“Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in December: 8,827,795”
Solution: raise taxes on “the rich” that, as a practical matter, will fund the government for less than half the time of Obama’s latest tax payer-funded $4 million Hawaiian vacation; continue spending and larding up the government dole by killing private sector industry; then pat yourselves on the back for reaching a compromise that you’ll pretend is balanced, when no spending is actually cut, and all you’ve succeeded in doing is slowing the recovery of the economy.
Still, insist what you’ve done is prudent and took a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Congratulate yourselves for your pluck, patience, and determination. Demonize those who resisted you — by resisting the status quo — and declare yourselves the adults in the room. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Politics 101: so easy even a politician can do it.