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Steny Hoyer: We Have a "Paying-For" Problem, Not a Spending Problem

D G Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 6:38 PM
The problem is GROWTH of SPENDING. The spending is growing faster than the long term growth rate of the economy. Revenue can not be expected to grow faster than the long term growth rate of the economy. Spending for entitlement programs grows at 7% per year over the long term. The economy grows 3% per year over the long term. Revenues can only be expected to grow 3% per year. The gap between 7% spending growth and 3% revenue growth explains the growth of debt. 90% of the debt can be explained with the growth of entitlement spending. Therefore Entitlements must be reformed to slow their growth.

Democrats want Americans to know that the federal government does not have a spending problem.  President Obama told John Boehner that our long-term fiscal woes can be chalked up to a "healthcare problem," Nancy Pelosi described the issue as a "budget deficit problem," (which is separate and distinct from a spending problem, evidently), and now the number two Democrat in the House is taking a crack at framing his party's fiscal denialism: