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40 Obvious And Painless Ways For The US To Cut Its Budget
Business Insider ^ | 02/22/2013 | Walter Hickey

Posted on 02/22/2013 8:40:56 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The U.S. government is one week away from the sequester deadline, when $1.2 trillion of across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect.

The budget slashing is set to hit everything from NASA to food inspectors, and members of both parties are alternately playing the blame game and trying to come up with a solution to avoid the cuts.

Still, it's worth noting that there are some things the government spends money on that could definitely go. Each year, the conservative Heritage Foundation combs through the budget and points out some particularly egregious expenditures and redundancies.

Here are forty cuts they've identified that the government can totally afford to make.

* The government wasted $115.3 billion in improper payments, paying money either to the wrong person, in the wrong amount, or for the wrong reason.

* Amtrak lost $84.5 million having food and beverage services, a total of $833.8 million in 10 years. It has never broken a profit on serving food.

* The Conservation Reserve Program of the Department of Agriculture pays farmers $2.1 billion every year not to farm in order to reduce soil erosion.

* The Department of Agriculture spent $2 million on an intern program for the Office of the Chief Information officer. One intern was hired.

* The government spent $1.7 billion maintaining 77,700 unused buildings.

* The Government Accountability Office found 34 areas where federal agencies have overlapping goals or duplicative services, costing billions annually

* There are 80 economic development programs operating out of four different agencies alone. Many of these programs have overlapping or competing missions

* Seven different agencies have more than 20 different programs addressing homelessness

* Within the Department of Transportation are over 100 economic development programs in five agencies in the Department of Transportation alone

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget

1 posted on 02/22/2013 8:41:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Keeping Obama’s skinny ass and his wife’s broad beam in Washington would save millions.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 8:43:19 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bookmark!


3 posted on 02/22/2013 8:45:00 AM PST by corlorde (forWARD of the state)
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To: SeekAndFind
If the government were cut down to half it's size, the only thing the American citizens would notice is the extra cash in their paychecks. They'd be very, very happy people.
4 posted on 02/22/2013 8:46:47 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: csmusaret
Keeping Obama’s skinny ass and his wife’s broad beam in Washington would save millions.

Obviously, we can't afford to cut that.

Hell. Fire some FBI special agents. Shut down some schools.

5 posted on 02/22/2013 8:48:40 AM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: SeekAndFind

Form a team of twenty self-employed accountants, give them six months to survey the scene, and go with their recommendations.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 8:48:43 AM PST by lurk
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To: SeekAndFind

Or if cutting out all those things is too complicated, to take care of the $50 billion on the discretionary side, just cut half the Education Dept budget. Or just cut it out completely and that would take care of the other $50 billion on the military side. It would still leave enough money to pay for several janitors to clean up the place so it could be put on the market!


7 posted on 02/22/2013 8:49:19 AM PST by finnsheep
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To: SeekAndFind

What the author fails to account for is that almost all of those expenditures are made to political cronies for political purposes. If you were to go back in time and tell LBJ that his war on poverty would destroy black families, start the dollar’s decline and wreck American society he would still do it. The same is true with almost any government decision. These decisions are made on the points of political expediency, not for the general good. Even with perfect knowledge of the future, politicians will always leave the hard decisions for later or for the next office holder.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 8:51:44 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

If we had a leader that was in his right mind, he would start selling federally owned lands to Americans, for conservation and/or development.


9 posted on 02/22/2013 8:54:51 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Business owners work harder! You have to support millions.)
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To: All

Guys, this is a silly article. So are comments thus far.

These numbers quoted are absurd. The debt is just about 17T and people are swaggering around at how they found 10B in supposed waste. Even one guy just said let’s cut 1/2 the govt — and I doubt he realizes that would only be about 1.6T.

In other words . . . cut 1/2 and you do only 10% of the debt.

Now additionally, don’t delude yourself. If you cut 1/2 the govt (which HAS to include your parents Soc Sec) then that is money not spent in the economy and GDP IS going to fall. Don’t now lash out with Austrian or Keynes words because no one cares whose name means what. If you cut Social Security, old people can’t pay for things. Period.

If GDP falls, so does tax revenue and that 1/2 cut you just did won’t even dent the 1.1% deficit. Obviously spending more money doesn’t fix anything or it WOULD HAVE, given deficits run for 20 years.

In other words, in conclusion, THERE IS NO ANSWER. This is all going to fall. Billions worldwide are going to die, and soon, and there is nothing that can be done about it.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 8:56:48 AM PST by Owen
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To: SeekAndFind

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the vacationer-in-chief promise to cut out the waste and duplication several years ago?


11 posted on 02/22/2013 8:59:58 AM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: Owen

RE: In other words, in conclusion, THERE IS NO ANSWER.

How about starting with the above 40 programs? Let’s start with that.


12 posted on 02/22/2013 9:00:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The easy way to do it is cut every department 5% across the board.

Forget the pick and choose, just pass out the instruction to the department heads.

Just to get the ball rolling, make it 1% so anyone complaining will look foolish.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 9:06:37 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: csmusaret

Billions. The total bill for the Sun King and his Wookiee’s vacations were OVER a billion dollars last year, with all the hangers on, infrastructure, multiple jets, etc. . .


14 posted on 02/22/2013 9:11:57 AM PST by Salgak (Acme Lasers presents: The Energizer Border. I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think we should eliminate nearly all Federal government programs and departments and then, on a case by case basis, reinstate all the ones we find we just can’t do without.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 9:19:33 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: Owen
Yesterday, there was a guy from the oil company being interviewed on TV about gas prices. I tuned in at the end of the interview, so I don't know who the man was.
At the very end of the interview, the man said America is heading for an economic crash, and soon. The interviewer cut him off in a panic, and stumbled to change the subject. It was like the interviewer didn't want to talk about it, or wasn't "allowed" to talk about it. His panic and loss of words to quickly change the subject came as a surprise to me. You'd think the interviewer would ask him why he thought that. It was quite a profound statement to ignore.

Yeah, we're headed for a crash, but we wouldn't be told about it officially in advance. It would cause world wide panic. Maybe that's why the feds are stocking up on ammo and having zombie killing practice. They've even ordered targets that look like children and pregnant woman to practice on. This would also explain why oboma doesn't seem to care about where the nation is heading. He and his family are living high on the hog and engaging in every type of spending spree they can think of.

The socialists have run out of other peoples money. They've scarfed up as much as they can from innocent to people and businesses that create jobs to buy their votes, but now they can't honor those freebie promises they made anymore. The parasitic voters are going to get very hungry when those EBT cards no longer work. Those people will be just like starving zombies. They'll eat anything.

16 posted on 02/22/2013 9:27:30 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Owen
In other words . . . cut 1/2 and you do only 10% of the debt....In other words, in conclusion, THERE IS NO ANSWER. This is all going to fall.

There is something to be said for realizing all efforts are futile but I do not think the U.S. is at that position presently so I don't agree with you.

I do agree that if cuts are not made we are in trouble. The first step are acceptance that cuts can be made, no matter how insignificant in terms of cuts vs the problem (as you correctly point out).

17 posted on 02/22/2013 9:29:34 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the list contains any of the following items, I’d be in:

1) Abolish the Department of Education.
2) Abolish the Department of Energy.
3) Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

Then we’d start talking real money.


18 posted on 02/22/2013 9:35:35 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s all a lie. The 1.2 trillion is spread out over a decade. The cuts are also in projected budgets. There will be no actual cuts. And only 22 billion in these fake cuts are for 2013.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 9:49:08 AM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The current scenario regarding the federal budget is as follows:

Revenue: $2.3T
Spending: $3.2T
Debt: $16.5T
Cuts: $0.044T

If this were to translate to an average family’s annualized budget in the US it would look like:

Income: $45,000
Spending: $62,609
Credit Card Debt: $322,826
Decrease in spending: $861

How will that family ever buy groceries given that $861/12=$72 reduction in spending every month!

I’d bet that budget looks fine to the teenager of the family. Wait, that translates well to the behaviour of our President.


20 posted on 02/22/2013 9:59:36 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Congress could start by proving their bona fides; eliminate all of the perks of office. Cut tax-payer funded Congressional staffing to 2 persons per Congressman/Senator, somebody to answer the phone and somebody to schedule his appointments. Eliminate tax-payer funded pensions for elected officials. Lower their own salaries.

Then start on the flagrant excesses in non-program executive department expenses. How about cutting the White House staff to 1950’s levels? Reduce the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Secret Service security details to what they were in Truman’s day. Eliminate the Secret Service security details for everybody else; especially ex-Presidents and Presidential candidates. No tax-payer funded pensions for elected or politically appointed officials. No tax-payer funded offices and libraries for ex-presidents.

I could go on...and on...and on, but this is just the start, and Congress won’t even do this. :-(


21 posted on 02/22/2013 10:04:47 AM PST by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: csmusaret
Keeping Obama’s skinny ass and his wife’s broad beam in Washington would save millions.

But you know they can't ski or play golf in DC!!!

Obama needs to take a 3 year vacation to save $$$$

22 posted on 02/22/2013 10:06:34 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: csmusaret
Keeping Obama’s skinny ass and his wife’s broad beam in Washington would save millions.

Keeping them the He!! out of Washington PERMANENTLY would save trillions!

Regards,
GtG

PS Never stop with the job half finished...

23 posted on 02/22/2013 10:44:58 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: CSM
I’d bet that budget looks fine to the teenager of the family. Wait, that translates well to the behaviour of our President.

Do not insult TEENS by comparing them to this MARXIST in the white HUT...

24 posted on 02/22/2013 10:54:06 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is absolutely no need for DHS, TSA, EPA and several other agencies. We did just fine without them before they were created, we will do fine without them when they are disbanded.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 11:12:18 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Guns should not be illegal; they should be undocumented.)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Doh, sorry about that!!


26 posted on 02/22/2013 11:17:47 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM
Doh, sorry about that!!

It's okay!!!

27 posted on 02/22/2013 12:41:39 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Most of these cuts mentioned in the article are pointless; they’d barely qualify as rounding errors in the federal budget. $55,660 to a dairy farm? That doesn’t even come up to THAT level.

If you’re going to look at dairy farmers and food on Amtrak you’ll be looking forever. How about some REAL cuts? How about eliminating the Dept. of Education?


28 posted on 02/22/2013 12:47:31 PM PST by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: SeekAndFind
Best place to start:

The average American hasn’t a CLUE how much of our tax money Obama has sent down Muslim sh*t holes while he plans to slash the military, CUTS MEDICARE and threatens to withhold senior’s social security checks!

BILLIONS FOR JIHAD! Obamas 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu was revised and passed by the full committee. It gives billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries and entities that support Sharia law and/or harbor, hide and support those who want to destroy the U.S. and our allies. http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/05/1...

Read the summary from David Obeys office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.

$3.6 BILLION, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces

$400 MILLION, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces

AFGHANISTAN: $1.52 BILLION, $86 MILLION above the request WEST BANK AND GAZA: $665 MILLION in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza

JORDAN: $250 million,$250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance

EGYPT: $360 MILLION, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance,$50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance

PAKISTAN:$1.9 billion,$591 million above the request

IRAQ:$968 MILLION,$336 million above the request

Oversight: $20 million,$13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq

Lebanon:$74 million

International Food Assistance:$500 MILLION,$200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis

REFUGEE ASSISTANCE:$343 MILLION,$50 million above the request, including humanitarian assistance for Gaza.

Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)

Disaster Assistance: $200 MILLION to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia

Peacekeeping:$837 MILLION FOR UNITED NATIONS peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic

Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system

OBAMA GIVES YOUR TAX DOLLARS TO REBUILD MUSLIM MOSQUES AROUND THE WORLD! http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/... #

ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE AWAY NEARLY $6 MILLION OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS TO RESTORE 63 HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES, INCLUDING ISLAMIC MOSQUES AND MINARETS, IN 55 NATIONS. See the State Department document here. http://exchanges.state.gov/media/pdfs/office-...

And THAT’S just the tip of the iceberg.

THIS will blow your mind!! http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/ They should have 2010 up, but they don’t. That’s where you’ll find Obama’s largesse towards Muslim countries really go off the charts.

http://www.foreignassistance.gov/DataView.aspx charts: http://gbk.eads.usaidallnet.gov/data/fast-facts.html .

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Obama Increased Foreign Aid 80%; Spent 76% More on Foreign Aid Than Border Security cnsnews

CNSNews.com) - From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2011, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent and, in fiscal 2011, spent 76 percent more on foreign aid than it did securing the borders of the United States.

In fiscal 2008, the government spent a total of $11.427 billion in international assistance programs, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. In fiscal 2011, according to the statement, it spent $20.599 billion—an increase of $9.172 billion, or 80 percent, from 2008.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-increased-foreign-aid-80-spent-76-more-foreign-aid-border-security

29 posted on 02/22/2013 2:04:55 PM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: SeekAndFind

I think they forgot the $2 billion per year for Obamaphones.


30 posted on 02/22/2013 9:50:18 PM PST by Mack the knife
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