Do you want to know the future? Well, most of the time thats impossible. But join me as I look into my crystal ball, and I’ll take you on a whimsical journey to the America of the future, through the always fascinating lens of government spending.
If you’ve been watching or reading the news over the past few days, you have undoubtedly noticed the riots in Greece and Spain. These riots are in reaction to deep austerity cuts in government spending. Thousands of Greeks and Spaniards are up in arms over cuts in healthcare, pensions and wages.
Now, there are allegations coming from the Greek people that their politicians are corrupt, and that they are stealing the taxpayers money. According to The Independent, some of the protesters are making statements like this: “We don’t owe [money] to anyone, bring back what’s stolen!”
Firstly, I am sure that their governments are corrupt in some ways (every government is). Secondly, however, I know there is not just a single issue creating this problem. Greece’s 24% unemployment, collapsing economy, the deep cuts in pensions, etc, are the result of something. There is an origin to this story, and it started long ago. Greece has spending problems.
Greece has a universal healthcare system, which stands at about 10% of their national GDP. Due to overspending by the government, and an overly burdensome healthcare system, their government is going bankrupt. This new debt crisis has caused healthcare rationing and increasingly poor medical care. This has caused the Greek government to make deep and necessary cuts to spending. If they do not make these cuts, not only will Greece not receive aid, their country will collapse inward.
In case you’re wondering why I’m writing about Greece, I DO have a point. Greece is currently careening down the economic slide, and the United States is next up.
Universal healthcare simply doesn’t work. For evidence, just look to the UK and Canada. It is inefficient, and creates a massive bureaucracy that costs taxpayers enormous amounts of money. There are numerous other ways to dramatically decrease the cost of healthcare, such as cross-state insurance sales, Tort reform and means testing. In addition to that, our increasing dependency on government handouts during the Obama administration is driving us toward a Greek crisis.
For an example, look right in front of you. Welfare and food stamp usage is higher than it has ever been (45 million on food stamps), our debt has increased by more than $5 trillion during Obama’s tenure, and the numbers of those relying on the government are ever increasing. According to Alabama Senator Jess Sessions:
“This legislation [Senate Farm Bill] will spend $82 billion on food stamps next year, and an estimated $770 billion over the next ten years. To put these figures in perspective, we will spend $40 billion federal dollars next year on roads and bridges.”
Obama promised to cut the deficit by half; instead, he has increased it more than any other president in history. Obama claimed that his universal healthcare plan was “budget neutral”, it is certainly not, as has been demonstrated multiple times (google it). His presidency has increased our dependency culture substantially, and will only continue to make it worse.
Those who support Obama need only look to Greece to know the future of our country under this president. So, if you look to Greece, and you KNOW the policies that have driven them off the cliff, how on earth could you support a president who has implemented, and has designs to implement those very same (or very similar) policies? How could you support a president who continues to spend money like he’s printing it in the basement? It defies logic. And who wants to defy something as nice as logic? Obama does.
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