However, before the pundits, bloggers, and media drive you into frustration, please take 15 minutes to watch this slide show.
The show is not meant to dissuade the entrenched but to give some straight forward facts to the open minded
Americans need to know what has really been going on with federal spending and who has been doing what for who for the last 30 years that has gotten us where we are.
Our High National Debt and How We Really Got There
Where Did All This Debt Come From?
WW II- Cold War - Korean War-Vietnam War
Continued Increasing Military Spending Beyond the Cold War period
Iraq/Kuwait War ’91-Iraq War ’03-10-Afghan War 03-10
Decreased Federal Revenues due to tax cuts resulting in less debt pay down
Runaway Entitlement Programs
Near U.S. Catastrophic Financial Failure
Labor Out Sourcing & High Unemployment Relief
Runaway Healthcare Costs
High Personal Debt – Minimal Personal Savings
Deregulation and Lack of Congressional Oversight
Wars Are Expensive….Especially The Cold Ones
WW II cost $2.3 Trillion
Cold War cost $12.8 trillion 1945-91
Korean War cost $111 Billion
Vietnam War cost $584 Billion
Desert Storm War cost $54 Billion
Iraq War has cost $742 Billion to date
Afghan War has cost $326 Billion to date
Summary Of War Debts….
We owed $14.1 Trillion debt from WW II and the Cold War between 1945 and 1980
We Accumulated Another $695 Billion from the Korean and Vietnam Wars
Amazingly enough though, by 1980 we had paid off over $13.2 trillion of our total federal debt and had less than $1 trillion to go!
You Mean We Were At The Finish Line Paying Off The Debt When ..
The Tax Act of 1981 was enacted wherein the top marginal income tax rates were reduced by 20%
Followed by Tax Equity & Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 that borrowed almost $1 Trillion to offset the tax cut of 1981 due to a shortfall to the budget
Followed by the Tax Reform Act 1986 that further reduced the marginal tax rate from 50% to 36% which paved the way for debt pay down shortfalls due to….
39% annual increase in military spending for 7 yrs
Both of which resulted in increasing the debt to $3 trillion from 1982-1988 …. This was Reaganomics at its best!
Leaving debt pay down to be set aside for the next administration – which did not happen
Top Marginal Tax Rate On Earned Income Was Reduced From 70% to 36% -1982-86
Who Really Benefitted The Most From These Tax Cuts
The wealthy got to keep 50% more of their earnings
Millionaires increased 3 fold; there were 574,000 millionaires when Reagan took office; 1,500,000 when he left
We had 38,000 deca-millionaires and over 100,000 when he left
We had one billionaire when Reagan took office; 51 when he left
The wealthy went from paying 70% income tax in 1980 to 36% in 1986
The income for the lowest 10% dropped 11% from 1977 to 1990
The average wkly earnings of non-supervisory workers went from $274 in 1980 to $259 in 1989.
The average hourly wages fell from $7.78 in 1980 to $7.52 in 1989
So Who Ended Up With What…..
The top 2% of the people got to keep $190 Billion more in 1982 than they did in 1980 or $1.9 Trillion through 1992
The bottom 98% got to pay for more interest on the debt (no debt pay down) and receive 5% less wages
Don’t forget the 2 million folks that moved below the poverty level
Most of all – de-regulation was introduced which was to be our undoing over the next 26 years
Debt Summary 1980 - 1992
We had less than $1 trillion debt when Pres. Reagan took office
Tax cuts reduced margin rates from 70% to 36% for the wealthy resulting in a revenue shortfall
Military spending was increased 39%
Pres Reagan left office with $2.6 trillion additional national debt
And the debt further increased to $4 trillion under H.W. Bush
Debt Under Clinton & G.W. Bush
• Under Clinton, the National Debt decreased 9.7% from 1992 thru 2000 to $3.6 Trillion
Most of Clinton’s reduced debt was due to 16.7% reduction in military spending and fiscal responsibility
The National Debt increased 27.1% 2001 - 2009 to $10.6 Trillion under G.W. Bush.
Most of Bush’s increased debt due to 31% increase in military spending, Iraq War, and tax cuts that led to reduced payments of the debt
Bush returned the $400 Billion savings made by the Clinton administration to the people in cash
Summary Debt 1980 - 2010
Total Debt was just less than $1 Trillion in 1980
Debt increased to $4 trillion 1980-92
Debt decreased to $3.6 trillion by 2000
Debt increased to $10.6 trillion by 2008
Debt increased to $13.1 trillion by 2010
Pay Down of Our Debt 1945 – 2008
1945-2008, the debt decreased 67.4% under Democrat administrations due to high tax revenues used to pay down the debt and moderate defense spending
1945-2008, with the exception of Eisenhower, the debt increased 46.5% under Republican administrations due to reduced revenues from tax cuts and increased defense spending
Lets Look At Where Our Money Is Going Today
Then Lets Look At What Money Is Coming In
We All Knew The Govt Was Over Spending ….But So Were We
$3.518 Trillion needed for the budget
$2.105 Trillion in revenues
We have a $1.413 Trillion budget shortfall
$405 billion annually interest on debt
And our personal savings as a nation was -3.2% of our earned wages
Our credit card debt is $15,788 per household or $2.42 Trillion for our nation
$2.1 Billion Additional Debt Since 2008
$375 Billion for TARP bailout was added to the Bush debt
$787 Billion for Stimulus
$405 Billion for interest on the $10.6 Trillion 2008 debt left by Bush Admin
$595 Billion additional military spending
$350 Billion Social Security and Medicare adjustments
This Is Not A Game That We Can Afford To Lose…..
There are 308,907,010 of us
We each owe $43,112.87 of the $14 trillion debt …. We allowed this to happen
Reducing our federal spending by a third won’t clear the debt until 2035
We have to get fiscally responsible or we will perish as a nation
We need to stop the “Liberal & Conservative” games and get a viable three party Political System
For Starters….We Could Cut Military Spending
Military Spending is now taking 43 % of our annual tax revenue and has been since 2001
U.S. Currently spending $965 Bbl annually on military (Budget only shows $762Bl)
U.S. spends more annually on military than 7 other top nations combined
Military complex spending is the core of the U.S. economy and employment (1.6 MM)
Eisenhower warned us about having a large military complex
Current Military Budget $965 Billion
• Military Personnel $129 billion • Operation & Maint. $241 billion • Procurement $143 billion • Research & Dev. $79 billion • Construction $15 billion • Family Housing $3 billion • DOD misc. $4 billion • Retired Pay $70 billion • DOE nuclear weapons $17 billion • NASA (50%) $9 billion • International Security $9 billion • Homeland Secur. (military) $35 billion • State Dept. (partial) $6 billion • Military (Non-DOD) $5 billion • “Global War on Terror” $200 billion
Global Distribution Military
Global Military Spending….
7% or $155 Billion for Federal Pensions
14% or $484 Billion - Safety Net Programs
20% or $708 Billion for Social Security
21% or $468 Billion Medicare & Health
13% or $60 Billion of Medicare funds are lost due to fraud
Limit federal pension annual pay outs to 50% of salary
Pay back all monies borrowed from SS fund and stop using it as a slush fund
Increase oversight on all federal health programs to prevent fraud
Revamp Farm Subsidies; paid record $25 billion in 2005; 50% more than it paid for welfare
Turn the control of welfare and assistance programs over to the states for closer monitoring
Lets Get Back To Solvency and Paying Off The Debt….
Increase the tax for those making over $2 million a year to 40%
Pay back all the funds borrowed from the SS program
Rein in all entitlements programs
Freeze federal worker pension programs to 50% annual wages
Limit military role as world policman and cut spending by 50%
Return to current tax limits when the debt is paid down
Back To Solvency cont…….
A 40% tax for those making over $2 million would be $490 billion a year
Cutting military spending by 50% would result in another $480 billion
Overall savings from entitlements would results in another $200 billion
Resulting in just over a $1 trillion pay down a year for 14 years
Lets Try To Understand How The GOP Is Going To Fix This….
GOP controlled congress 1994-2006
GOP had the White House 2001-2008
And during this period…..
GOP started a war in Iraq that cost $742B
GOP allowed 7-9 million jobs to be outsourced overseas
GOP increased military spending by 31% for 8 years
More On Understanding The GOP
GOP silently allowed annual health costs to soar by 18 to 28% annually w/ 35 MM uninsured
GOP was silent and allowed gas prices to increase by 250% 2006-08
GOP rewarded the Investment Bankers that caused the financial failure with $350 billion TARP bailout
GOP doesn’t seemed concerned about the debt when they increase it nor the $405 billion to maintain it
More On Understanding The GOP
GOP opted to focus military solution in Iraq; not in Afghanistan from whence the 9/11 attack on the WTC originated.
GOP left New Orleans to dig their own way out of Katrina
GOP spent us into $6.9 Trillion additional national debt from 2001 to 2008
Remember, the only debt pay down from 1981 to 2008 was during the Clinton Admin…there was no debt pay down by Reagan, H.W. Bush, or G.W. Bush ……only $9.9 trillion addtl debt
We Were Blessed To Have Dodged The Bullet…….
Those that were in power still haven’t apologized for their lack of oversight, invading Iraq, and the reckless financial meltdown
Economists agree that creating a $787 billion stimulus bill did put the brakes on the train before going over the cliff after 2008 financial meltdown
The Stimulus Bill kept the unemployment rate from going below 6% of work force; it did go to 27% during the Great Depression
Creating a Healthcare Plan for the 35 million Americans without insurance is going to rein in the insurance companies and reduce costs
Passing a Bank Reform Bill is not a magically elixir but it is a start to changing the way banks and investment companies that are too big do business
The Republicans Says If You Give Them Back The Power This Fall
Create jobs and put people back to work
Cut federal spending
Repeal the Healthcare act and Restructure our healthcare
Finish up the Afghan war
Who’s going to do this….the Roves, the Cheneys, the Palins, the Becks or the Limbaughs…… and why didn’t they do it between 2001-08
If The GOP Wins; The Real Winners Will Be…….
Major U.S. corporations that will return to business as usual as soon as the GOP gets in
The wealthy will be guaranteed tax cuts to protect and increase their wealth
The military complex will continue to grow
Major health insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies will continue to prosper
And healthcare will be back at zero
The GOP Created The Wealthy In The USA Today
The number of millionaires has increased from 574,000 in 1988 to 9.3 million in 2010
The number of billionaires has increased from 51 in 1988 to 793 in 2010
The tax cuts in 1982 that returned $190 billion to the wealthy would now be 16 times that amount or $3 trillion annually
Liberal vs Conservative
Upon reviewing the Republican spending spree over the last 30 years, one cannot help to wonder exactly what the Republicans mean by “conservative” or when they will start caring for the main street American as much they care for the wealthy, power hungry, and big businesses
And the Democrats …. they too are guilty of spending too much money on programs that benefit the have nots and wishful; but where will they draw a line? If they do not help that part of us that is unable to help themselves, who will?
Everyone Needs To Reflect and Decide On..
Which party looks out for your welfare as an individual
Which party has an allegiance to their philosophy more than they do to the nation
Which party contributed more to the problem that got us to where we are today than a solution when they had office
And which party’s has the best track record for paying down our national debt.