The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction…A Step in the Right Direction

Written by Tod Tompkins

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSC) – or “Super Committee” – has the unenviable task of determining, and then recommending, ways in which the government can reduce the deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. You read that correctly, six Democrats and six Republicans will have the responsibility to eliminate $1.5 trillion of the deficit over the next 10 years. Oh, and this will need to be completed, presented, and voted on by December 23, 2011…makes you want to keep your day job doesn’t it?

We applaud these 12 individuals for undertaking the massive effort at hand, and sincerely wish them the best of luck in their ability to slice, dice, and chop (or whatever that famous infomercial touts) the federal deficit. We also applaud the White House and Congress for taking the initiative to construct and appoint this Super Committee, especially for offering a mechanism to hear from the public. Yes, the JSC has launched a website that provides a forum for open feedback and recommendations, asking the question “What can we do to reduce our nation’s deficit?”

Apparently, we are in lock-step with the JSC. As you are aware, we recently launched this blog and microsite with the goal of driving awareness and ideas around how the government can cut costs. The difference is, we are focused on real cost-cutting initiatives that can be implemented in the near-term…in year one. As such, we are issuing a challenge to our readers, fans, and followers. Let’s keep those ideas rolling in – we will pull the “best-of-the-best” into a consolidated report (attribution included) and deliver it to the JSC. As a community, this will be our contribution to the cause, a laundry list of new, fresh, and innovative approaches for immediate cost savings.

In order to be considered, please make sure to submit your ideas via Facebook, Twitter, or commenting on this blog by November 21, 2011. We want to ensure the JSC receives our recommendations in time to be heard.

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