A US Government Shut Down
A US Government shut down
government agenciesA US Government shut down was avoided when the Senate voted on 3/2/11 to cut $4 billion in spending and to extend funding for 2 weeks to keep the US Government functioning. The house passed an extension resolution to fund the government on Monday.
The Republican House of Representatives working on the past due 2011 budget are planning to cut at least $ 61 billion out of the 2011 budget. The Senate under the leadership of Senator Reid has not been able to come to an agreement with the House’s plans to make the budget cuts presented by Speaker Boehner
Recently the GAO presented a report that pointed out waste in the US government. Many government agencies provide similar services that could be centralized to save the government money. It was estimated that up to $200 billion could be saved for the taxpayers by consolidating the services to a central agency
. Oklahoma Senator Coburn appeared on a major news program and stated that $100 billion could be saved to reduce the deficits right now. The size of government has increased 20% since the BarakObama Administration took office in 2009. Almost 200 new agencies have been created by President Obama increasing the yearly spending to $1+ Billion in deficits.
The President is requesting Congress to raise the National Debt limits again because the US government will be approaching the $14 trillion limit in April/May. Congress has raised the limits 2 times since 2009 when President Obama took office. The CBO projected that the 2011 spending deficit will be $1.5 trillion.
Newly elected members of Congress, supported by the tea party are committed to cut spending and make major changes as to how Congress approaches reducing the National Debt.
The Obama administration, with a super majority Democrat Congress, passed legislation without the need for Republican approval. The election of Senator Brown who replaced Senator Kennedy, who passed away, broke the super majority control of the balance in the Senate. The Democrats received votes from 3 Republican Senators to break any filibuster that the minority party attempted.
Today the Government controls 60% of the economy because of President Obama’s efforts in directing his party’s vision to change the way America governs. The Obama accomplishments include Healthcare Reform , the takeover of the Student Loan industry, legislation of the Banking Industry and a bailout of the Auto Industry.
The 2009, $727 billion now $825 billion Stimulus Jobs Bill was pushed thru Congress in order to provide jobs, stimulate the economy, reduce unemployment and to support ‘’shovel ready jobs‘’.
President Barak Obama recently admitted to the New York Times that there were no ’’shovel ready jobs’’ as he had announced. The public was told that accounting to where the funds would be spent could be found on recovery. gov website. The news media discovered that funds were sent to districts that didn’t exist. The waste of funds were exposed but action to correctthe problems were not resolved.
The recent events in the middle east is of concern to the Administration and Congress. The fragile recovery in the US now in progress will surely be effected. Rising oil prices in the world and at home need to be observed very closely. Some members of Congress are calling for the US government to release some of the federal reserve oil in an attempt to lower rising gasoline prices at the pump.
The Obama Administration moratorium on oil drilling, shortly after the BP oil incident in march 2010 , resulted in many of the oil rigs leaving US waters for Brazil and other places. With the rigs leaving, the loss of the jobs did not help the economy. The gulf states businesses have literally been destroyed, many going bankrupt. The handling of the BP oil disaster by the Obama Administration was questioned and critized by many of the gulf states governors.
The Obama Administration disregarded a federal judge’s order to lift the moratorium on 2 occasions. The refusal to release permits also hindered the production of American oil supplies. After 314 days , the administration released the first permit to drill since the BP oil spill. It was issued for a company to drill in 6000 feet deep water, surely more expensive than drilling in off shore shallow water. Congress is urging the administration to release 4 more permits to drill for gas and oil.
Kenneth Salazar appeared before a Senate committee and replied that the permit applications are in review. Oil prices reached $100 a barrel in the market. Gas prices are skyrocketing to $3.50 a gallon. Food prices are rising at an alarming rate, recent weather in the country has effected the food chain.
A disaster is coming to our economy if the government doesn’t take swift bold action. Can our elected officials in Washington and our Government be blind and deaf as to what is occurring in our country and the world. Do we have an inept and irresponsible group of idiots running the government?
Wake up America, let your voices be heard. Many places in the world protesters are on the march. Could it ever happen in the USA that organized groups of radicals and unions could destabilize the US government? There are members in Congress that their actions could be questioned as to the direction that our country is taking. Let’s be vigilant and seek the truth from our government and make our elected officials be accountable for their actions.
Your author Jon Ewall
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