Sandi wrote:Granted whiners was a poor word choice. Let me just tell you what bothers me: that is the growing trend where more people think the government should take care of us, but that isn't how it works unless we are disabled physically or mentally. For the rest of us, we are obligated to take care of ourselves.
Do you have proof of a growing trend or are you repeating what you have heard on conservative "news" programs?
In 2008 we were hit with an almost complete meltdown of the financial industry. Millions of jobs were lost per month. When this happens the government is supposed to spend money to protect its citizens. Is it better to let millions of people to go hungry or give them food stamps? Do you think that a million hungry people wouldn't then start stealing and assaulting people with "money" to feed themselves?
The issue I have is that in good econmic times the government should be cutting back on services and saving money for a rainny day. Less people without jobs means less welfare and food stamps.
Talk to any economist on this. When the economy is going poorly the governments responsibilty is to stimulate the economy. When the economy is going well they should be pulling out and letting the free markets determine the growth (with appropiate oversight, like making sure our water isn't being poisoned by industrial run-off).
The other issue is the military. We spend just about the same as (basically but not exactly factually correct) every other nation combined. If we aren't safe and secure maybe we aren't spending the money effectively. But the Rs can't find a penny in the military's budget to cut.
Basically to sum this up.
If I had a struggling client that needed a loan from a bank, I would never tell the bank we are going to cut our revenues 20% and cut our spending 70% so give me a loan. I also wouldn't go into a bank and say we are going to increase revenue 20% and increase spending 40%. I would show the banker a way to increase revenues and cut wasteful spending and create the needed cash flow to service the businesses bank debt.
Obviously, the Rs cut revenues cut spending doesn't work and neither does
the Ds increase revenues increase spending. We need to actively confront the issues but when you have one faction of one party (the Tea Party) not allowing any compromise everything is pretty much DOA.