Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 28)(Royal Wedding Part 13)

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

Bradley R. Gitz wrote an excellent article about lawmakers that are not taking the debt serious. Here is a portion of the article “Heads in the sand,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, April 24, 2011:

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    When Ryan put forth his long-term budget proposals, there was still some hope that the other side would join the conversation by offering its own plan. What the president offered instead in his recent speech at George Washington University was a shameless campaign document accusing the GOP of wanting to throw granny into the snow and starve little kids. 
    Ryan and Republicans had to have known this was coming. After all, by presenting a clear plan to reduce our gaping deficit and reform our unsustainable entitlement programs, they were striking at the heart of the Democratic empire. Democrats don’t do budget cuts and they don’t do tax reform, even if both have become necessary for the very survival of the welfare state they cherish. 
    Apart from the inherent ideological revulsion on the left to any reform that entails government spending less than before are also the consequences of dashed expectations. When Barack Obama was elected president, the assumption was that he would dramatically expand the role and size of government by creating a third installment of the New Deal (LBJ’s Great Society in the 1960s having been the second). There was no talk of reforming entitlements or of the structural insolvency of already existing social programs; rather, the focus was almost entirely upon all those new “investments” that would flesh out a new progressive era of American governance. 

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    Free-lance columnist Bradley R. Gitz, who lives and teaches in Batesville, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois.

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 9:16 am CST on April 27, 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:

  • A GAO audit found that 95 Pentagon weapons systems suffered from a combined $295 billion in cost overruns.
  • The refusal of many federal employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually in flight upgrades.
  • Washington spent $126 million in 2009 on projects associated with the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts. Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D–MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010 defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
  • The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes.
  • The Federal Communications Commission spent $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR driver David Gilliland.
  • Members of Congress have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars supplying their offices with popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners, camcorders, and signature machines—plus $24,730 leasing a Lexus, $1,434 on a digital camera, and $84,000 on personalized calendars.
  • More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for.
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  • Britain’s Prince William and Prince Harry talked about their potential future roles in the Royal Air Force. (June 18)
     
    Kate Middleton arrives at City Hall on March 8, 2011, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

     
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    Prince William gives a rare interview. Prince William of Wales (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21st June 1982), KG, is the elder son of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As such, he is second in the line of succession to 16 independent states, although he is resident and most directly involved with the United Kingdom, the oldest realm. PUBLIC COMAIN News item
     
    Britain’s Prince William watches, as Kate Middleton flips a pancake at a display by the charity Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children, outside the City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, March 8, 2011.

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    He was interviewed by Alice, a ten year old cancer patient
    Kate Middleton, fiancee of Britain’s Prince William, meets the public after a visit to Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 8, 2011.

     
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