Sunday, August 1, 2010

RealClearPolitics - Entitlement Reform an Uphill Battle

RealClearPolitics - Entitlement Reform an Uphill Battle:

Michael Gerson writes:

On the federal debt crisis, inertia has all the momentum. A compelling political logic favors inaction.

America's debt problem is mainly an entitlement spending problem. Serious entitlement reform would involve concentrating limited resources on the poor, eliminating subsidies for the rich and moving support for the middle class from a system of defined benefits to defined contributions. However skillfully this transition is designed, it will mean a middle-class benefit cut. That's why, in 2005, Republicans and Democrats both fled from Social Security reform like startled grouse. Even worse, this year President Obama and the Democratic Congress created a new health entitlement funded mainly by taking money from Medicare, making that program more difficult to stabilize in the future. The Obama administration has not only avoided reform; it has complicated the job for future administrations."

Read it all. Gerson correctly points out that both parties are to blame for the stalemate on this issue. We need to wake up BOTH parties' candidates to the fact that we cannot continue this entitlement spending madness. It is weakening this country to the point of collapse! Rep. Paul Ryan has a great plan, but even those in the GOP don't want to hear it! We need more people like those in Bell, California to stand up and say ENOUGH! - SP

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