days for no reason other than greed.
The answer is simple. But one conservatives will necessarily rail against...No corporation in the US should be allowed to take one dime of tax subsidies if they refuse to create jobs or hire Americans first. It's their call. If they want the subsidies, they have to honor their country with the reciprocity they incur when they take tax dollars. If they don't want to do that, they are on their own...no tax assistance from individual taxpayers.