The Reality of the Obama Budget
“ We don’t begrudge success in America,” Mr. Obama said. But, he added, “We do expect everybody to do their fair share, so that everybody has opportunity, not just some.” These words stuck into my head after reading this article on Obama’s proposed budget, where he aims to make those whose income are higher than $250,000 pay 39.6 percent tax rate. It is a decent raise of percentage since they were only paying 20 percent prior to his proposal. This proposal suggests not cutting Medicaid, medicare, or Social Security and makes taxes all together a level playing field from the rich down to the poor. It also cuts spending in sectors such as the military and with this being the icing on the cake Republicans are not too happy about the budget all together, saying the package would be dead on arrival at Capitol Hill.
I believe that everyone should pay fair taxes. Taxes are essential to keeping the economy flowing, yet taxes help create jobs in our government and my problem with this is that in these jobs money is being wasted. The positions held in government positions have so many job related expenses such as cellular phones, pagers, government paid hotel rooms for business trips, paid seminars, lunch at meetings, and the list could go on. In the corporate world where dog eats dog and consumers are paying excessive amounts of money for products companies can afford to pay high salaries and foot the bill for their employees. Our government on the other hand should not have a corporate mentality on these issues and reduce their spending in those areas in order to reduce our budget. Think of every government agency and how high the salaries are for those positions… then think of all of the free cell phones and other job accessories that are “necessary” to work on the go or from home. They are not needed. These people make well enough money to provide themselves with phones and offices in their homes they don’t need to use our tax money to pay for it. All of these people have great jobs, live wonderful lives, and now that reductions are a necessity they are upset that the military is getting spending cuts and that the sick people of this world are still getting a free ride. Those sick people are more than likely sick because of the lack of proper regulations from the FDA and the lack of supervision of chemicals and waste in the United States. I am a child who was born with a birth defect caused by our government not keeping an eye on toxic waste in their own military base and no one wants to take responsibility for their actions. I can’t even get S.S.I and I’m sick every day, had to teach myself how to walk again four separate times from back surgeries and had three bladder surgeries but Republicans don’t want to hear that. They want to know how they can make sick people who they think are bums (not intellectually driven college students) disappear, and figure out how to end debt that has been accruing for decades, all the while blaming the debt on a president who walked into an avalanche of chaos, instead of working together to solve the problems.
1.) Calmes, Jackie. “Military Cuts and Tax Plan Are Central to Obama Budget.” New York Times. The New York Times, 13 Feb. 2012. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. .