posted on Dec, 3 2014 @ 11:01 AM
originally posted by: arjunanda
OKee Dokee My ATS Peers.
FACT: For the last several years, the US government has been spending roughly 90% of its ENTIRE tax revenue just to pay for mandatory entitlement
programs and interest on the debt.
As long as we are sorting out BS...
This claim is like a bank declaring that customer withdrawals from savings accounts are an expense..and deposits are income.
Medicare is not a "Tax" in the general sense. Nor SS...and both take in more than they spend each year...right now, if nothing changes, Medicare will
continue to take in more than it spends until 2030. Social Security is also solvent..taking in more than it spends and is projected under current
models to remain so until 2033.
These are programs that are Solvent...and treating them as an expense doesn't make sense. There is a reason they are called social "insurance".
Try this...instead of claiming that entitlements constitute 90% of spending...eliminate entitlements...both Revenues and expenses...Stop collecting
social insurance and stop SS and Medicare payments and you will have a MUCH WORSE debt picture.
Or think of it this way...you take out a loan and buy a building for 10 Million...and you pay interest on that loan. That is a BIG debt, but you have
renters that pay for the monthly mortgage and a little extra...at least until 2030...why would you decide to stop paying the bank? And if you stop
paying the bank..you lose the building and the rental income that pays the loan.
Entitlements need tweaking, but they are the only component of the debt picture that is fully paid for on a consistent basis.
edit on 3-12-2014 by Indigo5 because: (no reason given)