Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 8)(Randy Goodrum, Famous Arkansan Pt A)

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 8:15 am CST on April 11, 2011.

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:

This may be our one moment in history for greatness.  And I sincerely hope that we rise to the challenge because I believe the future of the republic depends on it.

I do agree that we must “rise to the challenge” because “the future of the republic depends on it.” However, just cutting less than 2% is not rising to the challenge.

Last year when the Democrats had overwhelming majorities, they decided to skip putting in a budget. Actually 1974 was the last time that had happened. Why were they not rising to the occasion last year? I believe it was because they were busy trying to shove all their liberal agenda down our throat before they lost control once they realized in January of 2010 (with Scott Brown’s victory) that the people were against their policies. They knew that in November they would lose control and they spent every waking moment shoving their bills through and never once took time to pass a budget.

I remember reading the article “Shock defeat forces Obama to rethink healthcare reforms, President looks for core elements that appeal to both parties, after admitting frustration led to loss of solid Senate seat,” Jan 20, 2010. I really did wonder if he would back off or forge on and of course he forged on recklessly.

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.

There’s much more, a confusing and wasteful mix of other departments, independent agencies, and commissions. In the main they are unnecessary, duplicative, bloated, or all three. They are nothing that a legislative buzz-saw would not solve. Along with them should go excessive congressional staff. Legislators need resources to oversee the government. But if Congress was no longer attempting to run America and the world, legislators would need far fewer employees.
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Rather than view a government shutdown as an unfortunate necessity to wring spending concessions, closure should be seen as good policy. Not every department and bureau should stay shuttered, but many agencies should be permanently shut. It is necessary to think the unthinkable in Washington. With Uncle Sam facing his largest deficit ever, we must begin eliminating programs now.

In my past posts I could have been accused of giving just general ideas of where to cut. Now I am starting in with specifics that are taken from the article “How to cut $343 Billion from the federal budget,” by Brian Riedl, Heritage Foundation, October 28, 2010(Spending cuts in millions of dollars:

 

 

Agriculture
 

 

$15,000

 

 

Replace farm subsidies with Farmer Savings Accounts and improved crop insurance.
 

 

$2,033

 

 

Eliminate the Foreign Agriculture Service.
 

 

$1,500

 

 

Merge all four agriculture outreach and research agencies and cut their budget in half.
 

 

$1,000

 

 

Fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service with user fees.

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Song writer legend Randy Goodrum performs his composition, “Sad To Belong To Someone Else” made popular by England Dan & John Ford Coley.

Randy Goodrum

Inducted in 1996

(b. 1947) – Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this Grammy award winner is considered to be one of the best adult contemporary music songwriters and producers. Goodrum has penned hits in all areas of music-pop, rock, a/c, r&b and country. Some of his best-known hits include “You Needed Me” recorded by Anne Murray, “Foolish Heart,” “Oh Sherrie,” and “Bluer Than Blue.” He has had songs recorded by such stars as Ray Charles, Phoebe Snow, Judy Collins, Helen Reddy, The Commodores, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, Jefferson Starship, England Dan and John Ford Coley who made a hit of Goodrum’s “It’s Sad to Belong (to Someone Else) When the Right One Comes Along,” and Tricia Yearwood among others. He has produced for the likes of Michael Bolton, Chet Atkins, and Olivia Newton-John. www.randygoodrum.com

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I have another state lawmaker below:

Jon Eubanks State Representative District 84.

Jon  and his values

Jon and his wife, Janet, bought their poultry and cattle farm near Paris, Ark., in the fall of 1976 and still live on and operate that farm, having bought additional acreage over the years.  They have raised four children – Chris, Nick, Stacy and Andrew. They also have three grandchildren. In the mid-’80s, while running the farm, he went back to college at Arkansas Tech and completed his accounting degree, graduating with honors in 1990 and passing the CPA exam.  Jon has eight years experience working as a certified public accountant. However, farming is his career preference.

Jon has been actively involved in education, youth groups and agriculture throughout his life. He is a former school board member in the Paris School District. While serving on the Paris School Board he was able to secure the donation of used computers from IBM to set up a computer lab for the school. He has been actively involved as a volunteer for local Boy Scout Troops and as a coach for youth baseball teams. He is a past president and board member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Paris. Jon currently serves on the board of directors of the North Logan County Farm Bureau and served a three- year term as its president.

Jon and Janet’s emphasis on hard work, education and conservative values can be seen in their children. Chris graduated from the University of Arkansas and is a Southeast U.S. forage agronomist and sales manager for Land O’Lakes. Nick attended Texas Tech University before taking a job for a landscape contractor and now manages a landscaping crew and also owns a lawn care company in Texas. Stacy recently graduated with a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas and works in New York. Andrew will begin his junior year at the United States Naval Academy this fall.

Jon is a strong supporter of the following issues: traditional marriage, pro-life, gun rights, tax relief for working families, improving education, fiscal responsibility, and reducing the size and spending of government.

 

Over the past few years, Jon has maintained a cattle herd of about 200-250 cows.

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