You fix the budget puzzle

Not pleased with how the government is handling the budget and deficit? Fine. You fix it. The New York Times provides a budget puzzle:

Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online.

Choose wisely.

[New York Times via @mrflip]


  • maybe i don’t knwo how to fix ALL of the budget, but i’ll tell you the single biggest cost-cutting move not only in present savings, but in ballooning debt: stop the freakin’ WAR already. that is by FAR the most expensive item going on. the soviet empire didn’t fall because of our awesomeness; it fell because it bankrupted itself in a war in afghanistan.

    • You know what costs more than the freakin’ war? The Bush tax cut. The one they passed using reconciliation, and had to have an expiration date on it because the results of continuing the tax cut are so disastrous.

      But otherwise I agree with you about ending the war.

  • its an interesting piece. but its selective in what it uses. It doesn’t have all the major parts of the budget in it, it has a selection of certain proposals out there in the public sphere. Its an example of the author choosing the path of the participant. What if you want to raise taxes to 1980 Reagan levels? You can’t. Cut subsidies to gun manufactures? You can’t.

    So its interesting in design, but giving the consumer a choice the author is still making a choice of perception. What do you guys think about THAT DESIGN CONCEPT (rather than the policies…sorry about caps)

  • cut the illegal immigration anchor babies, and their parents a boot back to their own country or give them a body bag to be buried in. That’s the way to fix the budget. Take welfare, free schooling, medical needs and jobs away from any illegal and their anchor babies fixes the bill overnight. Think LA alone gives over 600million a year to pay for welfare of children that are not rightfully citizens. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and SUBJECT TO THE JURISDICTION THEREOF(MEANING YOU HAVE TO BE WITHIN LEGAL DOMICILE), are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. GET THEM OUT AND WE AMERICANS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER ONLY…WILL FIX OUR ISSUES PERIOD!