I attended Rep. John Garamendi’s town hall forum at the Davis Senior Center to learn what was being done to ensure that benefits to seniors and others would continue in some form. Presently, the federal government will not have enough money from the taxpayers to fully fund all benefits and must borrow money to make up the difference. I was hoping to hear what Garamendi was proposing to reduce federal spending and fully fund the benefits.
Instead, we were told that there was no problem with funding Social Security until 2033; that any cuts to Medicare were not done by the Democrats; and that Obamacare is going to reduce medical costs. He did not seem to think that the federal government spending or the large national debt were current problems.
He did state that if seniors wanted more spending on Medicare and other programs, they should work to help elect enough Democrats to the House, so the Democrats would be in full control of the government. We all saw what happened when that was the case from 2008 to 2010.
Garamendi told the group that the current administration is doing a good job and any problems or scandals were blamed on the Republican Party, conservatives, tea party members and/or the sequester. There was no mention of the deficit, government waste, fraud in government programs, duplication of programs, eliminating programs that were no longer effective, and government grants to unnecessary programs and to companies that go bankrupt.
I was very disappointed with the presentation and with the complete lack of any practical ideas or recommended solutions to reduce and balance the budget anytime soon. The main message from Garamendi seemed to be for more spending and the Democrats would be happy to do that. It appeared that a majority of the audience agreed.
I remember when President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you … ask what you can do for your country.” What happened to that way of thinking in this country?
Travie J. Westlund