A competent president would have the country headed in the opposite direction.
Anyone doubt we'll have more people on food stamps by next Christmas?
@ Skeptical-We borrow 46% of what we spend.Defense
spending is 24% of federal expenditures.Totally eliminate every dime of
defense spending and you are still overspent by 22%.Healthcare also
accounts for 24% of federal spending.Federal pensions account for 23% of
federal spending.Welfare accounts for 11%Interest accounts for 7%and Eeducation accounts for 4%, and everything else for a mere 8%.Want to raise taxes- then how about the nearly 50% who pay ZERO income tax,
and eliminate all the fraud ridden "refundable tax credit"
give-aways?Like it or not, we are Greece, but with even higher
levels of indebtedness. The urgency to get spending under control cannot be
over emphasized!!I will give you 25% of defense spending (6% of the
total federal spending), and accept that we are not longer a world power and
cannot protect the sea lanes of commerce we depend on for energy and many other
things. Now, where will you cut to get another 40% of our spending eliminated
to just balance the budget?Then, we need a serious talk about how to
pay off $16 trillion dollars plus mounting interest.
Look at the graph again. What matters is the debt to GDP ratio. Right now, GDP
is depressed. Get the economy going again, and this problem will mostly fix
itself. The remainder will be fixed when (1) tax rates go back to Clinton era
levels and (2) spending on two unfunded wars goes away. In addition, it would
be a good idea to cut back on defense spending generally - is there any reason
why we still need troops in Germany, for example? There is certainly no
justification for spending nearly as much on our military as all other countries
in the world combined.People always worry about us turning into
another Greece. The problem in Greece was a culture in which people
collectively made avoiding paying taxes a national sport. By enacting low tax
rates for the rich (I'm talking about capital gains rates, the carried
interest loophole, etc) we are encouraging the US to fall into the same trap.
Paying taxes is as important to our democracy as voting. It is a patriotic
How about start with a budget?
Congress controls spending. Congress controls spending. Let me point this out
one more time, congress controls spending. And yet, everyone blames the
president. Especially congress. But why would congress want to change? They
all just got re-elected, so obviously the voters must like what they are doing.
In each of these increasingly frequent, and more serious, crises, there is one
inescapable fact.We are spending far more than we are taking in. We
are borrowing the difference, and incurring unknown interest costs to be added
to the debt for unknown years and decades into the future, when interest rates
will certainly be higher than today's near zero rates.No amount
of confiscatory taxation, or even seizure of wealth can keep up with the
spending.Therefore, the amount of money spent each year, month, day
or hour MUST be cut. Drastically and immediately.Any pretending that
we do not have a spending problem, or that we can somehow pay all this off is no
longer just a political tactic, but a delusional fantasy. For some it may even
be a vindictive plot to destroy our country.Over-spending, mostly
caused by "entitlements" must be controlled immediately. No matter how
painful. Every day of delay only makes the problem, and the inevitable cure
even more severely painful.Spending is the problem, and reducing it
dramatically is the ONLY solution. Anyone who denies this must be ignored and
vilified as ignorant and uncaring, or even purposefully destructive.
Time to cut cut cut cut cut. For once in this countries history. Let's
cut!And instead of handouts and welfare. Let's create jobs that
anyone and everyone can work at and generate their own wealth.