Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Brummett questions Pryor’s pledge to cut spending)(Part 30)(Royal Wedding Part 17)

A car lies overturns and buildings destroyed ...

Car lies overturns and buildings destroyed

A car lies overturns and buildings destroyed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2011. A wave of severe storms laced with tornadoes strafed the South on Wednesday; buildings across swaths of the university town were damaged or destroyed

The Associated Press reported:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern U.S. states jumped to a staggering 178 Thursday after Alabama canvassed its hard-hit counties for a new tally of lives lost.

Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 128 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier.

“We expect that toll, unfortunately, to rise,” Gov. Robert Bentley told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to six from one. Another 11 have been killed in Georgia and one in Virginia.

The fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi.

One of the hardest-hit areas was Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama. The city’s police and other emergency services were devastated, the mayor said, and at least 15 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital.

April 27, 2011 Close Range Mississippi Tornado!

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 7:26 am CST on April 28, 2011.

Is Mark Pryor sincere in his pledge to cut wasteful spending? John Brummett suggests he is not. I am hopeful that he is.

John Brummett in his article “Pryor’s words drift in gentle breeze,” Arkansas News Bureau, April 24, 2011 asserted:

By offering the momentary illusion of substance, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor gave a vintage performance the other day at the Political Animals Club.

The first report I came across declared that Pryor had said he would not vote to raise the federal government’s debt ceiling unless that action was accompanied by real and significant spending cuts.

That sounded like the senator only to a limited extent, that being the extent to which he often propounds as much like a Republican as a Democrat and can be flat wrong…

But this pronouncement didn’t sound like the senator in another respect, that being the one by which he appeared to be making a boldly declarative statement (even if wrong). Pryor’s style is the aforementioned momentary illusion of substance, meaning a statement that sounds real as the sound waves reach your ears, only then to drift away with the gentle breeze.

Indeed, the next report I came across clarified the matter. Pryor had not declared that he would insist on real and meaningful spending cuts before he voted to raise the debt ceiling. He had declared only that he would insist on a real and meaningful “commitment” to debt reduction.

Commitment is not an empirical thing. It is of the heart, mind and soul, thus not visible to the naked eye. Pryor was not making his debt-limit vote contingent on actual reductions in spending. He was making the vote contingent on reading the minds of his colleagues.

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:

  • Washington spends $60,000 per hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops in front of national landmarks.
  • Congress has ignored efficiency recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that would save $9 billion annually.
  • Taxpayers are funding paintings of high-ranking government officials at a cost of up to $50,000 apiece.
  • The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.
  • Suburban families are receiving large farm subsidies for the grass in their backyards—subsidies that many of these families never requested and do not want.
  • Homeland Security employee purchases include 63-inch plasma TVs, iPods, and $230 for a beer brewing kit.
  • The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.
  • Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use.
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  • 2010

    With glossy waves and a rosy glow, Middleton announced her engagement to Prince William._______________________________________________________tvnewsblog.tkPrince William has spoken of his and fiancee Kate Middleton’s happiness, as the newly-engaged couple faced the cameras for the first time.The couple, both 28, will marry next spring or summer after he proposed while on holiday in Kenya in October.

    In: Joss Stone

    Joss Stone also made the cut—the English soul singer and songwriter performed at a memorial concert held at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007, in honor of what would have been the late Princess of Wales’ 46th birthday. “We wanted to have this big concert full of energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted,” said Prince William, who organized the event with his brother, Harry. The memorial concert was followed by a church service on August 31, the 10th anniversary of Diana’s death.

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    Kate Middleton during a visit to Witton Country Park in Darwen, northwest England, on April 11, 2011.

    CBS News’ royal contributor Victoria Arbiter gave Russ Mitchell a look into Prince William and Kate Middleton’s to do list as their royal wedding approaches.

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