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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Cap Now CUT Now

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 09:12:54 PM EST
    Tags: Debt, Cuts, Michigan Legislators, Wasteful agencies, Congressmen, Dan Benishek, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, Dave Camp, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Rogers, Candice Miller, Thaddeus McCotter (all tags)

    Its pretty hard to stay away from the national issues sometimes.

    There is the inability of our leadership to just say "forget about it" when their opponents suggest lifting caps, and spending more of our children's soon to be taxed heavily again inheritances.  There is a weakness when it comes to doing the right thing like throwing out a few babies with bathwater.  There is a real lack of courage coming from our Republicans IMO.

    But I am not yet giving up.

    Sure, I would like to see the cap held. No more! Stop! Cease!  But in the spirit of "compromise" the house gave a little. In fact, the bill sent through would have still allowed a minimum of $2.5 trillion increase in the debt, adding both principle and of course the expected financing measures.

    And the senate said nah, not good enough.

    So frankly, to heck with them. Its time that Michigan's congressional delegation simply takes a stand. One that is solidly for NO increase in the debt. None. Nada.

    More below ~

    The entire process needs the congress.  The house holds the purse strings.

    So MAYBE, if Congressmen Dan Benishek, Bill Huizenga, Justin Amash, Dave Camp, Fred Upton, Tim Walberg, Mike Rogers, Candice Miller, and the incorrigible Thaddeus McCotter were to make enough of a stink, the conversation of necessity can begin.

    Time to cut funding for all of the following agencies.

    • The EPA. It has gone completely rogue with this administration in charge.  Rid the government of its funding mechanisms, and let it fade away.  If the administration attempts to shuffle money to pay for it, clear out those accounts as well.
    • The Education department.  Eliminate it completely. The United States survived happily for over a century without this unnecessary waste of resources
    • Cut by 90% the administration's financial resources.  CZARS, personal assistants, and jet rides are not needed.
    • The Department of Energy. Given there is yet to be developed an energy policy that actually takes into account our own resources, it seems prudent to replace the void in usefulness, with a void in seat warmers.
    • Bureau of Engraving and Printing. I think we have plenty of THAT already thank you.
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Are those reservations states? Countries?  Pick one and stick with it, and stop toying with the Indians and us. Close it down and make a statement.
    • Bureau of International Labor Affairs. Seriously, why do we care about this?
    • Bureau of Public Debt. Well, it obviously has not prevented it, and is not doing a good enough job in keeping our legislators properly fearing it.
    • California.  Its a lost cause. We won't throw the illegals out, so let em have it for real.  No more money sent to California, and let it properly collapse under its own weight.
    • Corporation for National and Community Service. Why duplicate the efforts of the red cross, salvation army, etc.. Oh yeah, civilian corps.  Right.
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) OK, demonstrate it has had positive effect since it's inception in 1937.  Right .. I thought not.
    • Council on Environmental Quality there already WAS and EPA, right?
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) I mean, "can't we just  ... get along?"  Its about time for the federal government to back off.  This miscarriage of federal authority has existed for far too long. Nix it.
    • The executive office for Immigration Review. Just look at their mission thingamajiggy:
      The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings.
      Right, and we know hard the  US Attorney General is looking at these potential voters.
    • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. OR continue paying for the education of foreign despots.  Your call.

    If it wasn't for the head banging on the wall, I would continue.  Labor, Minority Business Development Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities, etc., all worthy of a "scalpel" The collection of these alone (OK maybe excluding California) must be a chunk of change.

    How about it Michigan Legislators?  

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    My turn (none / 0) (#1)
    by Rougman on Sat Jul 23, 2011 at 10:37:32 PM EST
    Okay, I guess I'm it.

    How about we end all subsidies for corn ethanol,  peanuts, etc., etc., etc.  (ADM and Jimmy Carter will survive just fine without them.)

    Stop subsidizing the post office and Amtrak.  If they cannot operate profitably the free market will be glad to step in or pronounce them dead to usefulness.  

    Pare back the FDA about 90 percent.  Their patenting procedure kills more people off than it ever saves and has encouraged the costs of medical care to reach unaffordable levels for scores of millions of Americans.  

    Sell about ten million acres of land for starters.  Get this property off the sidelines to where it can begin to produce tax dollars and mineral wealth.

    End most foreign aid and stop protecting countries overseas that loathe our presence.  

    Repeal Davis-Bacon.  Why do the taxpayers have to be screwed when paying for infrastructure?  

    And entitlements?  Please.  Make the cuts now before the rest of us are left with nothing to show for the 15% of payroll we've been paying in for years.  This current debt ceiling amounts to a drop in the bucket when compared to this country's unfunded liabilities.  What are things going to look like if we don't make the necessary changes?

    Blood will run in the streets.  


    I like this story (none / 0) (#2)
    by JGillman on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 09:54:17 AM EST
    Called "How to do nothing and balance the budget"

    ... it comes down to this:  Pass something, anything, and you put off a balanced budget.  

    Time to do nothing indeed.

    Understatement of the year (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 10:46:46 AM EST
    Amen to that!

    There is a real lack of courage coming from our Republicans IMO.

    The sumb!tches are willingly pecking at the processed corn dangling from the Dimocrats ass to maintain their elected class status.  Pink slip all of 'em that compromise.  Carefully reward those that deserve rewarding privilege of Office and start with a clean slate in 2012.

    DC and Lansing need a purge.

    These are all great ideas. (none / 0) (#4)
    by KG One on Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 10:59:09 AM EST
    Two ideas that I put out there to shut up the "We-must-raise-taxes-now" crowd:

    TARP. Yes, that highly effective program put out there by the son of Mr. Read-My-Lips, has approximately $200-billion in unspent money.

    That's almost one month of interest payments right there.

    Obamacare. They hate it when I call it Obamacare and insist that I refer to it as the Affordable Care Act, which is why I still refer to it as Obamacare.

    $105-billion in new expenditures right there.
    Abolish Obamacare, remove those expenditures.

    Pretty simple math.

    That, along with the other idea above will definitely put on country back on the right track.

    Will any of this ever happen?

    Sadly, no. At least not with this bunch of yahoos in charge.

    What passes for republican "leadership" is apparently as enamored in the Cloward-Piven strategy as the democratic leadership.

    Had the republican "leadership" at the federal level actually followed through with their pledge (page 33), not only would just about everything above be gone, but they wouldn't be pushing the panic button right now with this made-up debt ceiling crisis.

    The money would still be there.

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