2 wings of the same bird.....
“Two of a Kind: Republican and Democratic proposals for the fiscal cliff hardly differ”
This is the budget that we should be debating (more thrifty would be better, but this is a good starting point)! I have already written to both of my senators (far left libs, unfortunately) and to my congressman (also a far left lib), advocating for that spending plan. "It's for the children". We owe it to our children to spend responsibly. Any line item with higher spending than 2000's budget adjusted for inflation and population growth should require a separate up or down vote. Continuing on our current path is a form of child abuse - splurging today and leaving the bill for that our irresponsible spending for the next generation is genuinely nasty and mean-spirited.
Would this be that fictional thing that the government waves around from time to time? The thing that ignores the fact the a pensioner is mainly spending on food, fuel, and utilities and is not so interested in buying cars and houses? COLA already reduces the pensioner's standard of living on a yearly basis. And what about the current jump in medical costs?
Bring on the Liverpool Care Pathway!