Why not consider a REAL solution to the soaring national debt?
Warning; I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Read on at your own risk.
The Paul Ryan Budget Plan fixes the debt by adding $6 trillion to it over the next 10 years. Not to be outdone, President Obama’s proposal fixes it even better by adding $7.2 trillion in the same time span. There is a proposal out there from the Progressive Caucus that actually balances the budget and begins paying down the debt. Why is the press talking about how “bold” the Ryan plan to screw everybody but the powerful is, and how Obama’s plan will probably win because it doesn’t kill Medicare as we know it, but not even mentioning that a real plan that actually fixes what it claims to fix rather than making it worse even exists?
In fact, if you read about the Ryan plan in the Main Stream Media which Republicans constantly claim is liberal propaganda and not to be believed, you won’t find a word that tells what the plan really does. Every Big Lie talking point used to sell Ryan’s plan by the right (who have always hated Medicare and wanted to kill it) is just parroted by the press. Bear in mind that almost all media today is owned by a handful of huge multinational corporations who will profit handsomely if Ryan’s debt explosion plan is put into action. The money added to the debt gets transferred to the wealthy and corporations.
Ryan’s plan calls for giving seniors a voucher instead of Medicare. Supposedly, they can take that voucher, worth $15,000 per year, and buy insurance on the open market. Now I am as healthy as a horse. I haven’t been in a hospital except to visit sick friends in almost 50 years. I have no preexisting conditions. I went out to shop for healthcare insurance when I was 62 years old, and Blue Cross wanted $30,000 per year to cover me. Imagine the cost for someone in their 70s with serious preexisting conditions. Most seniors have enough wrong with them that private insurers wouldn’t sell them a policy at any price. A senior living in an assisted care facility would go through $15,000 every 3 months. Do you seriously think United Healthcare, Inc. is going to cover them for just $15,000 when they know that they will pay out 4 times that much even if the insured doesn’t have a heart attack or stroke, or fall and break a hip?
As I mentioned above, there is a REAL Budget Plan out there. It doesn’t call for slashing investment in education, infrastructure, the environment and throwing seniors off the back of the sleigh to keep the wolves away just so we can give another massive tax cut to the rich, slash corporate taxes yet again, and hand out even more big subsidies to the poor, starving Big Oil companies—the most profitable industry in the history of Earth. It balances the budget in the coming decade and begins paying the debt down, and it preserves vital investments to keep America strong and maintain its social contracts.
But unless we demand that it get attention, the Beltway Press and their Oligarch masters will make sure it dies a quiet death and we go on cutting vital investment and giving more to the billionaires till we are a banana republic mired in unimaginable debt. What do they care? They are millionaire and billionaire multinationals. They will just move on to begin the harvest of middle class money elsewhere.