The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has a budget simulator on their site that challenges you to stabilize the debt. You should go check it out. It forces you to make actual decisions and put your money where your mouth is to fix the deficit. Will you cut programs? Will you increase taxes? The simulator shows you how much you really need to do to get a handle on the debt.
Me? I reduced troop involvement in other countries by a ton, cut some programs, and added a number of revenue streams. And even then, I couldn’t come close without letting the Bush tax cuts expire for pretty much everyone.
I think that anyone running for office should be forced to complete this and make their answers public. If they won’t, then they aren’t serious about deficit reduction, and I have no reason to trust them on the topic.
Can anyone think of a good reason not to make our politicians do this?