You--yes, you!--can do better at balancing the budget than the Bush Administration (then again, a myopic armadillo* could do a better job...). Nathan Newman informs me of the newly-updated National Budget Simulation, a nifty little Web-based game that lets you juggle expenditures and revenue to balance the national budget. It's interesting to see the trade-offs necessary to reduce the defecit!
According to the simulation, just eliminating the Iraq war and the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts reduces the defecit by 262.98 billion to a manageable $94.02 billion. (Hmmm--that suggests that Bush's agenda is largely responsible for the deficit--duh!--but after all, the Administration's own statements are often contradictory on that score!)
By tinkering with a few other changes--"simplifying the tax code" (in my case, that means reducing deductions/loopholes) by 20% and trimmin bureaucract (general administration) 10% gave me a $314.66 billion reduction, for a deficit of $42.34 billion, even with a 10% boost in veterans' spending.
*No disrespect toward armadillos was intended in comparing them with the Bush Administration.