Originally Posted by cabarbhab
drastic things have to happen. at this point it is not a matter of if we fail, but when. I am willing to make sacrifices to help this country. If they make cuts to us, they have to make cuts to everyone else. I would rather we make the hard choices now ourselves, than be forced to makes these cuts because our system fails. Government needs to be drastically cut, that means military, all departments, all welfare, medicare, social security. But to do this it means that Americans will have to take responsibility for ourselves again. We must take care of ourselves and our neighbors. Rough times are surely coming our way and we must prepare for them. We can either give up our freedoms and liberties and let the government "take care" of things or we can stand up, prepare for the worst and take care of our neighbors. This was a country founded on values, morality, personal responsibility, personal reliance and the rights and freedom of the individual. I believe if we come together as free individuals willing to care for ourselves, families and friends we can be stronger than ever before. We truly are living in a very important time in our countries and the worlds history. Are we going to be a nation of free individuals shaping our lives and future, or are we going to give our freedom up to let the government do that for us?
Don't get me wrong, but those of us that have served know that we carry an immense burden, and for not all that much pay in the service of our country.
When politicians f@ck up, it is the men and women in uniform who bear the burden of months-long deployments, bullets, shrapnel, injuries, and death. They are the LAST folks you affect.
Our long, slow climb back into fiscal solvency will take decades. Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will need to be cut. Subsidies given out by the government will need to be gutted. The so called "entitlements" will need to be re-examined. Everyone needs to take a bite from the so-called "sh!t sandwich" and have to swallow it. Like it or not.
For the past 50+ years since LBJ began to dip into the Social Security "Trust Fund" we have been spending a lot more than we take it. The incompetent twits in D.C. and many state capitals just kept kicking it down the line. Now it is time to pay the piper.
Federal subsidies to farmers for crops has to stop. Federal bailouts of companies has to stop. Hell, the guys in D.C. are even funding local fire and police departments to fund staffing - a LOCAL issue.
I have absolutely no problem helping the down and out, the unfortunate in society - but we, as a society need to examine who fits into this category. We can even start by examining who gets a Federal pension. Start by gutting the politicians (most of whom are millionaires.) No pensions for political appointees. No pensions for cabinet members (since they are gone every 4-8 years.) Really get into the meat and potatoes of the budget.
The military programs can take a hit. The funding for aircraft can take a hit.
The benefits for our warriors does not need to be touched.
I fully expect that my taxes will go up, but just this year a study came out showing that only 47% of the U.S. population pay NOTHING in Federal income taxes:
How absurd is that? Lots of places to make up a LOT of money.
Flat income taxes, no tax deductions for anything, and everyone is taxed. Everyone benefits from the government, so you get pay into it.
But the troops who serve as the defenders and preservers of our freedoms are the very last ones to get touched.