Guest post by Ken Moore

August 1,  2011

Real conservatives in Congress/legislatures have always told us that enough savings to balance any budget can be made by cutting fraud, waste, abuse, outrageous programs, etc.  The reason this is so hard to do now is that this President and this Senate are determined to tax the middle class into permanent hard times that are bad enough that they will accept extreme taxes in exchange for the federal government’s doling out enough small amounts of tax credits, favors, welfare, etc. so that we will have enough money/government entitlements to maintain a minimum middle class lifestyle existence.

Over time this “middle class existence” will become extremely over-regulated, burdensome, motivation-killing, and less than fulfilling to talented entrepreneurs:   It will include $7-$8 gasoline; uncontrolled border with Mexico; almost unlimited welfare for illegals;  favoritism for public sector workers resulting in more budget-busting government salary caused by union paybacks for influencing and/or throwing elections;  “free” cradle-to-grave government health insurance for everybody which will ration care that, for instance, requires you to wait  8 months or more get on chemotherapy if you get cancer; surveillance cameras watching everybody while recording “suspicious” activities such as what churches and organization meetings they attend; people being economically forced to live in inner city high rises to save energy and/or meet government Section 8 or other welfare requirements; total individual income/social security tax burdens of 65% and upward; extreme control, burdens, and taxes on  small business, a 25% value-added tax (VAT, which is a federal sales tax) on everything people buy; etc., etc.

Cooperating/chosen wealthy people and political socialists will become the new ruling class.  The rest of the wealthy will be taxed into becoming middle class like us.  “Cooperating” means letting the government pretty much control big business companies with guarantees that they will not be allowed to fail. Guarantees fulfilled by spending our tax money. The ruling class will help the government to maintain control.

You don’t like all this?  You need to become active politically, and do what you can to see that it doesn’t happen.  Many, many lawmakers from both parties and the President need to be voted out in 2012, but it will require lots of work.

Republican Study Group Issues Proposed Budget Cuts

•Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.
•Save America’s Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.
•International Fund for Ireland. $17 million annual savings.
•Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.
•National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.
•National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.
•Hope VI Program. $250 million annual savings.
•Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.
•Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
•U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
•Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.
•Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.
•John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
•Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
•Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
•Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings
•Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.
•Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
•Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
•Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
•Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
•Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
•New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.
•Exchange Programs for Alaska, Natives Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts. $9 million annual savings
•Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
•Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
•Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
•Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
•Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.
•Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
•Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
•Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
•Economic Assistance to Egypt. $250 million annually.
•U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.
•General Assistance to District of Columbia. $210 million annual savings.
•Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings.
•Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.
•No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.
•End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
•Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
•IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
•Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.
•Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
•Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.
•Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
•Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.
•Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings
•Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
•USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
•Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). $93 million annual savings.
•Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
•Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
•Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings.
•HUD Ph.D. Program.
•Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
•TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years



  1. Ya that’s what I saw in France in the early 80’s. I ask the girl, ‘how do you live like this’ and she said ‘we live very well, both my parents have good jobs, we are middle class’. They had one car and I told her ‘this car will fit in the back of the pickup I drive at home’ and it would. When we walked into the lobby of the apt building they lived in I thought ‘project housing’ and prayed the elevator wasn’t going to quit considering the noises it was making. That was normal for them.
    As for the cuts let’s also eliminate the Department of Education. Then add term limits, 2 terms, and eliminate the retirement.
    Let’s see who runs for office then….

  2. Ken:
    I agree with everything except your opening premise “Real conservatives in Congress/legislatures have always told us that enough savings to balance any budget can be made by cutting fraud, waste, abuse, outrageous programs, etc.”. That statement is a ruse at best. While the numbers associated with waste, fraud and abuse are substantial, in my mind this argument is used to placate folks into thinking if only we had slightly smarter government, we’d be okay. Or that we can balance our budget painlessly by just going after the fraudsters.
    Our problems are more fundamental – we have abandoned the tenets of limited government and enumerated powers. And only by charting a course back to Constitutionally limited government will we right this ship of state and regain our identity and prosperity.

  3. So right Phil…

  4. I believe they do have to be only slightly smarter plus slightly more honest. Rep. Connie Mack’s proposal is very, very easy. And I do not see how a 1% cut per year for only 8 years to a balanced budget takes much brains nor will it be very painful. Liberal Democrats and Republicans want to pretend that this is just too difficult and too painful, Mr. Johnson, and they have convinced you too!

  5. Ken:
    You misunderstand my statements. And for the record, I would wholeheartedly have supported Cut, Cap & Balance, the One Percent Solution or even just a spending freeze at current levels.
    What a lot of folks seem to miss with these solutions (the latter two) are that promises, though empty, have been made to people on or soon entering the Medicare and/or Social Security roles. There are a number of ways to work through that population in a responsible manner, but to just freeze their benefits isn’t one of them. I abhor that we have these programs and I certainly don’t see a universal retirement plan or medical plan for seniors as the government’s prerogative. These programs need to be privatized over time.
    My point is this is where the ‘pain’ comes in. The portion of the total Federal budget these entitlements comprise is huge – and growing as 10,000 boomers are now stepping into these programs each day. And as we both know it’s not like that ‘lockbox’ is sitting there with the money to pay out the obligations. So are you suggesting that with thousands more beneficiaries entering the system that we simply freeze the overall SS/Medicare spending and freeze future payments, denying inflation is eating their benefits?
    This is where the war with the left will begin. And we know how lovely that will be. Too painful or difficult? No. Worth it and necessary, you bet. But I think it is naive to think that $60+ trillion in unfunded liabilities plus a $14.5 debt is going to evaporate painlessly. The other item is certain growth and interest rate assumptions are built into Mack’s proposal. And while he is basing it on assumptions similar to those used by the CBO, I consider both very suspect. He is relying on the benefit of compounding – a beautiful thing, but blips early on (negative deviations on his assumptive numbers) can really throw a wrench in things.
    Am I missing something here? (I’m not being snide, I’m seriously asking).
    Anxious to hear your thoughts.

  6. I feel people want jobs. People want black market jobs. People want minimum wage jobs. People do not want to attend college for five years just to find a $22,000 a year job. People do not want to be kicked out of the active duty military after 1.5 years service. People want small business jobs. People do not want to wait 10 or 15 years moving up the ladder just to earn a $45,000 a year job. People want jobs.

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