The truth

I don’t know if the truth will set you free, but it is still the truth.

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), for fiscal 2017 what percentage of US federal government spending was accounted for by these categories: Defense/Homeland Security, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid? 32 percent? 42 percent? 52 percent?

The answer is none of the above. The actual number is 62 percent. People who (incorrectly, IMO) say that entitlement reform is not necessary often claim that Social Security and Medicare are funded by direct taxes. OK, but the US has already had years when Social Security benefits paid have exceeded taxes collected and that will become permanent in the next 10-15 years unless reforms are made. Medicare taxes don’t even come close to paying expenses and the crap that politicians of both parties spout about the efficiency of Medicare is totally false because much of Medicare’s costs show up in other agencies, like Social Security. Defense spending? I’m sorry, but the US doesn’t have to spend more on defense than the next highest 7 or 8 or 9 countries COMBINED. (The actual number depends on the source and the definition of defense spending.)

Have I trodden on enough toes for one post and one day? My definition of an ideologue is someone who refuses to acknowledge that the positions they advocate have costs. (I also know that these “political” posts are read less often than the posts about cars. That’s OK to me.) I think most politicians of both parties in this country are gutless. They pander to collect votes instead of making the difficult decisions that leaders must make.

My 2¢.