Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
Because Medicare is the biggest cost driver going forward that's why. This isn't in dispute even the administration agrees. Give up the Bush cuts and make serious changes to Medicare. If no one is happy that means you have a good deal.
Yep, going forward
(meaning for people not currently at or near the eligibility age) we will need to make some changes, but that's not going to do anything to solve the current deficit problem.
Nor have you addressed the slobbering over cuts to Social Security.
It's pretty simple, The top three causes of the current deficit problemare:
1.) Military Spending (more than doubled, after inflation, since 2000): $350+bn/year (much more, probably a total of over $500bn/year, when you consider things OTHER than DoD budget)
2.) Bush Tax Cuts (as well as other tax cuts from Obama): $450bn/year
3.) Medicare Part D: $
Want to cut the deficit now without stealing from people? You have to work with #1 and #2. You can assist with a general cut to other discretionary spending (which I'm in favor of) but that contribution will be dwarfed by rolling back #1 and #2.