a sustainable budget are matters for the public and the nation’s leaders to debate and decide. We stress, however, that finding compromises around some set of options that leads to a sustainable budget is a must. Doing nothing is not a viable option.

NOTE

  

1. Because this category of domestic and defense spending rose sharply, if temporarily, as the government addressed the downturn and its consequences, 2008 may be a better benchmark for many historical and future comparisons.



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