3. Recommend Specific Policies to Achieve the Targets.
Candidates need to be specific about the policies they support. Specific spending reductions and/or revenue increases – not just generalized promises – will be necessary to put the debt on a downward path and to show voters what will be involved.
Ideally, candidates would present their own “budgets” to show the proposals they support and the amount those respective initiatives would cost or save. For example, a candidate could specify a list of tax changes and the fiscal consequences for each change, and a list of spending increases or cuts and the respective fiscal consequences.