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E. J. Dionne, Jr. : What if we're not broke?
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What if were not broke?

By E.J. Dionne Jr.
Sunday, March 13

Were broke.

You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Theyre used repeatedly with reference to our local, state and federal governments, almost always to make a case for slashing programs and, lately, to go after public-employee unions. The phrase is designed to create a sense of crisis that justifies rapid and radical actions before citizens have a chance to debate the consequences.

Just one problem: Were not broke. Yes, nearly all levels of government face fiscal problems because of the economic downturn. But there is no crisis. There are many different paths open to fixing public budgets. And we will come up with wiser and more sustainable solutions if we approach fiscal problems calmly, realizing that were still a very rich country and that the wealthiest among us are doing exceptionally well.

Consider two of the most prominent were-brokers, House Speaker John Boehner and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Were broke, broke going on bankrupt, Boehner said in a Feb. 28 Nashville speech. For Boehner, this fact justifies the $61 billion in domestic spending cuts House Republicans passed (cuts that would have a negligible impact on the long-term deficit). Boehners GOP colleagues want reductions in Head Start, student loans and scores of other programs voters like, and the only way to sell them is to cry catastrophe.

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