Well, we spent about 20 seconds plugging in the most basic debt-reducing ideas from liberals—getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, returning taxes to Clinton-era levels—and found that we'd solved the deficit problem. Good for us! Too bad none of those great, common-sense ideas like "stop spending so much goddamn money on useless wars" and "make rich people pay as much in taxes as they were in the mid-1990s" are politically feasible. Guess the government will just have to stick with clipping coupons for now.
[NYT; image via Shutterstock]