The cost-cutters are at it again: immediate goals without concern for what happens next.
Cut Medicare, Social Security, welfare, pensions and more. Debt problem solved? No way.
People grow old and need more health care, people need to eat, stay warm in winter and need a roof over their heads, children need education. Those needs can be ignored but they won’t go away. They accumulate.
Massive unmet needs of masses of people ultimately cause massive crises. That causes more serious illnesses. It causes homelessness. It causes ignorant, illiterate children. Left to fester long enough it causes rioting, looting and other forms of violence.
The cost of cleaning up the mess (it must be done in the end) is more expensive than dealing with the needs as they appear.
Providing for the security of citizens is a recognized and legitimate purpose of government. That includes protection from “terrorists” as well as from the terror of poverty, financial insecurity and unmet health care needs.
Currently the war on terror consumes a large share of the public’s dollars. The national fear of terrorism and the wars that has spawned has created a vast area of quicksand into which the life of the economy is being sucked. There is far more to fear from economic collapse than from terrorists.
Legitimate government expenses have always been paid for by taxes. If expenses go up justifiably, taxes need to go up proportionally set based upon the ability of citizens to pay.
Hubert Kauffman, Oxford