One day last week I heard something about $10 Billion dollars a month for the War in Iraq. If one accepts that figure, that’s $120 Billion dollars per year to wage the Iraq War. That is surely a massive sum and were it able to be, having that money go to some other endeavor would indeed be wonderful. But that is not the case, so for the sake of my argument, $125 Billion for Iraq per year, for good or bad this is the reality. And this number does not include funds for Afghanistan.
Today I heard another figure dealing with dollars that also come from our national treasury. The topic was the $24.00 per month average increase to each person collecting Social Security benefits. Basically a cost of living increase, so no real benefit to the recipient but it sure beats a sharp stick in the eye, eh?
Then I heard the total dollar figure for the cost of Social Security benefits for 2008. Is it really possible that our nation is going to spend $704,000,000,000 on SSI benefits next year? According to Wikipedia the US Budget proposal for 2008 is $2.9 Trillion dollars.
To put these two related figures into proper context, the US government will spend $704 Billion on SSI benefits out of a total budget of $2.9 Trillion, or 24.27% of the total expenditures of the US. This figure does not include other social welfare programs, mind you.
We are going to spend $125 Billion in Iraq alone, which is 4.31% of our total budget. Our total defense budget (WITHOUT including the Iraq and Afghanistan supplementals of $141.7 Billion dollars) is $481.4 Billion dollars. This defense budget is 16.6% of the total for 2008. Just a little quick addition reveals our total military expenditures for 2008, including Iraq and Afghanistan, totals $632.1 Billion dollars, or 21.79% of our total budget.
Especially considering the $704 Billion dollars is the SSI benefits payout only and DOES NOT include all the other gov’t give away programs, how can anyone maintain we need to throw more money that we don’t have at this problem? We are already spending more on SSI benefits ALONE than we do to defend our nation and wage war on two fronts at the same time.
According to Table S-7, Budget Summary by Category page of the US Budget for 2008, the totals for spending on the major social programs for 2008 are $1.57 TRILLION DOLLARS of $2.9 Trillion total. That is 54.13% of our total budget!
So, we’re already spending more than half our total budget on SSI and welfare programs, and way less than one quarter on defense and war, and there are some who advocate MORE for welfare and LESS for defense? Do you folks live on the same planet as I?
Do those of you who favor throwing more money at social welfare operate your personal finances in this manner? As rhetorical as that question may be, the reality is that if you do indeed conduct your personal finances in the manner you advocate our nation, it’s no damn wonder you hold the position you do. Are ya’ll broke too? Are you just looking for a handout and will take all you can get until it’s all gone?
In the very near future we will become insolvent. With the very first Baby Boomer filing for SSI benefits this week, the avalanche is just beginning. In no time flat our nation will be busted. Look at the predictions made by economists. Make sure you check Liberal sources as well so you can get a balanced view, ’cause ya know Republicans use fake numbers to fool us dummies, right?
Is it not obvious to all that if we are completely financially insolvent and/or defeated by an enemy, WE WILL HAVE NO MONEY FOR ANY SOCIAL PROGRAM? Is that not totally apparent?
It is beyond my ability to grasp how any person of any political party cannot understand this most basic of truths. If we are financially insolvent or losing the War on Terror, or both, we won’t have the damn time to worry about anyone but our own damn rear ends.
The obvious conclusion is that we need to first and foremost secure the nation, regardless the cost, because without security we will have no need for social welfare – we will no longer have a nation to secure OR provide for the welfare of her citizens. It’s just that simple! Jeez!