The Budget Cut That Wasn’t

Thomas G. Brown |

Well problem is solved we have gotten a budget and we have averted disaster. What a great day we cut $38.5 billion form the budget what an accomplishment. Well that is great we cut 0.27% of the $14 Trillion of the deficit. The federal debt increased $54.1 billion in the eight days preceding the deal to cut $38.5 billion in federal spending for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which runs through September. So let me get this straight we actually spent $15.6 billion during this time so there wasn’t even the modest cut from the overall budget deficit. The debt was $14.2101 trillion on March 30, according to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and $14.2642 on April 7.

Well these fools did nothing this time so what should the do if they are serious about getting the fiscal house in order the next big test will be the debt ceiling vote. Our Congressional Officials could do this by voting no on raising the debt ceiling making government make the truly tough decisions of what programs go and what stays. What is a waste of money and not Constitutional. But sadly very few have the backbone to do so, Ron and Rand Paul and maybe a handful of freshman but by in large the Congress is fills with folks who talk a good game but deliver zip. So what can they do in stead of cutting up the government credit card.

Well, they can pass legislation that would have to go into action before the ceiling could be raised. This legislation would end farm subsidies $5 billion in direct payments (, bring all troops home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Germany, North Korea, and all other bases across the world. Ban the bribing of foreign dictators in the form of Foreign Aid $33,946.6 billion in 2009.

These are just a few things Congress could do to show that they are serious about cutting the bloated spending that is threatening to kill this country. We could also cut out subsidies spent on “green energy” which for the most part is not economically viable. If the government truly wanted encourage the free market to invest in more efficent ways to burn fossil fuels and to find alternatives that are low cost and reliable they would make all Reseach and Development spending tax free in additon they would do the same to plant expansion.

The simple act of bringing all the troops home and the end to spending on foreign aid we could use this money to work on infrastructure and allow us to correct some of the financing problems with Social Security and Medicare. These programs have to be slowly unwound and these funds would allow the gradual increase in age of recipients from 65 to 72 for 2013 for all that are 50 and below and then the same increase every year with an aim to end the programs entirely and allow you to keep your money to invest anyway you want.

Hopefully the Supreme Court will rule correctly on the Health Care Bill and rule it Unconstitutional at which point we could really push for real reform which would allow for tax free health care savings accounts, ending mandates on what insurance companies have to cover and allow you to purchase insurance accross state lines. In additon the ability for you to negotiate payments with your doctor directly. None of this insurance dictating the cost of this procedure or that but you and a doctor coming to an agreement on your own. I will write more on health insurance in the coming week as it is something I feel strongly about having spend a large chuck of my life in and out of hospitals due to serious health issues.

Well these are just a few ideas that Congress could put into place if they want any type of creditability. But, I still say the best way to force change in the spending habits of government is to cut up their credit card and vote NO on raising the debt ceiling.


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