Great post, sadly probably wasted effort though. There are those that want to believe that we aren't spending ENOUGH and nothing will change their minds till it all falls apart.yeah. it's the "current policy" v "current law".
about the 2:30 mark:
not really - Treasury Bonds are publicly trade-able. The Special Promissory Notes given to the SSTF are not. they are, instead, an accounting gimmick; which attempt to put a better face on the fact that an increasing percentage of SSI payouts will come from the General Fund rather than FICA tax revenues. however, the General Fund is already running a Trillion-Plus deficit on an annual basis, and is unlikely to be able to pick up the slack.
you must not spend much time looking at the explosion in our entitlements and interest payments.
as of 2010, federal revenues were only able to cover for Defense, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid/CHIP. We had to borrow to make half of our interest payments.
and with the exception of Defense, all of those costs are set to explode, meaning that our annual deficit is going to get far worse, meaning that the interest payment problem is going to get worse, and we are caught in an ugly downward spiral. If we return to normal interest rates, by 2020 we will be dependent upon the rest of the world turning over 20% of it's GDP into feeding our debt. They are unlikely to be terribly interested in doing so for a nation being forced to borrow to cover operating costs on the level that we are already doing, much less than we will be doing.
that is why the President's own Bi-Partisan Debt Reduction Commission all said that drastic change is needed now in order to stave off fiscal collapse. there is good reason why we were downgraded, and it wasn't because of squabbling in Washington, it was because squabbling in Washington kept us from addressing the fiscal anvil falling on our heads. It's why the IMF says we need to cut transfers by 35% and raise taxes by 35% in order to survive. Except that raising more taxes is no where near as simple as raising rates, effectively closing that venue off to us to the extent needed.