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8 Ways Kiplinger Readers Would Fix the Economy


As the Republican primaries and payroll tax negotiations drag on, it seems as if there are as many plans to fix the economy as there are economic problems. Some call for the federal government to spend more; some say it should scale back. In December, we asked seven leading economists how they would fix the U.S. economy -- and received seven different answers.

We also invited readers to suggest their solutions. Many, from high school teachers to CPAs, wrote in with detailed proposals. The varied responses range from downsizing the government to rescuing underwater homeowners. All of the plans agree on one point, though: If the economy is going to improve, Washington needs to change.

Click through to see each reader's plan to fix the economy in his own words. Want to add your two cents? Tell us your plan in the comments.

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