The scenario: A projected $418 Billion shortfall for 2015, and a $1,355 shortfall projected for 2030. We need to balance the budget. What do you do? Restore the estate tax for an immediate $50 billion chunk? Scale-down advanced military projects like the F-35, Osprey, nuclear missile arsenals and space-based missile defense for a combined $40 Billion?

The Budget Puzzle, an interactive feature from the New York Times, makes the question of balancing the budget real. What are you going to cut? What taxes must be restored to their previous rates? How do we modify social security and medicare as the population ages? You'll find balancing the budget demands action on each of these questions.

Here's what I did: