Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 5) (Johnny Cash pt D)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself at 10:05 am CST on April 9th. I am on the way out the door to see my 14 yr old son Wilson play a soccer game in Searcy. I know Mark’s kids are about the same age since we taught in the  4 yr old dept Learning Center at church together about 10 yrs ago when our sons were about the same age.

Mark Pryor made some comments on April 6, 2011 on the floor of the U.S.Senate concerning the possible federal government shutdown. I will provide all of his comments in my next few posts. Here is a portion below:

Are we so blind as to not be able to see that we need to put everything on the table, that this is a time for great leadership and sacrifice and we all have to give up something to get this done?

Yes I do agree that everything should be on the table. Our founding fathers did know what “great leadership and sacrifice” was. Senator Pryor brought them up in this speech. However, I just don’t see actions. All I see is the proper words. If someone says they want the federal government to sacrifice like the normal American family is, then THAT MEANS BALANCING THEIR BUDGET!!!! I could not imagine the founding fathers sitting around arguing over  cutting 1 or 2% out of a bloated budget that needs to be balanced immediately. Earlier in Pryor’s speech he talked about the difference between Statesmen and Politicians. I wish we had some more statesmen, but they are hard to come by.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to Ronald Reagan. He has some great insights in his article “It’s time for  a government shutdown,” Forbes, April 4, 2011.

Not much else the federal government does makes much sense. The Agriculture Department is a special interest bureaucracy par excellence, enriching people because they are farmers. Why do the rest of us owe farmers a living? They work hard, but so do most other Americans. Welfare should be for poor people, not influential people. Department buildings should be sold off for condos.

The same principle applies to the Commerce Department. While some bits of the bureaucracy perform legitimate functions (such as conducting a census for legislative apportionment), most of the department’s programs are forms of corporate welfare. American business should make money from customers, not steal money from taxpayers.

The analysis is similar for the Departments of Energy, Housing and Urban Development, and Interior. Most federal subsidies for energy have been the equivalent of flushing money down toilets at the DOE headquarters. Big Oil and little green like their respective subsidies, but taxpayers have gotten no benefits commensurate to their forced generosity.

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Johnny Cash was one of my favorite Famous Arkansans.

June Carter Cash died on May 15, 2003, at the age of seventy-one. June had told Cash to keep working, so he continued to record and even performed a couple of surprise shows at the Carter Family Fold outside Bristol, Virginia. (The July 5, 2003 concert was his final public appearance.) At the June 21, 2003 concert, before singing “Ring of Fire”, Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage. He spoke of how June’s spirit was watching over him and how she had come to visit him before going on stage. He barely made it through the song. Despite his poor health, he spoke of looking forward to the day when he could walk again and toss his wheelchair into the river near his home.

Johnny Cash died less than four months after his wife, on September 12, 2003, while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He was buried next to his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens near his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

One of Johnny Cash’s final collaborations with producer Rick Rubin, entitled American V: A Hundred Highways, was released posthumously on July 4, 2006. The album debuted in the #1 position on Billboard Magazines Top 200 album chart for the week ending July 22, 2006.
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