27 Feb Issue #1 National Economy and Debt
The cost of goods and services will never go down unless the government stops its massive spending for programs both nationally and internationally. This leads to inflation which you end up paying for at the register. Each American currently owes $500,000 to pay off the current debt which is doing nothing but climbing. In 2020 the U.S. spent $637 million on foreign aid. Often this benefits the wealthy in poor countries. And this is something Republicans have supported just as much as democrats. The U.S. currently has 750 plus military bases in 80+ countries that cost $80+ billion dollars annually. Social security costs $1,134 billion per year, Obama care costs $50 billion per year, Medicare $776 billion per year, and Medicaid $829.5 billion per year, all three of these together account for 65% of the national debt. I understand that we need a strong military that is able to deploy anywhere, anytime at a moment’s notice, and that people need retirements and health care. But it seems we are now managing an empire and perpetual welfare state. Besides being bad for the economy, a welfare state also contributes to mental illness and drug addiction. People need to feel like they contribute and are wanted by society. If elected I would work to eliminate many of the overseas bases, and spending while not creating instability in the region. Many of these countries are capable of defending themselves. I would work to cut healthcare prices as outlined in section two so we could drastically cut Medicaid and Medicare over time. I would encourage people to save for retirement by possibly passing legislation with tax benefits if saving for retirement and having health insurance. I would work to eliminate costly national programs that have been added in secret by earmarks, and don’t help anyone but special interest groups.