one major thing here----gross tax revenues will not increase until the economy gets better. raising taxes on a limited pool will not accomplish any real results, therefore, the only way to begin approaching a balanced budget is to cut spending. BUT-congress and basically all gov't, schools, etc have been on a spending spree for 50 years, and they are stuck, just can't bring hemselves to stop. somehow, we must get this under control beore the process can even begin!?!?