A brilliantly crafted scenario by Robert J. Samuelson at the Washington Post predicts a dead even settlement of the dispute that has already torn the nation asunder and further undermined the credibility around the world.
Samuelson paints this as a “win-win” solution, but to this observer it portends more loss and punishment to American citizens who are the victims in this uncivil brawl.
The American Uncivil Brawl 2013
The fight within the Republican Party and with the Democrat Party is apparently all about “entitlements” that Democrats prefer to call benefits and social services. What is the entitlement problem.
One interpretation comes from an article by Fox News in which Gerri Wells of the Willis Report writes, “We have a lot of retirees, and we're quickly running out of money to pay them.”
Wells identified that the subject government programs are poorly managed to produce problems that hurt the cash-starved services financially.
“The Social Security administration made $6.5 billion in overpayments in 2009, meaning some people received payments they were not entitled to while others received more than they should have!”
Then she wrote:
“And Social Security also made nearly $1.5 billion in underpayments-- raising the total amount of improper payments to $8 billion! Dont forget, that's taxpayer dollars!”
This is where Fox News and their sources get loopy with bias. She added $6.5 billion overpayment with $1.5 billion under payment to arrive at a $8 billion problem. Well, the net effect of the problem is $5 billion, and yes that is a problem.
It’s the damned poor people.
“It's not just the Social Security trust fund you and I pay into every month-- half of this is from the supplemental income program--for the very poor and it's where most of the errors are found.”
No, it’s the damned administrators who were managing the program when these things happened under the George W. Bush administration.
On that note, make a list of all of needs that Americans have for which promises have been made to attend to them for which a large portion of the population depend, and for which government needs to produce the means to pay for them.
List of needs:
1. Zero poverty
2. Jobs with upward mobility for everyone
3. All persons assured of a minimally acceptable good life for all of their lives that includes affordable income, food, shelter, clothing and healthcare for all Americans
Now, the aim of America is for citizens to be self-determined and self-sufficient in a sustainable economy that is a product of public policy and governance and private enterprise partnership.
These needs must be met in full at 100% certainty for the nation and its government to be successful. Any disagreement about that?
“Robert J. Samuelson: The exit
By Robert J. Samuelson,
Here’s a way out. President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders meet at the White House. After the meeting, the president announces that the administration commits to negotiations with Congress over spending reductions that will explicitly include Social Security and Medicare. Also on the agenda would be proposals to eliminate — or drastically reduce — obsolete, ineffective and marginal programs. These savings would be used to replace the “sequester”: the automatic and mindless cuts to many discretionary programs. But negotiations will not start, Obama adds, until Congress raises the debt ceiling and passes a “clean” continuing resolution to end the government’s partial “shutdown.”
Boehner then steps to the microphone and thanks the president for agreeing to negotiations that cover Social Security and Medicare. All that House Republicans ever really wanted, he says, was a genuine negotiation tied to ending the shutdown and raising the debt ceiling. Obama pats Boehner on the back and says he’s always been eager to negotiate but refused to do so when threatened by shutdown or default. With bipartisan support, the House and Senate quickly pass the needed legislation, and thousands of words are written and spoken over who “won” the budget showdown.”