What the budget says about America

American politics is one long argument about what government should or shouldn't be doing, and how it should or shouldn't be doing it. It's rare that we step back, take in the larger picture and ask what it is doing. The release of the president's proposed 2012 budget is a good time to do that. If you want to know what the federal government is really doing, just look where it's spending our money. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Feb 14, 2011 - 8:07 AM PST
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by Jon Mitchell - Feb. 14, 2011

Klein doesn't really provide much sourcing here, but the argument is very well constructed, and he offers many interesting ways to rethink one's conception of how the federal budget looks and what to do about it.

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by Barry Grossheim - Feb. 14, 2011

Hard truths about budget deficits and spending. Klein clearly points out that social security, medicare, medicaid and the military make up the lion's share of the budget and that talk of cutting waste in other areas while ignoring these is an exercise in futility although it is politically expedient. Not mentioned here is lowering the deficit by increasing income, definitely not politically expedient!

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by Roland F. Hirsch - Feb. 14, 2011

This blog post has modest journalistic merit. The author, a Democratic Party activist, has done very little reading on the subject and seems poorly informed about it. Strangest of all is his citing Barney Frank and Ron Paul, perhaps the two most incompetent members of Congress, favorably. Frank, after all, caused the housing and financial crises largely by himself. And Paul Ryan is not even mentioned.

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