This article includes much of the insanity that created the mess. The author states Romney cannot fix the issue just with spending cuts, as there must be to increases as well. This logic ignores the fact that the current mess is entirely due to the ever increasing cost and burden of government. The solution is massive spending cuts to cut the cost of government (not the rate of growth). Tax increases at this time will just reduce private sector investment which is the cure, and do so by continuing to give money to the lunatics in government. We are at the point where the politicians are our enemy. Their goal is to simply remain in power and avoid blame for what they have done. They will try to do this by stealing all that "we" have.