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Fix the deficit

Posted November 15, 2010

This NY Times interactive piece allows you to try different methods to fill the federal budget deficit.  As you click away cutting programs and raising taxes, don't forget all of those  completely unforeseen consequences!

You'll walk away feeling either extremely intelligent or totally doomed.


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  • whatusay Nov 15, 2010

    Reduce entitlements for those on welfare. Less food stamps, less housing allowance, no cell phones. Drug tested every 4-6 months, 2 strikes and you lose your welfare. No freeloaders living with anyone on welfare.

    Reduce the size of federal government, eliminate pensions for gov't employees. Congress members will use Veterans Admin folr health care. No pensions for congress members, regardless of years of service. No congress member of federal employee will make more than $50,000/year. Congress shall not exempt any American citizen from any law they pass, including themselves(dozens of unions, Muslims, Gov't employees exempt from Obama Care).

  • audit is regulating Nov 15, 2010

    babble on I liked your website choice also. Much more detailed. I saw that most of my cuts came from Healthcare especially repealing the health care legislation but keeping the medicare/medicad programs. Pretty interesting

  • babbleon Nov 15, 2010

    Actually, the NYC game was too easy. I found this one to be more challenging, and let you see more detail. I just couldn't make myself cut manned space flight...

    rixida, as400: Dept of Ed/IRS aren't nearly enough - you have to reduce Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Defense.

    Fair tax is supposed to be revenue neutral, so how would enacting it help the debt? Also, the 24% 'fair tax' numbers don't get you to revenue neutral - you have to go to about 33% (even with getting rid of the IRS) to be neutral. You will pay more taxes, people making over 300K / year will pay less. You really want to pay more now so that the wall street analysts and corporate execs pay less?

    Fair tax my a...

  • as400_guru Nov 15, 2010

    Darn it ridida, I was going to say that. You are 100% correct.

  • rixida Nov 15, 2010

    do away with the dept. of education. and the IRS. Enact the fair tax.

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