The Pac-Man Syndrome

July 1982
National Review;7/9/1982, Vol. 34 Issue 13, p808
The article focuses on the budget process in the U.S. Congress and compares it with Pac-Man game. The first step is to adopts the budget and vote for it. After the budget is adopted, the next step is reconciliation, in which various congressional committees will have to propose where to make spending cuts and tax increases to meet the budget targets. To make the scheduled $45-$46 billion cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, for instance, the congressional committees may simply make $2-$3 billion worth of program cuts and then declare confidently that the cuts will save a lot more.


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