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Old 12-01-2012, 10:40 AM
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Just a thought, but where would you think the government needs to cut spending?
All of the listed and I would add Congress cutting their pay given the piss poor job they have done.
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That's too draconian. It would take money out of the pockets of those that can least afford it.
Then cut more, so government IS affordable. BTW, its called your fair share. Legalized stealing from someone else doesn't really make it more fair.
Do you mean taxation? If so, power to tax is legal, couldn't run a country without it.
Correction: You can't run a government bent on expanding its power and influence on its citizenry without taxes.
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All of the above. We are bogged down in Afghanistan fighting an enemy that lives in the 6th century and we are spending money we don't have building yet another super-carrier to fight an enemy that doesn't exist. The education system is such a mess that American kids excel in one thing, feeling good about their ignorance. LBJ's "war on poverty" spent trillions of dollars putting more people in poverty.
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A general cut of 10 to 15% across all Federal agencies. Then a close look at entitlements. Food Stamps, Unemployment extensions, Obamaphones, changes in Social Security (example reitirement at 70).
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Quote: Originally Posted by Glensather View Post
Just a thought, but where would you think the government needs to cut spending?
You neglected to offer an "all of the above" choice in your poll.

Specifically, I endorse the Mack Penny Plan.

The Mack Penny Plan would balance the federal budget in eight years by cutting one penny out of every federal dollar spent for six years and capping spending at 18% of GDP beginning in the seventh year. If Congress fails to make the necessary cuts, the plan triggers automatic, across-the-board cuts to meet the yearly caps.

It's basically a phasing in of learning to live within our means. We currently collect just over $2 trillion in tax revenue. We managed to live just fine on that amount less than 10 years ago. We can live on it today. Besides, passing debt to those yet to be born so we can live large is immoral, IMO.
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LBJ's "war on poverty" spent trillions of dollars putting more people in poverty.
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revamp the tax code - everyone pays minimum 7%, progressing proportionately 1% for income above $50,000.00 to top out at 30% tax at 1 million and above - no deductions.
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I did a quick Google on What it Costs to Run Congress and came up with:

The Impolitic: The real cost of Congress
Congress Costs How Much Again?? : The Sundries Shack
A truly frightening site @ http://library.clerk.house.gov/refer...104_Salary.pdf
What CONGRESS Really Costs You: $2.8 Billion a Year THE PROBLEMS RUN MUCH DEEPER THAN THE SCANDALS AND PERKS YOU HAVE READ ABOUT. INDEED, NO MATTER HOW EXTRAVAGANT AND INEFFICIENT YOU NOW BELIEVE CONGRESS IS WITH YOUR MONEY, THE REALITY IS WORSE. - A

So, if Congress was/is serious about reducing the cost of government, they certainly should start by cleaning their own house.

Think of it for a moment - WE not only pay the Senator and Representative their salaries but for their personal staffs and ancillary costs of their being there.

Then, we end up paying for all the employees of the various committees and sub-committees. And then, there is of course all their "fact-finding" efforts such as taking their familiar with them to investigate why the water is rising in Venice, Italy or how the locals harvest coconuts in Bali.

How many millions - or even billions - could be saved just by judicial spending in CONGRESS itself?
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revamp the tax code - everyone pays minimum 7%, progressing proportionately 1% for income above $50,000.00 to top out at 30% tax at 1 million and above - no deductions.
Right...Because a gubmint that takes in $3+ trillion and still can't make ends meet surely needs to do a better job shaking down the rustics.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Glensather View Post
Just a thought, but where would you think the government needs to cut spending?
I'd start with Congress. Pay them minimum wage and only when they are in session; provide them only the benefits affored to workers in the fast food industry, i.e., Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
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You realize that if Congress does nothing with the "fiscal cliff", that is exactly what happens.
That's too draconian. It would take money out of the pockets of those that can least afford it.
You mean your hero Clinton took money from the people who could least afford it?
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revamp the tax code - everyone pays minimum 7%, progressing proportionately 1% for income above $50,000.00 to top out at 30% tax at 1 million and above - no deductions.
Did you even bother to read the thread title, moron?

"Where do YOU Think Gov't Should Cut Spending?"

How does your post EVEN COME CLOSE to addressing the question?
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Just a thought, but where would you think the government needs to cut spending?
Start with repealing the stupid obamacare law.
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