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Toward Common Ground
To break through the ideological divide that has dominated Washington this past year and offer a
pathway to address the nation’s fiscal problems, the National Taxpayer Union and U.S. PIRG joined
together to identify mutually acceptable deficit reduction. This report documents our findings.
What follows is a general summary of recommendations that fall into four rough categories:
- $214.9 billion in savings from ending wasteful subsidies,
- $444.8 billion from addressing outdated or ineffective military programs,
- $221.6 billion from improving program execution and government operations, and
- $132.1 billion from reforms to entitlement programs.
Each specific recommendation includes an estimate of its savings over the next ten years, and a
reference to the source from which the estimate was drawn.
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