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What would you do to lower the federal deficit?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 24, 2013

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“We should get some money and pay it.”

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“We vamp our tax code to make it more equitable for people and develop greater efficiency in government.”

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“Legalize drugs, at least marijuana.”

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“Sell space flights.”


David Albertson 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Go back to the Clinton era tax levels. Put term limits on congress, enact campaign finance reform and criminalize lobbying.


grammaddy 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The deficit has been cut nearly in half. To reduce it further, cut military spending.


In_God_we_trust 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Defund Obamacare / ACA, greatly downsize federal government, and impeach President Obama. Cut salaries in Congress to 40k / yr. so they know how to legislate for the middle class.


fmrl 6 months, 3 weeks ago

1.Cut "defense" spending by 95%. 2.Nationalize the federal reserve and declare the national debt null and void. This money was created out of thin air by them.


del888 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Get rid of the people in the government who are wasting the money. Then (option 1): hire someone with a financial background to take their place (maybe Warren Buffett). Or (option 2): send the politicians back to the 3rd grade and teach them this rule: if you spend more than you make you will be broke.


nocrybabies 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Simply print more money, same as always.


Liberty275 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Downsize the federal budget until they struggle to satisfy the mandates in the constitution and only allow states and counties to create statuary law (and the city can still have codes), all of which are subject to repeal by voter moratoriums every two years if a petition with 5 % of the voters can be produced.

Cut the whole shebang by half and make the politicians work as hard as we do to pay the bills. And if they can't pay the bills, fire them and take their stuff.

Increase by 10X the salary of all elected officials.


Kyle Neuer 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Nothing gets fixed without campaign finance reform.


Russell Fryberger 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I would take all the money we are giving away to other countries and take care of the U.S. first. But I guess we'll have to wait for the One World Order to begin before we can ever think that our deficit will be fixed.


Julie Craig 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure Cat probably said "revamp" the tax code. . . . I like Joshua's answer!!


BABBOY 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Tell Koch Industries if they pay off the debt that they can control congress for a year. Oh wait, they would accept that challenge, could easily do it, and soon will control Congress anyway.....

Actually, legalizing drugs would probably do it by the tax income and lowering of costs of law enforcement.

Kanas will be last State legalize any drugs unless Feds make them through commerce clause.

Why last, well, it is because the conservative republicans need phony issues like drugs to remain illegal so they have something to complain about to get reelected.......

And, no, I do not do drugs, but do think legalizing it makes sense. Supposed to be free country and ya know and I do not see the difference between being stoned verse drunk off your flip......


weiser 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Take away free food and free phones for aliens.


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