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I would like to follow-up with another area of government spending that has to be controlled.
MILITARY spending. It must be reduced. We constantly involve ourselves in stupid wars trying to be the big guy on the block and establishing a PAX Americana. We can't afford it.
All of the attention is on pensions. It is the new PC to dwell upon that and that only.
Does it deserve attention? Absolutely. But so do other areas of the budget.
The massive welfare state ( and I don't mean SS or Medicare) that has developed in the last 45 years has also come home to roost. Medicaid is killing the country and Obama wants to expand it. Here in Illinois we spend $896 million on welfare daycare alone and some $14 billion on welfare Medicaid. Far too many on SS disability. Food Stamp increase have doubled in the lasy 10 years and keep on growing. Welfare programs for refugees that are flooding into this country. And backdoor benefits in terms of educaion and health care for illegal aliens. The list is almost endless.
Yet all the attention is on pensions. Certainly, some pensions are absurd and some have gamed the system. But most people really are entitled to their pensions.
Unfortunately the word entitlement is being purposely confused to mean welfare rather than pensions to which most people honestly contributed to for many decades.
Don't any of you realize that the so called 1% pays most of the taxes and also provides most of the jobs here in the states??
Think about that for a few seconds!!!
There wouldn't be any free stuff without them and people are constantly hammering them...It's biting the hand that feeds you!!
No, I'm not at all rich and I'm not stupid either!! My income is presently well below poverty level, but what I have is mine. And I worked hard for it in my younger years.
My only gripe about corporations is...bring the work back to the states!!! Where it belongs!!
This failed Socialist-Lite policy has caused us only misery and made everyone poorer. The lesson we learned from the Cold War shouldn't have been to meet the Soviet Union's economic policies half way, but to completely go the other direction.
Every trillion dollars taken out of the economy comes directly out of the workers' pockets.
Wars around the world have put this country into the bloody red column.
So pointing a finger at entitlement programs that help people in need is a phony tactic to divert attention from corporate, oil, gas and farm subsidies -- along with Pentagon, insurance and pharmaceutical lobbies that lead Congress by the nose.
Unless we fight for adequate controls over these big spenders, Americans will continue to struggle against a fiscal budget that is stripping us all of our right to a government for the people.
You can not be this short sighted...not being able to see the end of your nose. Why does it have to be an "us verus them" mentality. If you always play the victim...you always will be! It is not the "rich" folks fault for your problems. We all have equal opportunity, not equal bank accounts. How is it that cutting taxes equals pandering to the rich? As it is, the top 1-2% of earners pay the vast majority of income taxes and nearly 50% of people in the U.S. pay NONE-ZIP-ZILTCH-NADDA. If people today would just try to leave their children in a better place than they were as children and stop trying to "keep up with the Jones's" then we would not be having this stupid anonymous discussion on a web board. If you aren't happy with your financial situation, get off of the computer (hmm, can't be too bad off computer and internet) and go get a 2nd or 3rd job.
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