8 Ways to Sell Deficit Reduction

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1. Learn From the Recent Past

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Everyone in Washington should take a lesson from the healthcare and financial regulation battles: Proposals should be short, posted online, and understandable to the public. No more 2,000-page bills, written in secret. Never again should a lawmaker say, "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it," as Speaker Nancy Pelosi did before the healthcare reform vote.

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