While the country faces many problems, a policy analyst says one issue that is not getting much coverage these days involves spending.
"In 2010, we had the tea party movement that came through, and one of the things that they were really adamant about was lowering federal spending, getting the national debt under control," says Justin Bogie, senior policy analyst in fiscal affairs for The Heritage Foundation, a center-right think tank in Washington, DC. "We saw some good legislation come out of that, but Congress went back on a lot of those promises, and now there's a new distraction every day and detracting from that message.”
Bogie says Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are driving the growing spending problem.
"That's not an issue that a lot of politicians want to tackle, but those programs are just fundamentally unsustainable," Bogie continues. "They're structurally unsustainable; they were never intended to cover people into their 80s and 90s, and they're both -- Social Security and Medicare trust funds -- on a path to insolvency."
Bogie is co-author of a new report by The Heritage Foundation recommending policies to strengthen President Trump's fiscal year 2021 budget.