Baby Boomers Pensions Owed by U.S. May Result in Economic Tidal Wave if U.S. refuses to pay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

Peter Palms
RINF.com
Feb. 19, 2014

After 45 years of collecting premiums for their pension plans, which the government refers to as “Social Security,” Baby Boomers become aware that while normally with contracts for future obligations of this kind the issuer is required by law to accumulate money into a fund to make sure that there will be enough available when future payments become due, the federal government did not abide by those laws. The funds exist on paper only. The money that comes in for future obligations is immediately spent and replaced by a government IOU. So, as those future payments come due, all of the money must come from revenue being collected at that time. Now the government says they have spent the money and can’t honor the I.O.U. Herein lies the doomsday mechanism. These obligations will be paid out of future taxes or inflation. Entitlements currently represent 52% of all federal outlays, and they are growing at the rate of 12% each year. When this is added to the 14% that is now being spent for interest payments on the national debt, we come to the startling conclusion that two-thirds of all federal expenses are now entirely automatic, and that percentage is growing each month.

Even if Congress were to stop all of the spending programs in the normal budget–dismantle the armed forces, close down all of its agencies and bureaus, stop all of its subsidies, and board up all of its buildings, including the White House–it would be able to reduce its present spending by only one-third. And even that small amount is shrinking by 10 to 12% per year. That is a best-case scenario. The real-case is that Congress is accelerating its discretionary spending, not canceling it. One does not have to be a statistical analyst to figure out where this trend is headed.

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