Originally Posted by patteeu
No, it's not as a matter of fact.
Medicare is in financial trouble, period. You're right later in this post that the problem is rising health care costs. You're wrong here to suggest that the problem is limited to the prescription drug program.
I don't know what the right percentage is and I don't care because it's irrelevant. I don't know what a "ton" of money is but the tone of your statement tells me that you're way off on the amount of waste that can be cut from defense. In any event, the defense budget isn't a source of our fiscal problems and it's foolish to use the defense budget like a piggy bank so you can avoid dealing with entitlements that actually are the source of the problem.
This is about the only thing you got right. It's a shame that democrats decided to ignore this problem and force a medical reform on the country that pursued universal coverage, wasteful levels of preventive care, and ubiquitous contraception instead. When is the President going to get serious about this?
Social Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus. That surplus is expect to last another 20 years. Of course we could extend that by raising the maximum money that is taxed but Republicans won't go for hurting the "job creators".
In addition to waste, the Defense department is still being funded to fight a Cold War that no longer exists. We can no longer afford the corporate welfare to fund the military industrial complex.
Sen. Coburn (R-OK) states that excessive military overhead is $37 billion over 10 years. He also cites $9 in savings by closing PXs which I would favor with the exception of overseas bases. He also wants to close on base military schools, which I would have to worry about local schools being able to absorb without taxes from those on the base. That would also be of limited savings, only $10.7 million over a decade.
Its ironic that you state using defense budget to piggy bank entitlements when Congress has been doing just the opposite for years. We cannot afford to spend $631 billion every year on defense.
Preventative care will save money in the long term. The current model is one of the reasons healthcare is so high.