“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
You were saying something like this right?
So really, you say "people should accept reality, but when it comes to you, that one piece of reality is "Un American".
So which is in Vicchio? You didn't really address my post, you can't just brush it off your shoulder,...
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
It takes across the board cuts and across the board tax raises.
But that would simply make too much sense, after all, election results are more important then the countries future, haven't you heard?
And that goes for both sides.
Yep.. starting with capital gains tax.It takes across the board cuts and across the board tax raises.
Yep.. and when the next election is done, then there is "only" 12ish months till the next round starts!But that would simply make too much sense, after all, election results are more important then the countries future, haven't you heard?
Yep, but no one is more hypocritical and blind than the present crop of GOP and "conservative" hacks.And that goes for both sides.
No matter what one's income, the Medicare deductible is (I believe still) $225.00 a year. There is no excuse for this model.
A progressive deductible depending upon one's income (or assets) makes far more sense and would save billions...both in actual dollars and, more importantly, in how seniors use the system. 47 million people are on Medicare. If 25% of them have incomes (or assets) high enough to justify a $2,500 deductible, that would save the system $27 billion -- just in deductible savings. Many of these people would change the way they use the system if the first $2,500 came out of their pockets resulting in more significant savings.
Further, the $99 (approx.) monthly premium for Medicare should be progressive as well. If that 25% number held, and those 25% were required to pay a monthly premium of $400 (an absolute positive bargain!), that's another $43 billion saved annually.
Raise the upper limit payroll taxes on Medicare/Drug coverage from its current approximate $100K ceiling, maybe to $200K.
Make some currently-covered Medicare procedures co-op pay -- such as routine podiatry care.
Levy some taxes that, instead of going into the general revenue fund, go into the Medicare pot. Example might be an environmentally friendly tax on bottled water. The US consumes 50 billion bottles of water each year x 10-cent tax into the Medicare fund = $5 billion. Junk food and soda taxes -- let's do some social engineering.
Taxing junk/soda could do double duty -- raising money and, perhaps, making us a tad more healthy. I couldn't find absolute numbers on soda, but I did find that, in 2008, the average American consumed 412 8-ounce servings of Coke. That's 15 billion 8-ounce cans of just Coke x 10-cents a can = $1.5 billion. (A 12-ounce can of soda has about 12 teaspoons of sugar in it, by the by.) Put a tax on fast foods...processed foods. Why not?? The stuff's killing us.
Levy a separate Medicare tax on tobacco and liquor products.
I believe that the same way we can handle Social Security's woes can be used, with modification, to handle Medicare's.
Thank you, Quazi!