reply to post by METACOMET
I get so irritated with this BS. If Congress was actually serious about making cuts the 1st thing they'd cut is the matching funds for political
campaign contributions. Public funding of Presidential elections means that qualified Presidential candidates receive federal government funds to pay
for the valid expenses of their political campaigns in both the primary and general elections. National political parties also receive federal money
for their national nominating conventions. The US govt paid the University of California over 600k to digitize Grateful Dead photos. Department of
Veterans affairs gets 175 mill a year for buildings that are unoccupied including an octagonal pink monkey house. 1 million to zoos to post poetry
plaques. YOu have to pay taxes so Monkton, VT can have a 150k dollar critter crossing. 112 million a year in fraudulent tax refunds. Denali
national park in Alaska got 1.5 million for new toilets.
The actual spending in 2010 for the census bureau was about 14 billion dollars. Yeah going door to door is a brilliant idea. Seriously all the
technology and widespread availability of electronic records and we're gonna drop 14 bill going door to door. Sad part was 7 billion of the 14
didn't count in the official budget. 100 million in marketing costs to inform principals about their own progress in meeting education reform goals.
900 million in minority specific educational funding. Almost 300 million is mandatory. Aren't we past that yet? Also under the dept of commerce
you have 171 million in educational loans specific to african americans. 10 Billion to the Nuclear security agency for our very few nuclear power
plants. And guess how much for research for ultradeep water, gas and oil research and development? Zero. So funding research for alternatives to
nuclear power but not adding a nuke plant in 30+ years. Makes sense. 30 billion to the National Institute of Health. YOu'd think with what the
drug companies make as well as the medical profession in general that the amount of money they'd make would be enough to encourage self pay private
research, but why bother when Uncle Sam drops that much cash on it. Medicare and Medicaid are 489 bill and 285 billion respectively. 82 million for
those nifty new xray machines at the airport. Kinda funny that the 10 billion spent on border security doesn't contain anything physical to actually
secure the border. We just add 22k new agents with recurring salaries rather than work on a more permanent fix.
This blows my mind 48 billion on urban development. 250 million for improvements to public and PRIVATELY owned low income housing. What essentially
amounts to 150 million for bus accessible housing. 35 BILLION to provide rental assistance to 4.7 million low income families. Which amounts to a
little over 10k per family. More than 85% is recurrent with the same folks getting it year after year. That's ridiculous. Add another 2 billion
for policy development, hmmmm.
500 million to restructure the regulatory agency responsible for offshore drilling. Just for restructuring. We took in about 9 billion dollars in
oil, gas and coal royalties. I honestly thought it would be a helluva lot higher. 187 million for prisoner reentry and jail diversion programs. 136
million for CRIMINAL ALIEN ASSISTANCE. wtf. 146 billion in federal unemployment benefits.
The Federal Highway Administration got 70 bill this year. Charge a cheap toll and offset it. The IRS will get 13 billion in funds. Automate and
streamline. 40 billion for govt sponsored business stocks and dividends.
I was actually surprised the DOD costs for Iraq and Afghanistan for 2011 were only 160 billion including deployment and aid.
Heres a weird one.... NASAs budget is relatively unchanged 18 bill 2010-2012. I thought shuttle ops being discontinues was a financial decision. SO
how come no savings.
744 billion for social security payments.
I keep hearing the rich aren't paying their fair share... That's just silly. The top .1% yup, 0.1% pay 18% of the total income tax bill. The top
1% pays 38%. 59% is paid by the top 5%. The bottom 50% essentially pay no income taxes. And interestingly enough about 50% of americans are
receiving some type of government assistance from social services.
We give out between 30-40 billion in real foreign aid each year. But we're operating at a deficit, which means we're borrowing money to give to
other countries. Does that make sense? Hell no.
2008 government spending was $2.9 Trillion with only $2.66 Trillion pilfered from the American people to pay for it. In 2008 the federal government
overspent by $240 Billion just under 10%. By the end of 2008, the federal government racked up a total of $10.8 Trillion in total national debt.
Move ahead to 2010, spending shot up $650 Billion (close to the total budget of the DoD or HHS!) to $3.55 Trillion while the tax grab went down $280
Billion to $2.38 Trillion. The shakedown of the taxpayers by the federal government included 40 additional fees and other additional taxes to extort
even more hard-earned money from the innocent and defenseless citizenry of the country. In 2010, the federal government overspent $1.17 Trillion or
Your congressmen make almost 200k per year. Not bad for a public servant. With benefits they make about 282k per year. Just in salary they make
3.4x what the average US salary is, about 50k. Wanna know why congress only spends 3 million a year on trips? And why they are crooked> Here's a
link to the trips that we don't pay for. www.legistorm.com...
Most members of congress put quite a bit of
friends and family on payroll for campaigns to move some of the campaign contributions around. And the gifts they get, yeah there is a limit in what
they can take in gifts from foreigners but I think if you look on that same website you'll think it's hilarious how many of them received a gift of
6 neckties. Here's a list for earmarks. www.legistorm.com...
when Obama said he would veto all earmarks? Yeah.
The bottom line is this entire deficit ceiling was BS. There was an appropriations bill already passed that would have allowed everything to function
normally for another 60 days.
As far as a constitutional amendment for balanced budget, I disagree with that too. Sometimes we all have to exceed our budget and take out a line of
If they really wanted to actually operate at a balanced budget it could easily be done. And if they really wanted to attack the deficit it could be
cleared up in 10 years. But they don't want to fix it. I have no faith in either side at this point. Crooks and liars. Their only purpose is to
get reelected and continue living the high life. respect the tea party guys that refused to budge because of the promises made to their
constituents. Too many of these public servants do what they want to do rather than represent the wishes of the people who elected them.
Just like in the real world we have to make tough choices. Some years you can spend more than you have for something important. But if you do it
every year you go bankrupt. Our government is the nations largest employer. We're stealing from the people who work hard and have built something
for themselves and giving it and more to many who don't want to work and don't want to better themselves, sure some need a helping hand, but my tax
dollars shouldn't completely take care of them for 10 years. Help them all you want, but we aren't a socialist or a communist nation. Like it or
not everyone here has the freedom to work for what they want. If you want the government to take care of you for your entire life, you need to move