Just because you’re spending less doesn’t mean you’re spending less, according to Rep. Charlie Rangel.
My favorite part is when Rangel suggests that Medicare and Social Security recipients aren’t contributing to the nation’s debt problem. That is, demonstrably, not true. The largest areas of growth in the national budget are Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and “other payments to individuals.”
It’s not that the “poor” are causing our debt problem. It’s that we’ve expanded entitlements for Americans who are well beyond what most of us would reasonably define as “poor.”