"We are broke. The next time our debt is downgraded and the cost of money increases, we'll be even broker."
Debt downgraded because Rs wouldn't agree to extend debt authorization. Funny thing is, there was then a move towards U.S. bonds - the safest investment people can make. I think that shows the downgrade was unwarranted.
The Post Office is losing money because the Rs snuck through a provision while the Ds were sleeping, to fund 70 years of pension in 10 years. Without that artificial cost the Post Office would be doing fine.
But, with computerization, long term, the Post Office will have to adapt. They could eliminate Saturday delivery. They could reduce hours for low volume post offices, or contract it out to a private business. Maybe sell government bonds and things?
"Scaling back is fine with me if we change the way we approach these conflicts. We have got to take the gloves off and quit trying to be the world's police."
That seems self inconsistent. When someone does a terrorist act against us, we should treat it like a police action, not taking the gloves off and attacking a randomly selected country : )
"Social Security is broke, but it was part of the general fund anyway."
Social security is not broke - funded for many years. At some point we will have to fix it like Reagan did and has been done before. Or payments will have to be scaled back to 70%. But that has some assumptions about the economy and stuff so it could be better or worse.
But, I agree it's "part of the general fund" because the "trust fund" is "invested" in government bonds. That money was spent on bombs and such. If we are to start spending the trust fund on SS payments, we will either have to raise taxes, cut other spending, or borrow more money. SS should have balanced taxes and payments each year. As the baby boomers retire, either payments should be reduced or taxes raised. The "trust fund" was just a piggy bank to spend on programs without collecting income tax.
"Most of the problems we talk about, healthcare, welfare, education, etc, weren't intended to be a federal issue."
Article I, section 8 - The Congress shall have Power to lay and collect taxes, Duties, Imposts, and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide the common Defence and general Welfare of the United Staes
I think that contrdicts your claim