Spending Cuts We Can Live With
This is going to be a difficult post/topic to write about without offending everyone.
This post makes me smile. I love it when conservatives come up with constructive suggestions for how to cut the budget rather than just railing against the democrats who put it together. Anyway, your top two are my top two as well, if I was forced to talk about total program elimination rather than reform. But both of them are also political suicide.
Jamie- I agree that the scalpel is probably a better tool than the hatchet. It will be the END of any President when he decides to completely cut a program.
5/7/2009 07:21:57 am
We certainly have some tough budget questions ahead of us. My favorite to inject into a conversation is this:
David, that's an absolutely wonderful conundrum!
5/10/2009 05:19:23 am
We are facing a financial crisis not because of defense spending (which is a Constitutional responsibility of the federal government), but because of entitlement spending (which, ironically, is not). Not only do Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid expenditures total significantly more than defense spending, they're also hard wired to increase every budget cycle. Social Security is now at the point where the annual surpluses have shrunk to nothing, and we are now beginning our fall off the cliff where the federal obligations now exceed the revenue from payroll taxes. The surpluses of the past generations were diverted to other government spending, not saved, not invested for this day. We are headed for a national fiscal train wreck unless we dramatically restructure those programs.
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