OK, I'll come right out and say it. Much of the nation's fiscal policy has to do with funding entitlement programs, including Medicare. I'll tell you that welfare needs to be phased out across the board. Currently though both sides are in favor of funding it, though I grant that there are at least ideas for moving some of these programs to the private sector, they just have never made it to reality as of yet.
The Republicans want to continue funding welfare programs, but at a slightly less increased rate over Democrats. If you don't understand that, please see my article on federal budgets and you'll get the jist. But Barack Obama said he wanted to cut one-third of Medicare back in 2009. Did we hear seniors perk up their ears and claim he was going to push them off a cliff in a wheelchair? Oh no, we did not. And why? Because he was going to use that money to help fund Obamacare.
First take a look at David Axelrod as he appeared on CBS' this Morning. Listen to his argument against the claims of the host and the Republicans:
"You're repeating a misstatement by the Republicans. I would call it a lie."
But it's not a lie. It's the truth. Then the video goes on to contrast Axelrod with Obama campaign spokesman Stephanie Cutter's appearance on Face the Nation who called Obama's $700 billion cuts an "Achievement."
So now we have two Obama supporters claiming different things. One says the Republicans are lying about the $700 billion in cuts to Medicare and the other says it was quite an achievement. Who are we to believe?
Well I think it's best to hear it from the horse's mouth myself, so let's take a short clip from ABC News back in 2009:
TAPPER: “One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.”
BARACK OBAMA: “Right.”
TAPPER: “A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it.”
TAPPER: “You saw that with the ‘doc fix’.”
TAPPER: “Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?”
OBAMA: “Yes. I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks. I said I wouldn’t sign a bill that didn’t meet that criteria.”
Well Barack Obama said it himself. It wasn't a lie. It was and is the truth. Now, he's even having to use a slush fund to cover over the Medicare cuts he said he would bring about.
While some are claiming that Medicare will become insolvent within twelve years if something isn't done, the reality is that our entire system is insolvent. We have to borrow annually from the Federal Reserve money that is printed out of thin air to pay interest on our debt. This, along with increased deficit spending and interest on the loans, just increases our national debt. This is not just a Democrat problem. Both parties bear some blame, though this administration has driven us deeper and faster into debt than previous administrations.
We should seriously be looking at a plan to seeks to put the responsibility back on the individual to care for themselves rather than look to try and extend these programs indefinitely. Government is to be about punishing evildoers as Romans 13 teaches, not playing charity organization to its citizens. This is the role of the family first and then the role of the Church. I they will not take up this role then they are not living out the faith they profess. In fact, they are denying it. May God grant repentance in this area to His people.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.