I'm beginning to believe that some progressives may not be being completely honest with us. From where, sit it's looking as if they like the national debt. There is no sense of urgency to pay it down. Rather than use taxes to pay down the debt, I'm thinking that they want to use the debt as a tool to go after the rich. THEY NEED THE DEBT. Some may want the U.S. to collapse so that it can be rebuilt in a way where all economic outcomes are equal regardless of effort, education or contribution. Government will decide what is "fair" and how much you will be permitted to earn. The dream is that all outcomes will be the same regardless of our talents or education. I guess we would all live in identical government approved apartments or houses, take the same vacations, buy the same cars, eat the same food. There will be nothing to aspire to beyond what the government will permit you to have. The rulling class on the other hand will sacrifice nothing. They will continue to live like kings.
We know that the debt cannot be paid down by tax increases on a small protion of our population. That would not be enough, Not nearly enough. Yet the left is obsessed with these tax increases. Collective tunnel vision. There are people who have figured out how to earn a decent living and those who are not smart enough or willing to work hard enough are jealous. They want the government to institute fairness.
Democrats are pushing a "balanced approach" but where are the massive spending cuts that would be required to make any headway against the debt? What does Pelosi want to cut? The message seems to be give us our tax increase and we will cut spending later. Well we've been down that road before and the spending cuts never follow as promised. The D's & the R's let us down. If they can't agree on whether or not to cut the military then move on to something else. There has to be billions of dollars of waste that they can agree on. So go cut it. Why won't they do it? They need the debt. The debt is the tool to social and economic justice. The higher the better.
I cannot prove that the above is true, but I cannot see any other reason for the total disregard for the national debt.