The political left is adept at positioning the political right as uncaring, mean spirited and only in favor of the wealthy.
On the surface that’s easy to accept … if you are inclined to ignore the financial state we and all of our entitlements are in. Pick one; Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, government worker benefits and more. They all present nearly incalculable liabilities and are currently underfunded or present an open-ended expense, not to mention a current deficit of half a trillion dollars a year.
They all represent a financial burden being placed on the next generation.
The problem is most definitions of “wealthy” start at $200,000 income or less; we are not talking about the multi-millionaires and billionaires. There are simply not enough of these people to foot the bill for many of the proposed expansions or even the current state. Therefore, the burden falls directly on the middle class; something you don’t hear much about.
Beyond that there is the basic question of where society’s responsibility begins and ends.
If you are opposed to reductions or future management of spending for any of these programs, then much higher taxes must be accepted along with the fraud and abuse common for these entitlements.
The sad truth is that human nature means all too many individuals take advantage of society’s safety nets and few participants or providers care about costs.
Should anyone care?