Centrist and Leftist pundits are still claiming there's a widespread problem regarding rich business owners who pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. It's unbelievable that grown, educated professionals are still making this claim like brain-dead propagandists. You would think that they would go on to another line of propaganda -- pundits aren't very creative with propaganda, I suppose.
I'm not someone who obsesses over spending, because spending is a symptomatic problem. Spending is a problem, but it's not a fundamental problem, so claiming we can reduce spending and this will improve our situation is a bogus claim. It will take more than a responsible budget to make things better.
If we address the fundamental problems of central planning and government interventionism, then spending will take care of itself. Spending is out of control because government is out of control. Government has made promises it can't keep, no matter how much money government transfers from the private sector to the public sector. We have government programs which have become protected, bureacratic fiefdoms, and they must be dismantled. Congress can't even agree to eliminate obvious waste, fraud and abuse, much less eliminate programs and transfer some responsibilities from government to the private sector.
Our system of government is so convoluted that it can't be controlled -- it can only control and mislead. Leviathan now stretches out in all directions around the world. We're paying for military bases and defense in countries who can provide their own military and defense. SS and Medicare has to payout to a huge number of retirees as the birth rate is slowing and retirees are living longer than ever before. Medicine is finding new ways to extend life, so retirees are receiving way more in SS and Medicare than they paid in -- the system is geared toward collapse.
Centrists say we have to make long term spending cuts in entitlements -- most of the Left say that we don't have to address entitlements until we know for sure they've become problematic in real time. Politicians are blind to our problems as they focus on maintaining power. Maintaining power is a fulltime job for most politicians. They have to constantly deal with lobbyists and donors in order to fund the maintenance of their power bases. Politicians pretend to help their constituents, but in most cases the politicans are only offering benefits as payment for support. This is creating dependence on government as government interventions stall economic growth and throw people out of work. Even many who have a job are working in jobs below their skills and capabilities, thus requiring government benefits to supplement their pay.
Centrists and Leftists are asking for more government spending, on educational schemes, infrastructure, research, transportation, etc so that jobs are created and these jobs will jumpstart the economy. It's just the same old Keynesianism we're accustomed to from government. The difference now is that the natural strength of the American economy is not overcoming government interventions and central planning. Government has gone too far, and investors don't have to invest in the US, so investors are sitting on cash or investing somewhere overseas that is not America.
Fundamental solutions involve changing the statist system, but this is a tall order, a herculean task and other such cliched terms that speak to how damn hard it'll be to change this system of government. It might take economic collapse before this nation is willing to limit government power, but if we collapse people will likely cry for government protection -- that is how politically sick the nation has become. If we can't limit government power, develope a non-interventionist doctrine regarding foreign policy while building the most sophisticated defense known to man, and allow a free market, then I don't know what we'll do except slowly churn, squirm and grind under government control, as one gang comes in with the same old statist solutions as the gang that's leaving. All the while with government transferring more money from the private sector to the public sector.