Democrat: “Spending Cuts Don’t Necessarily Mean You’re Saving Money”

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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.”

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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.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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