Iraq - $5,000 per Second

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    What would be interesting, is to see the breakdown of social spending per second. Considering it is about two to one in the amount spent in a fiscal budget.:eusa_think:
     
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    Grrrr... You keep harping on "Social Spending". Break it down please. What "Social Spending" would you include in this figure?

    Paying of Military pensions? (shouldn't this really be part of the military budget?)

    Paying of Social Security or Medicare? (both paid into by the recipients)

    If you are talking about actual aid to the poor, you are talking about practically nothing.
     
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    Weak.
     
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    You are aware the Government takes all SS payments and spends them EVERY year on other things? The great fix in the 80's was twisted into a new source of money to spend by the Congress. All that is in the coffers each year are IOU's from the same Congress that spends the money.

    There would be NO threat to SS at all if in fact the taxes we pay were only used for SS purposes and the rest invested for future need.

    Military pensions are not social spending, that is payments made for employees of the Government that have retired. Just as Federal retirees get their pensions and that also is not "social" spending. Both of those payments are legal and authorized in the powers the Constitution grants to the Government. SS is illegal and unconstitutional. And it is stolen as fast as it is paid in.
     
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    680 billion dollars for the Dept. of Health and Human Services is pratically nothing oh ok....

    Democrats would like you to believe that Soical Security is paid strictly by recipients but it's not. Hello, have you ever heard of inflation? What percent of return do you get by paying money to the government? Plus on top of that, the theives have stolen 1.8 trillion dollars from your sacred Social Security trust fund and gave us IOU's. Yep no social spending going on in this country.

    Medicare, have you noticed that the price of health care has been going through the roof in this country? How does that translate, say my dad put in 50 dollars a month when he was working do you actually expect that to cover his medical expenses today?:eusa_wall:
     
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    Well of course. [playing devil's advocate] But the argument could be made that this is done to free up money to be spent on other things... such as the military.

    Agreed. But the issue is the fact that these items fall under the "Entitlements" section of the Fed. budget, and thus are confused with Welfare type spending. When you remove these items from the Entitlements allocation, what is left is rather... small. People like Jreeves are easily confused by the ultra right wing talking head loons on Fox News and the radio concerning the extent of Federal welfare spending.
     
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    You could seem to try and pay attention, 680 Billion dollarsfor Dept. of Health and Human Services is not entitlement spending. Also entitlements is social spending, I can fund my own fucking retirement I don't need the government stealing my money. I guess if someone stole your bank card and wiped out your savings account, they would just be freeing up your money for other things. I think for myself, I don't need ultra labels you throw out to distract attention away from socialistic programs.
     
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    Didn't say that. The real figure is $664.6 billion (as of the fiscal years ending on Sept. 30th). Here's the breakdown:

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    US Department of Health and Human Services
    
    For the Years Ended September 30, 2007 and 2006 (In Millions)
    
    Responsibility Segments                                  2007          2006
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)    
         Gross Cost                                       $612,411      $574,245
         Exchange Revenue                                  (50,304)      (49,847)
              CMS Net Cost of Operations                   562,107       524,398
         
    Other Segments:    
    Administration for Children & Families (ACF)          $47,336        $47,123
    Administration on Aging (AoA)                           1,373          1,388
    Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)           131             15
    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)          8,105          6,555
    Food & Drug Administration (FDA)                        1,913          1,906
    Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)       6,897          6,205
    Indian Health Service (IHS)                             4,250          4,093
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)                    28,489         28,147
    Office of the Secretary (OS)                            2,169          2,598
    Program Support Center (PSC)                            1,414            872
    Subst. Abuse & Mental Hlth Services Admin.(SAMHSA)      3,320          3,343
    Other Segments Gross Cost of Operations               105,397        102,245
    Exchange Revenue                                       (2,905)        (2,706)
    Other Segments Net Cost of Operations                 102,492         99,539
         
    Net Cost of Operations                               $664,599       $623,937
    from HSS Budget Summary

    Of the gross costs of Medicare/Medicate it breaks down like this: $41.6 billion was spent on Medicare (including: Medicare itself plus the Medicare Prescription Drug program - $3.7B, Retiree Prescription Drug program - $2.9B, Medicare for undocumented aliens - $ 0.16B, SCHIP - $0.29B), and $19.4 billion was spent on Medicaid, $0.74 billion on Katrina relief waivers, and another $0.45 billion on misc. items.

    Here's a pie-chart to make it easier to visualize:

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    There is also approx. $8.3 billion in Federal Employee and Veterans benefits which are not covered by budgetary resources,
    Code:
    ACF fy2006 BUDGET SUMMARY
    PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION ASSISTANCE:
    Foster Care................................................  4,475,000,000
    Independent Living.........................................    140,000,000
    Adoption Assistance........................................  2,027,000,000
    Total, Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, B.A............  6,642,000,000
    
    SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
    B.A........................................................  1,700,000,000
    
    PROMOTING SAFE & STABLE FAMILIES
    B.A........................................................    345,000,000
    State Court Improvement Program Pre-Appropriated in
    Reconciliation Bill........................................     20,000,000
    Total, Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Program Level...    365,000,000
    Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF):
    State Family Assistance Grant.............................. 16,488,667,000
    Territories -- Family Assistance Grants....................     77,875,000
    Matching Grants to Territories.............................     15,000,000
    Supplemental Grants for Population Increases...............    319,450,000
    Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood ...............    150,000,000
    Contingency Fund, Balances Forward......................... [1,792,915,000]
    Tribal Works Programs 7,633,000 7,633,000 7,633,000
    Total, TANF, B.A........................................... 17,058,625,000
    
    CHILDREN'S RESEARCH & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE:
    Training & Technical Assistance............................     12,318,000
    Federal Parent Locator Service.............................     24,635,000
    Child Welfare Study........................................      6,000,000
    Welfare Research...........................................     15,000,000
    Total, Children's Research & Technical Assistance, B.A.....     57,953,000
    
    CHILD CARE ENTITLEMENT
    Mandatory..................................................  1,177,524,781
    Matching...................................................  1,673,842,719
    Training & Technical Assistance............................      7,292,500
    Tribal Mandatory Funds.....................................     58,340,000
    Total, Child Care Entitlement, B.A.........................  2,917,000,000
    
    TOTAL, DISCRETIONARY PROGRAMS, B.A......................... 13,838,668,107
    
    TOTAL, MANDATORY PROGRAMS, B.A 2/.......................... 33,189,682,000
    
    TOTAL, B.A................................................. 47,028,350,107
    
    PHS EVALUATION FUNDS, PROGRAM LEVEL........................     10,500,000
    
    TOTAL, PROGRAM LEVEL....................................... 47,038,850,107
    (compiled from the ACF website)

    The Federal Budget for 2007 was $2,798 billion. Even if we consider the entire ACF budget to be unneeded welfare, it only amounts to about 1.6% of the Federal budget. Adding in unnecessary programs such as the substance abuse program, Indian Health services, the AoA, and of course Medicaid, we come up with a total of about $76 billion of expendable programs, we reach a wopping 2.7% of the Federal Budget!

    Is 2.7% really significant enough for all the belly aching about the US Welfare State you keep harping on?

    First of all, I am no Democrat. That is laughable. Please understand I'll argue either side of an issue like this. I believe the reasonable position lies somewhere in the middle, not to the far right or far left of such topics. To reach that point of reasonability both sides must be well argued. If I were arguing your side, it would not be that too much is spent on social programs but rather that the quality and effectiveness of those programs leaves much to be desired.

    I'm a confirmed Independent - I think both parties are full of shit!

    You're inflation argument is bunk. If the SS fund were properly managed it would earn interest and, assuming the US economy is reasonably healthy (which has generally been the case for the last 50+ years), it would earn at least a little more than the rate of inflation. This was how the program was supposed to work. The problem is that the coverage provided by SS has been expanded over the years without appropriate increases in the payments and the cut-off income level ($97,500 for 2007) is too low (personally I think there should be no cut-off and then the rate could be lowered from 12.8% to something more reasonable, between 5-8%). If you're going to expand the coverage (such as to orphans and disabled) you need to increase the premium right?

    As to the mis-spending of the SS trust fund, who's to blame for that? It seems to me the worst offenders have been.... THE REPUBICANS! (Couldn't resist - to be sure the Democrats are also guilty - which is part of why I think both parties are shit).

    When you raid the SS trust fund this frees up money in the budget to be spent elsewhere. Where has it been spent? It's been spent on Corporate, Bank, and S&L bail-outs, various forms of Corporate welfare. And of course, when other programs are so funded, it makes it easier to spend on the Miltary right? (not saying we should not spend on the military, just that this does make it easier).

    Consider the S&L bailout of 1990, which is now estimated to have topped the $200 billion mark (we pay about $35 billion a year to service this debt) and is expected to run over $325-500 billion when it is finally paid off and of course until all debt is paid off this really has to be considered a continuing liability (since other debt was not satisfied in order to satisfy this debt). This bailout alone amounts to half of the "Welfare" figure you keep griping about - and this was all to keep greedy largely upper income investors from suffering a loss.

    Now we are looking at another bailout, something on the order of $60-80 billion according to the White House, and more likely $200-300 billion or more according to most economists and God knows how much the long term cost will really be (a trillion $ ?). What is this but welfare for the rich? Who is being helped? The rich! Only those with investments in these banks exceeding $100,000 (the FDIC limit) stand to loose. Generally speaking, people with incomes of less than $500,000/yr do not have such investments. These investors took the risk and were all to happy to receive the high interest rate returns, but now that their principal is at risk they need to be bailed out (again)? Notice that while Bush is up for bailing out the Banks he is not up for bailing out the home buyers (mostly lower income people who foolishly took bad loans they didn't understand).

    It will be another 13 or so years to pay off the S&L debt. Adding in this latest mortgage bailout, the total yearly cost will about equal the "welfare" figures I gave before. And this is just two such bailouts for the rich, there are plenty more to be added into the figures.

    Before we end welfare for the poor, lets end it for the rich okay? I don't need it - I invest my money carefully. If I got greedy and put my money on a high risk investment and it went bad I'd expect to loose my money.

    Well, this is all according to the Nixon plan. Read the transcripts or listen to the tapes yourself. The American health care is doing exactly what its REPUBLICAN instigator intended - maximizing profits for the stockholders while minimizing the provided healthcare.

    What we need is to re-vamp how medical care is provided in this country. I'd like to see a limited form of socialized medicine introduced to provide basic care. To make this work the government should offer merit based med-school loans, and require the recipient doctors to pay these off by providing some number of years of service (let's say 8) working at a reasonable figure (based upon the median income).

    What we need to realize is that well over 90% of the typical persons health care expenses occur within the last year of life. We need to stop trying to so hard to save the old from the inevitable and accept that when you get old and your health is poor when you have a heart attack or get cancer you probably die. I'm not saying no efforts should be made but there should be a reasonable cut off - if you want more extraordinary efforts to be made to keep you alive another 6 months when you're 80 you should have to provide for that yourself! The problem is that the doctors and hospitals act like vultures, allowing people to run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses for things like bi-pass surgery after a 75 year old man has a heart attack when they know the odds of 2 years survival are minimal, and most likely the patient will have a horrible quality of life during that time. But this is really a topic for another discussion...

    One thing is abundantly clear. The "(Social) Welfare is dragging this countries economy down" argument is bunk. In reality, if we were to make the cuts listed above, the results would be pestilence, crime, and general social decay which would far exceed the miniscule savings in the overall budget. Certainly this money could be spent more effectively, but the argument that we are spending too much on "social welfare" is just ignorant.
     
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    I take it you want to cut public spending on americans, and keep spending more and more on iraqis.

    Good luck with that.
     

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