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lowstudent wrote: You do not turn an ocean liner on a dime. Do something sane, see slightly sane results and you can do something more.

That's right. When a country tries this--with so called "austerity" programs--you get rioting in the streets ala Greece.

The first thing Congress should do is take the fraud out of the entitlement programs already in place. This would take a few years but would prove to all Americans of both political stripes that Congress is serious about the deficit.
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