Because we were warned, in 1992. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/01/perot-20-years-later/1603897/ "It's kind of a chorus to do what Ross Perot did 20 years ago," says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "Ross Perot became the face of this issue. I also think it's powerful to have many faces bringing the issue to different constituencies." At the time, Perot's plan called for raising taxes on income, gasoline and Social Security benefits. He wanted to cut defense by $40 billion more than Bush sought over five years and slash Medicare by twice that amount. Nary a sacred cow was spared -- particularly not the wealthy, who he said should pay more and get back less.