I think you've misidentified the parasite. Countries that don't have the huge expenditures on debt interest and the military that America does handle those cost and many more just fine, and still have enough left to provide an infrastructure and underwrite constructive programs. Have you seriously considered these arguments? You seemed to have ignored my last post and returned to the corporatists' argument. Have you ever noticed that they never bring up costs when discussing the expenditures that benefit them? They don't need help with disability, groceries or health insurance, and they couldn't care less about people that do, so they teach people to share their contempt for these kinds of expenditures. If they were concerned about America and its budget, they would not take the positions that they do ONLY on expenditures that help people other than themselves. What would it take to make you see that if it were true? What do you see that makes you think that it is not? Why do you trust the people that promote that message?
I made no mention of foreign aid.I have no problem with cutting foreign aid, or hell, zero it out as far as I'm concerned.
I don't think you've characterized the social safety net properly, but apart from that, can you show me where it is a problem for America, or an inappropriate way for government to function?That is a separate argument from the problem of 50 percent of citizens living off the work of the other 50 percent.
Perhaps. Is that an issue?And concerning the politicians, these expenditures DO benefit them. They buy votes.
Our thinking and shared assumptions are so far apart on this issue that we really can't communicate at all.Why do you think Obama and democrats constantly exploit class envy, and try to divide the nation? Right now, as we speak, he is on a campaign tour on "income disparity" and raising the minimum wage. These payouts are a way for liberals to pit their base against the imagined foes who want to take away their benefits. It is a tactic for growing that base. Sign up for Medicaid through Obamacare, and by the way, "Are you registered to vote?"
Incidentally, class warfare is real, and the war is over. You and I lost. Now it's just a matter of retooling the nation and collecting the wealth from the middle class.
You seem to have ignored my entire post.