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Reducing the national debt is a great test of our political system. Passing that test will require the best parts of both parties, such as the affinity for balanced budgets and smaller government that lies deep within the GOP’s DNA. The Democrats have a more recent track record of actually balancing the budget, and they bring a commitment to equality, which can help ensure that the most vulnerable Americans don’t bear the brunt of budget cuts.


Glaeser, Edward L. "A Reform Both Parties Should Love." Boston Globe, November 19, 2010.