The choice is not between a crash on one hand and cutting social programs on the other. The choice is between 1) wasteful spending on war (the Pentagon, etc.) and tax-cuts for the wealthiest and 2) social spending. At least that's the case in the mundane.
In the divine, there is no need for tax cuts or increases or taxes period because there is no money. There's just giving and sharing as people do within their homes with their immediate family members, at least if they are at all enlightened and not selfish animals.
Budget hawks are trying to convince the public that the government faces an unavoidable choice between cutting social programs and budgetary Armageddon. But in reality, our budgetary problems stem from our out-of-control health care system.
Mark Schmitt | May 27, 2008