"It is clear that lawmakers must summon the will to reform these programs in order to balance the budget now and for the long term. In 2020,interest on the federal debt will rise to $1 trillion a year. Over the next decade"
Well.......Katie, that's not necessarily true. Get our your calculator and run the numbers for these notions. Let's pretend that Congress had the courage to do the following.
1. Enact zero new spending programs at all. None. Zilch. Nada.
2. Freeze all budgets for departments, agencies, programs, salaries. Freeze EVERYTHING at current levels.
3. Suspend all automatic increases ........period.
4. Make no changes what ever to our idiotic 71,000