Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 15)(Conspirator Part 8)

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 10pm CST on April 20, 2011.

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:

Homeland Security

$2,700

Eliminate most homeland security grants to states and allow states to finance their own programs.
  • Eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse. Taxpayers will never trust the federal government to reform major entitlements if they believe that the savings will go toward “bridges to nowhere,” vacant government buildings, and Grateful Dead archives.[5]
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    Robert Redford

    I went to see the movie “The Conspirator” the other night and I really enjoyed it. Since then I have been digging up facts about the trial and the people involved in the trial.

    Richard Roeper reviews The Conspirator

    Review of “The Conspirator” from the Huffington Post:

    As he did with Lions for Lambs, Robert Redford uses The Conspirator to construct a conscience-pricking drama that tells one story while commenting (not all that obliquely) on something else.

    In the case of Lions for Lambs, it was the rush to war in Iraq, for reasons that were murky at best, outright lies at worst.

    The Conspirator has a comparable “ripped from the headlines” feel. In this case, it’s the situation at Guantanamo Bay and the recent crumbling by the Obama administration on the issue of military tribunals for suspected terrorists, rather than a trial by jury in a civilian court.

    What’s amazing is the way the James Solomon’s script – about the trial of a boarding-house owner for her part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln – captures the kind of us-vs.-them, might-makes-right approach that seemed to dominate the discourse from the Bush administration after 9/11. In this case, it’s that sense of incipient post-war panic after Lincoln is murdered: We have to crack down RIGHT NOW or all hell is going to break loose.

    So, yeah, let’s suspend the inconvenient parts of the Constitution. Then let’s rush to judgment so we can have closure.

    In this story, the one gnashing his teeth for blood and not worried about the niceties – is U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline). He leaps into action after Lincoln is shot, rounding up all the conspirators – and casting his net wide enough to include Mary Surratt (Robin Wright), whose son was involved with Booth’s plot, which was planned at her boarding house.

    But was Mary Surratt herself complicit? Theoretically, that should be the job of a prosecutor to prove. But Civil War hero Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), an attorney who is drafted to handle Surratt’s defense, discovers that the deck is stacked against her by Stanton, who wants all of the conspirators hanged, buried and forgotten.

    Aiken has no interest in defending her. He is importuned by a friend, Sen. Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) of Maryland, to help in her defense. No matter his feelings about her guilt, Johnson says, she’s entitled to a defense. But the government has made defending her difficult, by having her tried in front of a military tribunal.

    She and her lawyers have no opportunity to discover the evidence against her or interview the witnesses the government will bring into court. The military will try her and she is presumed guilty before she starts.

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