yawn. except of course that number isn't in constant dollars."President Bush Jr. more than doubled military spending during his presidency, from $300 billion in 2000 to $650 billion by the time he left office."
there were indeed DOD cuts in there; though they were wise to minimize those.Not if it is up to the GOP. They didn't even include it in their deficit reductions plan.
not only did revenues increase after those tax cuts, revenues as a % of GDP increased, and revenues specifically from the high-earners increased. spending has simply increased faster than revenues have.It took 30 years of tax cuts to create the debt, it will take 30 years of a FICA cap increase to fix the problem.
no, everyone has a right to their own opinion. you don't get your own numbers, and the numbers are clear. entitlement growth is what drives our debt going forward. Bill Clinton recognizes it. The Bowles-Simpson Commission recognize it. The Medicare/Medicaid Actuaries recognize it. The AARP recognizes it. The CBO recognizes it. Even President Obama agrees you cannot tax your way to paying for Medicare.thanks for your opinion!
no. private health insurance as it is currently structured has become more difficult to afford because of Medicare. were I to find myself bereft tomorrow of coverage from my job I would go get an HSA, which is eminently affordable.Private health insurance has become just unaffordable as Medicare.
i agree we need to address it. specifically, we need to model the rest of our government provision of healthcare after the one program that has been proven to work at both providing care and holding down costs and expenditures - Medicare D.we will have to address the underlying problem, our nations outdated health care system that is the most expensive on the planet.