Originally Posted by DosEquis
What we really need is a slow series of spending cuts spread over a few years that phase in, and a slow series of tax increases to get them back to a more realistic level like they were during clinton's administration.
We do something like that over a spread of 5-10 years we'll see a balanced budget again without as much economic impact.
I don't disagree but we also need to address health care costs. Cuts need to be made to Medicare or better yet the system needs a complete overhaul. The problem is both parties would have to come together and jeopardize their individual elections to achieve such legislation. NOBODY on the Hill has the balls to do that.
I know someone who doesn't have insurance at the moment and he slipped on black ice, cracked his head and had to go to the ER to get a CAT scan. He's fine but it's costing him 7500 bucks: 2500 for walking into the ER and 4800 for a CAT scan. That's ridiculous. Conservatives can scream all they want about the evils of socialized medicine but any American who pays his/her taxes shouldn't have to pay 7500 bucks for minor medical treatment. Yes, I would consider a CAT scan minor if the person is conscious and doesn't require surgery.
Health care, college tuition and defense spending are three areas that need some sort of legislation by Congress to fix. Tuitions have gone up 300% in two decades. Make college affordable. The current problem is when someone says "make college afforable," it usually is talking about affirmative action. That's bullshit. It needs to be affordable for the sake of our country's future. Face it. Parents will not be able to flip the bill (a lot can't right now) and students are fearing taking out massive loans (which they should be at 18 years old). Obama likes to talk about education like a lot of others but I don't see any of them addressing the fundamental challenges of our education system: How do we educate in the 21st Century? And better yet, how do we make sure we are correctly educating people for places in the workforce that will exist in 20-30 years?
And with defense spending. If you want to cut spending, use it for cyberterrorism. Use it for upgrading our energy grids. Use it to train soldiers in guerilla warfare/counterterrorism. And most importantly, use it for when soldiers return from battle so they have a nationally funded program for debriefing and de-warring them. I'd rather have our money go toward better treating our PTSD/wounded vets than drowning out those ideas with techies screaming for new SkyNet-type technology that makes human involvement in war irrelevant. If you take humans out of war, war just becomes another thing to play on your joystick. That may be inevitable one day but I won't buy into that premise in 2013. There are far too many better ways to use funding than that at the moment.