If you’ve turned on the news at all, you’ve seen the drama circus that is going on in government right now over whether or not to make cuts to entitlement programs in order to reduce the deficit.
As you can guess, Democrats are vehemently AGAINST making cuts to programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, while Republicans say that it’s necessary in order to take care of the growing deficit.
So what will Obama do?
Dems are not going to be happy with the ol’ commander-in-chief if he decides to make cuts from entitlement programs. And that would be awful for him. Not only would it seriously risk another term as President, but my guess is that none of his democrat buddies would be willing to play pick-up basketball with him anymore. Take that!
Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.) said about this issue,
“At a time when each millionaire is getting a $138,700 tax break a year from the government, there is no reason our seniors and the neediest amongst us need to struggle to pay their hospital bills. The debt must be addressed, but it should be done in a way that is fair to all. We should not balance the back of this budget on our nation’s seniors”
You go, girl. She’s absolutely right. We wanna address the deficit? Let’s do it! But not by making cuts to entitlement programs. After all, that’s not where most of our money is going ANYWAY!
Does “the war in Afghanistan” and “the war in Iraq” ring a bell to anyone? Yeah, well that’s where our precious greenbacks are being shipped off to. We gotta save the greenbacks people!!
But not by buying Kia. No. Don’t do that. HOW ABOUT…we don’t spend so much on wars that we don’t really need to be involved in??
According to this pie chart, the US spends 54% of income tax money on military, and the rest on non-military spending. Got that? Over HALF of income tax goes to the military, while less than half is divided up for everything else. Furthermore, for working people, the percent of our taxes that goes toward social security has decreased in the past year: in 2010, 6.2% on earnings up to $106,800 went toward Social Security. In the current year (2011), that percent is down to 4.2. So less of our money is going to this program as it is!
SO. Entitlement programs help people and keep them alive. And war leads to death and destruction. Yet, the government is considering making cuts to entitlement programs instead of just siphoning less money into the military. Hmmm.
Doesn’t make sense to me. And actually, it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that “nearly twice as many Americans say it is more important to maintain the benefits from entitlement programs than it is to cut the budget deficit”. Democrats across the board are against making cuts to entitlement programs. Same with less affluent Republicans. SO it’s the rich Republicans that want to make cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Go figure…
Consider this: if we cut from military spending whatever amount would be cut from entitlement programs, that would be a much smaller percentage, right? Cutting from entitlement programs WOULD effect people significantly. But if we cut the same amount from military spending, the affect would be less. So why not do that? Because we’re a nation that LOVES war. It’s the only way to maintain our superpower status, the government thinks. Whatever…the old granny above doesn’t care about nuking our enemies. She just needs money for her hip replacement.
Will we help her out? WILL WE?!?! It’s up to Obama. And if he cares AT ALL about his pick-up basketball games, he’ll make the right decision and refuse to make cuts to entitlement programs.