A balanced budget amendment
A line item veto amenndment
replace income tx with a national retail sales tax
Raise taxes on the rich
Raise taxes on the middle-class
Raise taxes stealthily in the form of fees, a federal lottery, etc.
Nationalize oil and natural gas on federal land and get into the enegry business like Saudi Arabia
Cut federal spending
Sell services to prizate industry at a profit, privatize then tax them
Last edited by Karl; 07-15-12 at 11:01 AM.
You need to fix the income aspect of the math, and here the single biggest problem is capital gains, which is a rich mans tax. Not only does it promote "non work" over actually daily work, but also primarily benefits the wealthy. And nothing pisses off people more than someone that is earning more than you, paying less in taxes in % than you.. and working far less for that money. Also Capital gains taxes have shown not to do anything other than make the rich richer since they dont pay taxes.
There is no punishment in fixing the inequalities of the tax code.
Another fix should be forcing everyone to pay income taxes, or at least go through the motions. Sure they might not earn enough to beat the deductibles, but they should be paying something even if it is just symbolic. In my home country we all pay taxes, even the 14 year old who has a paper route. Now the trick here is to make it an active system, and in Denmark we do it by giving each citizen a tax card, where they can either choose to take a bulk deduction or a monthly one. This they present to their employer and the employer puts their choice in the system. Now they might not earn enough to pay taxes, but the active part is key to getting a respect of the tax system and feeling part of the system. And before you come with the "administration" costs.. it is all electronic so costs very little.
As for your health system.. it is horiffic and punishes those how have little... and the costs increases are not because of Medicaid and care, but because of the private sector not being under any control or supervision, so they have the ability to bleed the consumer dry. You have to understand that the whole system is a cartel and the faster people understand this and deal with it, the better.
But as I stated, there is far too much money involved in maintaining the status quo.. for both parties. That is why big pharm pumped millions into the Bush campaign, so that they could get import of drugs banned and a sweet deal with Feds on buying drugs. The list of "buying off" the elected politicians on both sides, and including the sitting President.... is very very long. And as long as that is possible, then the changes will never be made that benefit the majority.. only changes that benefit the minority 1%.
It sounds as if you are from Europe. I love this about the internet that i can be conversing with people from various places with various outlooks.
The big problem with our healthcare costs is that patients have been conditioned to not ask what it coasts and the providers have been conditioned to not know the answer. I work with a gentleman who recently had an operation. He asked what it would cost and was looked at as if he was from a different planet. He was asking the surgeon who would perform the operation in a hospital OR, there of course were various test prior to the decision to operate, there would be an anestestheologist in the room, there would be a time in the ICU, then some time in a hospital room, then some outpatient care and then follow ups...
Every one of these things would be invoiced separately.
Asking what does this cost is not a question that is easily answered in this system. The OR carried a cost of $24,000.
In my own experience, before the insurance process changed at work, i allowed the doctor to select medication he wanted me to use without question. Now I do question it and have saved plenty of expense.
That is a sensible change in the system. The Obamacare answer has about about 2400 pages in the law and each page will on average be supported by 10 to 100 pages of regulations. That is 2400 + 24,000 pages of legalese that we are to be subjected to. Your government might be a transparent one. Ours is not.
Regarding our deficit, spending by the Federal Government per household has more than doubled, in constant inflation adjusted dollars, since 1965. I haven't noticed the improvement in the services to me.
If you think that the answer is the government, we disagree. At the time of the establishment of the Federal department of Education, our students tested at the top of the world's scales. Now we are at about #20. I don't see the advantage the D of E has provided.
Our Federal government is a cess pool of corruption, graft and bribery with very little to recommend it. Raising the amount of money they have available to steal is not the answer.
Last edited by code1211; 07-15-12 at 12:52 PM.
Tax credits or tax cuts? Big difference in the execution and in the effect.
Who got the tax cuts contained in the Failed Stimulus and how were these intended to stimulate the economy? Please recall that the poorly designed and ill conceived Cash for Clunkers program actually did stimulate the economy. This is more like a tax credit. However, as soon as the Stimulative effect was being noticed, the program was cut off. Now, used cars are scarce and the entire industry of used car refurbishing is way down. Another unintended consequence of the know nothings in DC.
What Is in the Obama Economic Stimulus Package
Nor, if the Heritage Foundation had any common sense, would they have described this linear increase as "skyrocketing". Bad thing about propaganda -- once you get used to promulgating it, you can't seem to stop. Based upon their own chart, if spending is "skyrocketing" now, then it was also "skyrocketing" under Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr., and most certainly Bush Jr.
Total Government Employment Since 1962
code1211's Heritage chart for reference, with a trend line in yellow added by yours truly. Note the flattening of the spending increase during the Clinton administration (1993-2000) and the reduction in spending since Obama took office. Almost a DNC campaign ad, eh?