this may sound stupid. but why don't politicians lower taxes? it would keep the people happy. it's not like they are trying to balance a budget. they keep giving away money the nation doesn't have and charging it onto the national debt. so if a tax decrease results in let's say a shortage of 50 billion, what is the difference in getting that tax revenue versus not having it. the same result is coming which is giving away billions we don't have. how much money is going to be allocated to texas? on top of bailouts, etc. so I as you... if you are a politician why not just lower taxes?