Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget
by Bill Hayes
With the early release of ideas from the chairs of the U.S. Deficit Commission, Washington is abuzz with ideas on how to reduce the federal deficit by 2030. The New York Times has an interactive site, Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget, that lets you try your ideas. It’s easy to play with. It could make an interesting class assignment, with students discussing their choices.
The site also has links to 16 experts giving their ideas and to readers’ solutions to the Budget Puzzle.
If you crave more information on the deficit debate, Charlie Rose has held several recent discussions with people of differing viewpoints. You can watch these shows:
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs, U.S. Deficit Commission.
David Walker & Martin Feldstein on the Deficit Walker is founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative. Feldstein is a Harvard University economics professor and served as chairman of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors.
The Deficit Debate with Dean Baker and Jan Schakowsky Baker is co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Schakowsky is an Illinois member of the U.S. House of Representatives.