• tongun18

    Posts: 594

    Dec 01, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    Has anyone else seen the Budget Puzzle on the NYT's website?

    You can find it here:

    It indicates what the projected US shortfall is through 2015 ($418 billion) and 2030 ($1,345 billion) and allows for you to choose from several options of spending cuts and tax raises to balance the budget. The options indicate what the savings amount or revenue amount generated is by the cut or tax.

    After completing the puzzle, I solved the crisis with 61% spending cuts and 39% tax increases. (I just don't think we're going to come out of this without looking at BOTH sides of the balance sheet. Even if we could it would certainly take a lot longer to do and we would end up paying much more in interest on the national debt.) I also had an $81 billion surplus by the end of 2015 and a $222 billion surplus by the end of 2030.

    Now, its not perfect, but it would be interesting to see how you guys would solve the budget crisis within the parameters of the puzzle. I only wish there was someway to post the options we selected so we can see where we agree and disagree.
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  • tongun18

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    Dec 01, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOld thread:

    aww, damnit! thanks q.