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  •  This is very bad policy (0+ / 0-)
    but I could live with simply borrowing to pay for this.  The MMT people have some highly persuasive arguments about the meaninglessness of federal "deficits".
    Deficits don't matter in the short term, but you are misinformed if you believe there is never a reckoning.

    Your "boomer" generation has already punished younger Americans, whether you realize it or not.

    Discretionary spending hasn't risen equal to population growth.  Those programs are all the stuff the government does that isn't interest on debt, medicare, medicaid, social security or military spending.

    That interest on debt is growing as a share of the budget along with medicare overruns.  That means less room for education grants and programs to help the poor.

    Your generation is going to choke off government aid for the next 20 years, if something isn't done in the next few years to manage the costs of medicare.

    •  meh (1+ / 0-)
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      Look, I don't necessarily endorse the MMT school of thought, but clearly you have no idea what I am referring to. Perhaps you could inform yourself before launching into a  self-righteous whine about how my generation has "punished" yours. No, come to think of it, I think whining and calling for vengeance on Boomers is probably the whole motivation for your eagerness to push medical costs off of the whole society and on to those who are ill...

      •  It has nothing to do with vengence (0+ / 0-)

        If you feel it is fair to continue with higher education cuts, so your generation can receive Medicare in its current form, then I question your sense of entitlement.

        This is about fairness to everyone.  If someone has income from retirement accounts and pensions, shouldn't their copay be higher?  Remember that their copay saves money for other social programs.

        Like I said, government spending as a percentage of the population has actually decreased over the past decade.  This means the government is investing less in its citizens.

        I don't think anyone should go without healthcare, regardless of age.  Still someone that is 68 with a $500 hundred thousand dollars in savings, shouldn't receive the same level of help as an 18 year old kid from the inner city, who wants to go to college.

        Don't take my word for it.  Check the percentage of federal spending, and what has happened as Medicare has spilled over.  The rest of the federal budget gets squeezed as Medicare plus interest payments bulge.

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