We need to make this simple fact known to people: Every time money changes hands (a transaction), the government gets some (revenue). The more transactions, the more revenue. How do you get more transactions? Lower the tax rate! Lower taxes means yes, the government takes less from each transaction, but will all the new transactions, they make more revenue than ever before. If you look at the revenues from the Bush era to now, they have not declined, but have actually improved slightly. The problem is the out of control spending. So, contrary to Obama's claim, you CAN avoid this fiscal cliff by cutting spending!!