a responsible thing to do for the USA is to increase taxes
we spend 3.5 trillion a year. our deficit is like half a trillion.
we can only find insufficient things to cut. you can rail against things like the department of education or depart of housing etc, but you will find you are talking about small fries. we spend about a fifth on healthcare, a fifth on defense, another on social security, another on interest, and the rest on general governance. to oversimplify s the proportions aren't quite that and mroe could be added to say healthcare. that means cutting those departments is cutting a fraction of the budget. you could cut general governance in half, and it'd only be like ten percent of our budget. paying for the poor as the major problem is a myth as hte feds only spend not much beyond ten percent on them.
reputable sources say our debt is manageable.... but it won't be forever. we need to balance the budget. cutting entitlements ain't gonna work politically. cutting general governance will only take you so far. the poor as the problem is a myth. we've been borrowinng against our future so long that it's starting to catch up with us. it isn't all that politically feasible, but increasing taxes is the most politically feasible thing to do.
and it's not like this is without precedent. our tax rates have been much hghe on a regular basis in the past.
Thanks for the challenge, I think this will be a good debate.
Now I'm going to launch right into it. First of all, the figures presented in your opening arguments are innacurate, especially due to the fact that you are saying all of them are equal amounts.
we spend about a fifth on healthcare, a fifth on defense, another on social security, another on interest, and the rest on general governance.
Being that (according to you) we spend about 1/5 on each of the four you list, general governance is also a fifth. Now, in order to provide an accurate picture of our situation, I am going to provide the correct figures.
The following are some to pie charts on the budget-
i applaud con for his willingness to engage the sacred cow of military spending. unfortuatebly too many republicans won't touch a penny of it.
but let's see here. cut general governance in half, and cut the military in half, and we might be on to something. id estiamte that we are only balancing the budget though, not paying it back. but that could be a step in teh right direction of growing our way out of so much debt.
cutting general governance in half though is unrealistic. cutting military in half is probably too.
i give con mixed reviews but props for being willing to touch military spending.
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