Look at Democratic Tweets and Facebook posts and you will learn that Republicans are uncaring beasts out to destroy average Americans. They want to cut Social Security and destroy Medicare among other dastardly deeds.
Do we care about $20 trillion in debt and half a billion in annual deficits or our level of spending? Do we care about the amount of taxes we pay? Do we care how government actions affect the competitiveness of American businesses? Do we care about sustainable funding for these necessary programs?
I hope that both Democrats and Republicans will answer yes to those questions. Do we care about people, especially people who need and deserve assistance from society? Of course we do.
So what’s the problem?
The problem is twofold in my view. First, accurately defining those people who need and deserve assistance and second, finding the right balance between spending and benefit promises.
The political right focuses on budgets and debt and spending and the political left focuses on people. One sounds harsh, the other compassionate. However, both are right, but neither is all right.
Social Security and Medicare not only represent the bulk of government spending, they have significant fiscal problems that must be dealt with. To build a case for doing nothing via misleading propaganda is downright irresponsible.
Both the program Trustees and the Congressional Budget Office and many others have been calling for action for years to make these programs sustainable. And both have been ignored for years. For Democrats to label Republican efforts as hostile to Americans is reprehensible. If you don’t like their ideas, come up with better ones that actually solve the problems and do so in a manner that gives all Americans a stake in the sustainability of Social Security and Medicare.
If Congress had done its job and made minor, incremental changes over the years, we wouldn’t be facing a crisis in these programs…a crisis some members of Congress still won’t acknowledge.
Are we willing to write a blank check drawn on the accounts of younger generations for our over 65 population? Are we willing to pay much higher taxes to take care of all needs of all Americans?