Of course! You ignore that those two years were the peak of the Bush-caused recession. The Stimulus pulled us out of recession in 6 months and raising taxes would have impacted the recovery. But the recession is over and the deficit is high, so we need to let the temporary tax cuts experiment that never worked to die as was always planned. Those irresponsible tax cuts without spending cuts were part of the Bush deficit problem and they are part of the deficit problem now.