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A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

Posted on Apr 11, 2013
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By Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch

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With these lower health costs, as well as smart reductions in military spending and limits on tax loopholes, we’ve tallied more than $4 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. Use a fraction of that to fund a job creation/infrastructure repairs program and we’ve still achieved around $3.5 trillion in potential deficit reduction. Since that’s substantially more than experts recommend, we’ve actually freed up extra cash that could be used for any number of other priorities.

And all we did was pursue changes consistent with a people’s budget that clearly emerges from opinion polls—though you can depend on Washington to ignore such possible reforms. The outsized influence of money in politics plus gerrymandered congressional districts are among the structural problems that reward our elected officials for serving narrow special interests instead of the will of the people. And though we the people have clear priorities, we don’t do a good job of holding our elected officials accountable for pursuing a roadmap for the greater good.  Still, that roadmap is there, if we ever want to use it.

Mattea Kramer is research director at National Priorities Project, a TomDispatch regular, and a frequent commentator for media outlets across the country. She’s the lead author of the book A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget.

Copyright 2013 Mattea Kramer

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