Quote of the Day, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Downplays Worries That Her Base Is Revolting edition.
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The United States is in trouble. Here is a plan to fix it.
The national government takes in about $2 trillion per year, and is over $14 trillion in debt. Stop to consider what that means. We — in the form of our government — owe seven times our yearly income to bondholders at home and abroad. Whatever your own personal income, multiply it by seven and ask what you would do if you owed that much.
The United States should carry no debt from year to year. A debt-free US would be a creditor nation, allowing the Fed to perform its money supply manipulation with peace of mind. The United States should not only have no long term debt, but should earn interest on money lent to our developing allies.
If we paid $500 billion per year on the principle of the national debt, it would take 28 years to repay. We now pay $-1500 billion. That is, under the present baseline, consensus, inertial non-plan, the United States will have to borrow — if it can — an additional $1.5 trillion dollars to continue its reckless, profligate course. So we are overspending by $2 trillion.
House leaders are proud of the effort they put in finding $100 billion in cuts, while ten times that amount would be only half of what we need.
Congress cannot act on its own. The pressure from those who feed at the public trough is too great, yet each member knows something must be done.
A Balanced Budget Amendment is just the start. But Congress has a way of fiddling with figures and lying about whatever constraints are applied to it. And so it will be with this idea.
If the United States has debt obligations, they shall be repaid in an amount no less than one sixth of its yearly expenditures or one third of the total debt, whichever is greater.
The above would force Congress to repay the debt, providing some hope for the future. It goes beyond balancing the budget, and does not require any special deception of declaring an unfunded war against Gondwanaland or Granada to justify emergency spending; it simply must be paid back.
This is radical, considering the current Administration’s desire to continue outrageous spending levels. Even four years ago, however, it would have seemed a meek and timid approach.
I fully recognize the likelihood of increased taxation. Members of Congress should also recognize the likelihood of being thrown out of office if they try it to the exclusion of spending cuts including:
The trouble should be immediately apparent: so much of the obligation has been declared off-limits.
Social Security, for instance, obligates the government to pay to retirees much more than they ever contributed, while no investment was ever made to prepare for it. That amounts to the worst retirement scheme ever devised, such that not only does it fail to leverage compound interest, but it actually forces the taxpayers to borrow at interest to pay current retirees.
In the alternative to these rather immodest entitlement proposals, follow Paul Ryan’s Roadmap.