Magazine October 4, 2010, Issue

To Level a Mountain with a Shovel

(Darren Gygi)
Apparently that is the GOP approach to deficit reduction

Less than two years after facing the terrible possibility of seeing their party go extinct, congressional Republicans are beginning to face the even more terrifying possibility that they may take control of the House and even the Senate in the upcoming elections. Both the public and, even more intensely, Republican voters are alarmed by rising federal spending and the swelling federal debt. So perhaps the biggest challenge for the victorious Republicans will be enacting a budget that addresses their concerns.

What makes the task so daunting isn’t just the size of the gap between the federal government’s projected revenues and spending

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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