Some say there’s no difference between the two major parties, but despite the fact that corporate and banking interests wield extraordinary power in Congress on both sides of the aisle, important differences exist nonetheless.

Replacing the current leadership in Congress with naysayers and extremists would be an unproductive response to the nation’s ills. Tea Partiers, for example, are swept up in a frenzy that allies them with cheerleaders whose main thrust is to assume power without actually addressing the needs of ordinary people. Talk of lower taxes, small government and patriotism are simply ploys to float standard conservative policies under a new banner. Current levels of spending have been attempts to dig the country out of the hole left by tax cuts, unfunded entitlements, war and poorly regulated financial markets, not profligate programs that squander the country’s assets as right-wing politicians assert. Curiously, Republicans insist that keeping all the Bush tax cuts in place is sound fiscal policy that would heal the economy and create jobs. But after ten years, with an economy in ruins and millions of jobs lost, where’s proof of the Bush fiscal pudding? When it comes to the great tax wars, however, precious little logic informs the debate.