Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

Think you can solve the Budget Problem? by grassroothawaii
November 22, 2010, 1:03 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

A couple of days ago, the New York Times created an interactive puzzle website that allows the general public to try their hand to balance the federal budget. It’s a really interesting piece of work because of the fact that it literally lists all of the essential programs, taxes and tax breaks that you can either cut or keep alive in order to balance the budget. Each of the programs, taxes and breaks have a great description underneath them so that you know what you’re cutting and what you’re keeping alive. There is (of course) no wrong answer but you can get creative as you want. Do you want to reduce the nuclear arsenal and weapons spending? That’ll save $15 billion by 2015 and $38 billion by 2030. Want to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70? You’ll save$13 billion in 2015 but $247 billion by 2030.
Overall, it’s a really well put together site that allows you to flex your money spending muscle and to put yourself in law maker’s shoes. In the day and age where there seem to be more complainers and not enough actors to facilitate change, consider this exercise your daily dose of “what have you done”. Try it out everyone and post your results here in the comments section.
If you didn’t find the link in the first sentence, here it is again!


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