I read an interesting article this weekend and it struck me how much Antoine Walker is like the U.S. government. For those of you in this forum who don't follow sports, Antoine Walker is an ex-NBA player who took home about $60 million in salary but today finds himself flat broke and about $5 million in debt because of his gambling problems. A liberal would look at that situation and say "the problem is Antoine Walker didn't make enough money during his career. He didn't generate enough revenue. If only we could magically go back in time and give him a 10% salary raise then not only would he be out of debt, he would have a $1 million surplus." A conservative looks at the same situation and says "his problem isn't his revenues, it is his reckless and out of control spending. If we magically raised his salary 10%, he would have blown through it all and would still be in the exact same situation today: flat broke and deep in debt."