After getting upset about the Arizona fiasco, I just heard on the NPR news tonight that the Republicans want to drastically cut Medicaid and Medicare in 2012, while at the same time reducing the top tax bracket from 35% to 25%.
The Medicaid plan is to give block grants to the states and then wash their hands of it, and the Medicare plan is to give seniors a fixed amount to buy private insurance. Wow! That will be SO much help when you have multiple medical conditions, and no private firm is willing to insure you, or if you DO find a company, the premium is MUCH higher than what the govt. is giving you. And the amount they give will not be adjusted for inflation or anything else.
Another example of the increasing selfishness and mean-spiritedness of the rich who want to balance the budget on the backs of the poor, elderly and chronically ill. After all, they EARNED their wealth -- why didn't you?
I think we should lock them all in a room and tell them they are not getting out until the all learn to play nice. And I think you are right, we all working together could probably find a way out of this mess.
Basically it really doesn't matter which side of politics you are on, it all boils down to the same thing, we are all headed for trouble if things don't change. We can all blame dems or repbs. but the blame game doesn't solve anything. I firmly believe that each and every one of us are responsible for educating ourselves concerning the issues at hand. Honestly, how many have listened to or read both sides of the issues at hand. I'll bet not many. We can't empower ourselves until we educate ourselves. We should not limit our opinions based on one-sided information. Yes, as a conservative I gravitate towards FNC and the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. But I also listen to CNN and read liberal publications such as the Washington Post and the NY Times. Don't be afraid to investigate on your own both sides of the issue. You just might be surprised at what you learn.
Thanks. I know I am sometimes guilty of seeing things from only one side. But now I am learning that you can't really speak intelligently on issues if you haven't investigated both sides of the issue. Sometimes I don't speak intelligently at all! LOL. But I really hope that people will sit down and realize the problems are country is facing, educate themselves and then after making an informed decision will let our government officials know where they stand. Maybe if enough people did that, maybe we would start to see changes. At least we can always hope.
Which programs would you cut to save money, since we are not all going to chip in to pay our bills?
Cutting test strips is not an option since, the FDA seem to have done something to suggest to Blue Cross that 200/ month is enough for someone with 205.01. There's still trickling down going on but, in a few years, I suspect that TuAnalyze will show a significant upward trend in A1C.
That's the whole thing though. We don't have enough money so, in order not to raise taxes, we have to cut spending. We probably would also have to like sell the West Coast to Japanese refugees but really, I don't see how we can't raise taxes at this point. It is very unfortunate that profligacy and the internet bubble led to this but we are in a situation where people with no money "have to" have a 4G phone with a service plan that costs them $1200/ year (at least...) so they can play with Twitter?
Being an elderly hippie, I'd start with the military industrial complex. Which Ike Eisenhower the general first warned us about in the 50s....perhaps accompanied by eliminating all those tax loopholes that allow major international corporations to pay no taxes.....By the way....I'm not one of those who abused our vets in the 60s. I lost lovers to both sides: a demonstrator at the 68 Chicago convention beaten by cops to the point of brain damage so he never knew me again and a med-evac pilot who went down on his second tour in 'Nam. My first experience of Peer Death when I was only 18.....Life is complex.....
I don't disagree with that. I think we should have carved Iraq up and sold it to the highest bidder though, getting a return on the investment there. It's not a real country anyway and, frankly there are strong groups all over the place there and we are well positioned to sell the place to the highest bidder so people from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, etc. can play "find the car bomb" instead of our soldiers. I also don't disagree w/ reforming the tax code to make corporations pay to do business here.
I'm really asking though for the conservative people, who generally would advocate low taxes, to suggest what they will get rid of. It's a serious question! The political "field" has been polluted by the mandate to cut taxes and I think that needs to stop. The government needs money. They can tax my beer, they can tax my books, really, I'm doing ok so tax away.
For the last 3 years we have submitted an average budget of about 3.3 trillion. Leaving insurance alone if we cut 33% on everything we would save ourselves about 1 trillion dollars per year. I personally believe that there are some sections of our budget that can be cut more than others (defense, foreign aid) but honestly why not cut it ALL while increasing taxes and before you know it we are sitting at the very least a whole lot prettier than the grimness we are looking at today.
And I think ALL people need to pay in a little (within reason). Then everyone has some skin in the game and are much less likely to commit fraud or do wasteful things that hurt everyone. No more of htis only targeting the top 2%. They need to pay more but I don't know why everyone is pointing fingers only at them. We ALL need to sacrifice.
"people with no money "have to" have a 4G phone with a service plan that costs them $1200/ year (at least...) so they can play with Twitter
I think this is why I propose ALL people have some skin in the game. Can't tell you the number of times I see a young couple roll up to the WIC clinic in a newer Escalade. Just makes my blood boil.
Sorry, Mossdog, for obtuseness late at night---the quote/italic. I don't even know what a 4G phone is and I am seriously resiistant to the whole tweeting thing since my cell phone lives in a drawer unlessI am out and about in the world, maybe 3 times week and visiting family afar twice/year....As to the Escalade--be calm, my friend. The family stories in this day and age are so very complex. Maybe they bought it awhile ago. For some folks in our society the car is the very last status symbol they ar willing to let go of in terms of basic self-esteem....Personally, I would not presume to judge!.....Judith
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