America is at a tipping point. Federal spending now exceeds tax revenues by $1.6 trillion a year. That means 40 percent of what Washington spends is borrowed. Washington must make drastic budget cuts now to preserve our freedom and prosperity.
The current debate over the debt limit and the 2012 budget gives conservatives an opportunity to make the case for restraining the debt—and for real cuts in federal spending.
Although many Washington politicians may be afraid to cut, you don’t have to be! Choose a cut to each of the following five wasteful federal departments or programs, and we will share responses with lawmakers and urge them to take control of federal spending before it’s too late:
Annual budget: $121 billion
Summary: Since the department’s creation in 1979, trillions of tax dollars have yielded declining test scores as American education has fallen behind many other countries. One expert recently testified: “It now costs three times as much to provide essentially the same education as we provided in 1970.” The more we spend, the less we get.
2012 budget: $5 billion
Summary: In the next decade, Obamacare adds $1 trillion in new health care spending, which will balloon the federal deficit by $500 billion and produce a crushing tax burden. But even after one year, Obamacare is already cited responsible for increases in insurance premiums, dropped coverage, and job loss.
Amount budgeted: $827 billion total
Summary: The stimulus not only didn’t reduce unemployment, as the President and Congress promised, but much of the money is being wasted. One project spent $500,000 and didn’t even create two jobs! Much of the money remains unspent—which means it can still be cut!
Annual budget for welfare and entitlements: More than $2 trillion
Summary: Washington bureaucracies are filled with preventable fraud, error, and theft. Example: Each year, 22 million Americans receive checks of up to $4,700 through the Earned Income Tax Credit, and almost one-third of these claims are fraudulent. Ten thousand or more dead people also received “stimulus” checks from Social Security. Medicare inefficiencies and fraud are even worse.
Amount budgeted: $244 billion
Summary: Federal workers average 30 to 40 percent more in salaries and wages than equivalently skilled workers in the private sector and they receive roughly three times the basic benefits, more job security, repayment of student loans, and more days off.
Submit your proposed savings on these five programs to The Heritage Foundation, and we will share it with members of Congress! Your input will support our case for cuts in other programs.
In addition, we will e-mail you a copy of your answers so you can share them with friends—and invite them to submit their cuts to Washington.
Together, we can speak with a bigger voice!
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Cut it all! All we need is defense the rest if it can be eliminated!
I would vote for something closer to the reverse of this.
Of course... libs just want to be happy and enjoy life but they can't unless they can have a government that takes what they want from someone else and gives it to them... yes THAT'S freedom according to libs!
As much as it might annoy you, we are in a democracy.
Democracy doesn't mean wealth redistribution. As much as it annoys the libs we have a constitution.
If the people vote for it, that's exactly what it means.
The constitution protects us from the tyranny of the majority... we're a republic not a democracy. Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.
If taxes were legally considered tyranny we would not be paying them right now.
Democracy has its flaws but looking after the weak, ill, impoverished, elderly and disadvantaged doesn't strike me as one of them.
I guess you have to live with that just like I live with bloated and wasteful military spending.
No one is against paying taxes or even a safety net for the poor. What we've created are unsustainable entitlements that we can't afford and if they aren't fixed NOW will bankrupt the nation leaving us with NOTHING, no safety net no help for the poor no military no government and no freedom! Is this what the libs are fighting for???
You libs really need to look at our problems objectively and stop pretending we can continue on without consequences!
What bankrupts the nation is deregulation, subsidizing corporations to not pay taxes and ship jobs overseas, and massive defense entitlements. And, actually...you are definitely one who is against paying any taxes and any kind of safety net for the poor, personally...you.
"Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner."
Heritage Foundation - can you get an more right-wing pro-Israel than that. Of course no mention of military spending. How could anybody guess? Who is who?
by preacherdon4 years ago
Let's go back to our pre-1940 ways and end government entitlements to all, except children. Let's end AFDC, TANIF, and Food Stamps. Let's tighten up on disability claims and child support. Make people work again for...
by Alexander A. Villarasa3 years ago
The close to $450 million website, and the chaotic rollout of ObamaCare only re-enforces the now common perception that the president's major domestic governmental intervention is a massive failure. And that's...
by SparklingJewel5 years ago
...within his first three years as presidenthopefully they will run the numbers and see if it is so...http://www.politico.com/news/stories/10 … z1b2aMmbbo
by Petra Vlah4 years ago
Through our working years we all paid for Social Security and Medicare, so why are they considered entitlements when in fact we contributed our own money into the system?
by Susan Reid4 years ago
The Gish Gallup. Who knew?http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/0 … ish-Gallop
by Barbara Kay Badder6 years ago
I'm curious what everyone thinks of the cuts planned to lower the deficit. In my opinion they are aiming them all at the elderly and poor. What does everyone else think?
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