October 1 is the first day of the new fiscal year of the United States government. Little known to the general public, it is the supreme day of celebration for the American Establishment. Let me explain why. It has to do with government spending, specifically this: Who wins? Who pays?
The American welfare state is generally supported by the very rich. They clean up by means of the welfare state. Why? Because the welfare state is seen by political liberals as justifying the expansion of the federal government, and the federal government then protects the interests of the super rich. This has gone on for so long that it is astounding to me that the chattering class — mostly Leftists — does not understand it.
Leftist Democrats constantly lobby for more welfare state programs. They think the rich will pay for them. To see why this is silly, look at this pie chart on federal spending. Ask yourself: Who wins? Who pays?
Look at defense spending. Who wins? A handful of large defense firms. This is fat city for the rich. It always has been.
Look at net interest payments. Do you think that money goes to the rich? What does the U.S. government pay? Under 3% a year. The super rich do not buy such low-paying investments. Who does? Retirement funds, insurance companies, money market funds, and banks. This rate of return is for the middle-class. The interest rate returns after taxes do not keep up with price inflation. Who pays? The rich pay a good chunk of it as taxpayers. They do not care. Why not? Because this level of federal debt guarantees a huge federal government. With the government-enforced restricted-access profits they make, it’s just a cost of doing business.
Now let’s look at the biggies: Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. They constitute 45% of federal spending. Who pays? Working stiffs. The Social Security taxable salary cutoff is about $110,000 a year. So, the worker and his employer pay about $16,000 a year, max. For the super rich, this tax is irrelevant — invisible.
Do you see what the voters have done? They have created two gigantic, politically untouchable welfare programs that the working class finances. These programs are so huge that no new major spending program will be imposed. They have put a ceiling on the growth of the welfare state. The welfare state cannot touch them. They are now immune.
ObamaCare? The workers will pay. Small business owners will pay.
How about food stamps, called SNAP? This costs $75 billion a year. Who gets this money? Agribusiness. In short, food stamps are a subsidy to the super rich in the name of helping the poor.
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