Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 25)(Royal Wedding Part 8)

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

Tornado that hit Central Arkansas 4.25.11

We had a tough night with the storms last night. My son and his family came over and we watched the live weather coverage from 5:30pm to 8:30pm last night as tornadoes went through our county (Saline) but most the damage was just past us.

Here is an update from www.Ozarkfirst.com :

Tuesday, April 26 2011
 

(Vilonia, AR) — Emergency officials say five deaths are attributed to severe weather in Arkansas on Monday.

Two people were killed in a violent tornado that hit the Faulkner County town of Vilonia.

Officials are not releasing the names or ages of the victims, but did confirm the two fatalities occurred in two different homes.

According to Stephan Hawks, Public Information Officer for Faulkner County, the storm left a path of destruction approximately 3 miles wide and 15 miles long, and destroyed 14 to 16 homes in Vilonia.

Storm spotters reported the width of the tornado was at least a half-mile wide and sent debris flying into the air.

Three other deaths in the state are a result of flash flooding.

One woman died in Washington County when her vehicle was swept into the Illinois River.

Washington County Sheriff Tim Helder says the victim, Consuelo Santillano of West Fork, attempted to drive her van through high water on Highway 265 when the vehicle stalled.

She reportedly made it out of the vehicle, but was swept into the flood waters.

Her son was a passenger in the vehicle, but escaped without injuries.

Two more deaths were recorded in Madison County, where an elderly couple drowned in War Eagle Creek.

Officials are not releasing the names of the couple who died, but said they were attempting to drive through rushing water covering Highway 23 between Huntsville and Witter when their vehicle was carried away.
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Emergency officials say seven deaths are attributed to severe weather in Arkansas on Monday.

Four people were killed in a violent tornado that hit the Faulkner County town of Vilonia.

Officials are not releasing the names or ages of the victims.

According to Stephan Hawks, Public Information Officer for Faulkner County, the storm left a path of destruction approximately 3 miles wide and 15 miles long, and destroyed 14 to 16 homes in Vilonia.

Storm spotters reported the width of the tornado was at least a half-mile wide and sent debris flying into the air.

John Fund’s speech at Right Nation 2010, the unprecedented gathering of conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Party independents on September 18th just outside Chicago.

Mark Pryor may have seen the light concerning cutting federal spending. Sometime I wonder why the Democrats can not see the light concerning the need to cut spending and attack the huge federal debt. Below is a portion of an article by John Fund of the Wall Street Journal that was published on April 20, 2011:

About That Speech

Mr. Obama’s budget speech makes more sense when one realizes that his sinking poll numbers indicate an erosion in support with his liberal base.

 At first glance, President Obama’s partisan speech last week attacking GOP budget proposals was precisely what an incumbent running for re-election shouldn’t do. It was not a speech designed to appeal to independent voters, a group Mr. Obama has suffered serious erosion with.

But Mr. Obama’s tone makes more sense when one realizes that his sinking poll numbers also indicate an erosion in support with his liberal base. 

Mr. Obama is also hurting with another key element of his coalition: Hispanics. His job approval with them is now only 54% in the latest Gallup poll, down from 73% two years ago. Similarly, voters under the age of 30 give him a tepid 55% approval rating.

Obama strategists thought they had dodged a bullet earlier this year when it became unlikely the president would attract a serious primary opponent like Howard Dean or former Sen. Russ Feingold. But now it’s clear that Mr. Obama has to worry that a dispirited liberal base could stay home in 2012, or that a spoiler third-party candidate could drain votes away from him the way Ralph Nader did with Al Gore in 2000.

Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund speaks to Americans for Prosperity Illinois Part 2



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 6:54 am CST on April 26, 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 “Federal Spending by the numbers, Heritage Foundation, June 1, 2010 by Brian Riedl. He notes:

  • Improper or fraudulent Medicare spending now totals $47 billion annually—12.4 percent of its budget.
  • New York distributed $140 million in stimulus money into the individual accounts of families on welfare, yet neglected to mention it was intended for school supplies. Local ATMs were depleted, and much of the money was reportedly spent on “flat screen TV’s, iPods and video gaming systems” as well as “cigarettes and beer.”
  • Washington will spend $615,175 on an archive honoring the Grateful Dead.
  • Federal employees owe more than $3 billion in income taxes they failed to pay in 2008.
  • Each month, taxpayers provide $40,000 worth of office space, cell phones, staff, and an SUV for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who currently works as a lobbyist for private corporations and foreign governments.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her staff have charged taxpayers $101,000 for “in-flight services”—including food and liquor—during trips on Air Force jets over the last two years. Charges reportedly include “Maker’s Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey’s Irish Crème, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewars scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, and Corona beer.”
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  • Out: Tony and Cherie Blair

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair didn’t get invited, prompting rumors that it was a deliberate snub to the former Labour leader, who clashed with the queen over her handling of Princess Di’s funeral. Cherie, too, would have reason to be snubbed: She refused to curtsy for members of the royal family.

    Katie Nicholl, author of “Behind the Palace Walls” talks to Erica Hill about Kate Middleton, the commoner about to join the royal family.

    2007

    A jaunty brown beret topped off Middleton’s breezy look at the Cheltenham Festival races.

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