Discussion in 'Politics' started by Glensather, Dec 1, 2012.
Just a thought, but where would you think the government needs to cut spending?
The Cost of America's Farm Subsidy Binge: An Average of $1 Million Per Farm
An across the board cut of a certain percentage together with some increase in revenues should show we're serious, thereby inspiring confidence and allowing the marketplace to take care of the rest.
Education in general. It should be a state run program. Then we create 50 separate programs that can show us what truly works best.
Expand the age at which you can start receiving Social Security and Medicare.
Reduce the length of time you can receive unemployment or welfare.
Create a defense budget that centers on defense and not offense.
Stop trying to rush inefficient energy technology to market.
Reduce "disaster" assistance and allow private firms to sell flood insurance.
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.
$400 billion a year in duplicate programs is a START!!!
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its annual report on government duplication today.
This is the second year of a three-year process, during which the GAO will comprehensively review the federal government to identify duplication, fragmentation, and waste.
Since the review’s inception, GAO has found 66 areas of duplication encompassing over 1,500 individual programs.
This year, GAO identified 32 new areas of duplication and 19 additional areas of waste and inefficiency.
The report cites duplication in almost a thousand individual programs, costing taxpayers over $300 billion per year.
This is on top of more than $100 billion identified in last year’s report.
- $3 billion spent on over 200 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education programs. GAO stated that since 2005, when it first looked at this issue, “the majority of [STEM] programs have not conducted comprehensive evaluations of how well their programs are working.”
- 37 uncoordinated EPA laboratories and 94 “green building” programs for which costs cannot be determined because “information agencies provided was incomplete and unreliable.”
- $736 million spent on 14 different diesel emissions programs and federal funding for 55 surface freight transportation programs.
- 160 various housing assistance programs at a cost of $170 billion annually.
-- 82 duplicative teacher quality programs. One year later, none of the identified programs have been consolidated or eliminated.
-- 18 duplicative domestic food and nutrition programs where “no executive action [has been] taken,” at total cost of $62.5 billion.
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.
They used to be called public servants, because they were paid less than private business for a similiar job. Now they get paid more and have better benefits. Anyone see an opportunity for savings?
Oooo...He wants a list...
Close all military bases in Germany, Japan, England and Korea (for starters).
Bring the troops (all of them) home from the Middle East, Europe, and anywhere else they don't belong.
Shelve the money pits known as the Osprey and F-35.
End all (read: ALL) foreign aid welfare handouts.
Leave the UN and boot its America-hating goons off of our shores.
Abolish the federal departments of Energy, Commerce, Labor, HUD, HHS, Education, DHS, along with the EPA, TSA, BATF, DEA and end the idiotic "war" on (some) drugs.
Privatize the FDA.
End the Federal Highway Administration, the federal highway trust fund and NHTSA an devolve their responsibilities to the marketplace or the states.
Privatize air traffic control (already been done with success in Canada).
Abolish the BLM and sell off all land under its control.
Abolish the FWS and devolve its responsibilities to the states.
Dump the NEA, CPB/PBS/NPR and all other hairy-fairy federal hobby handouts.
That a good enough start?
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