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Big Budget Bingo!

January 27, 2011 by  

Big Budget Bingo!

By the time you read this, President Barack Obama will have delivered what may well have been his penultimate State of the Union address. While my deadline fell before this year’s Presidential Kennel Club Dog (and Pony) Show, I have no doubt that it was the usual running of the proverbial bull. (For Ben’s analysis of the SOTU, check out his Outside the Asylum column below).

Empty promises, veiled threats, and meaningless calls for civility from a Congress which is as likely to behave as I am to earn a spot in the Mets’ bullpen… let me amend that — I can reach the plate on the fly. Indubitably, the President will also tip his cap to the newly elected Republican House majority by sprinkling a few table scraps of budgetary sanity amongst his equally predictable calls for expansion of… every harebrained social program he and his liberal allies have unleashed upon us during his tenure.

Last week, the 165 members of the Republican Study Committee, led by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, threw the gauntlet of fiscal responsibility at the President’s feet. Jordan introduced a bill in the House which would — if passed — lop $2.5 trillion from the Federal budget over 10 years. That’s a 13-digit bill for surgery. Even Obamacare won’t cover that.

To be sure, a review of the programs and spending targeted by Jordan’s bill reveals a Chinese phone book of wasteful spending. However, Jordan, along with his Senate counterpart Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), are going to find that the old-line GOP is about as excited about real budget trimming as Obama is about Hawaii Governor Abercrombie working “birth certificate” into every other sentence.

To the average taxpayer, most details regarding the Federal budget are as entertaining as listening to Paul Krugman explain Keynesian economics and the value of active public policy responses to macroeconomic systemic crises and blah, blah, blah…

(zzzz…”And this year’s Nobel Prize for reminding us why the Soviet Union is history goes to…”)

Nonetheless, some of this stuff is easy to figure. After all, how many of you really think $75,000 for the “Totally Teen Zone” in Albany, Ga. is a worthwhile expenditure of taxpayer dollars? No teen worth his baggy, ill-fitting pants would be caught dead in a place called “The Totally Teen Zone.” They’d rather compare nose rings with Paul Krugman.

Studying the entire Federal budget is a fool’s errand; like trying to figure out Al Franken’s appeal to Minnesota voters. You would think they learned their lesson from that whole Jesse Ventura disaster. But being the helpful sort of evil conservative, I thought I would demonstrate how trimming the budget can be at least as fun as meeting your daughter’s new boyfriend; the one with the nose ring and the baggy pants who quotes Krugman. It’s a project the whole family can enjoy!

Grab your scissors, kids! (Yep, they still print this monster out on old-fashioned paper.) Let the cutting begin:

Obviously, Obamacare deserves the ax. Although the House already saw to that; their repeal vote is going to fly like a stone balloon in the Senate. Democrat mouthpieces at The Associated Press claim the job-killer numbers are overstated, culminating in their fabulous “fact-check” piece which stated the GOP was taking a Congressional Budget Office study indicating a loss of nearly 700,000 jobs out of context.

The ultimate point of the piece was to advance the claim that there won’t be fewer jobs, just fewer people working. That’s like saying the victims of Obamacare’s death panels are not dead, just “less vital.” More unemployment means more people on the government dole — which would be good for the Democrats, except that the newly unemployed are professionals, not career parasites. They’ll remember who put them on the street.

Add to that the fact that the Secretary of Health and Human Services has issued a waiver to every union lout and heavyweight Democrat donor like mediaeval papal indulgences, and the price tag rises like the ratings of a Fox News program scheduled opposite Ed Schultz. The elimination of Obamacare represents a savings of up to $1 trillion over the next decade.

But taking Obamacare to the butcher’s block is easy. There are plenty of other areas of the Federal budget which deserve a spot in the blender.

The Department of Education gets a big, fat, red “F.” Flushing this Brobdingnagian budgetary behemoth means everyone keeps their money, and the kids learn math, instead of proper condom application. Of course, the kids will be more likely to know how much they need to steal from mom’s purse to buy more condoms, but now they won’t know how to put them on — meaning more kids. We’ll send them a check for $69 billion annually from the teachers’ unions; post-dated, of course.

Tune in to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I know, the liberals will raise an unholy hue and cry about “Sesame Street.” Bad luck, I don’t have kids. Besides, Disney has entertained legions of children for most of the past century without dining at the taxpayer trough. As for the less kiddie-centric programming, if Garrison Keillor was that interesting to people who don’t close their eyes when they talk, he’d be sorting through offers from the outlets which actually turn a profit. Sending NPR and its ilk into the private sector will save nearly $500 million.

Let’s also send a Dear John letter to the Post Office. Of course, we’ll have to send it FedEx if we want a guarantee that it will arrive as requested. I understand that we’ll all have to spend a little more to send a letter, provided the cost of a first-class stamp doesn’t continue to rise. But it will cost more than that to explain to everyone under the age of 18 what a “letter” is. And your chances of it arriving on time will triple. That will be right about the time the letter gets there. Or, in the case of the USPS, not get there. Wait a minute, Mr. Postman — the USPS is projecting a nearly $250 billion budget deficit for the next decade. Signed, sealed, delivered — you’re gone.

All aboard AMTRAK. Subsidizing the vastly under-traveled national passenger rail lines has brought the taxpayers the pride of knowing they’re paying for a system which is just as much of a joy as traveling aboard a moving fraternity house, only without the sanitation. After nearly $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies, AMTRAK represents less than 1 percent of intercity travel nationally. That’s a subsidy of more than $100 per passenger, per trip. If someone rides the rails across the country, that number jumps above $1,000. We’d be better off buying passengers round-trip airfare.

On that note, consider those multi-billion dollar airline subsidies which have eclipsed $20 billion in the last decade. That’s been a real treat for the taxpayers; and airlines have rewarded their largesse with outstanding performance — as long as you’re not particular about whether you and your luggage (for which you paid extra) vacation on the same continent.

The real joke is on us. By subsidizing both AMTRAK AND the airlines, the government is using our money to prop up two industrial black holes which are in competition with each other; and evidently battling to lose the game. Eliminating both will carve away a potential 11 figures from the taxpayers’ bill.

Many of you will take great issue with these suggestions. You’re welcome to do so — and will doubtless make your feelings known in the attendant comment section. Keep in mind, I managed to slice away nearly $150 billion per year, nearly equaling Jordan’s $2.5 trillion over a decade, and I did it in fewer than 1,500 words, while only looking at six outlays. I never even addressed the endless rogue’s gallery of politically idiotic subsidies (ACORN? REALLY?), duplicate programs and outright waste (true story: Katrina relief funds were used to pay for a SEX CHANGE OPERATION. This one’s for you, then… ma’am… sir… you there.)

The Federal budget is like a wedding, or better yet, those Sweet 16 parties you can watch on cable in which some uber-rich euro trash-type authorizes the budget of a small country for his whiny little princess to ring in her momentous 17th year (because the 16th was such a milestone for humanity).

To be fair, there are areas in which Federal expenditures are not only necessary, but laudable. We need the Federal prisons, the Interstate Highway system (whoops, might have spoken too soon on that one), and the U.S. Army; to cite a few examples. However, far too much of our money goes to programs and projects which deserve nothing more than to be dragged by the 10th Mountain Division down I-70 to Leavenworth.

I’ll tell you what: The next time you find yourself with nothing better to do — say, during the next episode of “My Super Sweet 16″ — think of a use of taxpayer money which is essentially useless. Then, grab the proverbial scissors. You’re welcome to borrow mine — and it won’t cost you thing.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    When you say Paul Krugman, say gleefully incompetent in the same breath. Someone needs to tell this false genius that Keynesian economics do NOT work. That scam NEVER works. Only a space cadet progressive (or worse) would dare claim that if we’d only try it often enough, it would have to work – eventually (no matter how many generations would have to come and go).
    Krugman belongs to that economic school that demands that a failed economic system must be seen as good as any other. He’s so deep in denial that professionals in mental health haven’t yet come up with a term accurate enough to describe people like Krugman.
    How long must America have to endure galloping stupidity? Krugman should have been born 30-40 years earlier. He would have fit in perfectly with FDR and his off-the-chart social engineering scams.
    Out with Krugman. In with anyone who knows the difference between reality and utopian fantasy.

    • FreedomFighter

      Obama the Miss-leader, a progressive socialist/communist doing more damage to America and our way of life than any other person in the history of our country. Currently Obama is leading the Republicans around by the nose, like we voted them in to become progressive puppets, no we voted them in to end the Obama progressive takeover of America.

      Cut, repeal, eliminate all the progressive/socialist programs, its the only way. The only way to do this:

      A strong conservative leader for president, constant peacefull pressure on congress, a local grass roots conservative leadership change in both local an state goverments. Weak leadership isnt going to cut it, the progressives have planned well.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • Ret.20yr. vet

        Not here to disagree but I always find it very interesting when people feel that they are the smartest person in the room and have all the answers, like many of the talking heads and the expert advisors from either party. If they are so smart, why don’t they run for office?

        Our economy is a mess and has been for some time. It started getting messier when Bush was installed and the runawy spending got crazy. Two unpaid wars, Tax cuts for the richest americans that were and are unpaided for. Were are the expert economists? What ever is being done today isn’t working and supplyside economics has never worked, so what is the answer. Yes we need to cut spending but we have also fallen so far behind other countries. We need to invest for our future but at who’s expense. China’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, while we involved ourselfs in 2 wars.

        Social programs: we reward the wrong people, those on welfare get free medical while 53 million working americans don’t have HC. Through our tax $$$ we provide free HC to our elected officials who are suppose to be working for us. We allow them to vote themselves a pay raise. Wouldn’t you like to be able to vote yourself a raise?

        Yes we are in a fine mix and its not any one presidents fault or any one party’s. We the voters have done this. This past November americans spoke and voted for a change of direction again, lets hope it’s the right direction but i doubt it. We have wack jobs in both parties and even the Tea party has some pretty scary folks.

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          No sir it did not start with Bush. We were in a financial bind big time when Clinton left office. We were in a major recession, and the banking thing was winding down to where they collapsed, once again, thanks to Clinton’s vision of backing bank loans to people who had a snowballs chance in hell of paying it back. And like it or not, I understand both sides of the war issue, but to me, there comes a time when you can only let someone punch you so many times before you do something. Im glad the man stepped up, as the bombings would have continued to an epidemic level had we not done something. Or we could have waited until Saddam controlled the whole middle east and all the oil, and shut it off, and then had a mess to deal with like we did with Hitler. Myself, Im glad we didnt wait until it came to that. But your entitled to your opinion, just when making it, if your going to point fingers and name names, do it truthfully. The economy tanked because every business in the country knew the democrats were coming in power. They raise taxes and punish business. Its no secret, we all know it. You watch the economy take off, when the polls start coming in nearing the 2012 election, showing a republican with a large lead in the polls. When business is comfortable the democrats are leaving, the economy will start to roll good once again. Doubt me if you want, but watch and see. Im totally confident in it, because Ive seen this movie before, and that is how it works my friend.

          • bob wire

            Hmm? You can see it that way if you wish I suppose there are many events that might offer support to such a claim. But I believe the US economy had been dangling on a rubber band of sorts since the mid 60′s. It’s been both disproportionally bad and good for all American since then and depended when any one person might be at in the food chain.

            I remember back in 67 making more money per hour then my father as I worked in the war effort but I was having to pay three times again what my father did just for housing. The cost of housing had shot up very quickly for reason unknown to me. ~ Demand I suppose.

            The scaling down of the Viet Nam war effort bought on increasing unemployment and rising inflation, something Nixon and Cater both had to dead with.

            LBJ had advanced JFK’s social programs beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. While LB didn’t get much credit for it, but it was LB that made it happen.

            By 1972 there was three pictures you could count on hanging on the wall of black folk homes back then, Jesus, Martin Luther and JFK. ( I was in the home service business in 72 to 78, making 15 to 18 house calls a day) These social programs greatly affected their lives. Funny, how I never seen Lyndon’s picture displayed.

            Then came the 80′s and Ronnie to scale back the “give away’s”, while telling us , “we shall wake up this sleeping giant” and he planned “To get the Federal Government off the peoples backs” and he did, for some of anyway.

            I wish Ronnie had woke up all of America and not just the military complex and supporting industries. I wished he’d hobbled city , county and state governments as they came forward and consumed any gains make with a smaller Federal government.

            A lot of people did well under Reagan, the better employed, those that were engage in investment that could belief the reform being offered.

            But many didn’t, as there was victims to all of this reform. Victims to leveraged buy outs, hostile take-overs. Many people lost their jobs and their saving. Military base closing created isolated pockets of civil desperation, sent local government reeling to make up for the sudden short falls.

            It’s been a long road getting here to where we are today. I could go on for hours talking about it, highlighting all the pitfalls of each administration, like NAFT or The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act.

            You can blame Clinton if that’s as far as you wish to see.

          • sam bryant

            I believe with with all my heart that a flat rate 10% tax would be suffisant >>
            thank U, sam bryant

    • Robert Smith

      Hi s c,

      Keynesian Economics came into favor near the end of the Great Depression. It started movement towards resolution of that depression brought on by a screwed up Wall Street Binge. (sound familiar)

      Kenesian remained in favor through WWII where the government dominated the economy to win that war. After the war we continued to prosper tyhrough the boom of the 50′s.

      How can anyone say it didn’t work?

      Rob

      • duggy dugg

        depression was created by the fed ; bernanke admitted that publicly

        • Carlucci

          The Fed artificially creates boom and bust cycles. It’s obvious that people like Bernanke, Greenspan, ad nauseum have never run a business.
          They would have been bankrupt in a matter of weeks. Everything they do is by design to stick to the American taxpayer.

      • RivahMitch

        “How can anyone say it didn’t work?”

        Actually, with the utmost confidence. The Keyensian spending of the 30s did very little to bring “movement towards resolution of that depression brought on by a screwed up Wall Street Binge.” A reasonable analysis of the relevant data shows that it actually exacerbated the problems. It was WWII which ended the Great Depression” and, post-war, it was the fact that the US had the most intact adult population and industrial system in the world which allowed us to prosper. During the 50s (arguably the greatest period of growth in the time period you discuss) we were actually paying down WWII debt rather than borrowing more.

      • s c

        RS, either you’re so full of it that you need to be flushed, or the drugs you take daily need to be outlawed. You are so typical of the childish, uninformed, utopian, denial-loving ultraprogressive mentality that infests Washington and this website.
        Let me tap into your bank accounts, take from you when I get the urge, do what I want when I feel like doing it, and when something goes wrong, I’ll howl at the moon and DEMAND that you bail me out (to “save” me from myself, of course).
        That’s the mentality people like you defend. You have no clue, and you don’t want one.
        Contrary to what you’ve been spoonfed all your miserable life, reality will be knocking on your
        front door shortly. If you’re lucky, all you’ll be missing is a large chunk of your arse when the dust settles, comrade.

      • DaveH

        For anybody who doesn’t want to remain an ignoramus about the causes of the Great Depression:
        http://mises.org/rothbard/agd.pdf

        • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

          Thanks I picked up that url and started to look through it.
          Just wanted you to know that spreading that seed does work!
          Keep up the good work friend. Hopefully I won’t have to call you comrad in the near future. Don’t forget to say a prayer before sowing.

          • DaveH

            Thank you for the kind words, D.Espo.

        • Will-CA

          Thank you DaveH
          I’ve only read some of the introduction so far, I’m looking forward to reading it.

      • Vigilant

        R.S.,

        duggy dugg is right. The Fed has done much more harm than it ever benefitted anyone. And to actually praise Keynesian economics is absurd (ever notice how the left loves Keynes and the right doesn’t?). And it’s just plain dumb to assert that “It started movement towards resolution of that depression.”

        History has shown that the Feds meddling with the economy served to lengthen and deepen the Depression, or didn’t you know that? Try to find just one economist who won’t admit that it was WWII that brought us out of the Depression, NOT the government. And the rosy picture you paint of the 50s just isn’t true vis-a-vis the postwar unemployment and inflation that occurred.

        Another bit of history: liberals hate supply side economics, and will never face the reality that it was Reagan’s application of market-friendly provisions of this theory that ushered in the LONGEST SUSTAINED PERIOD OF PROSPERITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        And you think Clinton was great too, and he was the worst think to ever hit the white house. We are still paying for his mis-deeds, and will for a long time to come. Your vision of the truth is off, way off.

    • Peter

      Sorry, I am neither GOP nor Dem, but Ben Crystal is a fruitcake of the highest order. Please don’t anyone give him a gun!

      • Tim L.

        AMEN!!!

        • jim

          Ben tells it LIKE IT IS, someething that you OBAMABOT IDIOTS have a Strong aversion to,,, the TRUTH!!!

          • Flynn

            More importantly, Ben tells it like it is with a degree of levity which helps both him and his readers keep their sanity while considering difficult problems. If one can’t change it, it is better to at least get a laugh out of it.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            jim,
            the bamabots have an adversion to two main things. The TRUTH and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!!! There are many others but these are the main ones!!

      • DaveH

        After a short while (very short) the Liberal Lemmings become very boring. Feed Me. Clothe Me. Shelter Me. Give Me Free Health Care. Wah! Wah! Wah!

        • http://donthaveone Beberoni

          That is because the liberals are always blaming someone else for everything, pointing fingers. Instead of looking at the reality of things, and being responsible for themselves and their actions. Only when we are responsible for what we say and do, will we rise above the level of mediocrity. As long as one decides to sit on his butt and not work and live on government handouts, there will be a democrat to give them to him in return for a vote.

      • Bob from Calif.

        I like Ben’s writing. You just don’t understand his sarcasm.

        • JeffH

          Bob, I think that sarcasm might be Ben’s second best attribute. I love it, keeps a smile on my face, plus it just pisses off the liberals and Marxists that read it.

      • Vigilant

        Peter,

        “Sorry, I am neither GOP nor Dem, but Ben Crystal is a fruitcake of the highest order. Please don’t anyone give him a gun!”

        What the hell kind of statement is that? Coming on the heels of Tucson, you and your ilk that make charges like that only show your lack of morality, insensitivity and intelligence.

  • wandamurline

    Throw into your pot, the UN-defund and throw out, absolutely worthless, cut IRS by 50% or eliminate with a fair tax, take down the TSA, combine the CIA and FBI together into one department and look at the numbers to see if it can be reduced, cut the czars, cut the 28 helpers for Michelle, cut the expense accounts, terminate the federal government’s benefits…their retirement funds get dumped into social security and no benefits from it until age 65 and figured at the rate the regular citizen gets their payment, dump their health care expenses, they can purchase their own insurance since their employer does not want to offer that benefit any longer, and I am sure that if I were asked to help cut the budget, I could find thousands of departments and bureaus…like the new one that is being installed to help America shop…I think America has shopped enough, at least the government surely has.

    • duggy dugg

      all good ideas ; stop government borrowing [ selling u s bonds] and demand treasury resume printing dollars ; end the fed printing dollars !

    • Melvin

      How about cutting defense and using the Peace Corp to create sustainable relationships with other countries. Wait, you say I’m stupid and that won’t work? Explain how China has in less than 50 years secured access to all the resources they need to prosper without 7 military bases on every continent. Boom is the sound of your brain exploding cause you can’t think but you are great killers. Your Tea Party and Republican apparatiks are leading you to your doom. Let what made our Country strong work: Constructive Destruction. Stop dying for oil!!!

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Melvin… We should start drilling for oil, if the government would just let us….

        • jim

          You are RIGHT ON Robin!! IF these LIB DEM ENVIRO IDIOTS wouldn’s have stopped us from DRILLING OUR OWN OIL, we wouldn;t be in this MESS!!! That DESTROYED the car industry and mandated these MORONIC OBAMAMOBILES and MASSIVE MASSIVE unemployment by ole barry and his LIB DEM CRONIES!!! IMPEACH NOW!!! DRILL in ANWAR IMMEDIATELY!!!

        • DeJay

          There is a huge pool of oil in the northern central part of the US
          A and Canada that is claimed to be more then all the oil in the arabian countries. Why are we importing foreign oil? Politics!!!!
          How about all the possible alternative sources of energy that would heavily cut our need for oil and less pollution??? Out government SUCKS!!!

          • Karolyn

            I believe Obama is behind alternate sources of energy, is he not? This means investment, which conservatives would not have us do.

          • Carlucci

            Yes, and it sucks OUT LOUD.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Karolyn,
            Nobama wants to make alternative energy the cheapest form around. the only problem is he wants to make it cheapest by increasing the price of all other forms! I hope all of you can afford a new furnace, hot water heater, stove & oven, car, and all of those other energy users!!! the alternative is EMPTY YOUR WALLET!!! This egomaniac is going to bankrupt us AND the country!!

          • Vigilant

            Karolyn, when you say, “I believe Obama is behind alternate sources of energy, is he not? This means investment, which conservatives would not have us do.”

            Name one cheap, sustainable form of energy that can generate electricity, run automobiles and industrial plants and you will find trillions of dollars in the private sector for investment.

            Thanks to the surreal nightmares of the wimpy Greens, the processes to put nuclear energy plants on line have become prohibitively time-consuming and expensive. France is powered by 85% nuclear energy, the absolutely safest form of energy, but we have, in our fear, foregone that route and then wondered why we are so dependent upon foreign oil.

            Thanks to these same wackos, corn is grown for ethanol that costs more to produce than the it’s worth. And the experiment with green jobs in Spain has proven to be absolutely destructive of jobs and treasure. Mr. Pickens’ experience with such great hopes (and disappointment with) windmill technology have shown that to be a blind alley, at least for now.

            Investment in Research and Development is an excellent thing, but as long as petroleum derivatives remain the engine of our economy, we should find ways to reduce our dependence on nondomestic sources and exploit our own reserves while alternate energy sources are being researched.

            Cap and trade (tax) is the best way to stifle economic growth, lose more jobs to overseas ventures and line the pockets of the global warming charlatans like Al Gore and Jeff Immelt of G.E.

        • Bob from Calif.

          We should promote every source of energy possible that would make the U.S. energy independent.

          • LeRoy Z.

            Bob, you need to talk to the Dept. of Energy. You know the one. The department created back in the ’70s, to lessen our dependence on foreign oil?

      • Sapphira Sez

        Melvin, I started to comment on your post, but then I realized you are incapable of understanding reality, so i won’t waste my time.

        • Melvin

          Your reality is limited only by the limitations of your beliefs. It’s hard to let go but as time dictates the constant of change, your beliefs will be pried from your cold dead hands. As history dictates to those with the fossilized thoughts. The vacuous attempt to blame the dems for your cognitive ineptitude….will work temporarily. As you think so determines your reality. I bet I’m the only 50 year old learning Mandarin and a different way of thinking in this Country. Protect your cheese. Peace out.

          • Karolyn

            Melvin said: “Your reality is limited only by the limitations of your beliefs.” Love that! One must be constantly growing and changing or be left to stagnate. Good for you on the Mandarin! That is a commendable feat! I learn something new every day.

          • Vigilant

            For any of you who might require a tanslation of that pseudointellectual crap, here goes:

            “Your reality is limited only by the limitations of your beliefs. It’s hard to let go but as time dictates the constant of change, your beliefs will be pried from your cold dead hands. As history dictates to those with the fossilized thoughts.”

            That means lay down, accept the socialist change that’s coming, and never take the lessons of history seriously. “Fossilized thoughts” means that those of us who still believe in individual freedom, that old defunct document called “The Constitution” and a republican form of government are mere backward-looking old fogies.

            “The vacuous attempt to blame the dems for your cognitive ineptitude….will work temporarily. As you think so determines your reality.”

            Translation: this was an attempt to sound smart but fails miserably on a logical level. Why would anyone blame the Dems for our own stupidity? If the writer had any sense of sentence construction, it would have read “You are cognitively inept if you blame the Dems.” I guess he was so caught up with trying to impress us with the words “vacuous” and “cognitively inept” that he got lost in the maze of his own stupidity.

            “I bet I’m the only 50 year old learning Mandarin and a different way of thinking in this Country.”

            The gratuitous insertion of this self-aggrandizing statement merely leads me to say, “obviously, you have us confused with someone who gives a damn.” Then again, perhaps it’s to be interpreted as “I’m learning my Chinese for the day when that glorious communism of the PRC becomes our own form of government.”

            “Protect your cheese. Peace out”

            Untranslatable: doesn’t make a hill of beans worth of sense.

        • Michael J.

          Sapphira Sez,
          I guess Melvin never saw those TV commercials back in the 60′s. You know, the one’s that talked about “Bad trips and a chance of chromosome damage”.

          • Melvin

            @Michael – When you wake up and see that all the Republican’s have promised has not materialized, after you have purged your Country of the last liberal, after your sickened and poisoned body collapses from the GM foodstocks, you’ll just go all “Allegory of the Cave” on me. But fortunately for me, I, with the rest of the cognitive elite……will have done what Einstein did….leave Germany prior to your oven building xenophobic paranoia consumes the Country.

          • Vigilant

            Ah, the mystery is cleared up! Melvin’s learning Mandarin so he can leave this country like the rat leaving a sinking ship. Well, Melvin, I wish you Godspeed in learning Chinese because we’d rather have you gone sooner than later.

      • S.C.Murf

        Mel, they do have bases around the globe OURS. Why is it our men fight and die in Afganistan and within those same borders China has a mining operation and use their own troops to protect the base? They don’t need the bases around the world, they use ours and reap the minerals. Wake up bud and see what is really going on

        up the hill
        airborne

        • Flynn

          We have been the policemen of the world by choice since WWII. As your local police station is often unappreciated by the local population, our international policing efforts are unappreciated by the world. As local police officers are underpaid and under-appreciated, our soldiers abroad are also underpaid and under-appreciated. It is perhaps time to pull back our international policing efforts.

        • Melvin

          Well then I commend them for seeing the unsustainability of our model and just allow us to protect them. The beauty of their society run by scientists and engineers still amazes me. Our attorneys and actors are perhaps to cognitively challenged by the idea of stability and prosperity for all and not just for a select few at the expense of the majority. I heart change!!!

          • Vigilant

            Melvin, why don’t you just distill it down to that nice catch phrase “Workers of the world, unite”?

          • Vigilant

            And boy, you sure love that word “cognitive” in all its forms, don’t you? Did you just learn what it meant?

      • DaveH

        How about just plain butting out of other countries’ business? Let them sink or swim on their own.

        • Flynn

          DaveH said the same thing that I did and said it with only 16 words. We need him in Congress. There would not be any more 5000 page monstrosity bills.

      • Vigilant

        Melvin says, “How about cutting defense and using the Peace Corp to create sustainable relationships with other countries. Wait, you say I’m stupid and that won’t work?”

        Yes, that’s exactly what we’re saying, on both counts.

        • Vigilant

          Let me modify that slightly. Yes, there is too much fat in the defense budget, and we should make prudent reductions where we can. But to rely on the Peace Corps, around since Kennedy, tell me what good that has done?

          • JeffH

            …it sounds nice anyway…

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      Ohellyes!!!Go for it!

    • DeJay

      wanda, you forgot two big items. End the persions for government officials and politicians if it applies and let them find a job like the rest of us. End foreign aid. There are many other perks that politicians get that should be eliminated like the use of government jets.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      You are correct, Ive been saying this for years. And add to this, the billions we would save if we cut foreign aid to muslim countries, as they have outright declared us their enemy, by the very tenants of their religion, that if we dont think and do as they do, we are infidels worth of death. Cut their aid now, and stop protecting Saudi Arabia, unless they give us oil at less than half price. That is a start.

  • http://roadrunner Richard

    If these replacements don’t do there job we elected them to do, fire them, tar and feather them, kick them out of the country because they are just like the worthless parasites in the senate and the congress from 2006 to 2010!!!
    Richard

    • duggy dugg

      the biggest parasite there is : the fed ; the non federal fed ; the ngo nga fed tries mightily to be “seen” as part of government ; it prints the dollars and loansharks them to gov’t

  • http://yahoo Edward

    Same old crap just a different day. Were is the birth certificate.We don’t need it to go down in history and find out in 50 years that he does’nt have one. lets see it now.

    • JeffH

      Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie is still looking for it…

      • http://?? Joe H.

        JeffH,
        and has admitted he can’t seem to find it!!!

        • JeffH

          …darn birthers anyway…

          • LeRoy Z.

            It’s no only his birth certificate. I read something a little while ago about his time at Columbia U. The class he supposedly was in had a reunion and the class president was asked to give a short speech. Someone make mention of the fact that the President wasn’t asked. Seems that noone in the class could remember him ever being there. This in light of his records being sealed. Curious.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      It will be like Reggie Bush’s Heisman trophy, it will come way too late after the fact, and somebody else will be left holding the bag to pay for it. In this case, us taxpayers.

  • Jack Gordon

    All this right-wing BS and not one lousy word about cutting the rich people’s subsidy, aka, the “defense” budget (except, of course, unless we notice this clown’s pious words about how the Army budget SHOULDN’T be touched). You want to know why ordinary people can’t take the American lunatic right seriously? Read this pathetic screed above once again.

    • Tim L.

      BRAVO!!!

    • Sapphira Sez

      Whine, whine, whine, Jack Gordon. Right wing BS? You and ol’ Melvin want to do away with the military (which, by the way, is the reason that you have the freedom to say such stupid things)? What planet are you from? Oh yeah, the obuma lovers planet, where friend and foe alike sit in a circle and knit placemats for fun and profit. Oh, your enemy would never be mean to you if you were knitting together!!! He would never stab you in the back with a poison knitting needle, would he?!?!? You nitwit America haters need to spend some time in Siberia so you would learn to appreciate Freedom.

    • DaveH

      Take the green colored glasses off, Jack. You want to treat the symptoms. The Disease is Big Government. You want a level playing field? Then get Government out of the Marketplace. Without Big Government meddling in the Marketplace there could be no Crony-Capitalism. And we would save Trillions of dollars in tax money. Give the power back to the consumer. Companies would sink or swim based on pleasing the consumers, not on pleasing the Politicians.

      • Carlucci

        Exactly. Slash Fedzilla by at least 45%. Back when the nation was founded, they used to run the fedguv out of a few boxes in the back of a wagon. As we all know, FDR’s mission was to grow it into a leviathan and now look where we are – useless and redundant agencies, overpaid employees with ridiculous perks and benefits that the average American can only dream of, military policing the world, etc., ad nauseum. I loved Mr. Crystal’s comments about the post office, too. He nailed that one right on the head.

        Because of technology, why does Fedzilla have to be so huge? Why can’t we bring in business minds like Donald Trump and people like that to show the losers in government how to run things in a cost effective and efficient manner? The Libertarians would also be a huge help as they have all the good ideas, and practice Austrian economics.

    • barbm

      the main reason for having a centralized govt in d.c. is to raise taxes to support a military to keep us safe. everything else should go to the states. i’m all for pulling those soldiers at war home and stationing them along our 4 borders to keep out terrorists and illegal aliens, but we need to have a strong army at the ready in case we need them. what i noticed is that nobody has said anything about welfare. if you’re getting afdc and have another baby, you shouldn’t get one more dime in money or food stamps. you just need to learn to stretch a dollar further or stop having babies. catholic so don’t believe in birth control? hold a darn aspirin between your knees then. they do it so they’ll get more money, but they also do it because, as long as they have a kid under the age of 5, they don’t have to go to school or work. and, since we must pass a drug test to get jobs, they should have to pass one to get welfare. since all school age illegals get 2 squares a day during the school years for free, we should cut their food stamps then give them more just for the summer.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      I am not for cutting the military budget anytime soon. You see, the last time that happened, ala Bill Clinton, who cut the military in half, and our intelligence agencies in half, we were left vulnerable, and 9-11 happened. Had we the proper intelligence in place, this would have been stopped before it happened. And we are still getting our military back up to snuff, both personnel and armament wise. Clinton aimlessly lobbed billions of dollars worth of bombs into Sarajevo, helping them with their ethnic cleansing efforts, and depleted our weaponry, and left it like that for the next guys. Real nice slick Willy. Of course, you know he couldnt spend any money, or it would have affected his smoke and mirrors approach to showing a balanced budget. Heck man, if I went in there and cut the military in half and dipped into social security money and other illegal stuff Clinton pulled, I could show a balanced budget. It doesnt mean it was real though, now does it. It is only through having a strong military, that we are not attacked daily. The only reason we are free, is our young men and women in our military, who, by the way, volunteer to keep us this way. Give them all they need to do the job properly. Dont mess with military cuts. Are you nuts. Stop the madness of funding the United Nations and muslim countries that hate us. That is the wasted billions we need to keep.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        berberoni,
        Also during that series of cuts, the care for the disabled vets was next to non-exhistant!! People were treated worse than animals in the vets hospitals! One of my very best friends died of congestive heart failure as they sent him home too soon and he virtually drowned on his own fluids!!

  • duggy dugg

    economy is in free fall almost ; u s bonds are the cause ; if treasury printed dollars [ it does not] instead of bonds ; we would not be in 14 trillion dollars of debt !

    end the fed !

  • J MAYER

    There should be no item off the chopping block defense included. I do business with several defense contractors and they are the most inefficient manufacturing operations on the planet. They waste more money on new equipment that run a few hours a month. This would never happen in a commercial enterprise. Do we really still need 50,000 troops in Germany? No stone should be left unturned until our expenditures match revenue. That is the onlt sane thing to do!!

    • DaveH

      They could also sell off much or most of the vast land holdings that are now in Government possession to balance the budget. Note that I mean that in addition to making Big budget cuts.

      • Karolyn

        Yeah, just pave the whole country!

        • DaveH

          Actually, Karolyn, the private landowners are better conservationists than Big Government is. Read this article:
          http://mises.org/daily/2539

          And what do you think, Karolyn, is keeping the Greens from pooling their monies and buying up large tracts of land to manage as they see fit?

          • Karolyn

            Actually, there are organizations that do.

        • eddie47d

          Karolyn; Private companies would charge more for entry in those National Parks. Then if they went out of business they could sell to whomever they wanted and build another Walmart. Either that or make that land into a private playground which would shut the majority out. Maybe a small parcel of our heritage;like Mt Vernon could be run by a private firm or Betsy Ross’s House but there wouldn’t be any long term guarantees there either. They could also turn Mt Vernon into another Dollywood to make money thus cheapening our Heritage.I also realize there are those who are willing to sell all of our Monuments and Parks off to the highest bidder. There are members in Congress who would also deny funds to the Federal Government and are willing to cut funds to manage these National Treasures. That means less services and angry visitors which will lead to more members of Congress willing to sell off. There are too many wolfs in sheep’s clothing in Washington and in private business so watch your back side.

          • Karolyn

            What I was talking about are the nonprofits that buy up parcels of land for conservation.

          • eddie47d

            Another note is that they did try and sell off a part of Gettysburg and wanted to build a Walmart. In New York City several decades ago officials wanted to sell off Central Park.

          • libertytrain

            Mt. Vernon is not government run, though I imagine they get a grant now and then –
            “The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union took over Mount Vernon on February 22, 1860. Since that time this patriotic organization has managed the establishment, exerting every effort to maintain its beauty and charm in its original form. The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union bought the estate from John Augustine Washington in 1858 for $200,000.”
            and the beautiful Hermitage in Tennessee:
            “Since its founding in 1889, The Ladies’ Hermitage Association (LHA) has operated as a nonprofit charitable organization. The LHA is now incorporated under federal and state laws as a 501c (3) tax exempt organization and operates The Hermitage on behalf of the State of Tennessee. The Hermitage receives no on-going Federal or state government funding and must rely on charitable contributions.”

          • DaveH

            Do you think, Eddie, that the National Parks are the only lands owned by Government? Do some studying.

  • Warrior

    And I just read that the commission that was compiled to investigate and come up with the cause of the financial crisis couldn’t come to a consensus so instead members wrote varying opinions split across political lines of course. The best part is, there was an $8mil budget set up to pay for it and now the group claims they overspent that by $1.8mil.

    Oh, our regulatory czar, Cass Sustein, had to testify on why so many regulations were invoked over the past two years. Slick Cass responded that there were no more rules written than in the past two years of the Bush administration. Great answer Cass. Does he blog here by any chance?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Warrior,
      the best one I saw about ole Cass was the one where he said that if a building is infested with rats and they can’t be removed without harm to the rats they should be left alone!!! More concern for the RATS than the PEOPLE for cripes sake!! What a loon!!!

      • Vigilant

        Joe H.

        Substitute the word “socialist” for “rat.” Since they’re one and the same, no wonder he’s trying to protect them.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      According to anyone on the left, everything is Bush’s fault. I dont know what they are going to do when they cant point the finger at him anymore. Maybe they will start pointing it at Obama, for doing exactly what they keep telling him to do. That way, it wont be their fault, it will be his fault. As long as the little liberals have someone else to blame, they are happy.

  • Joyce from Loris

    End the HANDOUTS. By all indications, our nation is and has been for 50 or more years, a socialist nation. It has been coming about so gradually that we did not see it coming. But here it is. A government that takes from SOME of the people to GIVE to the REST of the people. Return to States Rights, and let the Federal Government do what it is SUPPOSE to do. When did it become the Federal Government’s job to provide $20,000 “scholarships” to foreign students? That’s just an example. I don’t think the Federal Government should provide free college education to American students either. We have just become a HAND OUT nation. Illegal aliens can come here and get a welfare check, food stamps, free housing, free medical, etc. It’s ridiculous. Stop the hand outs, and return our nation to the LAND OF THE FREE, NOT LAND FOR FREE.

    • Rose

      Right on! Social programs came about because of a “few extra dollars” and then all of a sudden they are considered “entitlements”. Sorry. No money, so cut out ALL FAT and social programs. With respect to Social Security, WE put our money into it thru payrolls just like a savings account. Congress over the years has robbed it and move it to the General Fund for their useless spending programs. Let’s keep SS and let us also be allowed a percentage to invest on our own. The SS was set up as A SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAM TO WHAT YOU INVESTED OR SAVED DURING YOUR WORKING YEARS – go back and read the original bill. It ain’t your retirement benefit but to help you with whatever else you may have. Stop raiding SS, Congress. It is our money at both ends, ours and whatever growth it has. Why are catering to illegals, education (which was not supported when I graduated from college (started just after) and amazingly we are well-educated, while today’s students are not, except for a few and they are usually Asian, redevelopment agencies should go, sponsoring useless youth programs, education regarding lesbians and gays and learning to love Islamists, and on and on. Cut the spending and get back to basics, Congress. That is what you are supposed to do – nothing more, nothing less. Leave the rest to us, thank you.

    • Karolyn

      I am a 64 year old recipient of a Pell Grant and am proud to have gone back to school to realize a dream of becoming an alcohol and drug counselor, which will help me to give back to this country. Yes, there are those that use and abuse the system, but you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. I was just realizing today that the community college I go to probably would not exist if it were not for Pell Grants. I live in an economically downtrodden rural area in SC. The grants are allowing people who could not afford it, to get an education that will enable them to further enrich society. Two of the biggest programs at the school are nursing and Criminal Justice.

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        Good for you, and Im all for what you are doing. I hope your work helps many others out, and by your attitude, Im sure it will. But I am against using money like this, to be given to people who are not only not citizens of this country, but illegal to boot. I am apalled that this country actually knows a lot of people are illegal aliens, which makes them a criminal, and they reward them with free college courses, that a lot of our own citizens who were born and raised here would love to take, but they cant afford to. How in the heck did we let this happen, that our own do without, while criminals are given to? Its absurd, sick and disturbing that this is allowed, and that oure supposed higher ups, the politicians and the college administrators not only know about this, they actively participate to make it happen. It should be illegal at the least. It makes me sick.

    • http://gmail Glenn Jones

      Something to think about The Feds are makeing and selling the bonds that thay are paying for from our tax dollers and buying some of them back at a reduced doller value. This sounds like a big PONSIE SCEAM and thay should be in a big federal house (PRISON)

  • BigBadJohn

    Get out of Bush’s two wars – that is about 400 billion in one step.
    repeal Bush’s tax cuts – that is another 400 billion.
    cut pork barrel – another 150 billion

    Do that and we just lopped one trillion per year off of the deficit!

    • Warrior

      Are you suggesting we stop spending? This may ruin the fragile economy!

      • BigBadJohn

        Look what happened to the economy when Clinton tried to kill it – BY RAISING TAXES. We got the longest stretch of prosperity in history.

        A balanced budget will do more for the economy than spending OR tax cuts, which really are just another form of spending.

        • Conservative at Birth

          Who balanced the budget? Congress unless you were an ostrich then as you are now.

          • Rose

            Ditto! A balanced budget? Not yet in my life time and raising taxes should be up to us, not a bunch who take care of themselves and call themselves “representatives or senators”. We have cut our defense budget and now we are among the weakest nations in the world. Cut our charity which are now called “entitlements: now! Under Clinton we were told to ignore Osama while he played golf, and he did not help our government but passed on his problems to Bush. Just love the way liberals blame everyone and everything but themselves. Stupid is as stupid does. If liberals want social programs and higher taxes, then they can sign up for same and let the rest of us do our thing which made this country once the “strong and great America”. They have managed to bring our country down and in the toilet and now they want to flush it down the toilet.

        • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

          May I remind you that Clinton was on the way out along with his spending. The Congress and Senate turned into Republican majority and Clinton had to balance the budget. He also had to come to the middle. Problem is, I fear, that the dems will do the same thing again, thinking it was the Prez. instead of the Congress who balanced the budget. Every household has got to cut the waste and add back in what they can. Necessity is the name of the game. I always say: God will give you what you need. It is between you and the devil what you want! HMMMM! HMMM! Hmm!God Bless America and instead of knuckling under let her knuckle down!

          • barbm

            if you really want to help, there is a place where you can donate to a fund to pay down our national debt. all monney received MUST be used to pay off our loans. i donate $10 monthly. not much, but all i can afford right now. you can do so by:

            •You can make a contribution online either by credit card, checking or savings account at Pay.gov
            •You can write a check payable to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and in the memo section, notate that it’s a Gift to reduce the Debt Held by the Public. Mail your check to:

            Attn Dept G
            Bureau of the Public Debt
            P. O. Box 2188
            Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188

          • http://?? Joe H.

            barbm,
            that’s exactly what they originally said about SS!! It can not be used except to pay to the citizens. Look at what happened to it after Johnson got started!!! No thank you I’ll not trust them with MORE of my money!!!

        • Vigilant

          BBJ says, “Look what happened to the economy when Clinton tried to kill it – BY RAISING TAXES. We got the longest stretch of prosperity in history.”

          What history book have you been reading? The Clinton economy came at the end of the Reagan prosperity, the longest period of prosperity in history. You deny that and you’re fighting both economists and the true historical record.

          “A balanced budget will do more for the economy than spending OR tax cuts, which really are just another form of spending.”

          A tax cut is “just another form of spending?” In other words, all the fruits of our labor are simply a pool of money upon which the government may draw at any time it needs it? You may want to go back to elementary school and learn that our government is not a socialist dictatorship, it’s a constitutional republic.

    • DaveH

      We need to downsize Government by at least 50%. Put those people back to doing productive work in a Free Economy. Government has grown in size by at least 100% since 1950. Are we any happier? No. In fact, from my observations of all the contentiousness on this board, we are less happy. Why spend 100% more money on Big Government to be less happy?

      Let’s get our Freedom back from both major political parties. Vote Libertarian, for Individual Freedom, Personal Responsibility, Free Markets, and Limited Government:
      http://libertarianparty.org/platform

      • DaveH

        Here is a graph of Government Spending as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product since 1900:
        http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/us_20th_century_chart.html

        With a doubling in the size of Government since 1950, has your life gotten better (excluding technological advancements that have occurred in spite of Big Government)? Do you feel safer? I don’t.

        Don’t let the leaders fool you. Democrat or Republican, they are in it for themselves, not us. They are making fools out of the people.

        • Pete NY “R I P FEDERAL RESERVE BANK”

          Right on Dave. I am voting Libertarian always because its not a wasted vote.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      You mean the wars that Hillery Clinton, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, Joe Biden, Chuck Shummer, Charlie Rangel, Chris Dodd, and all the other top ranking democrats voted for? Bush’s wars? Gee, it seems to me all these democrats were all for it, so how do you spin the truth like that? Liberal liar. And if we cut the money we fund the UN with, and the money we give to muslim countries that want us dead, that is where the true savings would be. Or maybe if we stopped spending billions bank rolling illegal aliens, and started doing what the law says, and deport them, we would have some cash, eh mate? Put your left wing slant away, and quit trying to blame Bush for everything. FDR and Clinton spent us into oblivion more than anyone else ever did. And all politicians seem to add to it. But your left wing hack agenda leads you to follow the alphabet network and blame Bush for everything. But see pal, those of us that know the truth, recognize the stupidity in your post, as you expose yourself as a true blind bleeding heart liberal, who tows the party line at all costs. Wake up man, join the human race. Its high time. Bush has been gone for over 2 years. It is now Obama’s war for oil, as you lefties called it for years. Gee, what happened to that oil we were in a war over? Oh yeah, the democrats lied – again. Imagine that. Bush-Cheney-Halliburton. Will you ever give it a rest? Get on with your life son, those guys are gone and they arent coming back. Find someone new to blame your failures on, like maybe the guys running the show that have taken unemployment from 4.5 to over 10 percent. Now hit on that a little bit pal, because that is where the problem is at. Reality bites doesnt it pal?

      • http://gmail Glenn Jones

        Beberoni ,, You sound like the only one that has had his head out of his ars since before Kennedy. For what it is worth there was a whole lot more people in the US that hated John than the ones that shot him. There was the Masons,,(becouse he was Catholic) The Moffia ,,(becouse thay helped get him elected in Chicago and then Robert went after then with his posision as Atturney General) the FBI (can’t put J Edger office in the toilet with out hard feelings) ,, The Cubans (both the ones in Cuba and the ones in Florida.) and all this bunk of Camolot is just SPIN. Yes,, Get rid of the FED ,,The schools that don’t teach,,,The Energy department,, Forign Aid.,,,The Mexicans that don’t belong.,,,I am not sure that the citizens couldn’t help in that. It seems like the FBI or the Home Land Security is only playing tag with them. Thay catch them and the next thing thay know hear thay are in Washington ot New York.Thay send them home and thay are back before the month is over. Flatten and doze a halfmile strip along the border and then put up signs that this is US soil and trespassers will be shot. And then put snipers up on towers with 50 cal. Shoot the damn fools and leave them laying out there. Some one comes to get them,,,shoot them too.

  • chucky

    The democrats and republicans will keep on playing the finger pointing game and the he said she said games until the American public wakes up and votes into office the little guy who threw his hat in the ring to run for office because he cares about his community,his state, and his country. I have seen third party canidates over the years work hard, with bare bones campaign budgets go door to door,try to get into televised debates and most times turned away. I say it is time for the public to consider voting for these canidates(or at least try to talk to one. They can not do any worse than what we are sending to washington now)think about it next time you are in the voting booth. If you want to send a messege loud and clear,want to stun the lobbyists who spent millions thinking that their canidate that they have in their back pocket is not elected or re-elected if we all stuck together for one election(more independents than GOP or democrats)and did this widespread you have a better chance at change than the snakes and chameleons we have in congress now.

    • Conservative at Birth

      There are quite a few of them in the Congress and the Senate right now. I only hope they will hold the line.

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      We are in this trouble on “assumption” and not “vetting” we have been fat lazy cats. Now our tail is in the trap and we cannot get it off.
      There was a lot cheating at the polls. All the committee heads came back along with Pelosi and Reid. These so called progressives are commi’s. Get off your blog and check out your polls. They are letting illegals and prisoners vote here in California. They have been caught and it is an “Oh Well, someone will take care of it!” So here I am on a blog instead of out poking around to establish a watchdog system. We get what we deserve if we sit back.

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        Nancy Pelosi even made a statement, that “we need to do more to help these people”, referring to illegal aliens. The same ones that have banrupted her state and have escalated crime to unknown heights. In stead of being elected and being a part of the solution, idiots like her, are a big part of the problem. Wake up California. How could you re-elect people like her, and you just re-elected Barbara Boxer. How could you? Wake up, before we end up putting a fence around your state, as it will soon be part of Mexico.

  • http://google SUNBUM

    THINGS I WILL VOTE FOR !! – A stupid uneducated 76 yr old high school dropout. I don’t understand – i should be a good, brain washed demorat; what happened ??

    Remember – If we don’t straighten ourselves out now, we will not be in a position to help the world, in the future.
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Stop all foreign aid. THATS IT: SEND THE LIBS AROUND THE WORLD WITH THEIR COOL-AID
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Bring ( ALL ) of our troops home. Put them on ( our ) borders!! ( NO FENCE – just GUNS )
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Round up all illegals – send them home.
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Impose large fines on people employing illegals.
    INCOME : MILLIONS

    Our immigration laws are just and fair to all. The only thing I can see, that is not fair, Allowing children, born to people that are not u s citizens to stay. this is not right!
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Stop being a police force for the world.
    savings : HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS

    Stop the trade deficit – with tariffs -. We can’t employ the world & pay our people to sit on their ass
    savings : JOBS & TRILLIONS

    Trade tariffs will bring manufacturing back to the U S. People here are making millions importing from other countries and Americans remain unemployed. When I was a kid, CLOTHES – SHOES – WASHING MACHINES – CARS – STEEL – SHIPS etc. made in the U S. Now we make hamburgers & computers – soon no computers!!

    Stop all crooked unions

    Start profit sharing, in the work force. This will kill them. It can be done.

    Unemployment – paid out based on what YOU pay in.
    If YOURS runs out, We will find you a job. Shoveling S–t if necessary. You’ll NOT be paid to sit on your ass. Too degrading for you ? DON’T DO IT. Honest people ( will find a job real quick.) Lazy ones will go hungry, or steal, & end up in jail shoveling it for nothing. ( NO T V, WEIGHTS, or BASKETBALL )
    I know Libs – I’m just a cruel – no heart Conservative. (wonder why most libs are rich??)

    SORRY I GOT OFF MY STUFF. Libs just do that to me!! There are, many – many, other stupid things these crooked politicians have done to us. – Lets see now!!

    I THINK

    We should end the high salaries and benefits for politicians and other government employees. Cut the salaries of congressmen and senators to $100,000 per yr. NO benefits or retirement. also cut way back on their expense accounts – Not enough ?? – keep the millions you spend to get elected in the first place!! I’ll take the job. Gov. employees salaries, and benefits, should be based on industry salaries & benefits. and no more

    The next, will upset many people, however; Because of what the politicians of the last 70 years have done I see no way out,

    Social Security must be changed.
    First thing – retirement age raised to 70 (ouch) This means the unhappy kids of the 60′s & 70′s will need to work 5 extra years. Oh’ well ! Had it not been for their fathers in W W 2, they would have nothing to bitch about. They would not be here, Germany and Japan would. Damn dumb, old people!!

    Next (This, also, not fair), however; I think necessary. We have established a minimum cost of living amount, for THIS country, called starvation wage. I call it Soc. Sec. Those U S citizens, without this yearly amount, should receive funds necessary to equal this amount. If you have funds to equal this amount, god has blessed you, You receive nothing from the government. You already got yours from god: Be happy!! This means – All retired persons, file taxes every year, listing income, net worth, and expenses.
    I KNOW – NOT FAIR – YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING! I’m just a dumb drop out – remember!! Not a very, very- smart politician.

    EVERYTHING LISTED HERE WILL HELP US & SAVE US MONEY AT THE SAME TIME.

    THAT’S IT – THIS OLD MAN IS TIRED, NOW I’VE GOT TO FIND A PLACE TO SEND IT.
    IF YOU AGREE SENT IT ON – TO AS MANY LIBS AS POSSIBLE.,HEE – HEE – OH’ TO YOUR FRIENDS TOO. I have more stuff, but; thats enough for now : We don’t want those wonderful lib brains to explode! They need to find a way they can use this stuff and still take over our country!

    SUNBUM
    JOHN HARRINGTON
    DAYTONA BEACH

    • Sara GC

      I am agree with you!!!

    • Lastmanstanding

      Sunbum John. It would actually be that simple. Only problem is that we may hurt a bunch of peoples feelings! My grandmother always said that your vote is the most power force on earth. Boy have we found out how easy it is to buy it…

      After reading you post, I’m feeling really motivated to close a sale. Being self-employed, the govt. only s–t’s on me! I prefer to stand on my own.

      Thanks again for explaining how it really is. God Bless you.

      • http://google SUNBUM

        lastmanstanding

        I think it is that simple. It is just too honest. I may be a drop out, but; I am not stupid, just uneducated. in my life time I have owned 3 successful businesses. Did great until I got a smart,highly,educated lawyer help me sell the last one. These buyers were also educated. they
        just did not know how to run a business they went bankrupt within one year. I was there 29yrs. Thanks to the lawyer;I was the one got stuck!! just like a lot of dumb people I have known over the years. Once they learn how to spell it; they will make it work – it only takes WORK. and a brain.

    • Rose

      Thank you, John. A great list and great ideas. Why does America have to support other countries and illegals from any country. Our infra-structure is suffering. We NEED all our monies for us. Yes, all members of state and federal legislatures should receive a decent, not obscene salary and perks, and be under the same insurance as we. Fair is fair. We worked for whatever we have under the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness, so let others do the same.

    • DaveH

      Sunbum,
      Read the article that I linked to by Murray Rothbard on the Great Depression (in a previous comment). You will see that Protectionism (tariffs, etc.) played a major role in the Great Depression. Let’s learn from history and not repeat it.

      • http://google SUNBUM

        DaveH

        LET ME WRITE IN CAPS IT’S EASER FOR ME I CANT TYPE. WHAT STARTED THE DEPRESSION WAS MANY THINGS. ONE OF WITCH WAS AN OUT OF CONTROL AND OVER PRICED STOCK MARKET, THE GOVERNMENT, BANKING, TARIFFS, AND MANY OTHER THINGS. BUT LETS TALK TARIFF. BACK IN PREWAR (W W 2) DAYS OR IN BETWEEN WAR DAYS. THE U S A WAS THE BIG MAN ON THE BLOCK. WE OUT PRODUCED EVERYONE. WE SUPPLIED A LOT OF THE WORLD WITH GOODS. LIKE CHINA WE WERE TOP DOG. THAN OF COURSE OUR HEADS SWELLED, OR YOU MIGHT SAY OUR BRILLIANT POLITICIANS HEADS SWELLED. THEY SAW A WAY FOR MORE TAX MONEY MORE MONEY, MORE POWER. RIGHT?? THINGS HAVE CHANGED, BECAUSE OF UNIONS, WE RAN ALL MANUFACTURING OUT OF THE U S. NOW WE ARE NO LONGER IT THE CAT-BIRD-SEAT. WE CAN’T COMPEAT

        NO COMPETITION!!! I WANT THIS COUNTRY TO DO ITS OWN MANUFACTURING
        WE ARE CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING OUR OWN GOODS, BUT; NOT WITH UNIONS, THE WAY THEY ARE RUN NOW. WE NEED TO ESTABLISH A NEW AND FAIR SYSTEM OF PROFIT SHARING. PROFIT SHARE WILL KILL THE UNIONS. THEY WILL NOT BE INVOLVED, AND SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY PART IN THE NEGOTIATIONS. THIS WILL SOLVE OUR UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM. AND GIVE ALL A FAIR LIVING. I SAID THIS MANY TIMES AND BEEN SAYING IT FOR YEARS.

        WHO IS GOING TO LISTEN TO A DUMB 76yr OLD HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT.

        • DaveH

          You’re not dumb, Sunbum. The problem is Big Government. Solely. If they butted out of the marketplace we would not only save money spent on Government employees, but our private companies could be more productive from not having to jump through the various hoops that Government sets up to feign importance. We just need to get back to the kind of country our Founders tried to create, but which the citizens apathetically let go to Greedy Government leaders and their favored Cronies.

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      Dell was the last of the computers and they are leaving country as I write. They follow the buying population and that is anywhere but the US. This is a deliberate act to wind us down, take over and thin us out and then regroup with the rest of the world. They want the guns to come out so they can call “a state of emergency”.
      One thing for sure. The govtment is not my friend nor do I trust it any longer.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        D.Espo,
        If you EVER trusted the government, you were sadly mistaken!! We have not had a government of, by, and for the people since before the 1900s!!

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      You forgot one big ticket item on your list. Get out of the United Nations and quit spending billions funding this bunch of terrorists. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

  • ojd

    If we as a country don’t use this time to cut deep, God help our children.
    Maybe cut the Energy Dept. back to the 15 or 20 people that it started with instead of 16000 that have accommplished nothing.
    Get rid of the IRS…All they are good for is to horrify our citizens,
    Use a flat tax or VAT tax. Another 100,000 plus glory hounds gone along with 3 or 400 buildings that could go back on the tax roles.
    The Postal System that no one uses along with their buildings.
    The education dept is not effective and must be restructured.
    Every Zar should be eliminated..and replaced by concerned citizens.
    No more PORK. Vote on each bill individually.
    I’ve very unhappy with the Federal Gov..as you can tell..Both parties.

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      Agree with you 100%. The postal worker and his union is too fat and getting useless to meet our needs!IRS only need lightning bolts on their armbands! Comming during the next election if we do not shake off almighty leader!

      • libertytrain

        I think the post office needs to be revamped but I believe it’s the higher up’s in the Post Office that need the fixing.

    • DaveH

      The Department of Education needs to be abolished. The Federal Government should have no role in the education of our youth. The potential for mischief should be obvious to anybody who has even a vague idea of propaganda techniques.
      In fact even State Governments should stay out of the education process with the exception perhaps of providing the funds so that anybody that desires can get an education at the school of their choice. There should be no compulsory education (except perhaps by the parents). Those who choose not to educate themselves can be janitors or whatever other low skill job they choose. Most would wise up after a short while and then take advantage of getting educated. Compulsory education just means that those who want to learn are subject to the interruptions of those who don’t.
      We need to get back to a society where people choose their own paths voluntarily. The happiest people are free people.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      What I read on the Dept. of Energy, was around 200,000 people, plus they contract out another 100 thousand. This was founded to end our dependancy on foreign oil. I guess they failed that. Now we are paying billions to a couple hundred thousand people for nothing we really needed. Growing government is dangerous, and expensive. Its time to trim the fat.

  • J.M.R.

    I’LL bet with very little effort i could cut 2.5 trillion in the first year and it would not be at the expense of the american people. start with money going out side the U.S.A. for some desert cut out most of the perks the D.C. theives get.

  • Adam Smith 1949

    In your listing of agencies/servies that you would eliminate you forgto to list the EPA and the Department of Energy. The Energy department was orignally supposed to free us from dependence on foreign oil and they have been a total failure in that regard. Just what do they do?? Can someone explain their function to me?? And the EPA is just as bad if not worse. They both need to go and we’d never miss them.

  • Mikey

    If it’s not in the Constitution get rid of it. Start with Social Security, I am not paying so those welfare queens and kings who put in 1% of their $$ for 40 years are not taking tens of thousands a year out of MY pocket. If you got more than you put in at 5% you need to pay it back. Medicare, Securities and Exchange Commission, welfare the corn producers in Iowa, Depts. of Education, Agriculture, End Foreign Aid, Medicare too.

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      Agreed everybody pays or no one pays! This goes for Congress on down.

  • http://none Shadyman

    Want to cut bigtime? Start w/foreign aid. Zero-based budget. No money for all the countries that hate us. Justify every dollar. No more funding terrorists who fight our troops, who ‘bomb’ us. No more “last year’s money plus 10%.” Throw the corrupt U.N. into that same blender.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Amen brother. You hit a grandslam on that one. Screw the UN and all those terrorist nations that run it, on our dime. We spend billions running and maintaining the United Nations building, and paying for these guys limo’s, food and lodging, so that they can dictate to us what we should and should not do. Screw them. Cut the funding, kick all their worthless arse’s out of the country now, and sell the building off. Then as you say, cut all this stupid foreign aid to muslim countries that want us dead. This is insanity to say the least. Quit giving Yemen and Iran and Syria and Jordan and Egypt money. Pull out of France. They wouldnt help or even let us fly over their air space. Close the bases, pull out, and quit giving their worthless hides money. We could balance the budget so quick doing this. These countries need us, we dont need them, and we need to make them realize this, and what quicker way, than to take away the nipple they are suckling on and feeding from. Cut the aid, now.

  • TF

    The government needs to look at full production not full employement. Paying people to do jobs that don’t need to be done is just as bad as paying people not to work. We are quickly becoming a WELFARE STATE which might sound good to the liberal left until the money runs out that is.

    • LES

      The money has run out but the Welfare State goes on

  • Norm

    There are basic budget and revenue facts that are not in dispute. These should factor into every discussion about the budget:
    1. Top marginal rates have been generally descending for the past 70 years, from 81 percent in 1940 to 35 percent today.
    2. Over the past 30 years, income has grown nearly 300 percent for the top 1 percent, but only 25 percent for middle-income Americans.
    3. The percentage of all taxes paid by each income group—including income, payroll, sales, etc.—roughly reflects its total income. In other words, our tax system is barely progressive. Despite the cries of the wealthy for tax relief, they pay only a slightly greater share of taxes than the significantly less wealthy, as a percentage of total income earned.
    4. Our annual budget is significantly out of balance:
    a. Spending is about $3.8 trillion.
    b. Revenue is about $2.5 trillion.
    c. This leaves a deficit of about $1.3 trillion.
    5. The big buckets of spending are pretty clearly separable:

    a. Defense—about $900 billion.
    b. Social Security—$730 billion.
    c. Medicare—$490 billion.
    d. Medicaid—$300 billion.
    e. Interest—$250 billion.
    f. Nondefense discretionary—$610 billion.
    Where do you begin to scale back spending or raise revenue to bring us into long-term balance, while laying a foundation for a competitive economy?
    Keep in mind, there are only three things that can be done to close the gap—borrow more, tax more, or spend less. There is a clear consensus that dramatic borrowing will not be acceptable to the markets once we are beyond the immediate recession. The political will to raise taxes, unfortunately, is not there—witness the unfortunate extension of the Bush tax cuts last December. This means that the only real issue becomes which spending will be cut—and by how much?
    The Republican answer is simple, and wrong. We got a glimpse of the Republican answer last week, in the Spending Reduction Act issued by the Republican Study Committee—the policy voice of the Republican Party. (Presumably, the response to the president’s State of the Union, to be delivered by Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican anointed budget whiz and incoming chairman of the House budget committee, will echo this document.)
    First off, the RSC proposes to cut only $2.5 trillion over 10 years—not even enough to make up for the additional deficit created by extending the Bush tax cuts.
    And where exactly do the Republicans want to cut? Not at all in defense, Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, the biggest drivers of current spending. Moreover, these are the buckets of spending that if not altered will generate larger deficits every year and contribute almost nothing to our future competitiveness.
    Instead, they propose that virtually the entirety of the cuts—$2.3 trillion of $2.5 trillion—come from nondefense discretionary spending. That means slashing spending in everything from education to scientific research funding by a whopping 20 percent to 30 percent over the next decade.
    This approach is a political punt of the worst form. The Republicans appear to be afraid to make a single tough decision on entitlement spending, defense, or equity issues. They are simply caught in a dogma of “cut where the political cost will be least” and ignore what the impact on the future will be.
    Nowhere in the Republican document is there mention of even sensible defense cuts—such as the trillion dollars over a decade suggested by Lawrence Korb, a senior Reagan Defense department official, or any discussion of raising the retirement age for Social Security, or any consideration of raising payroll taxes on the wealthy to keep Social Security solvent into the future.
    Nope. The Republican approach to the federal budget continues to be vapid and dangerous for our future.
    The moment for President Obama to draw a line in the sand approaches. Whatever disappointment there may have been over the decisions that got us here—the lame-duck tax agreement in particular—this is the moment when budget decisions will set the trajectory for the next decade. He must insist that the obligation to bring greater balance to the federal budget not forsake the education, R&D, and infrastructure investments critical to the future.

    • Angel

      Norm – thanks for the facts. Unfortunately, most posters here only deal in the make-believe, so you and your facts should just move along. Besides, facts are for socialists and libs!

      • DaveH

        In your dreams, Mark. Here’s a fact — Government in the US spends 39% of the Gross Domestic Product. That’s twice as much as in 1950.
        Are we any happier? Doesn’t seem so.
        For sure defense spending needs to be cut, along with myriad other unconstitutional tasks that Federal Government has taken on.
        You Liberals whine about the rich, who have earned their wealth, and then worship Political figures who were voted into their positions of wealth and power. Is it just pure jealously for the people that took the right risks, worked the long hours, and educated themselves? And for some reason, you aren’t jealous of those who just talked themselves into their positions of power?
        I will take the hard workers over politicians any day.

    • DaveH

      Couldn’t you just have cut and pasted this link, Norm, and save Bob Livingston’s server space?
      http://www.slate.com/id/2282386/?from=rss

      or were you trying to act intelligent?

      • Norm

        That’s not a very libertarian or even tolerant attitude.
        I’m sure Bob can handle his computer storage and bandwidth needs.
        It really was quite a short article and, although I didn’t author it, I do agree with it. I am glad you find it to be intelligent and I trust informative.

        • DaveH

          Don’t put words in my mouth, Norm.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            DaveH,
            I sometimes wonder if that isn’t the aim of some of these posters here. to see if they can use up all of Bobs space! I have seen a few of them here that look like they were authored by the same people that authored the healthcare bill!!

          • Vigilant

            Yeah, Joe. Clarence Swinney comes to mind.

          • JeffH

            Clarence Swinney? He’s the pro-blogger guy from the Democratic Undergroud.

        • DaveH

          Then say that you didn’t author it, Norm, in your comment. You didn’t, so you come off as a plagiarist.

    • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

      I agree we need to get more aggressive. But,we need to get the leaks that plague us constantly. Medicare and Social security. Revamp and write it for today. Throw out the cheaters. No one, who did not pay in should get to dip. Disable should have a seperate pot this way we cannot hear the complaint of cutting the SS. Everyone puts in. I mean everyone! President on down. Welfare should have tamper proof cards and ration. Only company stores with only substancial food. No more chips and soda and roulette tables with their chit sheets. I am tired of picking up tabs for lazy asses that know the system. Sorry Illegal get legal! We need true identity,finger prints,saliva and picture. Have you paid taxes for three years. Used our system for freebies. Divide them by color. Criminals terrorist. The up and up get a better color card than the rest and a number. Some need to pay back and get registered. No more free rides!!! These little leaks are sinking the boat or tipping it. No more free medical without registering picture thumbprint and saliva. Then treat and put into the correct category and establish order not open border. No govt. card no help! Shut off the border. Tall towers and shoot to kill anyone carring weapons or shooting back. Good people are not coming over the border the drug dealers are. Get serious. Is this the US or is it somehere else??

    • Searcher

      Seems to me that discretionary spending IS the best place for cuts. It’s DISCRETIONARY spending. I guess I missed the part of the state of the union address where the President said he was going to cut MORE.
      And just to clear up a point that has been getting beaten to death, tax cuts do NOT create deficits, spending money you don’t have does. Apparently that’s a concept too difficult for some to grasp.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Searcher,
        they should have a true open bidding system for government contracts. No more “most favored bidders” list. this is what caused the 60.00 hammers and 250.00 toilet seats. There was no other bidder on the list and if you aren’t on the list you can’t bid!! True open bidding will create competition and lower prices for what the gov. purchases!

    • Pete NY “R I P FEDERAL RESERVE BANK”

      The short-sighted Democrat answer is simply borrow more and raise the debt ceiling. Not only is it despicable but it is the mark of insanity.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      The wealth you demonize, pay more taxes than anyone Norm, and its a fact. I am not jealous that their income has grown more than mine. You see, they have spent money, to make money. They have invested, and bought machinery and tools to make them more efficient. They have hired more and more people to work to make them more money. More power to them. How can you begrudge someone who succeeds by hard work? How can you possible want to punish that? Screw that mentality Norm. I want to punish the bums that dont work and sit on their arse all day smoking weed and drinking beer and smoking cigs, colleting welfare, food stamps and other government handouts. I want those to stop. This is what is hurtin the nation Norm, the sponges, not the successful. Success should be rewarded Norm, and when we have gotten to the point where we are punishing success, something has gone really wrong. Shame on people like you that support rewarding failure, and punishing success. That is what is truly hurting this country.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Two words…. Fair Tax

    • Rose

      Definitely. Flat tax is the way to go, and this would save millions in IRS employees, paper, and stress headaches trying to figure out the forms. My spouse is an Enrolled Agent and has always said we need a Flat Tax to everyone pays. The highest payers are the corporations and fortunat3ely wealthy. The least paying are those who want all the goodies and complain the most.

    • DaveH

      Please read this article, Robin:
      http://mises.org/daily/1814

      The only really fair tax would be a Flat Tax. I don’t mean a Flat Rate Income Tax which is what most people are talking about when they say “flat tax”. I mean every adult pays the same tax, period. After all, we supposedly get equal treatment under the law, so why shouldn’t we pay the same tax? Car dealers wouldn’t dare ask us for an income statement before they quote a price, would they? Why should the Government be able to? Of course the Political Class wouldn’t want this because the citizens would immediately start seeking budget cuts when that Government waste was coming from their own pockets.

      I know, I am going to hear the whining from the Liberals about that. But the reality is — who would spend the money more wisely, Governments or the people who earned the money? The more money stays in the hands of the earners, the more it is spent efficiently and productively.
      Yes, there would be wealthy people. There will always be those on top, whether they are on top as a result of making the right decisions (as in Free Market countries) or they are on top as a result of forcing their way on the citizens (as in Socialist countries).

      I choose Free Markets.

      • Norm

        DaveH
        Come on Dave you can’t be serious.
        How about we all pay the same taxes as Warren Buffett. You’ve got the cash I presume?

        • Robin from Arcadia, IN

          Norm… I don’t know if I am right or not, but I am assuming that all paying the same tax would be a percentage payment. That would be fair, would it not?

        • DaveH

          Of course I’m serious, Norm. If you want the money from the rich, do something for them, earn it the moral way.

          And Robin, you need to reread my comment. I explained what I meant pretty well.

          • DaveH

            By the way, Norm, I wouldn’t expect a Liberal to grasp the simple purity of what I proposed.

      • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

        I agree! That is a good idea! My worry is we are sliding further down the mountain with no way up! They should have given us the bail out and we would have paid off;bought up and saved and got insurance. The money OURS would have been well spent.

        • DaveH

          I agree completely, D.Espo. If they had let those companies fail and then given the bailouts to the affected customers of those companies (depositors, lenders, etc.), this country would have been much better off. The former customers of those failed companies would then put their monies into companies that had done the right things and didn’t fail.
          Instead they propped up the failures (including the Greedy Unions), rewarding them for their ignorance, and shafting the companies who had done the right things for their customers by saddling them with competition that should have been let to fail.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Flat tax Robin. Have you read the Fair tax law that was proposed by the democrats? Oh my gosh, it is terrible. It is not fair at all. But a flat tax across the board, with no loopholes would be. But the fair tax law they wanted, it is no good Robin. You do not want that.

  • Louie

    Obama is the only individual I’ve ever known that started on the bottom & went down!

    • Angel

      I guess you don’t remember that waste of a human being that was the 43rd president. You know, the one that lost us EIGHT MILLION JOBS!

      • Searcher

        Danny:
        Here’s the facts from the BLS:
        Unemployed
        2004 8.149 mil (5.5%)
        2005 7.591 mil (5.1%)
        2006 7.001 mil (4.6%)
        2007 7.078 mil (4.6%) First year of democrat majority in congress
        2008 8.924 mil (5.8%)
        2009 14.265 mil (9.3%) First year of Obama with democrat congress

        Unemployment was coming DOWN under Bush until the dems took control of congress. When Obama got there, it exploded.

        • http://personaliberty.com D.Espo

          Tell it like it is!!! They are more concerned with the world than USA!
          The Sauds put OBAMA in. Need I say more??

          • Karolyn

            Is the US separate from the world in your eyes?

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        Note to Danny: The facts. Under Bush, more people had jobs than at any point in the history of the United States. Under Bush, unemployment was at its lowest point at any time in United States history. Under Bush, the stock market reached an all time high in the history of the United States. When Bush left office, unemployment was at 4.5 percent. Barack Obama has escalated this to over 10 percent. Why? Its been over two years now. What are they doing? When Bush took over from Clinton, we were also in a recession, and unemployment was around 7 percent. They went to work and had the economy rolling at his 2 year mark. So stop lying, and face the truth Danny boy. This current admin has failed, and failed miserably, and they have no idea of what to do to make it better, and this country will be for the better when the rest of them are booted out of office in 2012. Of course, you can look at the facts in front of you, refuse to see and acknowledge them, and place blame on others if you like, but that would just make you a loser like them. Have a good day, and please stop lying.

  • Richard

    I say privatize the Post Office (UPS and Fedex could do a better job.) And eliminate the Federal Department of Education. They have a monopoly that dumbs down the youth nationwide. Schools should be controlled locally and standards set by each state. This will create competition for the best schools which would attract the best industries and jobs to the best state. And by all means issue vouchers so that each school must compete. The bad ones would necessarily be closed rather than kept afloat by deficit spending.

    • Karolyn

      In a recent study of practices and in care of packages, including videotaping various locations of all three, the post office came out on top. They are still the best way to ship.

      • libertytrain

        Yes, they are. Fed Ex isn’t terrible but UPS – they have left packages at neighbors houses more times than I can remember and this has happened to me in different states, near my mailbox (2 blocks away) on the ground in the rain – Nope – I’ll take the post office delivery service any time.

        • http://deleted Claire

          libertytrain– I agree. I think they should not have delivery on Saturdays-I think that would help.

          • libertytrain

            Eliminating Saturday would be a start, and perhaps the multiple post offices in areas. We have 3 that I can use easily and probably 6 that I can name within a few more miles. And again, clean up all those “bosses” and start making people do some work – I’ll email more feelings on that sometime.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            libertytrain,
            I guess we came out good where we live. The UPS driver we have is VERY concientious with our packages. If we aren’t home when he comes, he puts them around back so they won’t be a temptation from the road. He even likes my dog!

          • libertytrain

            Joe after a few phone calls about the problem I seem to have developed a good relationship with the current UPS driver in my parts – however I don’t use their services anymore myself. And actually UPS uses the USPS to deliver some things as well.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            libertytrain,
            now the post office? Well our usual person went on disability after surgery on his feet. he is back but only about half of the route. Now we have a different sub each day. The one we would like to see take it has 5 different routes each week and likes it that way and won’t take a single route. I guess we are screwed!! The mail comes anywhere from 11 am to 5 pm!!

          • libertytrain

            Joe – still beats the wait they had for the Pony Express -

      • DaveH

        I am very pleased with the delivery services of the USPS, but I don’t think I’m paying what their services really cost. Read this article:
        http://mises.org/daily/3612

        So who is making up for their shortfall? I suspect the US taxpayer.

        • libertytrain

          I do believe the USPS needs an overhaul; People are promoted for time in rather than ability. I do understand the system. In many ways it is no different than what we find with Federal jobs. Too many people and many that don’t pull their weight.

    • http://donthaveone Beberoni

      Your correct Richard. Look at the Federal Government’s record of running things. The school system is broken and bankrupt. The U.S. Postal system is broken and bankrupt. Medi-Care is broken and bankrupt. Medi-Caid is broken and bank rupt. Social Security is broken and bankrupt. Unemployment is busted and bankrupt and borrowing money to make payments. Our national budget is busted and bankrupt. Our legal system is busted, but lawyers and judges are hauling in millions. And yet there are some, that want these same guys, with a failed record in everything they run, to run our health care system. What are they thinking?

  • Richard

    Privatize AMTRAC!

    • independant thinker

      When you also call for the elimination of ALL subsidies for airlines and any subsidies the bus lines might receive you can call for the privitazation of Amtrak.

      • Searcher

        I have no problem with that. Why should the taxpayer be subsidizing any of that? If you want to fly, pay what it costs. If you want to take the train, likewise. Seems logical to me.

        • independant thinker

          You and I are part of the VERY few who understand that. Most only call for defunding Amtrak and ignore the massive subsidies the airlines get.

  • Bruce

    Just my observation, Mr. Obama said nothing as in his words were hollow with out value, vague at best non descriptive and with out any meaning truly a very poor dog and pony show when you strip away all the media rhetoric.

    How strange this is also the normal behavior of all con artist & grifters. They say something but they have little more than an very oblique outline with no firm details.
    Change a few words around such as Spending now equals Investments. Wow thats strange not reall if you have ever spoken with a con artist they also can convince you that spending YOU’RE money with them is an great investment too.

    • DaveH

      It’s called Double-Speak.

      • Carlucci

        What would B.O. do without his excellent copy writers and a good teleprompter?

        Let’s face it, the people who write all of the speeches for the politicos are top notch copy writers – hammering home the same old dusty platitudes and slogans, just like infomercials……”Hope and change” (B.O.) “If you’re not for us, you’re against us”, “Our enemies hate our freedoms” (Bush I & II), “It’s the economy, stupid”, “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” (Billy Bob Bubbah Clinton – who ripped off Fleetwood Mac and ruined a perfectly good song), etc. Take a good look at this link and tell me that the rehashing of the “hits” just keep on coming………..http://www.presidentsusa.net/campaignslogans.html

    • Carlucci

      Billy Bob Bubba Clinton used to call taxes “contributions”. Now I see that courtesy of B.O., that euphemism has morphed into “investments”.
      Just how stupid do these jerks think we are?

      • Bruce

        Carlucci, From the tenor of the DC crews they feel the public is very stupid. As per Mr. Schumers words, > “the pubilc can’t do anything about what we do, and we can do anything we want.” Or this one really states the game plan out quite well, Mrs. Waters, >”The public will forget what they had for lunch so what they think is of no relevance to Congress or how we choose to run the government.”

        I think that both of these statments speak volumes about the mindset of most Democrats in both houses.

      • http://donthaveone Beberoni

        They lied continually to their left wing liberal sheeple who empowered them, so they think we all are that stupid.

  • Angel

    “Mr. Obama said nothing as in his words were hollow with out value, vague at best non descriptive and with out any meaning truly a very poor dog and pony show when you strip away all the media rhetoric.

    How strange this is also the normal behavior of all con artist & grifters.” I agree – I thought he was very REAGAN-ESQUE with this speech. All hat, no cattle.

  • Fredrick

    Your suggestions will no doubt be dismissed by both parties. Entitlements must go, aid to countries that hate us either way must end. Government infringement of liberty must not be allowed to continue. It will come down to, We The People, having the courage to restore this Republic to the where it was intended to be, and where it belongs. Fredrick

  • 45caliber

    I would like to end all government gifts to charities and foreign aid to other countries.

    The charity issue actually isn’t charity; it is a way to get money to foreign governments (in many cases) without being easily traced. The foreign aid was meant to buy friendship – which never works. If they are going to be angry with us about various things anywhy, let’s give them a reason to be angry with us. We cut off all the free money to the dictators of the world so they will have a slush fund when they run.

    • Louise

      Thank you. I’ve been saying that forever and am always disappointed that the talking heads never touch on that issue.

      • 45caliber

        They are afraid that they will anger a bunch of “friends”. If you have to pay them to be friends, they aren’t friends.

        I saw a list of who and how much we give every year. EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD EXCEPT TWO ARE ON IT. The two not on it are Monte Carlo and a 112 acre “country” between Spain and Portugal up in the mountians. Everyone else gets AT LEAST $10 million a year. Most get far more. And Israel isn’t at the top as many try to say. India is first, Russia is second with Red China a close third.

  • Rose

    Lots of great comments, BUT what you are doing proactively to change things. I love my Tea Party membership and I work and move to change things. Just writing comments doesn’t do it. You have to get out there and make changes happen.

    • DaveH

      Rose, have you not heard that the Pen is Mightier than the Sword?

  • jopa

    Have any of you been to an emergency room after the doctors offices have closed.All the people lined up are uninsured and it’s costing us 900 billion a year.ER visits are the most expensive running in the thousands of dollars in some cases.A visit to a doctor may have been around one hundred dollars if they had coverage but they cannot be denied care at an ER so we the taxpayer pay for this service.In reality Obama care is acutally quite a bargain today.Just a reality check.

    • Donald

      Lots of folks with insurance use the ERs. That’s where you rdoctor sends you when you call his/her answering service late at night!

    • JeffH

      The High Cost Of Illegal Immigrant Healthcare (It Affects All Of Us)
      “As of today, I have a patient from Mexico who’s been in my hospital for 760 days,” said an administrator at Martin Memorial Medical Center.

      “We had an illegal immigrant patient from Guatemala. He had more than $1.5 million in healthcare services,” she said. The Florida hospital spent $30,000 to send the Guatemalan home after two years, there was hardly a thank you from his relatives. ‘His family in the United States is now suing us,” she said. We’ve spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars in legal fees since the family thought it was inappropriate of us to return him to his home country.”

      Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical director at Washington Hospital Center. “We just had a gentleman here for 275 days. He was from El Salvador,” said Orlowski.
      Just this week Washington Hospital Center spent $80,000 to send two illegal immigrants back to their home countries.
      The Washington Hospital Center treats illegal immigrants on a weekly basis, at the cost of millions of dollars of unreimbursed care. hospital beds are often full

      The Feds refuse to do anything about it and American taxpayers pick up the tab.
      http://www.hyscience.com/archives/2008/06/the_high_cost_o.php

      • JeffH

        Rising health care costs put focus on illegal immigrants.
        One thing is clear: Undocumented(illegal)immigrants are driving up the number of people without health insurance. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that 59% of the nation’s illegal immigrants are uninsured, compared with 25% of legal immigrants and 14% of U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrants represent about 15% of the nation’s 47 million uninsured people — and about 30% of the increase since 1980.

        For hospitals, “the burden of the uninsured immigrant is huge,” says Jeff Spade, vice president of the North Carolina Hospital Association. “It’s exploded the amount of work that they have to do.”
        http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2008-01-21-immigrant-healthcare_N.htm

  • Flynn

    All in all, Mr. Ben Crystal has done a remarkable job in describing the President’s State of our Disunion address, and he has done it with the required levity so that we all can keep our sanity while we deal with it. If we the People are too stupid to understand a 5000plus page budget, then we can at least understand with humor Mr. Crystal’s commentary on it. Judging fromt the extent of the commentary on it, he has succeeded in pricking the People’s interest.

  • Karolyn

    As far as the Post Office is concerned, as I stated above, they have the best record for delivering packages in good condition and on time. I receive my mail in a timely manner every day. Yes, kids need math and science, but they also need art and a more well-rounded education teaching them about economics and life in general. We need more money in education, not less. What about the subsidies to Big Farma? They are totally unnecessary.

    • 45caliber

      Karolyn: We need to cut all of them. More money will not help education. They need a different system. More people are hired by schools now that NEVER teach than they hire teachers. WHY?

      When I was in school, we had one secretary for each principal and one for the superintendent. We had three janitors and about a dozen cooks. Period. Why not now?

      • 45caliber

        Oh, we also had about 8 bus drivers. Half of them were also maintenance people who kept things running.

  • peter robison

    The U.S. is in a mess after massive overspending by the GOP, not the Democrats. The right wing always points a finger at the Progressives, when in fact more debt was piled up under Reagan and Bush, than at any other time in U.S. history. The Pentagon consumes half the U.S. budget, and has the ability to kill everyone in the world by a factor of 10, so why is the GOP not willing to tackle this major tax payer expense. The right wing of this country, spend to much energy on hating, finding fault, insulting and trying to find ways the divide the country than looking for ways to improve it.

    • Searcher

      I seem to recall President Obama referring to me as an enemy when speaking to one group. As a veteran, I also am a risk as a terrorist according to one of his key people. For some reason, I felt less divided, less hated, and less insulted when President Bush referred to me as a patriot. (but maybe it’s just me)

      • Karolyn

        Do you have anything to substantiate that response?

        • Searcher

          I’m not sure which part you want me to substantiate. I guarantee I felt better about being called a patriot by Bush than when Obama, in a radio interview speaking to hispanic voters before the election, suggested they have the attitude of “we’re going to punish our enemies”. (as quoted in the New York Times on 10-25-10) Since I don’t agree with their agenda, I’m one of those enemies. I would call that divisive, and insulting.

          • Donald

            Who is the “they” and “their” you are referring to?

  • Karolyn
    • Searcher

      Finally found somethinf we agree on, Karolyn. Seems like the longer they fight that “war” the worse it gets. It’s about as successful as the “war on poverty”.

      • Karolyn

        The possibilities are endless if they would stop the insanity. I would, however, like to see at least some of the savings used for more education and rehabilitation. There would still be a substantial savings.
        http://proxychi.baremetal.com/www.drugsense.org/flyers/PriceoftheDrugWarfromDrugWarFacts.pdf

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Karolyn,
          Rehab??? They self initiated their drug problem and you want the tax payers to pay for their rehab??? Gee, while were at it let’s just pay fror all alcohol rehab as well. I know, let’s pay for the Tucson shooter and the Ft Hood shooters rehab, too. That way we can make fine upstanding citizens as well!!!

          • Karolyn

            Well, if they don’t get help, then they just cost the taxpayers more, just like criminals.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Karolyn,
            good! you’re so rich, YOU pay for them!~!! I’m tired of your hand in my pocket!!

  • Carlucci

    Hey everyone, check this link out. It summarizes everything in a nutshell: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/1017.html

    (I didn’t know that about Henry VIII. Shades of Mr. Creosote from Monty Python’s Flying Circus).

  • 45caliber

    The Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) put out a “Pig Book” each year listing what Congressmen want for pork spending. They also put out a list of things that should be eliminated or cut. Their latest list says they can save over 350 billion this year and 2.2 trillion over 5 years. Except for the cuts they want in the space program I think we should seriously consider all the rest of their suggestions.

    • DaveH

      The “Except” part is always where things break down, 45. Everybody has their own Exceptions. Is exploring space really a function of the Federal Government? I don’t think so. That should be left to private enterprise.

  • Fast Eddie

    The State of the Union was another photo op for the president. He speaks well and has a gift of Blowing Smoke up the other end and unfortunately many buy into this idealism he has which I see as nothing more than Socialist ideology for which America has no foundation! Our system is based upon Capitalism and works well but one can actual spend almost $4 Trillion dollars in two years if they have the right people in the senate and congress….Thank God there has been a major correction in our congress and improvements in our Senate.

    Now what to do about where the present gentleman wishes to take the greatest nation in the entire world…. straight into poverty for us all, I hope not and I think the American people are much more intelligent than to allow such to occur. I say show me the Money that is available to pay off our debts and please do not say just print more money…. you would insult your own intelligence by thinking such!

  • http://com i41

    Karolym, still buying into the alternatixeergergy crap I see. Wind energy isn’t static, and shuts off when wids gusts, solar is another airy fairy land waste, renewable energy isn’t cost effective. Every damn one is getting massive substidies. Onumnutts trying to do away with coal and crude oil, shows how f–king far out he is, USA has the largest coal reserves in the center of the USA, it is clean, andusing even German tecknology from the 30s, we have the ability proven by the military tyo make flight fuel out of coal. They don’t trust our dip s–tsin ther beltway to think clearly. If the Soros Socialist smucks of your herd would let our crude be sold on the open market, we would have been oout of debt to China or any other country. Four years ago The pipeline going from Baker Mt to the gulf was being set up to move crude out of the Williston-Baaken Basin. What bastard group stopped it in Sept 2010, it is Onumnutts and his lap b–ches of the EPA, no reaons given. Facts now coming out the electric cars sold last year were 18% lower last year than the year before. Hybred stayed pretty close to the same. Full sized vehicles )SUV, Pickups, and big cars) sold over 27% more. Government mandates and subsidized plans just don’t work. To cut the budget get rid of the Dept of Education, Energy, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, EPA, US Game Fish and Parks, State Dept. just to mention a few. Turn education over to the States, Same with Health and Human Services, EPA, Ag, andwelfare. State know better than the Soros Socialists do. State Dept is just one worlders and UN idoits,stop all UN visits and chances of foreign esponage and the communist dictators love ins. Catch drug users they gety one shot to straighten up and fly right with 2 years of chain gangs cleaning up trash and road ditches, 12 hours a day 6 days a week, test hot and get 4 more hours added on each day, if they cann’t stop the behavior, dispose of them. Drug dealers get it on the spot, elemation by over dose or a rope. Prison death sentence means it is carried out 8 hours later, petty non violent crimminals get plenty of chain gang time, save on paid labor by states or any governemnt. There is cleaning and painting in the nice weather and shoveling snow in the winter, move them where ever needed. Do all work manually no mechanical means of work. Good for health and mind and attitude adjustments.

    • Ray

      I just realized something. You don’t dislike Obama because of his politics, you dislike him because of the color of his skin. I get it know. It’s so easy to see. Especially by the names you choose to call certain people.

      • Donald

        To call Soros a Socialist just shows how ignorant you are about such matters!

      • JeffH

        Ray says: “You don’t dislike Obama because of his politics, you dislike him because of the color of his skin”

        To even “assume” that really indicates your own racila bias!
        No mention of skin color in i41′s comments yet you’ve just made a typical liberal racist accusation based on what? Your “gut”?

        Didn’t you hear the news? That liberal ploy doesn’t work anymore, it’s old, tattered and a pretty “dumb” thing to say.

        • Karolyn

          Come on, Jeff, have you not read i41′s posts? He is always referring to Obama as a “purple-lipped half-breed” and other choice words.

          • JeffH

            Karolyn, I know quite well what he says. Ray is addressing this particular post and has decided through this post that i41 is a racist, a typical liberal tactic? Why don’t you get serious for once and pay attention to what people write. Almost all of you liberals are hypocrites. You’ve made “racist” comments many times yourself and, although you tried to deny it, it is offensive. Does anyone call you a racist on posts where you don’t make those racist remarks? NO! So don’t give me that bullcwap!

  • http://yahoo Fred Hammel

    When Roosevelt was elected president, the first thing he did was to kick out Adam Smith economics on free markets. He replace it with keynesianism economics , now under this plan government could spend it’s way to a good economy. Keynesianism is like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself up by the handle. Congress has been trying to do this for 75 years.

  • http://yahoo Fred Hammel

    There is one thing I left out . 55 percent of Americas workforce works government( directly or indirectly) fed., state, county,cities, and all school districts. These people pay no taxes but yet they receive the highest salaries,and best benefits and pensions. They say they pay taxes and they do go through the ritual, all they are doing is given a rebate back to the private sector. The private sector pays all the taxes. The governments consume wealth , the private sector creates wealth, but government has destroyed the private sector ability to create wealth ,no more logging, mining,they force most of industries overseas by using to many regulations(fascism)and affirmative action.

  • Gurd

    How about excluding illegal aliens from our safety net? That would eliminate 12-20 million recipients of other peoples money. Start with aunt Zituni that lives in government housing in MA and is on disability. Deport her or at least cut off her subsidies. Let Obama rent her a place to live and pay her bills.

  • DaveH
  • http://donthaveone Beberoni

    I have a great idea on saving money on the budget. How many billions do they pay out in medical care and pensions for all these people who served in congress? Make it so that it is what it is, a public service job. They come in, they serve their term, and they walk out. No pension of 200 grand a year for life. Make them pay insurance premiums like the rest of us do, instead of having it all free. Make them live by the rules the rest of us live by. Otherwords, let them join real life and see how it is. It just may affect the way they continue to spend money. And maybe, make them pay for a meal once in awhile, instead of having us tax payers pay for 200.00 lunches and 400.00 bottles of wine with their dinner. Its rediculous. They have given themselves a license to steal, and they are the ones that have gotten us into this financial mess, and they should be the first ones to pay in getting us out of this mess. Cut their pay, take away their benefits, as it is supposed to be a public service job, not a life time of financial rewards job. Then after we clean up those wasted billions, lets get out of the UN, kick all those terrorist members out of our country, and stop footing the billion dollar bill to pay for running this stupid, stupid, anti American organization. We need out of it, as all it is, is a bunch of terrorist nations deciding what they say the United States needs to do or not do. Who in the hell are they to tell us what to do, when we are financially supporting all them, and most of their countries. Cut the foreign aid to all muslim countries, as they have declared war upon us. To keep filtering money to them is just plain reckless and irresponsible. Tell Saudi Arabia we will no longer protect them, unless they start giving us oil at half price or less. The same goes for Venezuela. Tell Canada, that we will only protect them 25 miles inside the border, and thats it, unless they want to start selling us half price oil. Stop sending millions to Yemen and Syria and Iran and Jordan and all muslim countries as I said before. They have vowed to kill us, so why are we giving them money? Its insanity. Close our bases in France and remove all forces imediately, since they made it clear we couldnt use thier air space and wouldnt help, so heck with the pacifist appeasers. Let the muslims have it, and their hairy legged women. We could balance the budget pretty easily, even with all the stupid special interest spending these crooked lawyers called politicians do, if we would just quit giving it away to foreign countries that have no use for us. Washington, wake up. Of course, you all do know who were dealing with, right? The same guys in Washington, that want to step up gun control, and yet in Washington D.C., where the gun control laws are the strictest in the country, gun crimes are rampant and higher than anywhere else in the country. Pay attention politicians, wake up and smell the roses, before its too late for all of us.

  • ideaman

    Cut, drill, grow.
    Cut spending, gather resources and add value, grow the economy. You don’t have to be the smartest guy/gal in the room to figure this one out. And you don’t have to be Mensa material to take a 10% scalpel across non-discretionary spending, you just have to be willing to endure the endless chants of ‘cold hearted mercenary for the rich’ in its nearly infinite variety of forms.

  • Randy G

    Naturally, The ONLY place that needs cutting is what they put in their own pockets!!!

  • Richard Friestrom

    By the people and for the people , what happened to our beautiful country ? Our soldiers are brave and the best, but why are we still making war all over this planet, when millions are straving and that should be our war to help fix. Rome empire rotted from the inside and over extended its reach for power, are we not doing the same thing? We the people have to expose corruption and change it or we are all lost. If you think the polar bears are in trouble, just look at our country and many of its leaders who make wrong sound right. Why not a progressive flat tax on all gross income, no deductions. If everyone paid taxes on all gross income, our national debt would get paid off in a couple years , maybe less. I do not ever remember our government asking us if we wanted to be in debt like we are, there is no need for it. Our money should all be backed up with tangable assets and a dollar be worth a dollar, stop the presses ! I am old and I am glad as I want to die when there still is a USA.

  • Marion

    There are enough consituents above to start a change is the country.
    The Teaparty worked. Why not one for this cause? Some super ideas and enough energy in just the words written to blast it into operation!!

  • Marion

    Sorry, I put is instead of “in the country!

  • Abby

    Prior to commenting on Big Budget Bingo want to pass on a bit of knowledge that was given to me.
    Many years ago (1945) when I was in hi school I was fortunate to have a shop instructor (Me. Pierce) who among other things instilled in me a simple fact of life. There are no big problems; just a series of small problems that if not corrected will become a big problem.
    Case in point. We were looking out the garage door and I saw a car with the right rear fender bashed in. It looked terrible; Mr. Pierce called it an “Oil Can Dent.”
    We didn’t have a body shop as such but I had noticed some body tools in the tool crib. I requested permission to learn a bit about “Auto Body Work” by working on this “Oil Can Dent”. It seemed easy, just pop it back out, smooth out the creases and repaint.
    I was given tentative permission if the owner (a teacher) agreed, which he did.
    I drove the car into the shop, jacked the right rear up, put it on a horse and removed the right rear wheel to provide working space. I then went to the tool crib selected a few dolly blocks, a sheet metal hammer, and a rubber mallet. I went back to the car, laid out my tools and was ready to start work.
    Mr. Pierce noticed I was ready to start work and he came over, looked over my selection of tools and asked me what I had in mind for the rubber mallet. I told him I plan to use it to just pop out the “Oil Can Dent” and then smooth out the creases with the dolly blocks.
    He told me this dent is like many problems I will encounter in life. In the process of popping out what may seem to be the visible problem you may create other problems or stresses that may mask the initial problem temporarily and it will probably return.
    He informed me that the proper way to correct a problem is to work on it from the outside correcting the stresses while working toward the center of what you conceive to be the main problem. In the process of doing this the strength of the original structure is maintained and when you get to what was the center of the problem you will find that it has disappeared.
    Now getting back to the “Big Budget Bingo”….. Fiscal Responsibility and Integrity.
    1 Eliminate the “Voice Vote”. If an item is important enough to spend time / money on it should be important enough to record who is for or against it.
    2. Require all Senators and Represenitives to read the bill they are voting on sign a record that they have read and understand what they are voting for or against.
    3. “Require all bills to be voted on independently” Any item slipped in or added between the end of discussion and the vote, will be removed when detected, the vote nullified, and the responsible party/person will be publicly censured.
    4. “Give the President the line item veto”. This will insure the President and Congress are in agreement. The items the president disagrees with can be pulled. This will enable the rest of the package to proceed, and the “Juvenile train wreck-extortion” concept will be avoided. Items pulled can be reconsidered, with the realization that the constituents will now be more aware of the item. Once the bigotry is resolved it can either be dropped or resubmitted, with the knowledge that the constituents will have a better idea as to who is for or against it and why.
    5. “Eliminate the filibuster”. This juvenile tactic obstructs legislation by long useless rambling and is a discredit to the august body of Congress. If a person has something to say about the item being discussed, fine, but for one “Small” person or group to be able to waste everyone’s time By “Babbling” endlessly , not only raises a point of “Credibly” of the Babbler but also the “Credibly” of the people who allow it.
    Every time a Budget Cut is discussed the first item that comes up to cut is the Military. Perhaps but consider this. The President does not have a budget instead he in effect has a charge card for all the departments that have a “Budget”, and he can run up some rather expensive items and dump the charge on someone else. For Example. I will quote from CRS Report for congress (order Code RS111, March 10, 1999 page CRS-4 “Travel Costs of the President, and First Lady” The report is several years old but except for the increase in cost the point is valid.
    Other Travel Costs
    The cost associated with the President and First Lady involves much more than first class of coach fare would cost if the trip had been on a commercial airline. For example the presidential 747 has 26 crew members and carries up to 76 passengers. An official with the 89th Air Wing estimated that the 747 cost at least $35,500 per hour to operate….. Costs associated with presidential travel, however generally involves much more than the cost generated by Air Force One. Normally, a backup aircraft accompanies Air Force One. In addition the President’s specially designed bullet- proof automobile generally goes with him in another accompanying aircraft. If the President is accompanied by more than 75 assistants and subordinates, including Secret Service staff, one or more additional aircraft also accompany Air Force One. Sometimes an additional aircraft accompanies Air Force One to be available to take the President to a second city whose airport cannot accommodate a 747.
    I have no objections to the President traveling but I do believe it should be charged to his Budget not the Air Force Budget.

  • ben arnold

    news 1 11 Groupers:
    ex Minn. gov. Ven- tura (Jes)
    will sue invaders of privacy (Tee ess/and A). why
    dont you A C L .. U also sue invaders of privacy?

  • Pete0097

    They make it seem so difficult to cut the budget. Easy method, TELL each department head that he/she has had a 20% cut in salary and has one of two options to cut his/her department 20% – 1) cut the number of people to meet the 20% reduction or 2) cut their salaries 20% (although it would be more fair to give them pay cuts that would affect the newer workers less than the older workers)

  • Michael Ricks

    You forgot the transportation department. What do we need those goof balls for.

    Also the IRS, they lose more money then they take in. If your going to tax people make it simple. Flat tax for all wage levels. We would get more revenue then we do now, and people would not have to talk to the idiots at the IRS.

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