Here's the scream: Entitlements! Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP for children are eating up half of all federal revenues!
This chatter comes mostly from the Republican Party machine, naturally. Not necessarily from ordinary Republicans -- they draw Social Security, too. Fifty percent for old folks and children seems like a fair division to me. Oh, they say all that money is going to nonearners. But those old folks ponied up all their working lives before retirement.
And the children? Well, they haven't put anything in the kitty yet. Darn those kids, anyway.
Before the invention of taxes, caring tribes gave extra blankets and a seat closer to the fire to the young and old. Some societies set the lame and the hurt outside the city walls to beg and die.
Priorities, folks. All in how you want to spend your money. Are we America the beautiful, or are we America for the beautiful?