It's one of those "Let's slash bone and call it fat" maneuvers. I don't know to what extent, but let's say a certain party is acting Eric Cartman like, and bullying, whining, crying, and acting like ill behaved children until they get what they want. And what they want is steep cuts so the big fat companies don't have to pay squat for anything. I wouldn't mind tax cuts for big fat corporations if they ONLY used it to invest in technologies and new business, and hired some people. They don't. The didn't 2001-2008, they're not going to now. I've seen it happen all too well, the previous guys slashing budgets irresponsibly, killing rainy day funds... then a rainy day happens, and the current people have to make big, steep cuts that kill jobs, give us lousy schools, and keep us generally unsafe (I do not know how many fire houses had to close... and that's when everything was supposedly "good"). We were put in awkward areas where we had to either make bad deep bone cuts or raise taxes, and everyone's oh so afraid of that. We have this "Government shouldn't keep me safe from big business, and I don't want to pay for nothing" poser Libertarianism now and trust me, we're ALL going to regret it, even those who think they subscribe to that logic. Again, this ALL stems from the last guy giving hugely generous tax cuts to people who didn't deserve it AND fighting 2 wars at the same time. Either one ALONE wouldn't have hurt us, but the money had to come from somewhere. We went from a surplus to a deficit in one term, and NOW is the time to complain about spending?