But let’s assume that wouldn’t have happened, and Congress would have spent exactly the same amount during Bush’s presidency as it did–the deficit (thanks to the higher taxes) would just have been lower when the Dems next took power. Does anyone think that, even with a lower deficit, it would have been easier to start paying for their ambitious health care plan by raising top income tax rates from 38.9% to 42.8% than it has been for Dems to raise the rate from 35% back to 38.9%? …