Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 140)

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 and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

On May 11, 2011,  I emailed to this above address and I got this email back from Senator Pryor’s office:

Please note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns. If you would like a specific reply to your message, please visit This system ensures that I will continue to keep Arkansas First by allowing me to better organize the thousands of emails I get from Arkansans each week and ensuring that I have all the information I need to respond to your particular communication in timely manner.  I appreciate you writing. I always welcome your input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you in the future.

Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself:

GUIDELINE #7: Consolidate duplicative and contradictory programs.
Government’s layering of new programs on top of old ones inherently creates duplication. Having several agencies perform similar duties is wasteful and confuses program beneficiaries who must navigate each program’s distinct rules and requirements.
Some overlap is inevitable because some agencies are defined by whom they serve (e.g., veterans, Native Americans, urbanites, and rural families), while others are defined by what they provide (e.g., housing, education, health care, and economic development). When these agencies’ constituencies overlap, as in veterans housing or rural economic development, each relevant agency will often have its own program. With 342 separate economic development programs, the federal government needs to make consolidation a priority

This is how bad it is getting:

  • From 1989 through 2008, annual budget deficits averaged $210 billion (adjusted for inflation).
  • President Bush handed President Obama a $1.2 trillion deficit for 2009. Obama added more than $200 billion to it.
  • President Bush’s budget deficits averaged $447 billion. President Obama’s budget shows average deficits of $851 billion over the eight years he would serve if he wins a second term.
  • President Obama’s budget would double the publicly held national debt by 2020.
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  • John Balzer  On March 27, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I visited the retirepryor website and it gives you an idea that Pryor has been too busy with other matters to answer your emails. He is keeping his wife busy too periodically traveling to the Cayman Islands. Millions of their personal assets have disappeared off the books. Do you think they might be in an offshore account? Pryor’s senatorial activity has been limited to showboating public relations fluff and there is little really done to help the state. It’s time for the people of Arkansas to demand an end to this type of political corruption.

  • Everette Hatcher III  On March 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I personally hold Senator Pryor’s ethics in high regard. I think he is wrong on many of his views and I have tried to argue the case for limited government. For instance, his opposition to the Balanced Budget Amendment is based on his loyalty to the Democratic bosses and not on good logic. He votes conservative whenever he gets a chance to if he knows his vote will be on the losing side. This again is a demonstration of his weakness to vote with his Democratic bosses whenever they need a crucial vote from him. However, I have not seen anything that proves the type of accusations that you have made.

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