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In Response to Re: The nine most painful impacts of a government shutdown:
$6 trillion was added to the deficit in the past 5 years. Another government entitlement has begun that will obviously greatly exceed the proposed cost. All the revenue going to our federal government no longer suffices for entitlement obligated spending.
The whole federal government runs on borrowed funding. Each department / worker / armed forces recruit / arms supplies / all are funded with borrowed money. Conservatives are vilified for seeking to impose restraint. This illustrates much about how the U.S. reached our impasse in the budget. Finally, any bipartisanship in Obamacare was limited to those dissenting.
Funding needs to be identified, sourced, and approved. If NO shutdown led to the complete demise of the U.S, then 9 temporary painful impacts must be weighed against the value of preserving & continuing our Constitutional Republic. For future reference, one side of the aisle should not restructure 20% of the U.S. economy with no buy in from the other side, & should not ram a program down our throats that 'Must be passed to know...what is in it'.
80% of the U.S. population required no major changes in our healthcare system. A change for the better for everyone -- that would be great. Soaking the rich / the unions / the young -- not a solution.
Posted by Journey56
Anybody who thinks a health care debacle that charges twice as much as the next most expensive system yet delivers third-world results is "just fine" for the 80% of Americans who have SOME health insurance is a total misanthrope who only sees good in what benefits the Uberrich.
The only reason health care is 20% of the economy is generations of Regressive obstructionism and su*k-the-richest policies have used healthcare as yet another method of transferring wealth from the middle class to the Uberrich, and the greater the cost, the faster that transfer works.
By the way, the $6 Trillion is debt was created as follows:
jrbush tax giveaway to the Uberrich: $450 Billion/year for 4 years = $1.8Trillion.
jrbush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan $400 B/yr for 5 years = $2.0Trillion
jrbush destruction of the American economy in 2008, lost tax revenue $2.2T
jr and the Regressives started out with a $300Billion surplus and THREE YEARS OF BALANCED BUDGETS. jr then proceeded to DOUBLE the National Debt in 8 years, adding $300 Billion per year just to service the additional debt HE created.
There are two ways to decrease Government borrowing:
1. is the Repug ploy of cutting services to the least of our brothers and sisters while cutting taxes for the Ubererich.
2. is to return to the totally reasonable and sensible tax brackets we had from WWII until 1965 and eliminate all deductions except a "standard deduction" to protect the same share of the average American's income as was "sheltered" by the $600 standard deduction used in the Eisenhower Administration. Average income was around $3000/year and the average family had 3 "deductions", which exempted 60% of the average American's income from Federal tax. Average income is now around $46,000, family size is 2.5, so a standard deduction of $12,000 would restore the situation that existed back in the 1950's when people complained about taxes, but nobody thought they were absurd.
Regressives have pushed their dribble down theory for 30 years AND IT NEVER WORKED. During that time, American did NOTHING "Great". Instead all the GREAT things our parents and grandparents built for us deteriorated or totally disappeared - best schools in the World, best infrastructure in the World, fastest growing middle class in the World, strongest economy in the World - all gone thanks to Regressive policies. IT DOES NOT WORK to shift the burden of paying for the country from the Uberrich to the middle class. Time to try something different - like what we tried and IT WORKED from WWII until 1965.