AP-GfK Poll: Medicare doesn't have to be cut
WASHINGTON---They're not buying it. Most Americans say they don't believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, and ditto for Social Security, a new poll shows.
"Then, as the Baby Boomers start to retire in greater numbers and health care costs continue to rise, the situation will get even worse. By 2025, the amount of taxes we currently pay will only be enough to finance our health care programs--Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, and the interest we owe on our debt. That's it. Every other national priority--education, transportation, even our national security--will have to be paid for with borrowed money."
--President Obama, George Washington University, April 2011
My theory? It's not that we don't buy it, it's that we don't care. We tell ourselves we don't buy it, convincing ourselves, so there's less guilt over destroying the lives of future citizens before they've even been born. We hope we to live as long as medically possible, finally giving up the ghost just before the whole damn thing comes crashing down. Meh, as long as I get mine before I check out. Where is the kindness and generosity in robbing the future for the present?