One person who deserves blame for this is Karl Rove. He was the one who, in 2001, thought it preferable to let the Bush tax cuts have an expiration date. In his figuring, that would allow Republicans to bash Democrats for not voting to extend the lower tax rates. How did that work out? If the tax cuts had been permanent (even with a lower tax cut to fit within the dollar figures), then the next Dem President wouldn’t have the leverage that Obama had.
The Bush tax cuts had sunset provisions that made them expire at the end of 2010, since otherwise they would fall under the Byrd Rule.
Where are the cuts? Republicans have done a incredible job fighting for taxes. BFD! We are broke. The GOP don’t care about debt. And the Dems are a given.