The Times editors know what the American public needs and is ready to give it to them, good and hard.
First, we need more taxes, and not just on the rich:
Why Taxes Have to Go Up
To reduce the deficit in a weak economy, new taxes on high-income Americans are a matter of necessity and fairness; they are also a necessary precondition to what in time will have to be tax increases on the middle class. Contrary to Mr. Boehner’s “spending problem” claim, much of the deficit in the next 10 years can be chalked up to chronic revenue shortfalls from the Bush-era tax cuts, which were only partly undone in the fiscal-cliff deal earlier this year. (Wars and a recession also contributed.) It stands to reason that a deficit caused partly by inadequate revenue must be corrected in part by new taxes.
Will these sacrifices be painful? Don't worry about that pain...
Making Some Painkillers Harder to Get
Painkillers like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone are the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States — and the most widely abused because they are relatively easy to obtain. The Food and Drug Administration has an opportunity to help tighten restrictions on drugs whose use has spiraled out of control over the past two decades.
It's the NY Times, so you know they want us to be more like Europe:
Many countries in Europe and elsewhere make little or no use of hydrocodone products and do fine in treating their patients for pain.
Yeah, yeah. Peole are suffering in Eastern Europe, although with their entry into the EU they can now chew on fine Corinthian leather. Codeine products are available over the counter in Great Britain and other European countries (cf Nurofen Plus), and good luck trying to legalize that here.
Well, no worries, we are off to war, or will be if weakness invites aggression:
On the spending side, Republicans are resisting cuts to defense. That implies brutalizing cuts in nondefense discretionary areas, like education and environment, which are already set to fall to their lowest level as a share of the economy since the 1950s.
The Times editors also identify another brutalizing unmet need - public financing of political campaigns, this time at the state level:
What Gov. Cuomo’s Budget Needs
The budget is also missing the necessary financing for a public campaign system that the governor has promised in his reform agenda. Advocates for a system of matching funds like the one in New York City have estimated that the state’s cost would be about $40 million a year. That is a small price to pay to encourage small donors and limit the influence of a few powerful special interests.
Just what we need. I look forward to Saturday and their calls for pestilence.