I'm kind of lost as to how the deficit discussion between President Obama and the GOP in Congress makes any sense anymore... How did we go from President Obama pledging to pretty much meet the 85-15 guideline the GOP had been touting to a plan that saves $3T essentially 50-50 between revenues and entitlements? I know the President has said an earful about Democrats not backing him up, but how does this make any sense? Between revenues that would only start as Obama leaves (even if he wins a second term... cough... SGR... cough... these are revenues the government will never actually see) and the lack of any real protection from future governments using increased revenues to just engage in more profligate spending, this seems like the worst proposal yet from the new cross-party collaboration, which seems entirely made up of taking the worst Republican ideas and stapling them to the worst Democratic ideas. I have no problem with raising revenues, but the data (e.g. bikini graph) just raises entirely too much possibility that a future government will screw this up, and any reduction in deficit/debt will be artificial at best. If there's a thread this should be merged into, please feel free.