hippiewannabe wrote: Bleyseng wrote:
And there's another issue. Princeton University economics professor Harvey Rosen said the more important question is if Obama has put the government on a path that will keep deficits stable. "And the answer is no," Rosen said, because entitlement programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, have not had substantial reform.
How about reforming the Military which is 60% of the WHOLE government budget!
The deficits have largely come down as a result of the improved economy for which Obama cannot assume full credit.
Now who should take credit for the improving economy? The Tea Party? Hahahahaha
If we are reduce the Federal Debt we need to raise taxes on the Rich and Corporations to levels seen in the 1960's.
I suppose it would be impractical to enforce a certification process, but one should understand the basics of accounting, or at least the basics of arithmetic, before opining on budget matters.
The "whole budget" includes the whole budget, not just the part that has been arbitrarily designated as "discretionary".
Seriously? A simplistic graphic from a right-wing web site? Where's the taxpayer monies going to corporate welfare on that bill? You realize that dollar amount dwarfs the entire expenditure on social services. Just to supplement corporate profits. Social service expenditures are an inkling of a percent of less than one in that grand picture.
It is much direr than that.
What's the return on taxpayer investment dollars with war expenditures? Supplementing corporate profits, that ol' trickle down yarn? We've seen those returns for a few decades now, haven't we. Compare it with investment in the richest resource this nation has, it's citizens. Higher education. Infrastructure and the jobs inherent within. Green technologies that take us off the petroleum teat. Discussion vs bombs. rational discussion over stoking fear and loathing of "others". Scapegoats to blame. Puuuhhhleeeeze.
As I posted earlier. Bernie has been the only candidate to inspire me to donate to a political campaign. And I'm poverty level, but have rarely been a "taker" as conservatives scream everyone who has ever been eligible for food stamps stereotypes. I manage.
Hillary is deep in the belly of the beast. I have no respect for any of the circus barkers on the Republican slate. Bernie is seasoned and makes sense. He frequently out-polls Hillary. There are no corporate logos involved in the financing of his campaign. Only citizens, like 2 million now, like me, kicking in my 30 bucks. What's so funny about corporations paying a tax rate that helps the common good of this nation, paying a living minimum wage? Investing in higher education is the biggest return on the buck for all of society, prisons are not.
Sorry about the rant, but it's so blatantly obvious, I become vexed and miffed, frustrated.
The slipper has no teeth.