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  •  intellectually honest (0+ / 0-)

    Big bird is a trivial, yet appropriate example, of looking for cost savings  When I honestly focus on my family's or small business' balance sheet - I find savings most often in the myriad small expenses, like texting, itunes excesses, Starbucks, etc.  Compared to clothing, food, dental visits, these things go first in a realistic budget.  If I can't find the $950 down payment for braces in a two or three item compromise or sacrifice, then I look at the smaller items. With the fiscal danger we as a country are in , WE ALL have to be willing to forego things big and small. If we could get out of this mess by taxing the rich at 90%, I'm for it .... but we're way beyond that point....  we MUST CONTROL SPENDING. Nothing else will work.  Regardless of whose policies got us here (BUSH), we're all in this together and we go down together.....

    •  Two prong approach: also raise revenue. (0+ / 0-)

      The federal government DOES have the ability to also raise taxes, increasing revenue.  

      It doesn't have to be one or the other.  It can be a combination.

      Republicans: if they only had a heart.

      by leu2500 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 08:12:20 AM PDT

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    •  intellectually dishonest (0+ / 0-)

      is Rmoney's idea of spending 4% of GDP on defense.  So we're supposed to look for a lot of cuts that amount to a few dollars a year per tax payer, but go along with further bloating an already bloated defense budget?

      So, no, I can't buy your premise when one of Rmoney's signature idea about defense will be an unnecessary budget disaster.  Perhaps if he did not have this 4% of GDP idea I could more easily swallow that cutting public broadcasting or Planned Parenthood are needed.

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