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The national government has lurched from one crisis to the next in recent years – the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling, the Bush tax cuts and the recent shutdown.

Those deals were always done to stave off major economic disaster. Brookings Scholar Ron Haskins says there is a better way.

He faults both sides for refusing to admit that a real solution to the deficit crisis requires both tax increases and entitlement cuts. But how do we get there?

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Ron Haskins, Brookings Scholar