- Jan 29, 2017
And that's just it - you can't "tax the rich" and get free college. You can tax them at 100%, it still won't equal the massive amount of money needed to pay for that shit.
The answer is always "We will tax THEM more!" - reality, math, and facts will tell you that it is simply impossible to pay for everything off the backs of rich people.
Maybe in fantasy land where you can ride your unicorn over the rainbow so you can get your basic income pot of gold, nobody has to pay for insurance or whatever else you want to call it for their healthcare anymore,
but the rest of us in the real world will bear the brunt of it through taxes, fees, co-pays, etc. unless we are the fortunate rich elite that can take advantage of our affluenza loopholes and tax/money shelters to limit or avoid paying the true costs.
And if a Democrat wins the 2020 election, conservatives will be crying about the deficit and all of their ways to "fix" it will include none of that.Bring back hardcore estate taxes. Start there.
Then figure out how to get multibillion dollar corporations that are making money hand over fist that are paying zero taxes to pay some taxes.
Cut the size of the US military in half. Get out of Afghanistan and Iraq.
That'll make a considerable dent in the deficit if you care about these things.
Would you mind explaining why it's the Democrat's fault that govt spending and the deficit have ballooned under Trump?I've been quietly waiting for ANY candidate at ANY to address our burgeoning federal deficit. So far I've heard crickets. Without economic "freedom" and the ability to pay for all of these pie-in-the-sky programs that candidates are pushing ... how would they ever come to reality?
As U.S. debt, deficits mount, presidential candidates sweep them under the rug
"In four hours of debate among Democratic contenders for the U.S. presidency, the word “deficit” was never uttered and the government’s debt was mentioned only once.
The reality is that Democrats are reluctant to make a campaign issue out of one of America’s most vexing problems — the ballooning annual budget deficits and overall debt under President Donald Trump.
That’s because some of their most popular policies going into the 2020 election would present significant budget challenges of their own, including expanding Medicare health coverage and offering government help to cut college costs and reduce student debt.
While Democrats insist they have workable plans that will cover the costs of these proposals, Republicans counter that their tax-the-rich solutions are not realistic.
On their side of the political divide, Republicans are equally interested in keeping mum on the subject, having happily backed Trump’s massive tax cuts and a surge in military spending - two key drivers of the deficit blow-out - after championing fiscal conservatism for years.
By supporting Trump, many Republican lawmakers have essentially abandoned an already fading commitment to balanced budgets and cutting the national debt.
“I don’t think in this election cycle there seems to be much of an interest in addressing the issue,” lamented Senator Rob Portman, a former White House budget director.
Portman, a Republican, is seen as a hawk on government spending, although he was also a strong defender of the 2017 tax-cut law that will drive up the national debt by at least $1 trillion over 10 years.
TERMITES UNDER THE PORCH
Many economists worry rising debt will bring higher interest costs, increasing the pressure on future governments to make deep spending cuts or even causing the United States to default on its debt payments, which could wreak havoc on a global scale.
It’s like having termites underneath the porch, said Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank focused on fiscal policy: “You step on the porch and everything’s fine... Then one day, you fall through.”
When he was running for president, Trump told The Washington Post he would pay off the national debt in about eight years. Instead, it has increased by $2.45 trillion since he took office in January 2017.
The total debt outstanding, amassed over many years of deficits, is now $22.4 trillion, its highest level ever, equal to about $68,000 of debt for every American.
The deficit has jumped from $666 billion in fiscal 2017, the final year President Barack Obama’s administration had an impact on budgets, to an expected $900 billion this year, and is projected to exceed $1 trillion a year by 2022.
“The prospect of such high and rising debt poses substantial risks for the nation,” the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said last month in its latest long-term outlook.
With the U.S. economy expanding, inflation and unemployment low and the stock market near record levels, the government could be expected to take advantage of the strong fundamentals to reduce deficits. But the opposite is happening.
Asked about rising deficits last month, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow last month downplayed concerns: “It doesn’t bother me right now.”"