[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
What most everyone fails to understand, from the Tea Party people to the Libs, is that we are mathematically and certainly doomed. No matter what anyone does, we are doomed.
Most spending is LOCKED in stone. Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are untouchable and mathematically MUST destroy the country. They are at least half of the budget. Anyone who tries to reform these will immediately be demagogued by the other party and would be voted out anyway. As long as we have a popular democracy, those programs are untouchable.
Like a machine gone mad, the system will spiral out of control. A military dictatorship will be installed, with old people getting tiny doles and doctors being drafted and forced to serve.
This is all a certainty, just as 2 + 2 = 4.
"The trap got sprung in 1983, when Social Security went bankrupt. That was the year Reagan Ã??Ã?Â¢?? President Tax Cut Ã??Ã?Â¢?? signed a new law for funding Social Security. The new law imposed income taxes on Social Security payments. It also scheduled a series of increases in the wage base subject to FICA taxes.
That emergency measure deferred the day of reckoning until now. The law was passed in the first year of Reagan’s massive deficits: over $200 billion in 1983 dollars, meaning close to $500 billion in today’s money. That was the end of the Republican Party’s commitment to a balanced budget.
Bill Clinton benefited politically from balanced budgets, 1998Ã??Ã?Â¢??2001, but only by means of a statistical trick: using Social Security’s net income after payouts as net revenue for the government, and then burying the liabilities in the government’s off-budget accounts. This has been common practice ever since the Johnson Administration.
That game of political deception will end this year. This year marks the year Ã??Ã?Â¢?? like 1983 Ã??Ã?Â¢?? when receipts from FICA taxes will not cover outlays in the program. The flow of funds will henceforth move from the general fund to the Social Security Administration."
Although the best solution would be to phase out the program and return retirement and disability to matters of personal responsibility and personally bought insurance, and the second best solution I think would be to partially do so with a partial reduction in benefits, if these will not be done then that leaves:
Here’s what would happen to anyone who even DREAMT of touching these programs:
"The most famous example is Barry Goldwater in 1964.
As a Senator, he had on occasion suggested that the government should implement certain aspects of voluntarism into the Social Security system. The Democrats took advantage of this. As recently as 2009, a Time Magazine article on the politics of Social Security reported on this.
President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran a TV ad showing a pair of hands ripping a social security card in half as a narrator says: “On at least seven occasions, Senator Barry Goldwater said that he would change the present social security system. But even his running mate, William Miller, admits that Senator Goldwater’s voluntary plan would destroy the social security system. President Johnson is working to strengthen social security.”
A leader can explain to the people until he’s blue in the face. Their answer, like bleating sheep, will be: “I want my check!! I want my benefits!!”
The leader might say how the country will be destroyed, that we have to borrow trillions from China just to pay on these things, and the sheep will bleat the same thing.
They’ve been taught by libs that reality is rubber, that morality is relative, and that humans can be twisted into any shape. They’ve been taught that ‘we are all here to serve one another’.
They are about to see those principles in practice.