I was going through my email last week, and the latest piece of tp (were I to print it out on a cottony, quilted sheet) from MoveOn(left).org showed up, firing off the usual whining about how the Ryan budget was going to “kill Medicare” how the whole, relatively modest budget plan was “a naked, unapologetic attack on working Americans for the sake of Big Insurance and the richest of the rich,” and….
But in going though this usual litany of blame with no damned solutions other than taxing the rich, I discovered a couple thing.
First, they generally don’t mention cutting a damn thing in the spending department. And then, it’s usually just the military. Conversely, that’s the one thing the GOP won’t cut (as evidenced by the latest solution the Heritage Foundation churned out, which is better than the leftist BS), but they will go after Mediscare. And NO ONE wants to even fuck with Social Insecurity
Second, the MoveOn mooks cite a poll which shows the following: “…Americans oppose cuts to Medicare or Medicaid by a margin of 80 to 18 percent, including 73 percent of Republicans and 75 percent of Independents,” and “…64 percent of voters supported raising taxes on incomes above $250,000 to pay down the deficit, with 63 percent of independents backing that approach.” Even shifting those numbers by a whopping 10% (to ostensibly remove bias) doesn’t tell a good tale. And that tale?
We’re boned. Seriously, permanently boned.
Let me give you a couple charts that illustrate everything:
This first one is our spending percentages for 2010. These are not estimates, and this data is collated from the OMB data. 84.5% of our spending falls under four categories: Health (Medicare and Medicaid, and soon Obamacare) at 24.4%, Social Security (the Ponzi scheme) at 21%, Defense (you know, the war thing) at 20.6%, and Income Security (I had to look this up, but it’s a combo of federal employee benefits, unemployment, and welfare) at 18.5%. Now, if 47% of our spending is deficit spending, we’re going to have to make cuts in ALL of those categories.
And the worst part is that we can’t cut just one or two completely out of existence (because even cutting the two largest wouldn’t eliminate the deficit). We HAVE to have defense spending, as that’s a constitutional imerative of the government. We can’t just kill the health, SSI, and welfare, because we’ve made too many people dependent on them. And as for the unemployment and federal employee benefits, people have worked for those, so we can’t just screw them over.
Which brings me to chart number two. You’ll notice growth in defence went up 70%, Mediscare and Medicaid both 75%, Social Security 38% (relatively small, thank FSM), non0-defense discretionary spending 55%, and the rest, 64%.
What is that, about 50-60% overall growth over a decade? And has our population grown by that amount? or our needs? Or anything not fucking cancerous? Bernie Madoff didn’t give that good a return, and he was a criminal.
The fact is that until we get serious about cutting all the big programs, the ones that really cost us cash, we don’t have a damned chance. And with only a small percentage of the American public being able to look at the damned obvious and come up with the solution (since there’s maybe a handful of politicians that get it), it brings me back to my suppostion: