Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are going to balloon because of all the boomers entering retirement and because our healthcare system is so
incredibly broken and costs are totally un-restrained. Also, when the economy is in the tank, more people need the assistance of Medicare and
Medicaid, as well as enter retirement - thereby increasing the demands on the system. That's why they're increasing - not because the Great Satan
Obama wants to throw money at them.
Unless you simply want to cap spending on these programs. Do you?
Are you willing to say "Once you've had $X in government assistance, we cut you off?" If so, you're someone I don't want to know as that would equate
into thousands of people dying due to starvation, illness and exposure. These programs are there because we as Americans have pledged to help those
in-need, when they need it. The choice is to either help them or kill them. It's that simple. If we elect to help them, then we must address the COST
side of the problem, not the BENEFICIARY side.
The COST side is the third-rail as that would involve comprehensive health-care reform and measures to control costs - including pissing off the
pharmaceutical companies as well as the health-care conglomerates. Since the majority of the bigwigs in D.C. get fat checks from them, that's unlikely
to happen, so the argument gets shifted away from the costs being charged, to the programs doing the charging.
Notice, also, the complete lack of attaching a human-face to these expendetures. Don't think for a second that this isn't intentional....
Look at defense spending for the wars started under GWB. Look at the costs associated with the drug-plan, also a gift from GWB - and completely
unfunded. Then the tax-rates for the uber wealthy were cut (GWB) and kept at historic lows. Same for corporate tax rates (GWB). So now we've got the
wealthiest people keeping a disproportionately higher percentage of their income and corporations skating out of taxes, but you and I are struggling
on the vine...
And you're happy about the idiots in D.C. cutting spending without increasing revenues??!?!?! Trickle-down economics has been the policy of the
government since Reagan and now the chicken's are coming home to roost. It's all a big lie and a total failure, unless you're in the top 5%.
The Tea Party has effectively changed the way politics are done here - and it's for the worse. They've eliminated "compromise" from the equation. To
say otherwise is to demonstrate your ignorance.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by SaturnFX
We need to incentivize paying taxes, by making it simpler, and less expensive so that corporations can bring their off-shore money back to the states,
and the wealthiest people can pay their taxes instead of paying armies of attorneys to avoid their taxes. I watched an interview with the CEO of
Pepsi, and she said almost exactly the same thing. She would prefer to bring more dollars inside the US, and pay a fair share of taxes, instead of
paying to keep the money overseas and avoid the taxes.
You honestly think that the reason the wealthy don't pay their taxes is because they don't want to deal with the "army of attorneys"? That
corporations will bring back their "off-shore money" if we make it easier?
There's a little thing called greed - and it's quite rampant among the corporations and people in-general. It states that if they have the slightest
chance to keep more of their money, they will. Period. Making it "easier" to pay taxes isn't going to do a damn thing.
The REAL fixes to the problem include a careful but strategic revision of the tax codes to scale as intended, and add teeth to the enforcement. Close
the loopholes. Get out of the wars. FIX HEALTHCARE - and that may include direct government-backed alternatives in specific healthcare markets.
edit on 8/1/2011 by atlguy because: (no reason given)