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5th April 2011

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Rand Paul’s Budget Cut Proposal… Is This Good or What?

Here is the synopsis of Rand Paul’s proposal for budget cuts this year. How great would this be? We could actually begin ending the socialist welfare state and begin to pay back our debt. I still feel more cuts are needed though.

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH………………………….$1,283,000,000. (23%)
Notes: The Government Printing Office is abolished.

JUDICIAL BRANCH………………………………..$2,434,000,000. (32%)

AGRICULTURE……………………………………..$42,542,000,000. (30%)
The Agriculture Research Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Resources Conservation Service, and Foreign Agricultural Service are abolished. The Forest Service gets a $1.2 billion haircut.

COMMERCE……………………………………………$5,322,000,000. (54%)
National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is cut by $857,000,000.

DEFENSE……………………………………………….$47,500,000,000. (6.5%)

EDUCATION…………………………………………..$78,000,000,000 (83%)
Only the Pell grant program survives.

ENERGY……………………………………………………$44,200,000,000 (100%)
The Defense Department takes over all of Energy’s remaining functions (nuclear waste, for example) and about $18 billion of its budget.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES…………..$26,510,000,000. (26%)
Notes: FDA is cut by $230,000,000; Indian Health Service is cut by $650 million; CDC is cut by $1.17 billion; NIH by $5.8 billion.

HOMELAND SECURITY……………………………$23,765,000,000. (43%)
Notes: Coast Guard is shifted to Defense. TSA’s funds are cut by $900 million.

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT….$53,100,000,000. (100%)
Notes: Completely eliminated. Veterans’ housing programs are transferred to the VA

INTERIOR………………………………………………..$10,934,000,000. (78%)
Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs are abolished.

JUSTICE…………………………………………………….$9,057,000,000. (28%)
Note: Office of Justice Programs is abolished.

LABOR…………………………………………….$2,803,000,000. (2%)
OSHA, MSHA, and the The Employment and Training Administration are spared all cuts (no cuts to unemployment benefits)

STATE………………………………………………………….$20,321,000,000. (71%)
Note: Massive foreign aid cuts. All international commissions and organizations are defunded.

TRANSPORTATION……………………………………..$42,810,000,000. (49%)
Notes: Amtrak is completely de-funded.

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS……………………………………No cuts

CORPS OF ENGINEERS.……………………………….$1,854,000,000. (27%)

EPA……………………………………………………..$3,238,000,000. (29%)

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION…..$1,936,000,000. (85%)

INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS…$24,300,000,000 (100%)

NASA……………………………………………………………….$4,500,000,000 (25%)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION……………$4,723,000,000. (62%)

OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT…….$9,070,000,000.

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION………No cuts

FCC…………………………………………………..$2,150,000,000. (22%)

ABOLISH………………………………………………………$2,050,000,000. (100%)

(1) Affordable Housing Program.
(2) Commission on Fine Arts.
(3) Consumer Product Safety Commission.
(4) Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
(5) National Endowment for the Arts.
(6) National Endowment for the Humanities.
(7) State Justice Institute.

MISC

Collect delinquent taxes from Federal Employees……..$3,000,000,000.
Freeze Federal Government employee pay……………….$2,000,000,000.
Reduce Federal Government travel…………………………$7,500,000,000.
Repeal Davis-Bacon…………………………………………….. $6,000,000,000.
Prohibit union project labor agreements………………….$2,000,000,000.
TARP repeal………………………………………………………..$4,481,000,000.
Sell Federal Buildings…………………………………………..$19,000,000,000.
Reduce Federal vehicle budget……………………………………$600,000,000.



Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/01/detailed-look-rand-paul-spending-bill#ixzz1HXXJeqV5

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Source: washingtonexaminer.com

4th April 2011

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Can We Afford To Care?

I thought I would take a look at social programs such as WIC, Medicare, Medicaid, etc… I know this is a touchy subject, but it needs to be looked at. I’m not saying that I don’t care about people… I do, very much. What I am saying is that the federal government cannot afford to care. We are running at a deficit that makes Mt. Everest look like an ant hill. Here are a few ideas on how we fix things:

First we need to make sure assistance is only going to people who have run into some misfortune… not to people who just refuse to work. We should also limit this assitance and provide some career placement help.

Second we need to end most of the college grants… as a matter of fact, cut everything but Pell. These steps alone will decrease our deficit tremendously.

Third we need to stop allowing people to use food stamps to get cash. In my opinion, we need to put certain food items on a list and that would be all you can buy if you are on food stamps. Nothing makes me more angry than walking into a store and seeing someone buy beer and cigarettes with my hard earned money. Then they take a load of steaks and whatever other luxery items to their ten kids waiting on them in the brand new Escalade. I have another idea… If you drive a luxury car you should be made to sell it and use that money to support yourself. 

Now for the nice part… With these cuts made we should also do what we can to subsidize reputable charities that help people in need.

Tagged: economynewspoliticswelfarewelfare reformLong Reads