One point about Julie's column I don't like is her citing the expiration of the "payroll tax holiday" as as a tax increase. The "holiday" was something that Obama pushed, and Congress went along with. I believe it was stupid from the start. Yes, SS is a Ponzi scheme, but Americans have bought into it. Since Social Security is already bankrupt, it was stupid to stop charging for it in the first place. The best solution is vast reform.
To call reinstating a temporary relief from a tax, a increase, is tantamount to claiming that just because a grocery store offered a one-week 2-for-1 special on a product, when the special expired they had doubled the price of that product.