When one reads someone's arguments and works over a period time they risk becoming predictable.
It becomes clear who they protect, who they attack. Their general interests and agenda.
With AJC opinion writer Cynthia Tucker - her latest blog submission speaks volumes to me, mostly by what she did not say!!!
Look at the pie chart on the right side. This is the "federal outlays" - the spending.
The chart is from "The Concord Coalition". This is the same group who's national "Fiscal Wake Up Call" tour I had attended nearly 3 years ago.
Long before a presidential candidate had been chosen the Concord Coalition stated clearly: "Above all else the primary job of the next President of the United States is going to be to level with all Americans. He or she will have to tell all Americans that we are no longer going to be able to live as we have been living. The President is going to have to tell people to expect less from the government and that we will have to pay more taxes as a means of paying down our previous debts".
They told the packed lecture hall that the consequences of not addressing our burgeoning debt and the interest payments that it creates AND controlling the expansion of the big 3 entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid) would have a calamitous impact upon the financial position of the United States. They mentioned that the year 2016 as the inflection point. This is the start of the precipitous flow of retirements by the "baby boomers". They will begin to draw out of our retirement system that which there are not enough present workers to replace. With Social Security being a "immediately pay out what they have just received in" system - the balance will be tipped. Social Security will start drawing upon resources from the general fund as it has exhausted what payroll taxes can cover.
The Concord Coalition mentions that we can shut down the Defense Department and NASA and the Department of Energy, not spending another dime on any of these and we STILL don't have enough in savings to address the threat of this impending fiscal crisis.
I have no doubt that Ms Tucker is fully aware of all of this information. She has access to The Concord Coalition and even more resources than I do.
My question is: Why didn't Cynthia Tucker do her usual ANALYSIS in this posting, instead putting out the pie charts and forcing the readers to render their own opinion?
I am willing to "analyze Ms Tuckers lack of analysis". She can look at the chart and see where nearly 50% of the US budget is going (48%, according to the pie charts).
With the data in hand her "usual ghosts" are not available for attack:
- Defense/War Spending
- Tax Cuts On The Rich