Another State of the Union and another President who says that he’s going to stop spending.
Obama: “I’m proposing starting this year that we freeze annual domestic spending for the next five years.”
Is this possible? Let’s look at the numbers.
The Federal government is expected to spend next year $3.83 trillion.
But next year the Federal government is expected to take in from taxes, revenues, and fees only $2.57 trillion.
So just freezing spending is not going to deal with the $1.26 trillion Federal budget deficit.
Obviously freezing spending won’t do it alone. The President and Congress will have to cut. The question is where?
The Federal budget is as follows:
- 20% on defense;
- 20% social security;
- 21% medicare;
- 19% discretionary spending;
- 6% interest;
- 14% safety net programs.
All the cuts that President Obama is talking about only comes from the 19% of discretionary spending. 61% of the budget is made up of defense, social security, and medicare. The only way to cut the budget is from that area. But the President said that he won’t cut defense. And as far as social security and medicare goes, he said that he will set up another commission to study it.
In the mean time, this is what Obama wants to spend more money on:
- Scientific Research
- Fuel Efficient Cars
- A High Speed Rail Line
- And More Foreign Aid
That all sounds great, but if you’re freezing spending, how do you pay for all of that?
To help pay for that, he’s asking Congress to eliminate the billions of taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies.
Actually that’s a great idea, but that would only be a start, and it’s been tried before and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected that.
You need to cut defense and really deal with social security and medicare. Otherwise, the State of the Union, as always, is just a lot of talk.
William Brighenti, Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor