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Friday, June 24, 2011

An easy fix for the U.S. debt "crisis"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 6:53 AM

I think someone has mentioned this before, but let's mention again Talking Points Memo's report on how Congress can fix the budget by doing NOTHING.

That's right. Let the Bush tax cuts expire as scheduled. Let the Medicare-trimming aspects of the Obama health care reform act take place as planned. Don't do the annual "fix" to ratchet up doctor reimbursements in Medicare.

Presto! Deficits disappear. The scenario is helpfully illustrated by charts from the Congressional Budget Office, cited solemnly by the GOP in its latest overheated alarums.

Today's comment: On the Republican temper tantrum to refuse to participate in budget talks if a shared burden (tax measures) is part of the solution

RELATED: Tanking poll numbers for new Republican governors, a suggestion that the tax-averse, spending-slashing approach isn't working well with voters. Rich people have to pay for the pain, too. The governor of Wisconsin is particularly in the dumper, along with the gomer in Florida. In Wisconsin, a majority want to remove the governor. Yes, why not play that "Angry Men" flash concert in the Wisconsin capitol one more time?

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