Whose plan for reducing the national debt do you agree with more, that of Pres. Obama or the Republicans?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To help you think about this issue, I strongly recommend the opinion piece by David Brooks (of the New York Times) that I have linked to below.  You could also copy and paste this


I would argue that the Paul Ryan/Republican plan is more honest because it really clearly spells out what it is that they want to cut.  Obama's plan sounds good, but does not say what exactly would be cut.  I do not like that in Obama's plan.

However, I do not think that the Republicans are right to completely discount the idea of raising some taxes and using government spending to get the economy going again.  I like that in Obama's plan.

Overall, I wish that Obama would put more specifics into his plan so that we could more accurately judge whether his cuts would be sufficient and so we could compare his cuts (and taxes) to the Republicans' cuts in terms of the impact that they would have on people's lives.

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