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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/11/13/weekinreview/deficits-graphic.html?src=me&ref=general

This is really awesome. It makes the decisions that need to be made about spending and taxes so much more tangible and conceivable to me.

Having played with it for a little while, I'm really convinced that spending cuts are so ineffectual at really addressing the budget problem, especially if military spending is untouchable. Every time I clicked on the spending cut links, it seemed like tiny slivers of the forecasted budget shortfall were repaired. Bringing taxes to Clinton era levels seems to be the way to fix the budget the quickest. I don't understand why people are so averse to this idea.
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