Interesting. A bit heavy on the cost-cutting emphasis vs. revenue generating, a la mode.
But to carry the "like a business owner" analogy a step further, if I had been lending you money for forty years, and then I ran on hard times, I'd surely expect you to pay me back. And the interest that would have compounded over those forty years would have more than quadrupled the principle.
Which is what happened with the Social Security surplus the fund ran for forty plus years - the government spent the SS surplus instead of borrowing on the open market, as it should have. And now that SS needs the money it lent the government, the response is no, you have to cut your spending. That wouldn't be fair to a business owner, would it?