We need more Bernies
The facts are: that the "deficit crisis" is mostly an artifact of tax cuts, the tail end of an ongoing policy which has driven taxes on the wealthy and corporations to levels far lower than at any time in the last sixty years; that federal revenue as a percentage of GNP is at the lowest level since 1950 and our corporate taxes are the lowest in the developed world; that the country enjoyed faster economic growth, far lower unemployment, and less inequality in earlier decades when taxes on the wealthy and corporations were higher; that Republican insistence that tax increases would harm the economy have proven wrong in the past; that simply letting the Bush tax cuts expire (so taxes returned to the still-low levels of the pre-Bush years) would fix the deficit; and that Republican threats to trigger a default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling are not only irresponsible but unprecedented in American history.
Austerity-mania in Europe has already driven several countries into a death-spiral of shrinking demand and rising unemployment, leading to mass protest, violence, and rising emigration by young people who see no future in their own nations. Americans over- whelmingly want our deficit fixed by raising taxes on the wealthy, not by spending cuts; and in any case they want the government to focus on job creation, not the deficit.
Listen to Sanders and to those Democrats in Congress who are standing up to the Republicans. Tell the timorous to stiffen their resolve. Restoring taxes to historically-normal levels is the right thing to do, both for the economy and politically. If leaders won't lead, we need to get behind them and push.