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From a Nobel Prize winning economist:

December 1, 2012, 5:37

What Defines A Serious Deficit Proposal?

….So I thought I’d look at the dollars and cents – and even I am somewhat shocked. Those tax hikes would raise $1.6 trillion over the next decade; according to the CBO, raising the Medicare age would save $113 billion in federal funds over the next decade.

So, the non-serious proposal would reduce the deficit 14 times as much as the serious proposal.

I guess we have to understand the definition of serious: a proposal is only serious if it punishes the poor and the middle class.

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Are you listening, Claire?