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Politics as Painfully Usual

deficit, congress, budget, folly, Medicare, tax cuts, fiscal responsibility

The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies.

Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of our time. Take two:

  1. the Democrats’ idea of putting every American on Medicare and
  2. the Republicans’ current tax reduction bill.

Though the Republicans often pretend to be all about something called “fiscal conservatism,” their murky tax plan is not fiscally sound. Not yet, anyway — after all, it is “evolving.”

And I expect it to get worse, not better.

“The current plan proposes about $5.8 trillion in tax reduction offset by about $3.6 trillion in base-broadening offsets, meaning that it would result in a $2.2 trillion deficit increase over the next decade,” Peter Suderman summarizes over at Reason.

They have a number of cuts in the works, but also plan to spend more on defense and the like. The debt would go up.

But if the Republicans are hypocritical and irresponsible, the Democrats add sheer insanity to their irresponsibility.

“Medicare for All” is pushed by Senator Bernie Sanders, who serves Vermont, where a similar universal system was enacted, only to be repealed after it proved unaffordable even with huge tax increases. All single-payer/socialized medicine proposals would require whopping tax increases to work, and the increases in spending would inevitably yield greater deficits.

Besides, Medicare is heading for financial Armageddon. Adding more burdens to a system that they cannot (or simply will not) now make solvent?

Only a politician could consider such a “solution.”

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

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  1. John F Brennan says:

    You mean to say that you can only have what you can pay for and that economics is the allocation of scarcity and everyone cannot have everything they desire?  Really Paul, politicians, until they are suddenly surprised that they have destroyed the state, will never agree with you. After all they are and need to be elected. Their stock in trade is promises and presently division, not realities. 

  2. vic justes says:

    I agree with Mr. Brennan, sort of. A politician’s stock and trade, their reason for existence is reelection. They really care about nothing else.
    Having said that, tax cuts increase monetary circulation, as anyone who has taken an economics class understands. When the government collects money, they spend some buying “stuff” and spend some servicing debt. When taxpayers collect money, they also spend some buying “stuff”, including paying taxes, and save some. If they have more to spend, taxpayers generally spend more.
    The economy is not a zero sum game and neither is taxation.
    Taxpayers change their behavior in response to the price of “stuff” including taxes. Ignoring this is lazy thinking.

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