Seniors vs. Children
I like our seniors as much as anyone and, gee, by 2017 that money will be spent on me! But I don't want the future of America, our children, to be ignored just because they have no political power. Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, said, "Children are a voiceless, voteless constituency. They don't lobby, and they don't make campaign contributions".
I believe there is enough money in the United States to care for our needy seniors as well as our children. We absolutely must tackle run-away health care expenditures and stop spending 30% of the Medicare budget in the last year of life. We know that 10% of Medicare beneficiaries account for 70% of spending. Can't we target that population and manage their health more efficiently? These problems can be solved. We need better leaders and better priorities that realize investing in children's health, education and welfare makes for a richer society.
If you want to read all 33 pages of the report,go for it: Kids Budget