When it comes to fixing things in my home, I hail from the Woody Allen school of repair. I try something twice. After that, I start to hit. When it comes to my car, I often ignore it and hope that it goes away - sort of like many Americans when it comes to the fiscal spending crises in Washington.The budget-depleting hulks known as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security comprise about 40 percent of a much larger fiscal contagion that threatens to literally break the national bank as the Baby Boomer generation begins the retirement process.

But, like odd noises in their transmissions, many folks are ignoring it. Not the least of which are the cadre of Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, who appear to have offered little or nothing to stem the inevitable tsunami of red ink.

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