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#1 - jesterjlw (10/06/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Wow! That is the best explanation of the US budget I have ever seen. Good job OP.
#11 - Ruspanic ONLINE (10/07/2013) [+] (42 replies)
This isn't the whole story.
First of all, it's important to note that most of our debt it owed to the American people, not to foreign countries.

Second, when you actually look at what money is spent on, the overwhelming majority is spent on things that have strong public support. The two biggest government expenses are national defense and entitlements (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). If you try to cut Medicaid, you get attacked for hating poor people. If you try to cut Social Security or Medicare, old people come after you - and they have a lot of political power because they're more likely to vote than younger people. Old people are also a significant part of the Republican base, which is supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility but can't touch the biggest parts of government spending because of pressure from their constituency.

What else? Well, there's the interest we're required to pay every year on our debt, so we can't cut that. What's left to cut? The EPA? We like our clean air and water. The CIA? No, there's terrorists to fight. The Department of Energy? The Department of Education? Both unpopular choices. NASA? Foreign aid is a common suggestion, but it's less than 1% of the budget.

It's really quite easy to see why Congress is only able to shave tiny fractions off our spending. We the voters won't let them do anything more substantial, despite all our complaining about the budget.

Of course, instead of cutting spending the other option is to raise taxes, but that's so unpopular with people that our politicians would rather just borrow more money.
#17 - I Am Monkey (10/07/2013) [+] (2 replies)
#3 - grapesforall (10/06/2013) [+] (5 replies)
I think 38,5 billion dollars is still quite the budget cut... sure they could cut their army in half save about a trillion and still be the most powerful warring nation on the planet... and sure they could cut their war on drugs and safe about 6 billion and make some money.... but then who would we... i forgot where i was going with this... here is a picture of Lincoln with glasses
User avatar #35 - sabdoor (10/07/2013) [+] (8 replies)
And Vote who in? It was the republicans that left you in this sorry state and who don't give a **** , and the democrats who are too ******* stupid to fix it the right way.
#5 - anonymous (10/07/2013) [+] (9 replies)
You can't treat the United States Government's budget like it's your household budget. That's a gross oversimplification of the issue and the fact that so many people think like this makes me want to kill people.

And we wonder why the rest of the world thinks Americans are dumb.
User avatar #6 to #5 - flamingpie ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
Actually it might be the over-complication rather than the over-simplification that's making people think we're dumb.
#33 - jimli (10/07/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Sure, you can make anything look like the problem when you use an inaccurate analogy.

Pick up a book by John Maynard Keynes and teach yourself; don't let misinformed internet posts or comments sway you
User avatar #34 to #33 - smithforprez (10/07/2013) [-]

"Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some..." - Keynes

That money the govt borrows from itself does not exist until the govt borrows it, and the debt gets paid when the govt decides to devalue the entirety of accumulated wealth in the US. Its a bit like levying a tax on everyone's bank accounts, but inverted.

"...There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose." - Keynes

Diagnosed, Bitch.

Why don't you read keynes again, I think there's something you missed
User avatar #58 - jakols (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Ill just leave this here for those who want to see
how ****** up the whole thing really is...

The Debt Limit Explained

#39 - blarny (10/07/2013) [+] (11 replies)
How did you get ahold of the US' accounting book?
#41 to #40 - blarny (10/07/2013) [-]
The NRS thanks you for exposing this treasonous activity, expect a 0.001% tax refund next year.
#12 - frienderman (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
While I don't necessarily agree that we need more cuts in the budget, this is indeed an over-simplification. By this model, we could also just "get a better job" to get more income (raise taxes) and we'd be completely fine.

Perhaps thinking about a country as a country and a household as a household would be a wiser choice.
#102 - anonymous (10/07/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I love how Americans are ALWAYS divided on EVERY issue, even just a post. Can you Americans ever agree on everything? No wonder your government is pathetic at best
User avatar #125 to #102 - noblekira (10/07/2013) [-]
because every one in every other country has the same opinion as one another
#96 - crazyitalian ONLINE (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
the way i see it is, if we really slash welfare benfits to people who aren't disabled and are perfectly capable of working, and instead, we establish porgrams to give these people jobs, guess what happens? now instead of the Government paying these people to do nothing, they now earn an income, and pay more taxes. If we do our best to create new jobs within our country (by maiking it easier for companires to manufacure domestically, instead of outsourcing) we can increase tax revenue, without actually increasing the tax rate. I know the situation is extremely complicated, and we can't just say "oh, we need to pull this switch and people will get jobs!" but it's still something we cpuld work to achieve.

TL;DR, we should do our best to create jobs, and get people on welfare to start working
User avatar #93 - stefanieg (10/07/2013) [+] (2 replies)
i feel that they need to raise taxes. especially on the 1%. but people dont want to lose a little money to help fix a country.
#63 - fritzzle (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
MFW when accurate tittle and useful keywords
#77 to #63 - saltyfries ONLINE (10/07/2013) [-]
that picture looks scarily a lot like me in my younger days (thank god I have dark brown eyes)
User avatar #50 - darthacerbus (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
International debt does not work like credit card debt.
User avatar #36 - FJSoldier (10/07/2013) [-]
I wonder how much of this the NSA cost? This is a serious question here
#32 - angelusprimus (10/07/2013) [-]
And this is a very basis of ignorance.
We take 2 things that are completely different. Dumb it down, pretend they are equivalent, and teach the sheep not to think, just to accept dumbed down versions.
Sheep are much easier to control if they don't understand things, but think they do.
User avatar #28 - ubercookieboy (10/07/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Throw out old politicians.

Get new politicians.

Pretend a change in government is going to make the debt go away.
User avatar #15 - pokemonstheshiz (10/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
The debt isn't really even a problem in the long run. The US could just say "what debt" and be done with it. It might cause a decent bit of international hate, but most of the countries we borrow from are ones that rely on us heavily for their income (especially China) so they'd probably just have to deal with it.
User avatar #18 to #15 - bodasion (10/07/2013) [-]
(Less than 30% of America's total borrowings are from the international community. China, itself, owns less than 10% of America's total debt load.)

So yeah, your point is even stronger than even you realize.
#14 - dryctael (10/07/2013) [+] (3 replies)
A lot of denial in the comment section... lot of ppl complaining how this is not accurate. That might not be the most accurate picture but the message is still true, US is spending 						*********					 more than it makes.
A lot of denial in the comment section... lot of ppl complaining how this is not accurate. That might not be the most accurate picture but the message is still true, US is spending ********* more than it makes.
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