Here's a budget that will work:
A Budget America Can't Live Without
The House Republican Study Committee (RSC) has proposed a federal budget that not only can America live with – it cannot live without it.
It is a serious plan with responsible measures for achieving fiscal sanity in an appropriate and reasonable time frame. The RSC budget will reach balance in just five years, as opposed to balancing the federal budget in 10 years at the earliest under Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposal.
This is not pie-in-the-sky thinking – our fine neighbor to the north, Canada, whose 1994 fiscal mess was on par with our current disaster, managed to get its budget in shape in just four years! President Obama’s budget – oh well, never mind.
Congress, which theoretically controls federal spending, operates on a two-year election cycle, and anyone who thinks that politicians (no matter how noble of mind and intention) will be able to resist the siren calls to bust any spending plan for five straight election cycles once campaign season begins has clearly not paid any attention whatsoever to how we've gotten ourselves in this mess over the last four decades.
Among other things, my dear father was a very good budgeter. His daughter didn't inherit his skills, but I'll never forget the most brilliant advice he gave me – a budget is not worth the paper it's written on if you don't follow it. And he was right – I proved it, often.