Strange Budgetary Allies

Should someone decide to move Watson away from Jeopardy towards analyzing the federal budget, they could do a lot worse than this little tool right here. Yes, it’s the You fix the budget’ puzzle tool, brought to you by the New York Times and lauded by Glenn Beck  on his TV show.  Now we’re not big fans of either media entity, and the oddball factor of these two unlikely budgetary allies is certainly not lost on us…

But what Beck and the NYT both seem to be indicating is something written about here at Beemsville quite recently:  If you want to make headway on the deficit, start cutting the Big Three – Military, Medicare/Medicaid, and Social Security.  Don’t believe us?  Try messing around with the puzzle tool yourself.   Continue reading

Win Future? Get cutting…

Let’s be honest, if you’re engaged enough to have looked at the deficit commission’s report a few months back, it made you a little uncomfortable.  You saw stuff on the chopping block that directly affects you in one way or another.  But that’s how we win the future…  By ensuring our kids and grandkids actually have some hope and not a mountain of government-induced debt.

If you listened to the state of the union address, you no doubt heard an uplifting speech by the President with many references to investing in people and programs.  Of course the Republicans quickly countered by labeling this as dem-speak for more spending.  Who has the right of it?  Well, you could look at recent history as an indicator…  And then folks like newly-elected Senator Rand Paul chime in, suggesting major cuts to a lot of programs that don’t meet with his particular social viewpoint (the NEA, Public Broadcasting, etc.).  Not all that helpful either, Senator. Continue reading