We have got to start thinking about this like we think about automobile accidents. Tragic, but unless are willing to make a drastic lifestyle change, they are necessary and we just live with them. We don't agonize over getting in our car and driving even though it is statistically WAY more dangerous than any nuclear plant.
What else is there other than "finished and unfinished goods"?
You are correct that a versioning file system would help (it cold be used as a work-around to conflicts by saving all versions in chronological order), but then none of the production off-the-shelf file systems (NTFS, EXT3/4, XFS) do that today.
IMHO to the vast majority this seems like a simple problem, but it implementing it isn't nearly as easy as it seems at first blush.
Tuesday night Automatic Updates were downloaded, applied to my machine, and it was rebooted, and this setting was changed back the 'Automatic (recommended)'. Am I the only one that thinks this just WRONG. This is not the first time this has happened, but this time it REALLY bothered me."
As to reducing the deficit: the US government now pays around $400B per year about 1/6 the total budget yearly in interest. If we keep borrowing $1.5trillion per year (what will be borrowed in 2010) soon that number will so large that it is unserviceable debt. That is why we MUST fix the deficit. We can chip away at the debt over time (just like you would do as an individual if you found yourself in this situation), but we must not continue to spend more than we make first. Then let's see if there are ways that make sense to everyone involved to increase revenues. The old saying goes "When you find yourself in a hole, STOP DIGGING"
As to your second point. The government doesn't have the responsibility to give anyone (except for the mentally/physically disabled) anything. That is the job of the individual, their churches, and their families. This is a fundamental difference in belief between liberals and conservatives. We can't pay people not to work, supply them with unlimited medical care with prescription coverage, pay them to have children out of wedlock, and expect it all to work out. They are provided a free education and if they are truly poor, financial aid and pell grants are available for post-secondary education. Having worked my way through school and then paying off my student loans after, I know it can be done.
Oh and by the way, they employed over 100,000 people that paid taxes as well.
You might also want to look at this about GE:
They had huge losses in the GE Capitol division and the losses washed out their profits of the other divisions. What is so hard to understand about this?