We are not paying our bills anyway, so why not send them to our grandkids?
By Jack E. Lohman
Simpson-Bowles are correct: “America cannot be great if we go broke.”
We must quit spending like we have the money, when we don’t.
On free cell phones and food stamp abuses, yes, and on needless state and federal contracts to fund other countries and their rebellions (money which ends up paying bribes to local goons, for the mere privilege of letting us — and our highly-paid special interests — occupy their land.)
And we have goons in the U.S. as well. Our basic problem is age-old — greed — by the bankers and the politicians under their control. And the higher-ups in mining and defense and oil and … well, you get the point. We need bigger jails.
We voters have given the keys to the hen-house to the foxes, and we must take them back. Politicians we thought would lead turned into major co-crooks.
The 10% cut forces cuts in waste.
Let each agency manager cut his own budget, because he knows where the waste is. Obama doesn’t. (Actually, Obama misreads his purpose, and should be bribed with a billion dollars to just get lost.)
Social Security — Massive attacks by the people who don’t need it. The Fat Cats that fund the elections want the money spent on their projects, not yours. And they’ll bribe the politicians to get it.
If there is fraud it should be stopped, but the program is the best Ponzi scheme ever, and will fail only when the country fails. Without SSI we’d have more people on food stamps, unless we plan to eliminate that too. And if we delay the entry by geezers for two years, what happens to the need for jobs at the other end?
Medicare — Yes it has problems and should be fixed. But not destroyed. It is 95% private. I’m on Medicare and go to the same doctor and hospital I have for 20 years. No stone is left unturned, though I suspect I get over-treated occasionally. But that’s my fault.
At the very least it should be expanded to 100% of the population, which would save America $400 billion in excessive costs and create jobs galore, by removing health care as an employer expense. But the campaign bribes from the insurance and health care industries have blocked that, thanks to our politicians who pocketed the bribes.
The alternative is not bad… socialized medicine. It works!
Translation: I support sequestration; but I prefer that Obama were not calling the shots.
I fret over corporate profits versus bureaucratic waste. But even more so about our political crooks selling our democracy.