We're all to blame

The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most of it. Medicare ($582 billion) and Medicaid ($404 billion) are the next-largest expenditures.

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Jfish says...

Good honest column. I suppose that the Simpson-Bowles report has been trashed since it was also honest and would have required sensible spending.

Posted 14 September 2017, 7:58 a.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

I completely agree that there is great deal of bloat, waste and fraud around entitlements. Predictably, defense spending, also a black hole of bloat, waste and fraud is not mentioned.

Posted 14 September 2017, 8:49 a.m. Suggest removal

Dontsufferfools says...

Every question the columnist asks has been answered over the centuries by writers on the social contract, from Jean Rousseau to John Rawls. The bottom line, people in a society give up something to get something.

Posted 14 September 2017, 9:25 a.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey Pop - The ADG features the opinion of a BLACK person. What's that you say about a lack of diversity?
Walter Williams continues to be one of the greatest thinkers of modern times. Thanks, Dr. Williams.
Or, as another great thinker of our time once said, "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

Posted 14 September 2017, 9:46 a.m. Suggest removal

WhododueDiligence says...

This column's third paragraph is a good example of radical libertarian extremism. In typical radical fashion it defines the legislative branch's constitutional power to tax as stealing by using "threats, intimidation and coercion to confiscate that dollar from another person." Wow. Cranking the pedestal for that glorified person with his almighty dollar way up into the clouds, much? Not worried about going a tad overboard? And as if that's not extreme enough, the paragraph ends by defining taxation as slavery!
Then, from the next paragraph: "In 1794, Congress appropriated $15,000 to help French refugees who had fled from insurrection in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti)."
That insurrection was a major slave revolt against slavery and slave owners. The French refugees who received that $15,000 worth of help were slave owners who managed to escape to the US. Should they-the slave-owning refugees--have received that funding. Probably not. Were they American citizens. Definitely not. Did Congress vote on it and pass it? Yes? Did the Supreme Court declare this appropriation unconstitutional? No. Does this obscure early American congressional appropriation of money for foreigners mean that today's Congress can't constitutionally tax and appropriate money for American citizens? No, it doesn't, but radical libertarian extremists would have us believe it does.

Posted 14 September 2017, 11:22 a.m. Suggest removal

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