A Real Fiscal Conservative
In Washington, the term "fiscal conservative" often gets applied very loosely to people who complain about debt and deficits a lot but never, ever put any real deficit reduction proposals on the table--Evan Bayh, I'm thinking of you. Such people always say we need yet another commission to study the issue, the time isn't right, we need to wait until after the next election or better weather or whatever. So I'm pleased to call attention to a real fiscal conservative--economist Jeff Frankel of Harvard, who has put together a 10-point plan of serious, honest-to-God deficit reduction proposals. Half involve higher revenues and half reduced spending; they include entitlements as well as discretionary programs. I won't steal Jeff's thunder by listing them; follow the link below. I don't necessarily endorse every item on the list, but it's a good place to start. Any member of Congress who wishes to be considered a fiscal conservative should be willing to endorse a plan as detailed as this one and of the same order of magnitude or come up with one of their own.