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Frank Salvato is the
Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His
writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee
and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization,
BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for
The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and is a
regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show,
nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting Network and on
NetTalkWorld Global Talk
Radio catering to the US Armed Forces around
the world. Mr. Salvato is also heard weekly on
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Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The
Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is
occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public
Simply Can’t Afford Another Entitlement Program
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We Simply Can’t Afford Another Entitlement
March 12, 2010
Congressional Progressives are
arm-twisting, threatening, promising and cajoling each and every member of the
Legislative Branch in an effort to advance proposed healthcare insurance reform
legislation. They are setting the stage to use the reconciliation process to
advance the legislation in the Senate, even though the process was created to
address budgetary financial issues, exclusively. And one House member, Louise
Slaughter (P-NY), is even concocting procedure that would literally bypass any
need for the House to vote on the Senate proposal. The effort that is going into
circumventing the will of the American people is wickedly stunning.
But in the end, there is only one question that lawmakers of every political
persuasion must ask themselves when it comes time to cast their votes: can we,
as a nation, really afford to add another behemoth entitlement program onto the
backs of the American taxpayers?
We have heard all of the arguments about how it will and won’t affect healthcare
insurance premiums. Ironically, even the Senate Majority Whip, Dick Durbin
(D-IL), has come to admit that the Progressive’s healthcare insurance reform
legislation will not lower the cost of healthcare insurance premiums and
said as much on the floor of the Senate:
"Anyone who would stand before you and say well, if you pass healthcare
reform, next year's healthcare premiums are going down, I don't think is telling
the truth. I think it is likely they would go up, but what we're trying to do is
slow the rate of increase."
But the real poof that we cannot afford this terrible and corruptly crafted
piece of special interest legislation is in how we handle the entitlement
programs that are already established: Social Security and Medicare.
The Social Security Program, the brainchild of Franklin Roosevelt, was never
supposed to become the over-glorified Ponzi scheme that it is today.
Roosevelt’s vision of Social Security differed greatly from what Congress
enacted in 1935 and what Progressives and liberal Democrats force us to maintain
today. Roosevelt’s plan called for three provisions:
1) A system of old age pensions,
2) A system of mandatory old age annuities (what we now know as Social Security)
3) A system of voluntary old age annuities (what President George W. Bush
proposed as personal savings accounts).
Of the third step Roosevelt said,
"It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of
the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by
self-supporting annuity plans." (Emphasis added)
Today, politicians from both sides of the aisle – but especially those of the
Progressive and liberal Democrat contingents – realize that the demand for
benefits created by the number of people eligible for Social Security will soon
overtake the ability of those paying into the program to provide the
financial needs of the program. Elected officials, well aware of the
approaching crisis, chose to "kick the issue down the road” for future
Congresses to tackle, even as they gratuitously borrowed from what was supposed
to be a dedicated and secure pension fund.
The unfunded mandate of the Social Security Entitlement Program far surpass what
the system will soon be able to pay. It has been projected that by 2017 Social
Security will pay out more money than it takes in and will go bankrupt – for all
practical purposes – by 2041. Because this is a federally mandated program,
revenue to fund this entitlement will have to acquired, most likely by pilfering
from other government spending, raising taxes or cutting benefits.
The Heritage Foundation
projects – conservatively – that over the next 75 years, Social Security
faces a $27 trillion shortfall. They contend:
"The real crisis is that Social Security's high taxes prevent too many
families from accumulating savings. Just as bad, the return that most workers
get on the money they pay into Social Security is abysmal. Raising taxes to fund
Social Security--which some propose as an alternative to real reform--would just
make this savings crisis worse.”
Yet Progressives and liberal Democrats in Congress, not only refuse to
address this impending catastrophe, they want to create an additional
entitlement program that would cost over $1 trillion when the "Doctor Fix” is
honestly included in any calculation of cost projections related to federal
government healthcare entitlement proposals.
In a publication titled,
A Summary of the 2009 Annual Reports by the Social Security and Medicare
Boards of Trustees, the state of Medicare is painted as even more dire than that
of Social Security:
"As we reported last year, Medicare's financial difficulties come sooner—and
are much more severe—than those confronting Social Security. While both programs
face demographic challenges, rapidly growing healthcare costs also affect
Medicare. Underlying healthcare costs per enrollee are projected to rise faster
than the earnings per worker on which payroll taxes and Social Security benefits
are based. As a result, while Medicare's annual costs were 3.2 percent of Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) in 2008, or about three quarters of Social Security's,
they are projected to surpass Social Security expenditures in 2028 and reach
11.4 percent of GDP in 2083.
"The projected 75-year actuarial deficit in the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust
Fund is now 3.88 percent of taxable payroll, up from 3.54 percent projected in
last year's report. The fund again fails our test of short-range financial
adequacy, as projected annual assets drop below projected annual expenditures
within 10 years—by 2012. The fund also continues to fail our long range test of
close actuarial balance by a wide margin. The projected date of HI Trust Fund
exhaustion is 2017, two years earlier than in last year's report, when dedicated
revenues would be sufficient to pay 81 percent of HI costs. Projected HI
dedicated revenues fall short of outlays by rapidly increasing margins in all
Yet, again, the political creatures of Congress – especially those of the
Progressive and liberal Democrat contingents – chose to kick this even more
pressing crisis down the proverbial road for future Congresses to deal with,
even as they seek – by any means possible – to saddle the American taxpayer with
another entitlement program, in the form of healthcare insurance reform
legislation, that we can’t possibly afford to fund.
At what point do these pompous ideologues come to grips with the self-evident
truth that not only can’t we afford the entitlement programs we have now, but we
cannot – in any stretch of the imagination – even begin to afford what they are
proposing in their atrocious healthcare insurance reform legislation? To
implement their proposals is to bankrupt the country and its people, literally.
As Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Kathleen Sebelius and
the Big Kahuna, Barack Obama, arm-twist, threaten, promise and cajole in an
effort to advance a piece of legislation guaranteed to saddle our nation with
more deficit spending, more debt and, most likely, a financial abyss from which
we may never recover, we all need to ask ourselves, "Why?” Why would people who
say they are acting in the best interests of the American people purposely
ignore two inevitable financial catastrophes – catastrophes that will most
certainly affect an overwhelming majority of American people – while doing
everything in their power to add yet another drain on the already grossly
over-burdened government-funded entitlement Ponzi scheme?
The answer is that they are more enamored with power, the control of power and
the ability to control power than they are with championing the best interests
of the American people. Bottom line – and I am going to put this in terms that
even Eric Massa can understand – anyone who votes for the creation of this
entitlement program "sucks.”
Not very eloquent, but the point is made, loud and clear.