November 15, 2010


You Fix the Budget

The New York Times released an interactive tool to let you choose from a menu of major options to try to balance the federal budget.

Felix Salmon did it but complains the options "on both the spending-cut and the tax-hike side tend to hit the poor and the middle classes more drastically than the rich; what's missing here is the option to implement something much more progressive, in both senses of the word. It's a missed opportunity, and a shame."

Ezra Klein says it's still "worth playing around with, though the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget's calculator is more comprehensive, and the calculator from the Center for Economic and Policy Research works harder to include policies that are too often left out of the mainstream debate. But they're all good, clean fun, and they all make the same basic point: It's the health-care system, stupid."










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