An austerity program that both Democrats and Republicans can support

Both parties need to let go of their preconceptions about government spending

Spanish protesters against austerity measures: Can the U.S. learn from Europe?
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It should be a truth universally acknowledged that America's fiscal deficit requires urgent reduction. It should be, but it isn't. Instead, abetted by the insufferable arrogance of those who claim that the current deficit is a low priority, my generation faces a terrible plight. Like Atlas shouldering the celestial sphere, we will, without action, be left to struggle under an insurmountable burden. Whether to avoid a debt-saddled future or a recession induced by market panic, logic demands that we cut spending now.

With politics being the art of the possible, we need austerity to win bipartisan support. And if you clear the discourse of demagoguery, and look at specific programs, it's clear that there is an austerity program that both parties can get behind.

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