It is way past time for this crap to stop.
. . . President Obama will unveil his proposed federal budget for 2016. Voters should be warned that virtually all the numbers reported in news coverage of the federal budget will be misleading at best.
That’s because the budget reporting will be written primarily in the language of official Washington rather than the language of everyday Americans. In Washington, if government spending goes up less than expected, the politicians have declared it to be a “cut.” Normal people don’t consider something a spending cut unless spending actually goes down.
Congress even passed a law in 1974 to make this abuse of the English language official.
The president’s budget envisions a $253 billion spending increase in 2015 and another $240 billion hike next year. In fact, federal spending is poised to grow more than $200 billion annually every single year for the next decade.
Most Americans, however, would probably be surprised to learn that these hikes have little to do with the president’s expensive new dreams or the recklessness of Congress.
In fact, just about all the spending increases comes from a handful of established programs: a $53 billion increase in Medicare, $47 billion more spending for Social Security, a $37 billion hike for National Defense and $18 billion more for Medicaid.
Oh, and then there’s interest on the federal debt. That’s projected to go up $54 billion next year.
Add it all up and that accounts for $209 billion of the $240 billion in spending hikes for 2016.
Some ideas for fixes: "106 Radical Ways to Slash and Burn the Federal Budget".
But be real darn careful with cutting the defense budget: "The Navy’s Hidden Crisis: It’s too small—and getting smaller".
And don't think you can get the revenue to make a big dent in our problem from the "upper middle class": "Upper-Middle-Class Americans Are the New Kulaks"