"The country broadly agrees that federal budget deficits need to be cut. There's solid support for raising taxes on the wealthy, but those tax increases alone wouldn't solve the problem.
And, as Democrats' response to Boehner's offer shows, cutting spending is extremely difficult. Advocacy groups warn that cuts to Medicare or any other part of the nation's social safety net, even reductions in projected increases, would be devastating. (emphasis mine)
Look in the mirror for the key to the problem: An ever-increasing number of Americans get a piece of federal spending.
Almost 150 million Americans -- 49 percent -- receive some government benefit. That includes Social Security, veterans' benefits, Medicare or Medicaid and food stamps, according to Census Bureau figures from last year, the most recent available."
'Entrenched' is the operative word.
That means, no matter the administration or political party, the bureaucracy has a pernicious persistence apart from the debate - with only one requirement: Feed me, Seymour! (or else)
And any politician worth his re-election knows how to appease this 'law of the swamp' (red in ink and pork) - the masses must be entitled. But don't dare disparage the 49%... 47%... whatever, yet promise to enlarge the swamp - or face the wrath of Grand Inquisitor.
Obama is a master of this enticement, knowing that once rooted, it will never die.
Forget 'hope n change.' Think GO BIG INTO MASSIVE GENERATIONAL DEBT, DEFICITS and SPENDING, OR GO HOME.
Feed me, Seymour! (or else)