Staggering debt is easy: Spend less. Medical costs aren't insane, they're the result of a distorted market in which the people who consume the services are insulated from paying for them. Concentrated wealth isn't a problem. It's only a problem when the government concentrates it and then wastes it. The collapse of the American job market is the result of a political class that believes that if it impoverishes employers with high taxes, they will continue to employ people.
Your third wish?
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Hate is an overused misapplied word, usually trotted out by liberals and juveniles (redundant), to label Conservatives or issues they cannot logically debate. I don't "hate" the Incompetent- In- Chief, I do however hold him in utter contempt for presuming to have the ability or intelligence to hold the office he now holds. He is and has been, in over his head from "day one." He needs to go back to walking the streets of Chicago, stirring the proverbial pot-O-$__*I know it may sound weird to you but not everyone hates Obama.
Waffle fries, please.You want fries with that?
Or bring in more revenue. Perhaps a combination of both. But thereís that second wish again.Staggering debt is easy: Spend less.
No they arenít. If you donít think we pay, then I want some of that free healthcare. If you are saying some donít pay, well, I guess they can just die, right?Medical costs aren't insane, they're the result of a distorted market in which the people who consume the services are insulated from paying for them.
I disagree. I think the entire recorded history of Man does as well.Concentrated wealth isn't a problem.
If only we could have given those employers tax cuts about a decade ago ...The collapse of the American job market is the result of a political class that believes that if it impoverishes employers with high taxes, they will continue to employ people.
More wishes.Your third wish?
I never lived there. In Texas, while everyone was telling Perry that the property tax reform he was implementing years ago would cause revenue problems in the future, he just scoffed. Guess what? They were right.Yes, but having also lived in NY and California, I can tell you that the worst offenders are Democrats.
But some think the best way to pay the mortgage is to quit your job.
I think you mean Medicaid but I suppose they could just die. That would be cheap.And many of the financial issues confronting the states are the result of federal mandates and programs that the states have to pay for, such as Medicare.
No. Ryan is attempting to dismantle the social safety net out of some ideological imperative. He is not trying to solve a problem (and he damn sure isnít being rational nor is he being pragmatic). He comes to the table with a solution looking for a problem. He only offers more dogma.Sounds like an NPR talking point. Ryan's actually addressing the things that you claim to be concerned about.
I would start from the debt commission report. I also believe a flat tax (a real one Ö not just a flat tax on wages) would be a good move. Eliminate Social Security and Medicare as an accounting entity separate from the general fund.If you have a better suggestion, I'm all ears.
OK, then. Not everyone thinks heís utterly unprepared for the job that he sought and lacks the self-awareness and introspection to improve (not sure I know of anyone outside of the rightwing propaganda eaters that think that).I don't hate him, I just think that he's utterly unprepared for the job that he sought and lacks the self-awareness and introspection to improve.
Yea, yea. You donít like the guy. I get it.I'm sure that he's a great guy to have a drink with after work (assuming that you could get him to do any work), but he's an inept administator, a poor leader and a subscriber to a bankrupt ideology that has never worked, so he's incapable of fixing the problem. The only thing that keeps me from pitying him is that he spent hundreds of millions of dollars to get the job that he's tanking, so he has no one to blame but himself.
Year Revenue Budget Forecast
2005 2.153 2.472
2006 2.406 2.655
2007 2.568 2.728
2008 2.524 2.982
2009 2.105 3.517
2010 2.162 3.456
2011 2.173 3.818
2012 2.627 3.728
2013 3.003 3.770
2014 3.332 3.977
2015 3.583 4.189
2016 3.819 4.467
Simply reducing spending to the level of revenues received would radically reduce current debt and eliminate new debt.
I'm fine with a flat tax on wages, provided that there are no loopholes, but it would have to be phased in gradually, as people have made decisions based on the current tax code. For example, you can't eliminate the mortgage interest deduction in one FY without seeing the housing market collapse, so it must be a gradual elimination. Eliminating SS and Medicare as separate accounting entities just exacerbates the problem of using those funds for current government operations. You'd be better off privatizing Social Security along the lines of the Chilean model, and replacing Medicare with medical savings accounts, phased in over a decade so that current recipients aren't hosed, and future recipients have time to plan and adjust.
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