The tax cuts proposed by the president would not be a rate increase, but rather a limit on tax deductions to 28 percent of income for high earners. Obama has advocated this change since 2009.
That's from DCB's link, which apparently you didn't read. If you want to discuss tax rates, discuss them with an eye to reality.
And please note the graph I posted was titled "tax RATES" not tax receipts.
Infrastructure spending! I'm so glad you mentioned it -- one of the best ways we have to lower unemployment. Infrastructure contracts go to companies like your example Kramer, they call in their workers who are presently laid off (and collecting unemployment, which is how the unemployment rate is figured by the government in the first place) and voila: the unemployment rate goes down. The Kramer workers are making more money, they go to Home Depot for new livingroom carpeting or deck lumber, and voila again: other regional and lower-skilled hiring increases. See? That's the effect of putting average people back to work, and it's got one of the best multiplier factors of any government spending. Plus we get, say, safer bridges on the interstate because we're actually maintaining them.
I like it when the government takes my money and uses it that well, personally. I can't possibly hire Kramer to fix my driveway, but I'm happy to help them fix the bridges over the Mississippi so we all can escape to Minnesota.
(Thanks to Bland for making the same point one minute before me. Leroy set himself up so nicely.)