Cut Here, Here and Here

When I hear speakers say: “The American people………,” my hair stands on end. I know that this classification does not define me if the speaker does not represent my views even though I am an American person. Most of us know that to make budget cuts, funds have to be available to budget in the first place. In order to cut a budget, there has to be an amount that can be divided, or reduced. If we refer to “entitlement” spending in the budget, that would refer to funds provided for Medicaid, social security and housing assistance. Recipients of this type of aid cannot provide this support for themselves. These American citizens have done everything possible to live within their means, but their “means” are depleted. Realistically, budget cuts must be made from where there are actual resources, choices and options. To make effective, fiscally responsible and humane budget cuts; reductions must be taken where there are significant expenditures and the consequences of eliminating the expenditures does not increase human suffering, or national stability. Three significant areas where serious savings can be made are: 1. the defense budget. 2. The elimination of automatic weapons available for civilian use. 3. Reducing the population in the prison system. Changing our management of these issues would redirect massive amounts of funds

The Pentagon has produced a budget plan that would cut almost $500 billion in spending over the next ten years. These cuts include eliminating many ground troops, reducing air squadrons and moth balling ships. This is achieved by creating a smaller and more agile force with a different strategic focus. These recommended cuts have come directly from the Pentagon which has determined that it can manage with these cuts. Any arguments about national security should be countered by arguments that our nation’s fiscal crisis threatens our national security.

Firearms are the second leading cause of injury death in the United States. How much could be saved in medical costs (many of which are borne by the taxpayer)? Many shooting victims have no health insurance. If shooting victims survive, they may never return to a productive state where they can support their family, or themselves. In addition to the extreme cost of treating gunshot wounds, first responders and medical providers are giving attention to gunshot victims and other medical needs are given lower priorities.

Why are we spending so much money imprisoning people who are not a threat to the public at large? Why can’t these prisoners be out of prison at their own expense? It has been said that prison reform could save as much as $68 billion dollars per year.

Money has to be spent before it can be produced. The middle class includes lower, middle and upper middle class people. A nation is made strong or weak by its middle class. The middle class takes care of a nation; it does the hard work, pays most of the taxes and produces the wealth. Whatever our leadership does, the decisions must be driven by the needs of lower, middle, and upper middle class people for the benefit of everyone.

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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

A comment on your no. 3 suggestion. I don't have time to look up the statistics right now, but how many inmates are behind bars on drug-related charges? I think we are fighting an uphill battle against drugs. We have more drug addicts now than we ever did before we made them illegal. I think we should start by legalizing marijuana and proceed from there. I wonder how many prisoners we could release by just decriminalizing marijuana and making the laws retroactive. Give the hard-core drug addicts prescriptions for cheap drugs If the drugs are treated like medicine rather than forbidden fruit I don't believe they would be as tempting. I think it would cut down on new drug users because it isn't nearly as glamorous to go to a pharmacy as it is to buy from the guy on the corner. Of course, there will always be some drug addicts, just like there will always be alcoholics. I hope more people start writing about practical solutions to our problems just as you did. Thanks. Keep up the good work.


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Our prisons are full of people who have a dependency problem as opposed to a hard criminal problem. We need to stop it already with the power struggles and solve our problems in a practical and compassionate way.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

We are so much on the same page. Why must we have our troops stationed around the world? Taxing the very wealthy is a start, releasing nonviolent prisoners would save the tax payer millions, and so much more like making gun control a priority. Thank you for sharing..


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Isn't it good to know our situation is not hopeless?


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teaches12345 3 years ago

That is a large portion dedicated to defense! Well, this is very educational and this year will be one of interest, hopefully we can all benefit from options as those you list.


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

At least moving in that direction will make a difference. Thanks for the comment!


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junko 3 years ago

Defense spending can and should be cut because no nation could stand against the weapons of mass destruction in America's arsenal. Since the war to end all wars ended America has not been involved in any wars accept police actions with no clear cut victories. No Nation can, will, are desire to engage in a conventional war with America, because we have too many buttons to push. If we don't attack and occupy another country in the middle or far east for two or three years, we can cut 10 to 15% a year from the defense budget. Nobody in the world or America will go hunger or die because of cuts in defense spending. Cuts in social spending can and will be a killer in America.


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Junko!

Very profound comments. Thanks for the feedback.


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jo miller 3 years ago from Tennessee

I once heard a man who was incarcerated for bank robbery addressing a group of citizens about the benefits of community service for prisoners. He mentioned the high costs of incarceration--$20,000 per year per inmate at that time in our state. "If y'all had just given me that $20,000," he told us, "I wouldn't had to rob a bank."

I don't know how this relates to your hub, but I thought about it when reading it and just wanted to share.


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL, I love that comment! BTW, I read your comment in my hub about the south. I would love to attend the conference on Southern Literature. Some of it I like very much. Sadly, I am hovering between lower middle class and middle class, and a conference is a little "rich for my blood" right now.

Its always nice to read your comments.


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What an intelligent budget suggestion that is. I can't imagine why you went from Nothern Calif to North Carolina, but will read your hub about positive things about the South. I am from TX originally and would not go back under penalty of death. Maybe you are in a more liberal part of the South ( I hope). Loved your comment about Reagan, what a joke he was as an actor and even worse joke as a Gov and (for God's sake) even President.


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Anne Pettit 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

My reasons for moving to the South were personal. I wanted to be near family members. I will never know if my decision was for the best.

I am regularly confounded at the credit given Ronald Reagan as some sort of "Super President." It is good to see comments of people who understand the long term impact of his popular, but destructive policies.

Very nice to meet you.

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