Another problem looms that spells certain doom for us. All Americans should take a long look at Greece and at Venezuela. While you are doing this you can take a peek at Puerto Rico, Spain, Portugal, Detroit, Chicago, most US Cities, Illinois, and most States. All of these governments have put their heads in the sand and will not face that problem that is also quickly becoming the unsolvable problem for the United States. The difference between these others and the United States is that the others have entities that can and probably will come to their rescue; nobody can or will come to the rescue of the United States.
All of these other governments operated on the premise that the main role of government is to build safety nets for its citizens. The tactics that they have used are the ones Marx detailed; it is your duty to take from those who would work and give to those who would not. Those who build businesses, strive for achievement, and strive for excellence, and then reap the rewards due to their efforts, are selfish and dangerous because they build their wealth or success on the backs of others and must therefore be punished, Marx said. Implementing these Marxist philosophies has won the people in government power, but it has destroyed financial sustainability of the nation, state, city, or other political organization.
Today our nation has truly become a welfare state. The welfare programs of Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment, Welfare, Food Stamps, and all the others are considered sacrosanct by not just the Marxist/Progressives, but also by many who would refer to themselves as fiscally responsible. Nobody will talk about policies to eliminate these destructive programs but if discussed, the discussion is only on how to reform, which never happens.
Social expenditures in the U.S. were 19.2 percent of gross domestic product last year, up from 15.5 percent in 2005, according to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Recently, former Fed Chairman Greenspan decried a rise in entitlement costs, which he contended have pressured the U.S. economy. "To me the discussion today shouldn't even be on monetary policy it should be on how do we constrain this extraordinary rise in entitlements." He went on by calling the trend "extremely dangerous."
The way to constrain the extraordinary rise is quite simple. You begin by eliminating these so called safety net programs (euphemistically called entitlement) one by one. If we do not, we will become a Greece and worse a Venezuela. To save our nation will take American Statesman with extraordinary principle and character. This should be our criteria when evaluating those for whom we will cast a vote. Also, those who have extraordinary principle and character, you must get into the fray, and suffer the abuse that will be heaped upon you because you possess those characteristics lacking in public servants today. The future of this nation depends on you.