Why democrats are not selling their budget reduction plan?

So, my question is, if we know what has to be done to reduce the deficit and majority of Americans understand and support measures and policies to achieve deficit reduction, why Democrats are not talking about it on every corner? Why they do not talk to American public? What is so difficult to sell if there is a support?

What created this huge deficit in US?

1. Bush tax cut, and extended by Obama.  It is estimated that this tax cut cost our country

For top 1% –                $714,787,400,000

For the next 4% –      $329,697,930,000

Total – since 2002 – over 1 trillion dollars.

2. Two unpaid wars – Conservatively it is estimated so far at 3-4 trillion dollars.

3. Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cost a year – almost $900,000,000,000.

So, those programs are the biggest price tags in the budget.

Americans support for each of the programs:

  1. Bush tax cut, extended by Obama – 60% of Americans support tax increase on those making more then $250,000
  2. End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (part of overseas military commitment in Federal budget)  – 65% of Americans support reduction of overseas military commitments.
  3. Social Programs – although cutting social programs are not popular among Americans, everybody understands that something has to be done to Medicare and Medicaid.
Cannot handle the load?
Democrats right now.

Democrats support all three programs: military reduction, Medicare reduction, and tax increase.

Republicans support only 1 program: Medicare and Medicaid reduction. But no tax increase and no military cuts.

So, my question is, if we know what has to be done to reduce the deficit and majority of Americans understand and support measures and policies to achieve deficit reduction, why  are Democrats not talking about it on every corner? Why do they not inform the American public?  If  there is strong public  support,  what is so difficult to sell?

Happiness and Budget.

In our society we tend to approach a problem from the wrong side – we treat symptoms instead of the root of the problem. For example, the USA spends twice as much per capita on healthcare as any industrial country. The main reason – Americans have more health issues than any other country in the world. So the root problem of huge Medicare/Medicaid spending is the health issue.

In our society we tend to approach a problem from the wrong side – we treat symptoms instead of the root of the problem.  For example, the USA spends twice as much per capita on healthcare as any industrial country. The main reason – Americans have more health issues than any other country in the world.  So the root problem of huge Medicare/Medicaid spending is the health issue.

Let’s try a different approach.  Forget the politics, Republicans and Democrats, forget the labels that we are so ready to slap on everything and everyone – Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Capitalism.  Most people don’t know the meaning of these words anyway.  What do we really want from life?  What makes us happy?  Continue reading “Happiness and Budget.”

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