You live in a country were millions are literally dependent on monthly Social Security checks and free Medicare health coverage from the feds.
Any reduction in these payments, actually any threatened reduction in these payments, can set off riots that will make the Watts riots look like a slow night in Mayberry.
When the Director of the CBO publicly suggests cutting those very benefits, you have to ask yourself “why” and more specifically “why now?” Sure would make a good excuse for a little marital law if the folks start getting “uppity” over cuts to their benefits, wouldn’t it?
The United States faces “fundamental fiscal challenges” stemming from the growth in spending for Social Security and major health care programs,” CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told a gathering in Washington on Tuesday.
The rising cost of those programs leaves Americans with “unpleasant” choices to make, but the sooner they’re made, the better, he said:
“So we have a choice as a society to either scale back those programs relative to what is promised under current law; or to raise tax revenue above its historical average to pay for the expansion of those programs; or to cut back on all other spending even more sharply than we already are,” Elmendorf said.
…I hope you have put in your moat and laid in stores for an extended period of “civil disturbance.”
Things might be getting a little rocky.