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The 2 Cent Budget Fix

Jeff2201 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:50 PM
I love you Michael and consider you a national treasure, but your idea is completely unrealistic and you must know so in your heart. And your title is very misleading, since you left off the "per-" from the cent. I would demand at a minimum a 1:1 swap for expenditures to revenue, but honest intelligent people know how to solve this problem, instantly, through a series of fixed across the board cuts by percentage through a staged process. The math is not difficult, and managers in government positions would have to do something for the first time in their government careers: manage! It would be their decision along with their co-workers, cut costs, cut positions, cut overhead, cut salaries, gain revenue through efficiencies, ...
Jeff2201 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 11:56 PM
...what an incredible concept. But I have given up believing this or any other reasonable solution will happen. I have told my children, nothing will change significantly because it is human nature. We will just keep putting band aids on the wagon until it completely collapses. Besides, I've taken to reading Paul Krugman lately and no longer worry about the deficits, or the debt (...Dr Strangelove, or how I learned to quit worrying and love the debt). I now believe within the next decade we will witness a sea change on the order of the American Revolution, the Civil War, or WWII, only as each of those events was greater than the other so too will this. The fourth turning...the question is, how to prepare?

The president could break the logjam in Washington and move toward a solution of all budgetary problems if he merely asked every American to contribute 2 cents.

No, this isn’t some far-fetched science-fiction scheme, like beating the debt ceiling by minting two platinum coins valued at a trillion dollars each.

It’s a practical, patriotic, down-to-earth solution that might enable Barack Obama to assemble a bipartisan coalition, finally transcending the petty bickering he pledged to end when he first campaigned for president five years ago.

Americans have begun to realize that the nation’s crushing debt threatens their own economic survival. In a...