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Of course, SS and Medicare didn't crash the economy but according to their own TRUSTEES these two programs are UNSUSTAINABLE IN THEIR PRESENT FORM.
TO CLOSE YOUR EYES, ON THESE FACTS AND THE FACTS SHOWN BY THE GRAPHS BELOW IS TO CONDONE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS A DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA NOW.
AKA TOO MUCH FREE STUFF AND NOT ENOUGH OTHER PEOPLES' MONEY TO PAY FOR IT.......
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But take a look at a pie chart, from U.S. Government Spending, showing the Fiscal Year 2011 budget. A full 56 percent of spending is designated for health, pensions, and welfare:
The facts of any budget analysis are that non-discretionary social welfare spending dwarfs all other items in the budget. See the Heritage Foundation,
Defense Spending Has Declined While Entitlement Spending Has Increased." As noted there:
The charts in this book are based primarily on data available as of March 2010 from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The charts using OMB data display the historical growth of the federal government to 2009 while the charts using CBO data display both historical and projected growth from as early as 1940 to 2083. Projections utilizing OMB data are taken from the White House FY 2011 budget.
Also, folks can go to the Fiscal 2011 budget itself, "Budget of the U. S. Government: Fiscal Year 2011." And check for additional charts here, "SUMMARY TABLES." And for good measure, here's a chart from Wikipedia, with the source noted at bottom as "OMB - 2011 Budget - Summary Table s-3":