Published: Tuesday, June 28 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT
The national debt can be significantly reduced by doing things that
conservatives refuse to do:1. Admit, when they are in office, that
deficits matter. 2. Reduce spending on military by reducing our
foreign interventions and wars. 3. Reduce government spending for
contractors, especially in defense and national security. Stop forcing weapons
programs on the Pentagon that they do not want or need.4. Stop
thinking everything should be privatized. I know of former federal employees
who are now contractors being paid 3 times as much for the exact same work.5. Stop corporate welfare, including subsidies for highly profitable
companies.6. Either raise the tax rates, especially for the wealthy
and for big business, or reduce or eliminate deductions and credits.This deficit is self-inflicted because we are beholden to special interests.
We can deal with this, but Republicans, who are screaming the loudest about
deficits, are the ones fighting the hardest to protect special interests. If
they are serious, follow these steps and I am betting we will be in great shape
as a nation.
And liberals fail to acknowledge:1. Deficits matter when they are in
power.2. Stop sending the military to Afghanistan and Libya. 3.
Wasteful defense spending is bipartisan. Cut spending, but don't send troops
into battle without preparation as in Korea and Iraq.4. Stop thinking that
the government can do everything cheaper and better.5. Corporate welfare
goes to the film industry, GE Corp. Wall St. and other industries that are big
liberal donors.6. Admit that congress passes tax incentives (loop holes)
to guide investment. Sending more tax money to Washington is not the formula for
economic success. 7. Special interests are part of politics, think ACORN,
unions, farm subsidies, etc. There are 700+ exemptions for the Affordable Care
Act given by the president to special interests.
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