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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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  -E. J. Dionne, Jr. : What if we're not broke? flpoljunkie  Mar-14-11 12:25 PM   #0 
  - end the wars, break 'free trade', impose tarrifs, tax the rich, cut DoD, end corporate welfare. nt  xchrom   Mar-14-11 12:28 PM   #1 
  - Didn't Michael Moore  madmax   Mar-14-11 12:28 PM   #2 
  - The phrase is designed "were broke"  liberal N proud   Mar-14-11 12:29 PM   #3 
  - We may be broken...  JuniperLea   Mar-14-11 12:34 PM   #4 
  - Yep. And they want to make us feel broken so they can tear down government even more.  Iris   Mar-14-11 12:38 PM   #5 
  - Until it comes down to THEIR jobs, then those jobs are crucial  OwnedByFerrets   Mar-14-11 12:55 PM   # 
  - And make everyone scramble for those sub-minimum wage jobs too...  JuniperLea   Mar-14-11 01:20 PM   #12 
  - Was it Michael Moore who not only said this but offered - "let's go where the money is"?  calimary   Mar-14-11 12:55 PM   #10 
     - No business leader worth his/her salt would hire people just because they have the money to do so...  JuniperLea   Mar-14-11 01:21 PM   #13 
  - All part of the plan laid out by G. Norquist  Botany   Mar-14-11 12:39 PM   #6 
  - Shock Doctrine + Disaster Capitalism nt  DCKit   Mar-14-11 12:44 PM   #7 
  - I want to do the same thing to the Republican party...  rfranklin   Mar-14-11 12:45 PM   #8 
  - And THIS is the war the President can and should be fighting. Many say it would  gkhouston   Mar-14-11 12:47 PM   #9 
  - in fact our economy shows symptoms of too much money!  unblock   Mar-14-11 01:10 PM   #11 
  - K&R....Thank goodness some are willing to buck the conventional wisdom  Armstead   Mar-14-11 01:34 PM   #14 
  - "We're" broke=  felix_numinous   Mar-14-11 02:53 PM   #15 
  - It's Bullshit spread by corporate propaganda on cable news  _ed_   Mar-15-11 08:46 AM   #16 
  - If we're REALLY going broke they'd cut defense spending in half...  uponit7771   Mar-15-11 09:43 AM   #17 

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