We can cut expenses and raise revenue. The problem is that where liberals would like to cut expenses – the biggest cash-sucking section of the government, i.e., the military – is a sacred cow for conservatives. Our military costs are higher than virtually all other countries combined. We could cut it in half and still have the biggest military in the world. Of course, there are trillions we owe from wars that were not included in the budget under GWB (giving the illusion of more in control budgets, the costs of which were then added in when a new president came into office, giving the illusion that he had added those costs). So, let’s cut military spending, bring all troops home from bases around the world. Then, we can ALSO raise taxes on the wealthiest because it’s our country and their ownership of congress that changed the rules allowing their income to explode over the last thirty years while their employees stagnate or fall backward. Taxes unearned income at the same rate of earned income – it doesn’t help manufacturing anyway and doesn’t add to the economy. Oh, and finally start taxing corporations again. Some of the biggest, highest earning corporations pay nothing or next to it. Those few things would do a lot to work toward balance. None of it would be acceptable to a con.
Darrin Bell and Theron Heir