Dean Baker: The Deficit Is the Wrong Problem

Tuesday, 16 November 2010 12:40 By Laura Flanders, GRITtv | Video Interview | name.

“It's the wrong answer to not a problem," says Dean Baker of the report out last week from the leaders of Obama's deficit commission, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. The report, which recommends massive cuts across the budget, most significantly to Social Security and health care programs, has been roundly criticized by progressives for its targeting, but Dean notes that the biggest problem with it is that without the health care crisis we still have, we wouldn't have deficits in the first place.

He joins us via Skype from Washington, D.C. to talk about the commission, the latest action by the Fed, and what can really be done to balance the budget--and why we should be much more focused on creating jobs and really reforming health care than on slashing programs that benefit us all. 

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