An Approach to Entitlement Spending and Unemployment

The United States currently owes $14.7 trillion. The estimated population of the United States is 311,264,255, so each citizen’s share of this debt is $47,235.03. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.96 billion per day since September 2007. I ask you to support corporate and income tax reform, cuts to wasteful spending and entitlement programs and a balanced approach to our runaway spending.

However, how do we get there? How do we handle runaway entitlement spending and record unemployment?

We must advocate a different allocation of our funding. We should cancel entitlement programs and replace them with works programs.

I know this may sound shocking. I consider myself a moderate Democrat, but a Democrat nonetheless. The idea of dramatic changes to entitlements sounds scary, but hear me out.

I would propose that entitlements should continue only for the means-tested retired and the disabled. As proposed, the changes would work as follows:

  • If you are retired, a criteria will be setup so that if you’re making under $250,000 per year or have a net worth of less than $2 million dollars, you will quality for entitlement funding, including Social Security and Medicare.
  • If you are disabled and also meet the previous criteria, you will receive entitlement funding.
  • If you are healthy and of working age, you will not qualify for welfare and other entitlement spending. Rather, you will be guaranteed a job through a government works program that provides a salary and health benefits.

It’s a simple and commonsense approach. If you don’t want money or insurance, you don’t have to work. If you do and can’t otherwise find a job, the government will provide one via public works. We have miles of roads, bridges and other structures that need repair and/or replacement. Our infrastructure has long been neglected. Our unemployment rate is above 9%. Now is the chance to fix both problems at the same time.

Under my plan, the person benefits and America benefits.

And to me, this makes a lot more sense than simply sending out welfare checks.

50 Cups of Coffee for the 2012 Campaign

In the next two weeks, I’m trying to raise at least $150 toward the 2012 campaign – roughly the equivalent of 50 cups of coffee. This campaign will be funded by you and me giving what we can afford. But if we’re going to win, we need to build a grassroots campaign that’s bigger and stronger than anything we’ve built before. I’ve set a goal for how much I want to raise. Will you help out with a cup and get us all one caffeine jolt closer to victory?

Buy a cup of coffee now!

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