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E.D. Kain keeps it short and concise too, just how I like it:
[U]nless we tackle structural problems with the deficit (i.e. Medicare) and the defense budget, then all the other little political games we play won’t even scratch the surface. Pay freezes, pork-bans – you name it, they’re all just political shenanigans. Obama isn’t serious about the deficit, and freezing federal worker pay doesn’t make him serious about the deficit – any more than trying to ban pork barrel spending makes the GOP serious about the deficit.Indeed.
Spending cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and defense are the only way to get the budget even close to balanced right now.
Anyone who says otherwise isn't serious about balancing the budget. Period.