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Where does the money go?

your guided tour to the federal budget crisis

1st ed.

Published by Collins in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

From the editors of the award-winning nonpartisan Web site Public Agenda Online comes this irreverent and candid guide to the federal budget crisis that breaks down into plain English exactly what the fat cats in Washington are arguing aboutFederal debt will affect your savings, your retirement, your mortgage, your health care, and your children. How well do you understand the government decisions that will end up coming out of your pocket?Here is essential information that every American citizen needs—and has the right—to know. This guide to deciphering the jargon of the country's budget problem covers everything from the country's $9 trillion and growing debt to the fact that, for thirty-one out of the last thirty-five years, the country has spent more on government programs and services than it has collected in taxes. It also explores why elected leaders on every side of the fence have so far failed to effectively address this issue and explains what you can do to protect your future.

Table of Contents

The six points you need to know to understand the federal budget debate
So what's the worst that could happen?
A little clarification is in order
Money comes . . . . (or the tax tour)
And money goes
Social security and medicare - and why closing the deficit isn't enough
If you think social security is bad, wait 'til you meet medicare
Do we really have to throw granny out on the street?
Waste not, want not?
The liberals and the conservatives (or, so you'd think . . . . )
Politics as usual
Has K Street become Washington's main street?
2010 - the high noon of budget politics
Tackling the long-term budget problem one bite at a time
The OK if you're so smart worksheet
The "where does the money go" voter protection kit
The last word: six realities we need to accept to solve the budget
Appendix: Places to go, people to meet.


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HJ2052 .B58 2008

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