Tea Party Would Cut $9 Trillion

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    Scoffing at Washington's troubled effort to cut just $1.2 trillion in federal debt over 10 years, the Tea Party's own debt commission today unveiled a shocking plan to slash nearly $10 trillion over the next decade, in part by eliminating several federal agencies, balancing the budget by 2015, and killing foreign aid to unfriendly nations.

    "Go bold or go home," says the report from the Tea Party Debt Commission. "Are you listening, Washington?"

    The FreedomWorks-led effort started months ago by asking Tea Party members for ideas on what to cut from the federal budget. They ended up going much further than Congress or the president wants.

    Their plan would cut spending by $9.7 trillion, and shrink the federal government from 24 percent of GDP to 17.5 percent, in line with the post-war norm.

    Key initiatives include:

    1. Repealing the president's health care reform plan.
    2. Eliminating four cabinet agencies: Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Education, and reducing or privatizing the EPA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and TSA.
    3. Ending farm subsidies, foreign aid to unfriendly nations, and student loans, or what the Tea Party report called "luxuries we can no longer afford."
    4. Suspending pension contributions and cost of living adjustments to lawmakers when the budget is running a deficit.
    5. Killing all congressional earmarks.
    6. Cut federal employee pay by 10 percent and slash employee travel to $4 billion, half of what was spent in 2000.
    7. Make the Bush tax cuts and the alternative minimum tax permanent.

    "Imagine a plan that cuts, caps, and balances federal spending without raising taxes; that gives future generations control over their own retirement security; and that lifts the massive debt burden from our children's shoulders so they can know the American dream of ever-higher freedom and prosperity. And on top of all that, imagine that it's a serious, credible, plan generated by the grassroots. This is that plan," said the report.

    Exclusive: Tea Party Would Cut $9 Trillion - US News and World Report
     
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    Not totally what I'd do, but close...
    I'd end all foreign aid
    I'd send education and the EPA(of course housing would go back there to) back to the states.(fully).
    I'd cut every department by 10 percent across the board.
    I'd cut the military down to 400 billion per year, ending all military action throughout the middle east, Africa, ect.
    I'd shift 2,000 troops to our borders where they could defend their nation.
    I'd cut all federal employee's by 20 percent throughout the federal government.
    I'd take out the mandates within Obama care and reform the medical system to cut the cost on the patient, while making it fair for the doctor. A system that truly gives the patient a choice.

    So I'd reduce all departments across the board, pull all troops out of africa, middle east and cut the scale of government. Sending a lot of it back to the states within closer to the constitution.
     
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    They'll never get this message across unless and until they start assembling their ranks by the masses in public parks and thoroughfares over extended periods of time.
     
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    I thought I posted on another thread just like this one yesterday.
     
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    I haven't done the math but i do NOT think that even with all those cuts mentioned those would amount to a $9 TRILLION in cuts..not even over ten years.

    Show me the math.

    I think this budget proposal promises far more than it delievers .
     
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    LOL And the day before and the day before and.... The tea party, a presumably rag tag bunch of patriots turned out to be the voice and the rich and the corporations. Odd that this disparate group seems so consistent? Or are they just puppets led by the nose by big money. Obviously the latter.

    The end of American exceptionalism for sure. "We have to stop snuggling up to nostalgia, acknowledge that we have allowed a mighty country to be brought low and set a course to restitution. And that course is through hard work and tough choices. You choose greatness; it doesn’t choose you.

    And that means that we must invest in our future. We must invest in our crumbling infrastructure. We must invest in the industries of the future. We must invest in a generation of foundering and forgotten children. We must invest in education. Cut-and-grow is ruinous mythology." http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/19/o...erican-exceptionalism.html?src=me&ref=general
     
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