When Bernie Sanders announced his free public college proposal and then announced his public option proposal for healthcare, Hillary Clinton replied with the question that politician’s rely on when faced with when an opponent releases a popular plan and that is, How are you going to pay for that? It is disheartening when politicians should know better than resorting to How Are You Going To Pay For That?
Like moral plans usually face, Bernie’s opposition continued to taunt him with How Are You Going To Pay For That? The long term benefits of his plan should have been sufficient, but it wasn’t to the taunters, the Hillaryites. So Bernie supplied the following:
|Rebuild America Act: Sen. Sanders has proposed a $1 trillion plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and put 13 million Americans to work.||Paid for by making corporations pay taxes on all of the “profits” they have shifted to the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens, which the Congressional Research Services estimates may currently create losses that approach $100 billion annually, and other loopholes.|
|College for All: Sen. Sanders has proposed making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt, in a plan that would cost about $75 billion a year.||Paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators that would generate about $300 billion in revenue.|
|Expand and Extend Social Security: Sen. Sanders has proposed expanding Social Security and extending the solvency of this program until 2065.||Paid for by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000 so that the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as working people.”|
The main question should be How Are You Not Going To Pay For That? Programs such as Healthcare or Education generate a greater Economic better than cost. It is also beneficial to the society and morally just that the citizenry becomes healthier and more knowledgeable both technically and historically among the benefits of education.
Besides, for human advancement programs How Are You Going To Pay For That? is discussed and debated. But there is one human activity that is tremendously costly yet that cost is usually analyzed after the fact, and that is
Military incursions cost lives and when successful, destroys a region’s infrastructure that is then rebuilt some time after the bombing stops. Awfully inefficient to attempt to get back to where you were before, let alone try to advance.
War hawks like George Bush and his bros, even Hillary Clinton, don’t bother to consider How Are You Going To Pay For That?
AND WHO BENEFITS? Certainly not you or me. We bear the brunt of the cost as our families are used like fodder to support the wars.
Occasionally a war occurs, or a tyrant appears that requires world action. But most wars are fought with little incisive analysis yet benefit a few select groups. And those profiting never bother to answer How Are You Going To Pay For That?
“President-elect Barack Obama‘s administration needs to monitor war spending much more closely than the current White House has, according to a new study that criticizes President Bush’s approach to funding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — a bill that is projected to approach nearly $1 trillion next year.”
“Even with declining troop numbers in Iraq, the direct price tag of the two wars could grow as high as $1.7 trillion by 2018, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments reported last week. The defense think tank’s figure does not include potentially hundreds of billions more in indirect economic and social costs, such as higher oil prices and lost wages.”
“The war in Iraq alone has already cost more in inflation-adjusted dollars than every other U.S. war except World War II, the CSBA found.”
“Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, named by Obama to continue in that job, has made it clear that the incoming administration will scrutinize defense spending, which has mushroomed since 2001 as a result of the wars and related costs.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/25/AR2008122500757.html