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Questions the GOP Must Explain

bigdawgworking Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 7:24 AM
Simple to explain the budget: "Today all Americans receive a government printed statement that shows the date when YOUR Social Security will NOT pay as promised.. Why? Because the President and the Democrats (and many Republicans) have spent YOUR money. They have broken the promise made to you." Add "Demand a plan" for those who enjoy irony. Notes: Future tense is NOT used. The word "unsustainable" is NOT used. The statement IS emotional.
anonymous1329 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 7:43 AM
The promise was broken by FDR who had government lawyers argue that the social security tax was no different than any other tax and the federal government could spend it any way they wanted. There was never a trust fund and there was never supposed to be a trust fund, just an empty promise
bigdawgworking Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:56 AM
Accurate analysis, but it is too complex. And, since the world has not ended since FDR, the typical person would say "so what?". I did not say that my simple explanation was 100% accurate, only that it explains in a manner that can be understood.

Paul Ryan is, of course, right -- spending is unsustainable and the USA is on an economic collision course unless some serious changes are made.  But if the GOP wants the public to understand what's at stake, they need to do better at explaining the problem than press releases like this

WASHINGTON—Today, the Congressional Budget Office released its Budget and Economic Outlook, which projected an $845 billion deficit for fiscal year 2013. In response, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:

“The CBO’s report is yet another warning that we need to get spending...