Washington Establishment and Business as Usual

Yesterday, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, traditionally viewed as a Republican leaning organization, came out in strong support of raising the debt limit.  He characterized efforts to make substantial and immediate cuts in spending as “a lot of political carrying on.”

Americans across the political spectrum disagree with the Chamber’s approach.  According to a Reuters poll, 71% of Americans oppose raising the debt limit.  Their apprehension is understandable.  For too long, we’ve given lawmakers a blank check, a limitless credit card to be paid off by our children.

Any increase in the debt limit should be accompanied by immediate and substantial cuts in spending.  The Heritage Foundation has identified $343 billion in cuts that lawmakers should seriously consider.  A few examples:

  • $500 million – Better enforce eligibility requirements for food stamps.
  • $1.7 billion – Reduce National Science Foundation funding to 2008 levels.
  • $1.9 billion – Privatize Amtrak.
  • $2 billion – Ban project labor agreements on all federally funded construction projects.

The list goes on, and on.  Americans are looking for bold leadership, not business as usual from the Washington Establishment.

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2 thoughts on “Washington Establishment and Business as Usual

  1. Hey heres one that will solve most of the debt problems.
    1. With-draw totally from Afghanistan and Iraq and pull all funding for the two wars. Savings 1.2 Trillion Dollars.
    2. Cut the military budget to 150 Billion a year and no allowance for emergency spending. That 150 also includes Black Box projects. Projected savings from 800+ billion to 12 trillion (depending upon if the rumors are true on how much is spent in secret on Black Box projects)

    Doing this would mean we do not need to cut Food Stamps or help to the elderly and poor.

    nuff said and common sense. We do not need to be the worlds police man. And China, who has the 2nd largest military compaired to ours spends only 80 Billion on their military (Wikipedia). No one else spends anywhere close to the 900 billion on our bloated Military industrial complex machine (Eisenhower 1961) than the USA does.

    Cut the military, save money. Nuff Said.

  2. Hey heres one that will solve most of the debt problems.
    1. With-draw totally from Afghanistan and Iraq and pull all funding for the two wars. Savings 1.2 Trillion Dollars.
    2. Cut the military budget to 150 Billion a year and no allowance for emergency spending. That 150 also includes Black Box projects. Projected savings from 800+ billion to 12 trillion (depending upon if the rumors are true on how much is spent in secret on Black Box projects)

    Doing this would mean we do not need to cut Food Stamps or help to the elderly and poor.

    nuff said and common sense. We do not need to be the worlds police man. And China, who has the 2nd largest military compaired to ours spends only 80 Billion on their military (Wikipedia). No one else spends anywhere close to the 900 billion on our bloated Military industrial complex machine (Eisenhower 1961) than the USA does.

    Cut the military, save money. Nuff Said.

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