Originally Posted by Skripka
The simple economic reality is that the US can't afford the super-power game anymore. Pick one. Police the world. Or having police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals, paved roads,and education etc. We cannot afford both, not in the all-in spending that we do.
Simple economic reality is that no matter what your interpretation of the situation is, tens of thousands of lawmakers, military officials, and economists, are making this happen, or watching it happen and we don't exactly seem to be crashing and burning.
And I have news - We've been doing both for a long time. Just because your state law makers completely misuse appropriation funds and stuff things full of pork doesn't mean the U.S. is failing.
We're in a lot better state than we were in '09 and people still complain about this, really? The problem is lawmakers, not the dollar.
There have been stories in the news lately of houses burning down and the firefighters did not come. The communities went to having a subscription-based firefighting coverage. There was no money to cover everything, and tax hikes to pay for things are political suicide.
That's how firefighting works in almost every county. How about you post that story. You know, where the guy lived outside the city boundary, refused to pay for the service, etc. Nothing to do with "too little money". If you're fifty miles away from city proper, why should the city blow an extra ten thousand a month to build lines to your house, conduct training and practice runs, etc.
That is the reality. We want everything, and the only reason the US government is still running is because we keep expanding our debt limit. Latest projections is that the government will run out of money on its current debt limit in May--at which point we'll probably issue more loans to ourselves. Further devaluing our currency.
Everyone wants toys and services in the US. And no one wants to pay for them....or worry about how we'll pay for them.
The reality is you have a weak grasp of economics and use incorrect sources as a basis for your argument. Maybe you've just been fooled by all the inane talk going on between the media and mass-America. But I assure you, although the system is stressed, it's not failing by any means.
And who do you think is paying that debt, by the way? Other countries. Like China, Japan, etc. Who have not only a belief that the USD will rise in the future, but are willing to invest hundreds of billions, or trillions of dollars (Read: Their entire economy) in that belief.
Everyone wants to be entitled to everything. And they're given everything by their lawmakers because the lawmakers have no spine. Then they go th extra step of stuffing things full of pork, and have the GALL to blame everyone but themselves for waste. This even includes military "toys" - When the lawmakers decide they also need a project to do fifteen different things not included in the original plan. Oh, and make it environmental.
People need to hold themselves to stricter standards, and make their politicians do the same.
Man, I wonder how many people could have gotten healthcare for a $22B project that was un-needed, ended up killing people anyway, and made traffic worse. Thank god for an extra five or six miles of highway.Edited by Iblis - 2/8/11 at 11:46am