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Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by Ruble Noon, Aug 16, 2012.
Ironic, I posted that earlier, and no one was impressed. Perhaps, they might take you more seriously.
It will take more than 1 Congressman (Paul Ryan) to tame this monstrously large Federal Government.
All the other politicians are too cowardly to propose a plan preferring to throw stones at Ryans plan.
Obamas budget was voted down 97-0 by the Democrat controlled Senate.
Thinking in 10 year increments is what got us into this mess. Any budget proposal has to have the support of 60% of Americans (60% of votes in both chambers of Congress). There's absolutely no way for a minority of our population to unilaterally close a $1.3 trillion/year spending gap in 10 years, short of instituting a dictatorship. No matter what we think about SS, Medicare, etc., the fact is that people have been planning their retirement for the past 20 or 30 years based on certain government promises. Both Romney and Ryan are taking a necessary long term approach that minimizes the impact on older folks while addressing both our short term spending excesses and the longer term unfunded liabilities that would balloon the yearly deficits to multiple trillions of dollars. An imperfect plan that's implemented is far better than a great one that never is.
A good rule of thumb, in my experience, for any financial mess is that it will take you about twice as long to get out of it as it took you to get into it.
We didn't get into this mess in a year, and we sure aren't going to get out of it in a year.
Obama's idea was to make it worse to make it better. I think we can reject that strategy at this point and try making it a little better to make it better.
Everyone does realize that the vice president doesn't submit budgets, his boss does.
Y'know -- a trillion here, a trillion there -- eventually, you're talking about real money.
It's like turning an oil tanker- lots of momentum to overcome .... but first, you have to start trying ....
Paul Ryan deserves a great deal of credit for even lightly brushing a couple of political third rails. That said, it's time to be honest and admit that his budget is extremely modest when it comes to balancing the budget and tackling the debt. His plan is at least a decade too late.
Yes every politician who says he will cut spending is a liar. Projecting a decrease in the rate of spending increase is considered a spending cut. They are ALL liars- it is only a matter of degree.
Kinda like having a hungry fox guard the hen house.