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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Budget balancing is easy!

The Times offers a great interactive exercise for all would-be fiscal watchdogs who think balancing the budget is child's play.

I'm happy to say I pulled it off -- by whacking the military budget through reducing the nuclear program, and the number of ships and bombers, all unnecessary tools in the fight against al Qaeda.

In addition to raising the retirement age to 68 for Medicare and Social Security -- and raising the income cap on payroll taxes to finance the programs -- I also raised carbon and bank taxes and eliminated the Bush tax cut for those earning over $250,000.

It's a great tool. Maybe Congress should try it instead of simply mouthing slogans.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is not how to bring the budget into true balance. That's easy. It's how to get away with making your (the party's) ideological cuts to arrive at it, while also preserving your favorites, that's the challenge. In other words, Republicans oppose social programs, and have been trying to kill them for at least 75 years. That's their real goal, much more than an honest balanced budget. Everything else is just how to achieve that goal.

November 14, 2010 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservatives oppose social programs where welfare people can buy booze and cigarettes with their cards. Start with the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.

November 15, 2010 5:07 AM  

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