Let us look at the REAL problem....
Here is a chart of Government Spending as a percent of GDP, since 1900, with Healthcare and Welfare split out. Notice that in 1900, Gov't Spending was less than 4% of GDP - in 2008 it exceeded 40%. I really don't care who was in office, the trend since the Great Depression is clear...due to the Great Deal etc, as well as just uncontrolled spending in general...around 13% in 1930...over 20% 3 years later...ignoring wars, over 30% around 1968...finally over 40% in 2008. 40% ****ing percent of our economy is Government Spending!!!
Significant increases to Welfare and Healthcare since 1950. Note that this is a percent of GDP, which has exploded since 1950. So the percent of GDP in government spending has increased on top of a growing GDP.
Here is the raw numbers for the growing costs of Pensions, Healthcare, Education and Welfare. All exploding since 1950.
We are on the wrong track and breaking this country, which was founded on private economic activity. The government is adopting too many social programs, but even beyond that, is growing too large. And it is getting worse. Something must be done but the Congress, House and Senate, are getting ready to enter a bunch of bull**** rhetorical combat to cut the deficit and yet defend home programs. It all needs to be reduced. Even the Tea Partiers are not going far enough.