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I guess I just feel the same way -- like it's also an accounting trick to lump entitlements in with discretionary spending... i.e., there's a difference between things we've actually 'bought' on the national credit card (be they wars, highways, or food stamps) and things that are promised benefits.
"If a black man and a white woman didn't like the voluntary agreement they entered into which prohibited them from marrying each other, they were free to leave the government's jurisdiction." That's acceptable to you?
All spending is discretionary. The "trick" is pretending that simply because they wrote down a formula rather than picking a number every year, that "entitlements" are somehow untouchable.
Christie and King don't care about the House's abandoning the victims of Sandy. They're pandering to their constituents, and making themselves look human.
Given the middle class tax hikes are now off the table, how many people who vote are really going to be all that outraged when the interests of the poorest and most vulnerable Americans aren't protected? (Or, at least, I imagine that's how someone on the left will put it.)
Because employee benefits = money, and because the only interest the employer has in the transaction is the cost, the employer has no interest in the terms of the policy. The coverage conditions are up to the insurer and the beneficiary (namely the employee). You're claiming that someone who is neither the insurer nor the beneficiary can insist on controlling the policy terms. That's absurd.
You're right to point to the incentive structure of the House members. The problem at this point is democracy. The House Republicans didn't exactly hide their beliefs the last 2 years. People who voted for them must have liked what they're getting. It's always tempting to blame individual bad actors, but sometimes the fault truly lies in the people themselves.
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