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How to Cut Federal Spending: The Real Country-Killer in 2013
American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley

Posted on 01/02/2013 5:44:50 AM PST by Moseley

Never mind the "fiscal cliff." America went bankrupt, technically, at midnight on December 31, 2012. We hit the debt ceiling of $16.394 trillion. Yet the U.S. government needs to borrow more money than is legally allowed. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is now juggling federal accounts via questionable extraordinary measures to squeeze out perhaps two more months. Uncle Sam has maxed out his credit cards.

More than ever before, America now faces national ruin unless political leaders cut federal spending. However, Washington no longer understands what budget cuts are.

Simply trim a few percent from every program -- here a little, there a little. Isn't that obvious? Yet big spenders howl as if entire programs must be completely eliminated -- all or nothing. People will be cut off and starving in the streets if the federal spending spree is slowed. "What would you cut?" candidates are asked. This is a trap. Attack journalists twist whatever a candidate answers into a scandal of heartless cruelty.

During my five years working inside government, I saw that easily 15% of the federal budget could be cut, with no reduction in the output of government services, benefits, activities, or useful functions. In fact, quality should actually improve in many instances from reducing unnecessary complication, red tape, duplication, and burdensome procedures.

Could the USA collapse during 2013? Our country is facing a disaster that most citizens, politicians, and journalists scarcely grasp. It could be next week. It could be next month. What if investors simply choose to stop loaning Uncle Sam any more money?

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: budget; debtceiling; deficit; governmentwaste; selfpromotion

1 posted on 01/02/2013 5:44:59 AM PST by Moseley
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To: Moseley
NOTE: Americn Thinker requires articles to be excerpted. So you have to click through to read the whole article.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/the_real_country-killer_in_2013.html
2 posted on 01/02/2013 5:48:29 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: Moseley

Guess you should have posted it here first then.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 5:58:44 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Moseley
What if investors simply choose to stop loaning Uncle Sam any more money?

The FED monetizes the debt. Uncle FRN lends Uncle Sam the loot. Ping-pong progressive plunder continues unchecked. Legislative totalitarians living large roam the republic from sea to shining sea. The armed forces back it all up. Distractions forthcoming, if necessary. It's win/win.

4 posted on 01/02/2013 6:21:17 AM PST by PGalt
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To: humblegunner
Guess you should have posted it here first then.

Free Republic is set up to repost articles published elsewehre first. I have sometimes disliked that with things I want to get out. Sometimes it is a pain to have to get something published somewhere else first before getting the word out on Free Republic.


5 posted on 01/02/2013 6:39:40 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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not that diffucult - cut EVERY agencyy by 5% per year untl the budget balances and runs a surplus. use the surplus to buy down the debt.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 6:40:49 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Moseley

Interesting that you mention your goal as “getting the word out”.

Free Republic has a better Alexa traffic ranking than American Thinker.

American Thinker
Global Rank 7,740
Rank in US 2,052

Free Republic
Global Rank 4,606
Rank in US 1,136

So, in light of your goal of “getting the word out” you’ll be ditching American Thinker, right?

Unless you failed to mention some OTHER goal.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 6:53:06 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: camle

Apply 47-to-1 Formula to Debt Ceiling Increase

Obama defined what "fair and balanced" means

How to cut federal spending: use this last deal to set the bar for the debt-limit rise. If 47-to-1 increase-to-cut ratio is "fair and balanced" for the fiscal-cliff bill, then 1-to-47 increase-to-cut ratio should be "fair and balanced" when raising the debt limit. For each dollar we increase the debt limit, we cut forty-seven dollars from the spending level. Obama want $1 trillion, we cut $47 trillion.

Of course, that's not workable because the cut is larger than the entire federal budget, so either Obama would have to trim his request, or make the sequester look like a picnic.

The five-percent haircut is looking better and better, isn't it?

8 posted on 01/02/2013 7:01:23 AM PST by asinclair (B*llshit is a renewable resource.)
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To: Moseley

Thanks for posting this.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 7:01:31 AM PST by commonguymd (The enemy within is our MSM. War starts there imo. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: Moseley
During my five years working inside government, I saw that easily 15% of the federal budget could be cut, with no reduction in the output of government services, benefits, activities, or useful functions. In fact, quality should actually improve in many instances from reducing unnecessary complication, red tape, duplication, and burdensome procedures.

Anyone heavy into couponing knows from practical experience just how easy it is to save money. Just on parking fees alone I saved about $50 in the past few months by using coupons. Give me the federal budget and I could easily pick out the places to cut to yield 15% in savings. I bet Obama nor most of the Democrats ever used coupons and it shows in their unthinking wild and unnecessary spending.

10 posted on 01/02/2013 7:02:13 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: camle

The feral government has to be cut by at least 50% for this country to survive. I mean by firing 50% of the freeloader feral employees, not transferring them to different deparments.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 8:35:27 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: camle

Great idea! 5 % is the average attrition rate for a large business.

BTW, as an incentive, stipulate that all elected Federal Politicians are to have their total annual pay cut by 20 % per year until the Total National Debt is decreased by 1 % for two years in a row.


12 posted on 01/02/2013 9:00:13 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Moseley
Republicans should demand a return to Clinton-Era Spending.

And Clinton-Era Welfare, Immigration, etc.

13 posted on 01/02/2013 9:15:48 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Moseley

What I have learned is that when conservative say
“CUT SPENDING”
liberals and the media “hear”
“CUT PROGRAMS”
— that is totally end entire programs (or shut off people completely from necessary social services).

The idea that spending can be cut without changing outcomes, by eliminating waste, is something liberals either don’t understand or don’t want to understand.

Now, there are some programs that duplicate other programs or accomplish nothing. I am not saying we could never ever end a government program.

But the topic of CUTTING SPENDING has been transformed into — always — meaning nothing else but TERMINATING ENTIRE PROGRAMS.

Or… cutting recipients of benefits off completely, so that people are starving in the streets living under a bridge.

For liberals and the media, budget cutting is a light switch: You can’t turn down the brightness. You have to cut off an entire line item completely.

For conservatives, cutting spending is (usually) a DIMMER SWITCH. You can dial it down without turning the lights out completely.


14 posted on 01/02/2013 9:57:48 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: humblegunner
So, in light of your goal of “getting the word out” you’ll be ditching American Thinker, right?

Can you tell me how to post original material at Free Republic without linking to an article posted somewhere else first?

You seem to be assuming that material can be published first at Free Republic without already being published somewhere else. It was my understanding that I could not post something at FR without it already being published elsewhere with a hyperlink to point to.


15 posted on 01/02/2013 10:18:38 AM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: Moseley

Assuming? Not even close. This might be of use to you, a thread from Jim:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2882227/posts

If you leave the excerpt button alone, you can post your full content right here.


16 posted on 01/02/2013 10:26:50 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

i agree that federal spending needs to be cut drastically, however the goevernmetn doesn’t live in a vacuumm, all tht moneyt spent goes somewhere, pays somebody for working,et c. we need to reduce federal spending, but to do it too fast will be a disaster for theeconomy, which would need time to compensate for less federal spending.


17 posted on 01/02/2013 11:05:56 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Graewoulf

im not in favor of paying them in the first place...they ain’t worth it. and if we paid them what they’re worth, we’d have to violate the minimum wage laws


18 posted on 01/02/2013 11:07:12 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: humblegunner

You make me so not want to come here. You’re just a punk with no power. There is someone actually posting and writing great stuff on a good website and you have claws out like a little girl with faux power. Embarrassing to me. Grow up.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 12:45:28 PM PST by commonguymd (The enemy within is our MSM. War starts there imo. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: humblegunner
If you leave the excerpt button alone, you can post your full content right here.

Oh, is that what you are referring to? Yes, normally I post all of the content in full at Free Republic. I would rather not hope tha tsomeone will click through. I would rather have the full article n one place and have people read the whole thing at FR.

But some sources have complained to and/or threatened Free Republic.

So when I tried to post the American Thinker article at Free Republic, I get a WARNING from FR that it MUST be excerpted. And I think only 300 words are allowed if it is excerpted.

There are some soruces like (I think) Washington Post and others who have threatend to sue FR if FR posts the entire article rather than only an excerpt.

I would be happy to post things only at FR, depending on what it is.
20 posted on 01/02/2013 1:44:20 PM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: commonguymd
You’re just a punk with no power.

I'm devastated.

You make me so not want to come here.

Oh. I guess I have the power to do that, anyway.

I'm redeemed.

21 posted on 01/02/2013 2:00:11 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Moseley
So when I tried to post the American Thinker article at Free Republic, I get a WARNING from FR that it MUST be excerpted.

Yeah. That's why I suggested posting it here first, or ditching American Thinker altogether.

Unless you have some interest in getting hits there.

But you claimed your goal was to "get the word out" so we'll just discount that theory.

22 posted on 01/02/2013 2:03:26 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
If you leave the excerpt button alone, you can post your full content right here.

Oh, is that what you are referring to? Yes, normally I post all of the content in full at Free Republic. I would rather not hope tha tsomeone will click through. I would rather have the full article n one place and have people read the whole thing at FR.

But some sources have complained to and/or threatened Free Republic.

So when I tried to post the American Thinker article at Free Republic, I get a WARNING from FR that it MUST be excerpted. And I think only 300 words are allowed if it is excerpted.

There are some soruces like (I think) Washington Post and others who have threatend to sue FR if FR posts the entire article rather than only an excerpt.

I would be happy to post things only at FR, depending on what it is.
23 posted on 01/02/2013 3:17:38 PM PST by Moseley (http://www.curesocialism.com)
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To: humblegunner

I take my dollar a day with me if I do.


24 posted on 01/04/2013 7:20:26 AM PST by commonguymd (The enemy within is our MSM. War starts there imo. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: commonguymd

It was your idea, not mine.

Are you suggesting I should tailor my posts to be more pleasing to you?

What is your point?


25 posted on 01/04/2013 7:30:12 AM PST by humblegunner
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