Here’s a challenge for all the conservatives commenting on this cartoon: you say the debt is of vital concern to you, and you think taxpayers are being burdened with unnecessary expenses, and the payment of unnecessary benefits. Now there are a great many government programs out there intended to encourage this, or discourage that. About 96% of all Americans receive or have received some direct personal financial benefit from their fellow taxpayers, either in the form of a subsidy, a credit, or a tax deduction. Effectively, these are all the same thing. They all increase the debt. So here’s my question: What program FROM WHICH YOU PERSONALLY benefit, or have benefited, do you want to eliminate to help put our financial house in order? Give us some reason to NOT think that the only pain you are willing to inflict is on someone else. What are YOU willing to do for your country? I’ll even start: let’s phase out the home mortgage interest deduction that has distorted the housing market for generations. Doing this would increase my tax bill. Also: eliminate the tax deduction for charitable gifts. Why should the national debt be raised simply because I give to my church? Without them, I would not be able to itemize my tax return, so all my other little deductions would go away too. Will you come along with me on those two? There was once a name for countries with low taxes and a low-cost do-nothing government: they were called “third world” countries.