I’m Alan Simpson

The New York Times has little online gadget that lets you take a wack at eliminating the federal budget deficit. It’s actually not that hard if you’re willing to countenance some tax hikes along with spending reductions. I’m willing to cut the military and bring back the estate tax, for example, but I doubt any Republican in Congress would join me. The program also illustrates how silly concerns over earmarks are; they are a pittance compared to the where the real money is: in the military and in healthcare. Of course that’s probably why politicians are content to rail against them—attack the enemy that’s the smallest threat.


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