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.