Cut Spending With An Axe Not A Scalpel

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by kyzr, Sep 5, 2011.

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Which Cuts Do You Support - Annual Savings

  1. ~$50b, Cut All Foreign Aid Until the Budget is Balanced (no borrowing!!)

    5 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. ~$26b, Cut UN payments in half to 1/3 (no borrowing!! Besides they waste it!)

    5 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. ~$200b, End Federal Subsidies (see link in OP)

    7 vote(s)
    70.0%
  4. ~$100b, close Corporate tax loop holes

    6 vote(s)
    60.0%
  5. ~$20b, close loop-holes for the wealthy

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  6. ~$20b, close off-shore tax shelters

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  7. ~$100b, Bring troops home NOW (cut Defense)

    4 vote(s)
    40.0%
  8. ~$100b, Make Social Security Solvent Long-Term

    5 vote(s)
    50.0%
  9. ~$200b, Make Medicare/Medicaid Solvent Long-Term

    6 vote(s)
    60.0%
  10. ~$200b, cut the size of government (eliminate duplication)

    9 vote(s)
    90.0%
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  1. kyzr
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    kyzr Gold Member

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    If we need to cut at least $1.5Trillion lets get serious and put up real areas where to cut. Please post your ideas where to save serious money.

    END ALL SUBSIDIES!
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/tbb/tbb_0611-41.pdf

    Close tax loop-holes for the wealthy
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/08/25/us-usa-tax-loopholes-idUSN2235030820080825

    Go after off-shore tax shelters
    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-05-04/news/17924112_1_cayman-islands-loopholes-reform-package

    Bring US troops home now, and let the EU fend for itself
    http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/186214.html

    Fix Social Security
    http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/planning-to-retire/2010/05/18/12-ways-to-fix-social-security

    Fix Medicare
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...ce-and-for-all/2011/06/22/AGP0UTgH_story.html
     
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    I would start with the GAO Report and cut the nearly 350 Billion a year in redundant, repetitive, Wasted spending on our budget they found.
     
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    I'd cut it with a chain saw and Vermeer wood chipper.
     
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    I would say cut everything.Everyone gets hit.All across the board until we get things in order.We cant spend as if we have a trillion dollars coming in to spend.
     
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    I also think if we address the problems with the Economy. Like Regulations that are stifling growth, and uncertainty about future Policy. We would see GROWTH, Which would mean more revenue with out more Taxes, and less Deficit to cut.
     
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    Is $200 billion the best max cut you can come up with?

    Republican chicken shit!
     
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    Close 1/2 of offshore military bases.

    make laws with teeth in them for govt fraud in the military and Medicare, etc.

    make the minimum fine 200% of the amount defrauded the govt.
    Make it more than just a cost of doing business.
     
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    Close all military bases outside of US except those in Korea. none in Japan, Germany and Iraq...
    Course, you will have a lot of unemployed service men and women....
     
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    The Washington clowns can come up with nearly a trillion bucks for stimulus spending virtually overnight, but can only accomplish a trillion in spending cuts over a decade or more. We're friggin' doomed.
     
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    Some thoughts on spending and revenue:

    Cutting jobs exacerbates an already dim prospect for recovery; those who advocate cutting spending with a chain saw are fools;

    Border security can best be enforced by troops now stationed around the world securing our borders. Our military can protect our nation from the influx of terrorists and drug dealers. Obama's response to the Lybian crisis shows our allies will step up and relieve us of policing the world;

    Drug abuse and addiction will never go away. Making possession, sales, transportation, etc of drugs a criminal offense is absurd - it is too expensive to enforce such laws, prosecute the perps and pay for their food, health care and lodging in a prison. We need to go in a new direction, the war on drugs is a failure;

    Putting Americans back to work should be a priority. The deficit crisis can't be brought under control in one election cycle, and creating more unemployed is insane.

    Repatriating dollars horded by business and industry off shore should be a priority; declaring a tax holiday for money returned and invested in our nation makes sense and should be addressed by the Congress immediately;

    The tax code need to remain progressive, too much wealth in the hands of too few is a recipe for disaster. That said, tax laws need to be rewritten so that revenue is generated to provide for the greatest good for the greatest number of our citizens. When our citizens have change in their pockets business will thrive; when they do not business fails.

    We need to protect our environment, clean air, clean water and a safe food supply should be a priority.

    The infrastructure of our nation is old and in need of repair and replacement. Investing in America should be a priority, will create jobs and benefit commerce.

    Citizens United v. FEC is both wrong headed law and a greater threat to our Republic than any nation on earth or OBL wannabee.

    Some of the money saved by a rational approach to defense spending would be better spend by the State Department.
     

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