regarding the President’s upcoming State of the Union address:
Can you explain how, when entitlements are 56% of the budget and we currently borrow about 43% of the budget, how you intend to be “learner and smarter” and get rid of the deficit – when you have to pay interest charges – without cutting those entitlements?
There are no Unicorns Barry.
There are only facts.
Those questions are appropriate for all Americans. Not just for Obama. It’s long past time that we faced the truth for what it is: our present debt situation exists because Americans have voted for it.
You can try to argue, “Americans don’t support that debt!” But alas, they have.
The last President–whatever his faults–tried Social Security reform. He tried a partial-privatization plan that only involved 4%–in other words, if Social Security went completely Tango Uniform, you’d still keep 4% of what you have, which is more than you would keep right now–and he couldn’t even sell it to his own GOP leaders!!!
Perhaps our biggest budget buster is Medicare. Try–JUST TRY—talking about cutting that, and Americans would shoot you out of the sky.
And the Warfare State? Talk of what spending cuts would mean, and you will find that Americans don’t want those cuts. They want the jobs created at those Lockheed-Martin plants, those Northrop-Grumman plants, those Boeing plants, and related subcontractors.
Go tell the people of Georgia that you want to eliminate Robins AFB, which is the largest employer in the state. Go tell the folks in Titusville that you are cutting the NASA budget in half. You might as well be farting into the microphone at a church sermon.
Even the culture of regulation is hardly easy game. Try cutting the Department of Education, and you will see what I am talking about. The GOP tried in 1995 to increase funding to states for school lunches–in the form of block grants, while eliminating the DoE control–and Americans turned against them as soon as Al Gore gave his “they are taking food out of the mouths of babes” speech.
We can talk all day about “bringing our troops home”, but that expense doesn’t come close to eliminating our budget gap.
The GOP is going to fail for the same reasons that Obama and the DNC are failing now, and for the same reasons that Bush and the GOP failed before them: everyone wants spending cuts, but very few really want them when they realize the impact those cuts will have.
Unfortunately, the choice is between choosing to endure the pain now, versus having it inflicted on you–or your children–even worse later.
Right now, even Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and his son Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)–the two most realistic champions of frugality in Congress–have not done a good job articulating that stark choice. The rest of Congress is either totally clueless or totally dishonest.
But make no mistake: Americans love that big debt. They just want leaders who can make it work.
Just like a certain leader who “made the trains run on time”. . .