#48 Snoofy - pretty solid answer. I'll give it some consideration.
what do conservatives actually think about cutting these programs in light of a recent $1.5 trillion giveaway that mostly went to rich people?
#49 | POSTED BY JOE
I am all for changes to the tax code that spur economic growth. Having said that, during economic booms our government should not be running a deficit. Deficit spending should be reserved for recessions and major wars.
As it pertains to the triumvirate of SS/Medicare/Medicaid these programs are on a trajectory to bankrupt this country. I do not favor anything radical to address this. Whilst I think a Medicare voucher system is a good idea and is one that would help control costs a bit, it is not politically viable and would crash and burn like partial privatization of SS did for Bush. This is what I favor for SS/Medicaid/Medicare:
Block-grant funding to the states to administer Medicaid.
Raise taxes 1 point on both sides for FICA. Increase the cap by $10K. Raise the age of eligibility to 70 over a period of 15 years.
Nothing I just suggested is radical. The structure of these programs remain intact and they are simply tweaked. Plus it's a grand compromise - tax increases coupled with spending cuts.
As for our current deficits...
Purify the tax-code as much as possible and set tax rates so that our government is fully-funded. This cannot be actuarially-accomplished by simply soaking the rich. It's not possible. Thus, the people will have more skin in the game. If the people truly want Big Government then they should be forced to fully pay for it. Raise taxes across the board and give our federal government a major colonoscopy on ALL of its wasteful expenditures. A few million dollars to study lesbian obesity may seem like nothing given how much our government spends as a whole, but if our taxes are actually reflective of what our government spends in the aggregate, maybe people will give a crap about all of its excesses.