Stop the Blame and Start Cutting
I know the tea party advocates are just a bunch of ignorant, misguided bigots, but let’s be honest, the ones who have gotten elected are really representing the interests of those who elected them.
Let’s see, they want to cut $100 billion from the budget. My gosh, that is just a pittance of what has to be cut! Once again, the Democratic Congress spent us into this hole and now want to point fingers at the tea party people who think it has to be corrected.
Yes, I blame both George Bush and Barack Obama for facilitating an unprecedented and unsustainable spending binge. Now we must make huge reductions.
Let’s consider a set of numbers published in the June 2010 AARP publication. In the 10 years ending 2000 we had revenues of $2.1 trillion and spending of $1.6 trillion. In the 10-year period ending 2010, we had revenues of $2.4 trillion and spending of $3.7 trillion.
I read recently that there are 10,000 programs funded by the federal government. I do not question that every one of these programs benefits someone, but have they ever been checked for cost effectiveness? I would bet that half of these programs could be eliminated without any significant effect other than cutting the federal payroll.
It is time to be serious. I am 69 years old, and if we have to cut my Social Security and my Medicare to ensure that my grandchildren are not burdened with unsustainable costs, then let it be!
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