David Stockman for president!

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Ricter, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Ricter


    "David Stockman, a Republican, served as a U.S. representative from Michigan and as the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1981 to 1985.

    The crisis lies in the debt, not the ceiling. Kicking the can with a six months' ceiling increase is the worst possible alternative because it allows the politicians of both parties to continue making the Big Fiscal Lie. The Republican "no tax increase" position is preposterous; we are collecting less than 15% of GDP in taxes, the lowest since 1950, and spending 24% of GDP.

    More than half of that is national security and Social Security, and the Republicans don't have a plan to cut a dime from either. Likewise, the Democrats are lying when they say Social Security is not part of the fiscal problem.

    Benefits will exceed payroll taxes by $50 billion this year alone, and the red ink only gets deeper with time. Social Security should be subject to a stringent means test on the top 15 million affluent retirees, so that there is something left for the 40 million lower-income elderly who are already on the ragged edge.

    Finally, the $800 billion defense and security budget is a relic of the Cold War, which ended 20 years ago, and should be cut by $200 billion. We no longer have any industrial state enemies and we have been fired as the world policeman -- so it is time to mothball some carrier battle groups, ground some air wings, drastically reduce our troop strength, end the futility of Afghanistan and stop buying multibillion high-tech weapons that we can't afford and don't need.

    In the meanwhile, both the Boehner plan and the Reid plan are just big numbers flimflam. Their 10-year discretionary caps can't be enforced and the debt crisis is right now. In the next two years, where it really counts, each would save only $60 billion, or 1%, of the baseline spending of $7.5 trillion. That's a pathetic joke.

    We are borrowing $6 billion per day with no end in sight, and rolling the dice in the hope that apparently clueless bond fund managers will continue to buy the debt of a quasi-bankrupt country. One day soon, they won't. But then it will be too late."

    'Listen Up, Washington, We've Been There'

  2. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    A good read. The problem with shrinking the military (and I believe it should happen) is that you bring all those soldiers home, then what do you do with them?
  3. Ricter


    That's a problem, I agree. I think we need to "make work", WPA style.
  4. Arnie


    The MAIN reason we are only collecting 15% of GDP in taxes is because of Obama's policies which have resulted in 9%+ unemployment for an extended time. We are 2+ years into this "recovery" and GDP is barely growing. Under Reagan we had qtrs of 8%+ GDP growth. I know it's not all his fault, but I think he has actually made things worse. Name one thing this guy has done to instill confidence in anyone, much less an employer?

    Healthcare? New mandates and rules
    The Budget? Oh yea, they haven't passed one yet
    Taxes? he wants them raised
    Regulation? yea, he's been on a roll.
    Dodd-Frank? that just makes "too big to fail" a forward going reality.
  5. Ricter


    Continuing the Bush tax cuts was supposed to restore confidence, why didn't it work? (Big company) cash holdings have never been higher, and some are making record profits.

    The forward going reality of "too big to fail" should instill a lot of confidence, at least in the business community.
  6. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Who says it didn't work?

    I could just as easily use the same argument the administration used on stimulus as you're questioning regarding the Bush tax cuts:

    "Yeah, but if we didn't do it, it would have been so much worse!"
  7. Ricter


    Ask Arnie.