Ridiculous Deficit/Debt Rhetoric & Senate Vote

Politicians’ deficits and debt proposals lack credibility but provide (false) hope for many uninformed citizens.

Proposed Tax Increases and Spending Cuts Facts:

Every political season is filled with political rhetoric, media sound bites, and misinformation. This season is different because our political candidates are incapable or unwilling to discuss the truth about our Nation’s problems. The truth is that the scale and magnitude of these problems are larger than our politicians’ ability to respond. This terrifies politicians because it demonstrates their need for power and personal greed have taken priority over our nation’s long-term wellbeing. Politicians’ future depends upon their ability to hide the facts.

The first two Democrat tax proposals shown are insignificant since they would pay (on an annual basis) for less than one-half of a day of government spending. President Obama’s “tax the rich” making more than $250, 000 proposal is somewhat better but only addresses 4.2% of the deficit which is one week of government spending. So we’d need to tax the rich and corporations more. Examples that don’t close the gap — taxing 100% of earnings from families making more than $250,000 or stealing all assets from the 426 U.S billionaires —demonstrate the true problem. Taxing 100% of Fortune 500 companies’ profits would need to be added to close the gap. But what would such drastic tax actions cost? Taxing 100% of income means motivation for innovation and new jobs dry up. There are no more billionaires to pay taxes. The fortune 500 companies go out of business destroying millions of jobs. The Republican spending cuts and the joint Budget Control Act shown are equally without credibility. Their total cuts hardly make a dent in the deficit. Both parties’ rhetoric is ridiculous. Politically difficult systemic changes to taxation and spending are required.

These facts have forced politicians to use whatever means are available to scare, seduce, and misinform citizens. They are telling us what they think we want to hear hoping our lack of knowledge of the facts and our fears will be enough to garner votes. They count on the observation that a lie told often enough is believed particularly when it’s something we want to hear. Sadly, one tactic used by politicians is to split us apart by race, rich or poor, and public or private workers just when we need to be united to address the problems. It is time we make politicians quit the games, tell the truth and accountable for doing not just saying the right things.

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Dr. Cleland’s Ph.D. is from Purdue University where he specialized in complex systems theory. His technical training and experiences includes analyses of many types of systems, involvement with numerous federal, state, and local agencies, and management of a broad set of set of professionals, services, and trades people. He has managed scientists, engineers, policemen, firefighters, environment, health, safety and emergency planning experts, building trades and maintenance crafts personnel, and others.

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