Memo to Washington, Where to start making cuts!

I got this from a post that someone put on townhall.com and thought it was worth posting here on the blog. Stan who and where ever you are, I love it!

Agriculture
Replace farm subsidies with Farmer Savings Accounts and improved crop insurance.
Eliminate the Foreign Agriculture Service.
Merge all four agriculture outreach and research agencies and cut their budget in half.
Fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service with user fees.

Commerce
Eliminate business subsidies from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Community Development
Eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program.
Eliminate the Rural Utilities Service.
Eliminate the Economic Development Administration.
Eliminate Neighbor Works America (formerly the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation).
Consolidate the Rural Housing and Development Programs and convert them into block grants.
Eliminate the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Eliminate the Denali Commission.
Eliminate the Minority Development Business Agency.
Eliminate the Delta Regional Authority.

Education
Return Pell Grants to their 2009 funding level of 24 billion, which is still double the 2007 level.
Trim Head Start by 2 billion and convert it into vouchers.
Scale back the Education Department bureaucracy.
Eliminate dozens of small and duplicative education grants.
Eliminate state grants for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities.

Energy and the Environment
Reduce energy subsidies for commercialization and some research activities.
Block grant and devolve Environmental Protection Agency grant programs.
Restructure the Power Marketing Administrations to charge market-based rates.
Eliminate the Science to Achieve Results Program.

Government Reform
Halve federal program payment errors by 2012, especially by reducing Medicare errors and earned income tax credit errors.
Tighten oversight by spending 5 billion on new resources, such as updated computer systems, and then recover 49 billion in payment errors.
Rescind unobligated balances after 36 months.
Halve the 25 billion spent to maintain vacant federal properties.
Cut the federal employee travel budget to 4 billion (half of FY 2000 spending).
Freeze federal pay until it can be reformed.
Suspend acquisition of federal office space.
Trim the federal vehicle fleet by 20 percent (a reduction of 100,000 vehicles).
Cut the House and Senate budgets back to the 2008 level of 2.2 billion.
Eliminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund.
Tighten controls on federal employee credit cards and cut down on delinquencies.
Require federal employees to fly coach on domestic flights.

Health Care
Reform Medigap.
Repeal Obamacare (larger savings in later years).
Require Medicare home health co-payments.
Eliminate the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.
Eliminate Health Professions grants.
Eliminate Title X Family Planning.
Eliminate the National Health Service Corps.
Repeal Rural Health Outreach and Flexibility grants.

Homeland Security
Eliminate most homeland security grants to states and allow states to finance their own programs.

Income Security
Better enforce eligibility requirements for food stamps.

Interior
Open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to leasing.
(The savings are leasing revenues, which are classified as negative spending in the federal budget.)
Suspend federal land purchases.

International
Eliminate the Development Assistance Program.
Eliminate the State Department’s education and cultural exchange programs.
Eliminate the International Trade Administration’s trade promotion activities or charge the beneficiaries.
Eliminate the Democracy Fund.
Eliminate the International Trade Commission and transfer oversight of intellectual property rights to the Treasury Department.
Eliminate the Trade and Development Agency.
Eliminate the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
Eliminate the East–West Center.
Eliminate the United States Institute of Peace.
Eliminate the Japan–United States Friendship Commission.

Justice
Eliminate all Justice Department grants except those from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Institute of Justice,
thereby empowering states to finance their own justice programs.
Eliminate the Legal Services Corporation.
Eliminate the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service.
Eliminate the duplicative Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Reduce funding for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division by 20 percent
because of its policy against race-neutral enforcement of the law.
Eliminate the State Justice Institute.

Labor
Eliminate failed federal job training programs.
Eliminate the ineffective Job Corps.
Eliminate the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

National Science Foundation
Reduce National Science Foundation funding to 2008 levels.
Eliminate National Science Foundation spending on elementary and secondary education.

Transportation
Devolve the federal highway program and most transit spending to the states.
Privatize Amtrak.
Eliminate grants to large and medium-sized hub airports.
Eliminate the Maritime Administration.
Eliminate the Essential Air Service Program.

Treasury
Eliminate the additional child refundable credit.
Eliminate the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Veterans
Cap increases in Department of Veterans Affairs health care spending.
Reduce Veterans’ Disability Compensation to account for Social Security Disability Insurance payments.

Cross-Agency and Other
Repeal unspent stimulus spending.
Switch to using the “Superlative CPI” in funding calculations.
Repeal the Davis–Bacon Act.
Eliminate Federal Communications Commission funding for school Internet service.
Ban project labor agreements on all federally funded construction projects.
Eliminate the Small Business Administration, which unnecessarily intervenes in free markets.
Eliminate the National Community Service programs, such as AmeriCorps.
Eliminate the Institute of Museum Services and Library Services.
Eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.
Eliminate Army Corps of Engineers funding for beach replenishment projects.
Eliminate the Commission of Fine Arts.
Eliminate the National Capital Planning Commission.
Eliminate the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

I would hope people would forward this list to your Senators and House members to give them a place to start making those cuts.

Liberty’s Warrior

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4 Responses to Memo to Washington, Where to start making cuts!

  1. lisa says:

    Advocating across the board cuts of funding and programs without knowing how they will affect most people in the country is irresponsible. Go figure you’re from Arizona.

    • blained13 says:

      You are right that they are going to affect people, there is no doubt of this but something needs to be done. The spending has gotten out of control from both republicans and democrats. I’m from Arizona and proud of it!

  2. Robert says:

    In case you’re interested, this is the article you’re plagiarizing: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/how-to-cut-343-billion-from-the-federal-budget

    • blained13 says:

      If you would bother to read the very top of the post, I clearly stated that I got this from someone else. Never said this was my plan, just a good one, if your going to accuse someone of something at least have your facts straight to begin with.

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