Sunday, December 05, 2010

Just about the biggest stupidity I've seen in suggesting how to reduce the federal deficit

In the comments for this,
Ways to cut the deficit Lower all politicians salaries by 25%, lower all gas / diesel / heating fuels to $1.00 a gallon, lower property taxes to $100 dollars a year for all houses and let people have to work to pay for their children to go to school so that people are NOT forced out of their houses and on welfare, make illegal aliens pay for the taxes and medical services they have received free of charge, make foreigners pay for their own college education instead of raising the amount to go to college to pay for those whom get free college, make small companies pay a very small tax amount and let all companies take tax deductions for medical care of employees, stop raising taxes and stop making new taxes for reasons that there are ways to provide for without raising taxes. Have several more reasons that would make a candidate for presidential election get elected but won't post them because the politicians would use them for their own nomination. Posted by Dereck
Cutting politicians' salaries: a drop in the bucket of $1.3 trillion.

Lowering property taxes: this actually increases the deficit at municipal levels. But it does nothing for the federal deficit.

"let people have to work to pay for their children to go to school so that people are NOT forced out of their houses and on welfare": this is a non-sequitur.

Illegal immigrants: another drop in the bucket of $1.3 trillion.

Taxes on companies and their health care costs: this does nothing significant for the federal deficit.

"stop raising taxes and stop making new taxes for reasons that there are ways to provide for without raising taxes": this circular claim still does nothing.

But the biggest idiocy is "lower all gas / diesel / heating fuels to $1.00 a gallon." No energy company could survive on that. They'd lose money without...massive government subsidies, which would massively increase the deficit.

The only way to cut the deficit is to cut spending. The primarily spending outlays are entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and welfare), and you can be sure every last one of the recipients will vote to continue the status quo -- everyone else be damned. The nature of government being what it is, namely an institution whose sole function is to force some people to bend to the whims of others (e.g. taxation), you might as well ask the fox to go on a diet while extending him another invitation to the henhouse.

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