This past year the nation has been struggling with finding a solution for tackling our national debt, and in the crosshairs of many who seek to remedy our financial woes are “Entitlement” programs. These mandatory spending, or “entitlement” programs, make up approximately 57% of our expenditures. The appeal towards cutting these programs is easy to see since such a large portion of our spending goes towards them. I believe that there can be cuts made in our mandatory spending programs, mostly in the form of ending redundant programs. Much has been said by Senator Coburn (R-OK) about the redundancies in programs, which contributes to an inefficient system and an expensive one. Our entitlement programs need to become more efficient, “leaner and meaner”, not non-existent.
In the wake of the so called compromise that ended The Great Debt Debate, as the media has coined it, I reflected on the discussions that had preceded it. What I saw was that in regards to our entitlement programs those who favored deep cuts or terminating such programs were asking the wrong question. They asked, can we afford such programs? The real question is, do we have a moral imperative to continue such programs? Is it moral to cut programs that many elderly and poor desperately count on to survive? In tough times we all must do our part for our nation and its people, but is it moral to ask more from those who already have nothing and ask nothing from those who have more to give? Those who believe we should end programs that aid our elderly and our poor failed to learn from our history. There are reasons why we have such programs in place, and all one needs to do is pay attention in your history class your junior year of high school to learn why. Even Warren Buffet has made the case that it is wrong to ask more from our poor, working, and middle class, and ask nothing from the wealthy. I agree with Mr. Buffet, he and his friends have been “coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress” and it’s time for everyone to share the sacrifice we all have to make.