- Secure Social Security & Medicare for the next 75 years
Social Security and Medicare are not sustainable on their current trajectories due to the retirement of the enormous Baby Boom generation, falling birth rates, and rising healthcare spending.
- Balance the federal budget by 2030
If the money we spend as a nation consistently outpaces the money we bring in, the burden of our increasing debt — including the interest we pay on it — will crush us. Unfortunately, that’s where we’re headed.
In summary, Brooks’ advocacy of centrism seems reasonable enough, and much of it is intelligent and constructive, but he makes two serious errors, in my opinion:
- False equivalency between Trumpian authoritarianism and Sanders socialism.
- Counterproductive obsession with national debt. See Socrates interview with Pete Peterson.