It all comes down to a little pie

So here it is. The chart to end all our bickering. The big 4–Social Security, Defense, Unemployment/Welfare, and Medicare. These four make up almost 70% of our budget. I say raise the SS age to 67, and for those with incomes over $650,000 at that age…well they don’t get the benefits. Sorry, you don’t need them. Defense. Cut out waste, fraud and a nucler sub or two, reduce the retirement benefits, and offer incentives for young soldiers to not get married, thus doubling benefits right off the bat. Unemployment, again, cut fraud, reduce annual benefits (except in true times of recession). Medicare…increase age benefit to 67. REALLY cut down on fraud (I hear it is especially vulnerable). Cap it. Sorry, people don’t live forever and those who are 90 don’t need hip replacements. And for those who smoke, or are severly overweight, cut their benefits. Sorry fatso! These are my solutions. I challenge you to find fault.

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5 Responses to “It all comes down to a little pie”

  1. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    Challenge you. I stand up and cheer. I would also say to go to citizens against government waste and look at their suggestions. Look, I understand that Obama is up against a lot of legacy costs. But this debt thing is getting very serious. Countries have been trying to spend their way into prosperity for thousands of years. It has never worked. Someone once said that more people have lost more money from four words than from the point of a gun. “Its different this time”

    What you call stodgy not out of the box thinking, I call time tested economic principals. Borrowing more money because we are too in debt to keep the economy humming will never will work and always cost more in the long run either through slower growth or higher prices. It feels good now but we will pay.

  2. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    “time tested economic principals”

    But according to the chart I provided last week of deficits, that simply is not true. You can’t really point to an example of that working. What works is simple: spending less than you take in. There are many ways to get there, but not a single conservative administration has accomplished this, with respect to the deficit.

  3. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    I’m not talking about parties but you really should look at that graph you posted with the parties in charge of congress. There is a stark difference. Anyway, I’m talking about government trying to spend us back into prosperity. I’m talking about a central bank printing money in order to avoid tough choices. If you look at SS and Medicare, they are the predominant expenditures of our government. They are virtually insolvent at this point. So maybe a 90 year old doesn’t get the hip replacement. So what if they have supplemental insurance on top of medicare? If someone has the money to pay for this type of insurance when they are retired, and it pays for a hip replacement, should they be able to have one?

  4. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    Of course. If you have the money, spend it any way you like. But, you know, in order to get the fiscal house in order people should not expect taxpayers to pay for everything. I think what Obama needs to do–though I am sure he won’t–is put on a freakin’ PowerPoint presentation–show the nation what’s up, show the pie, and say that we have to sacrifice…we have to tighten up…we have to pay the bill. Get the people behind it. Get one of those clocks that shows the deficit going in the OPPOSITE direction. Get the people involved.

  5. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    already done. its called the tea party.

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