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Old November 16th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #1
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"You Fix the Budget"

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.



Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com



So it's time to put up or shut up.

I solved the budget problem by closing some tax loopholes and letting the bush tax cut expire. You guys know I would had fix most of it by just ROLLING BACK THE REAGAN TAX CUTS LOL.



But please give this a shot and tell everyone how you balanced the budget.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 09:03 AM   #2
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You can post a link detailing your budget-balancing strategy.



Lil overkill, but I left a lot of room to go further lol.



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Old November 16th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #3
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Cool thanks I'll post my below. You've done great beside raising the social security age is very very uncool lol but at least you solved the budget problem.



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Old November 16th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #4
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Your link just goes to the default page. When you balance the budget a yellow box will appear saying you solved the deficit, a link will be in the box. When you're done, copy/paste the link shown in the box. (It will change if you make further adjustments after getting rid of the deficit.)



And as for Social Security, I wouldn't mind working for a couple more years before being able to collect if it means a better budget outlook.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #5
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Oh thanks I made the changes above.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #6
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Old November 17th, 2010, 09:42 AM   #7
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Ooooo Cut foreign aid in half, bad girl. Great job.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #8
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And I'm the bad guy for wanting to raise the retirement age by three years lol.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 10:08 AM   #9
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You both are naughty naughty people lol. But I guess the U.S. can't be the mother for other counties forever but at the same time the U.S. and other countries can't keep screwing other poorer countries also. Chili, Haiti, Africa are great examples. So in a sense waitingtables is "wrongly right" I guess I'll say lol.
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Old November 18th, 2010, 05:12 AM   #10
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It just makes sense when your own nation is in peril that you would hunker down and worry less about other ones.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 08:26 AM   #11
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It just makes sense when your own nation is in peril that you would hunker down and worry less about other ones.


Great point. I don't remember that quote but I think it goes, if you can't help yourself then don't help other or something like that lol.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:06 AM   #12
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Great point. I don't remember that quote but I think it goes, if you can't help yourself then don't help other or something like that lol.




Don't get too full of yourselves.



The US gives far less in Foreign Aid per capita than most rich countries:



Per Capita Foreign Aid Assistance by World's Wealthiest Countries



Country Per capita

government aid Per capita

private giving Australia 14˘ 3˘ Austria 18 2 Belgium 28 2 Canada 17 2 Denmark 64 1 Finland 24 1 France 25 1 Greece 7 0.1 Germany 18 3 Ireland 28 6 Italy 11 0.2 Japan 20˘ 0.4˘ Netherlands 57 4 New Zealand 8 1 Norway 102 24 Portugal 9 0.1 Spain 11 1 Sweden 61 1 Switzerland 35 7 United Kingdom 23 2 United States 13 5 Source: © Center for Global Development and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From “Ranking the Rich,” Foreign Policy, May/June 2004.











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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:08 AM   #13
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This is not a response to fayt87's above post





This post was a response of a post by gary that he must have deleted, so, sorry. It doesn't make sense without his quote. But what he said was that the U.S.A. didn't give as much in foregn aid as other countries do. And that doesn't have anything to do with how cutting the amount of foreign aid we give effects our budget.



Original response by me to gary:

Good, but so what? That has nothing to do with cutting it to balance our budget, it still has a very good effect on it and it is a cut, not a tax increase. Why wouldn't Americans support giving less foreign aid over having their taxes raised?
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The US gives far less in Foreign Aid per capita than most rich countries.





Quality-adjusted aid and charitable giving/GDP (%)CountryQuality-adjusted aid as percent of GDPSource: David Roodman, An Index of Donor Performance , Center for Global Development, April 2004

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Sweden0.5Denmark0.48Netherlands0.45Norway0.4France0.23Belgium0.21Switzerland0.21Finland0.19United Kingdom0.19Austria0.15Germany0.15Canada0.14Ireland0.12Australia0.11Italy0.11Portugal0.1Japan0.09Greece0.07Spain0.07United States0.07New Zealand0.03
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Good, but so what? That has nothing to do with cutting it to balance our budget, it still has a very good effect on it and it is a cut, not a tax increase. Why wouldn't Americans support giving less foreign aid over having their taxes raised?



This post was a response of a post by gary that he must have deleted, so, sorry. It doesn't make sense without his quote. But what he said was that the U.S.A. didn't give as much in foregn aid as other countries do. And that doesn't have anything to do with how cutting the amount of foreign aid we give effects our budget.


The US gives much less in Foreign Aid per capita than most other rich countries. (The graph didn't come out right)

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The US gives much less in Foreign Aid per capita than most other rich countries.




What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?
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What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?




Just giving you yanks a much needed reality check
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Just giving you yanks a much needed reality check


I don' need it. I would rather cut foreign spending than raise taxes. No matter how much foreign aid we give in relation to everyone else.
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I don' need it. I would rather cut foreign spending than raise taxes. No matter how much foreign aid we give in relation to everyone else.




Even if all Foreign Aid was eliminated it wouldn't have any effect on taxes.
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Even if all Foreign Aid was eliminated it wouldn't have any effect on taxes.




Did you read the link on how I balanced ghe budget or not? And if not, why are you debating this here?
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