Agreed (to you and Jim). There's no single panacea. It's going to take many measures, every one of which will be a bitter pill in different ways and at different degrees for just about everyone to swallow. At the moment, though, the right wants to label anything they historically object to as causes of the deficit, even if some of those things, like Social Security, actually do not contribute to the deficit.

Just about everything we spend money on has to be cut. But with a scalpel in skilled hands, not a dull hatchet wielded by a one-eyed ideologue.