The Deeply Flawed Deficit Reduction Commission Misses Yet Another Mark?

I hear one of the recommendations of the recent deficit reduction commission is to “Make America the Best Place in the World to Start and Grow a Business.”  If that is indeed one of their recommendations, then it would seem to be a worthy goal.

I’d be even happier, though, if it had occurred to the commission to suggest at least two more goals for the American Government: “Make America the best place in the world to raise a child”, and “Make America the best place in the world to live.”

I realize those latter two goals are in some ways harder to quantify than the goal of making America the best place in the world to start and grow a business.  But we now live at a time when America is flirting with third world status on many quantifiable measures of child and adult well-being. There is no excuse for that.

So, did the admittedly flawed deficit reduction commission miss yet another mark when it failed to include a few sensible goals beyond making America the best place in the world to start and grow a business? What do you think?

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4 thoughts on “The Deeply Flawed Deficit Reduction Commission Misses Yet Another Mark?

  1. Suggesting that America be the best place in the world to live, or raise a child, implies that it isn’t already the best place. Which is something a lot of people are afraid to admit. They can suggest that we have an anti-business climate, because we have a minimum wage and some token corporate taxes, but to say that we need to improve our schools, or health care, or other quality of life issues? Why, that costs money! Never mind that the shortfalls in these areas are part of the reason we’re falling behind economically.

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    • Excellent point, Sean! As long as so many of us are in denial that we have slipped by many important measures almost into Third World territory, it will be that much harder to do anything at all about it.

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  2. It’s not really a deficit reduction commission. Its sole reason for existing is to privatize the juicy Social Security multi-trillion dollar fund.

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