Balance the Federal Budget...Today...Your Own Way

By Frank Hill

'Defense gets this many, entitlements get this many'
This on-line 'game', Reduce the Federal Deficit, just came out from the Concord Coalition, a group that has been dedicated to balancing the budget since before it was cool and deadly essential in today's world.

With all due respect to aficionados of other on-line games such as Angry Birds, Farmville and Scrabble, this might be the most important on-line game you ever play.

Namely for 2 reasons...

1) You and the friends you send it to will actually know more about the federal budget than apparently anyone in Congress today (since they obviously don't know how to balance the budget)

2) The more registered voters in America who will take what they learn on this game and then contact their elected representative or senators to tell them what to do based on this 'game', the higher the degree of chance they might actually do something in the lame-duck session that is coming up after the election.

Such as: pass Bowles-Simpson; fix the fiscal cliff, re-pass and re-institute the PAYGO budget mechanism that worked so well during the last (and only) decade when we ran balanced budgets, the late 1990's...that sort of thing.

Based on what we have seen over these past 12 years, we think a room full of chimpanzees typing away randomly on a computer keyboard actually has a higher probability of balancing the budget than our current elected leaders in Congress and the White House.


Because there is actually the slim chance that the chimpanzee budget committee will do so by random chance.  There has been zero probability with the humans now in office over the last 12 years, hasn't there?

We took the test and balanced the budget in 4 years or so and ran a $4.7 trillion surplus by year 10 which would be used to pay down at least the debt incurred over these past four dismal years.

Take the test and then post your 'scores' in the comment section below.

It is not 'rocket science, you know.

(Editor's Note: Frank Hill's resumé includes working as chief of staff for Senator Elizabeth Dole and Congressman Alex McMillan, serving on the House Budget Committee and serving on the Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. He takes on politics from a fiercely independent perspective at the blog Telemachus).


  1. It's all about taxing the poor and middle class.

    The single biggest item, and the easiest way to balance the budget, is to let the Bush tax cuts expire FOR EVERYONE. Doing it only for "the rich" is a drop in the bucket.

  2. Ah, "grow the economy"... a phrase which should be banished from political discussions of budgets, if we ever hope to have responsible fiscal planning. Yes, growing the economy cures many ills, but that potential is far out-weighed by the likelihood that it will be used as an excuse for miserable decisions, shirking responsibility, and papering-over systemic problems.

    Instead, allow me to suggest an alternative meta-plan: shrink the government. By that, I mean not just in size, but also in scope; that is, get the government out of health care, out of private industry, out of nation building, out of ubiquitous domestic surveillance, out of manipulating the money supply, etc. Not only does every case of shrinking the government save money, but many also help save freedoms, and most would also help the economy actually grow.

    Just my 2c.

    1. Nick has it can control the growth of federal spending FAR easier than you can EVER grow the economy or raise taxes on wealthy people...and then track them down AFTER they have already protected their income by paying millions to expensive tax accountants and lawyers to protect them from having to pay 10s of millions more in taxes.


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