posted on May, 19 2011 @ 07:18 AM
reply to post by Janky Red
So many on the left-of-center say things like this but it will never happen. Social Security and Medicare would collapse under their own weight before
a Republican in a high position would ever dare abolish them because they know it would be the death of their party for a generation. The one thing
more important to the long-term health and welfare of a society is the power and glory that comes from being the ruling party, something neither
Democrats or Republicans would want to sacrifice.
These attacks are baseless and many times when you quote the members of the GOP who might say things like this they account for a relatively small
faction of the party, count 20% at very max. Will there be reforms to Social Security and Medicare so that they do not implode in our lifetimes? I
truly hope so because the way Democrats are approaching the issue is like there is no issue.
You keep a system alive by keeping it well funded and its balance sheets not in the red. Neither Democrats or Republicans have known how to do this in
the past 50 years (except Bill Clinton). Democrat Lyndon Johnson opened up the Social Security trust fund so he, and future governments, could raid it
for short term funds. Republican Ronald Reagan set our tax and regulations policy on such a course that we ran up deficits never before seen since FDR
and these same ideas of "deficits don't matter" coming from many supply-side people is what kept the deficit growing under Bush and Obama.
Republicans must learn one critical thing and learn it quick. There is something which hurts an economy far more than social welfare programs and high
taxes, that thing is debt.
edit on 5/19/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)