On “The Simpsons,” it is a source of amusement that public discussions in Springfield are often interrupted with the well-known “Won’t somebody please think of the children” from Helen Lovejoy:
Of course, “The Simpsons” is a cartoon, so nobody takes it seriously. However, according to PolitiFact, here is what the President is quoted as saying in his inaugural address:
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.
So, if President Obama were on the Simpsons, he’d be saying “Won’t somebody please think of the children and the elderly?”
It appears the federal government is in agreement with President Obama. PolitiFact also reports that 51% of the 2011 federal budget was spent on children and the elderly. From the above link:
According to this graph, in 2011 the federal government spent 51% of its budget on children and the elderly, 20% of the budget on defense, and 6% on interest payments. (Note: this graph makes the common error of only accounting for interest paid on publicly-held debt, not the hundreds of billions spent on intragovernmental debt.) Only 23% of the budget is left for everything else.
As Tea Party Patriots, we know tough decisions must be made across the board. While Presidents and Congresses over the years have made Helen Lovejoy’s concerns a fiscal reality, the overspending and violations of the Constitution that come with this reality are setting up all children, young adults, middle-aged adults, and the elderly, for disaster in the near future.
It is typical of Washington politicians to prioritize emotional pulls – who wants to take money from children and the elderly? – over the facts. For good or ill, however, America can no longer afford to allow emotional manipulation to dictate public policy in the federal budget. What we can and should do as a nation is prioritize making constitutional programs affordable. Those that are not constitutional should be phased back to non-existence or shifted to the states. To do any less will cause a great deal of harm to tomorrow’s children, tomorrow’s parents, and tomorrow’s seniors.