Dear Senator Pryor, here are some spending cut suggestions (“Thirsty Thursday”, Open letter to Senator Pryor, cartoons included)

Senator Pryor pictured below:

Why do I keep writing and email Senator Pryor suggestions on how to cut our budget? I gave him hundreds of ideas about how to cut spending and as far as I can tell he has taken none of my suggestions. You can find some of my suggestions here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,  here, and  here, and they all were emailed to him. In fact, I have written 13 posts pointing out reasons why I believe Senator Pryor’s re-election attempt will be unsuccessful. HERE I GO AGAIN WITH ANOTHER EMAIL I JUST SENT TO SENATOR PRYOR!!!

Dear Senator Pryor,

Why not pass the Balanced  Budget amendment? As you know that federal deficit is at all time high (1.6 trillion deficit with revenues of 2.2 trillion and spending at 3.8 trillion).

On my blog www.thedailyhatch.org . I took you at your word and sent you over 100 emails with specific spending cut ideas. (Actually there were over 160 emails with specific spending cut suggestions.) However, I did not see any of them in the recent debt deal that Congress adopted although you did respond to me several times. Now I am trying another approach. Every week from now on I will send you an email explaining different reasons why we need the Balanced Budget Amendment. It will appear on my blog on “Thirsty Thursday” because the government is always thirsty for more money to spend. Today I actually have included a great article below from the Heritage Foundation concerning an area of our federal budget that needs to be cut down to size. The funny thing about the Sequester and the 2.4% of cuts in future increases is that President Obama set these up and then he acted like the sky was falling in as the cartoons indicate in the newspapers.

IF YOU TRULY WANT TO CUT THE BUDGET AND BALANCE THE BUDGET THEN SUBMIT THESE POTENTIAL BUDGET CUTS PRESENTED BELOW!!

T. Elliot Gaiser and M. Christian McNally

February 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Rainer Jensen/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom

President Obama is touring the country and campaigning against the spending cuts under sequestration, such as cuts to energy research. The Department of Energy (DOE) itself has claimed that it may have to “curtail vital programs” and furlough employees in light of sequestration.

The Heritage Foundation has already identified wasteful spending and targeted ways in which Congress could scale back the budgets at the Department of Education and Small Business Administration. The situation at the DOE is no different.

The DOE is no stranger to wasteful spending. As Senator Tom Coburn’s (R–OK) Wastebook 2012 reports, the agency:

  • Gave away $100,000 in prize money for a duplicative mobile phone app that had already been developed;
  • Spent $489,000 retrofitting a 73-foot, VIP touring yacht in Los Angeles that regularly hosts Universal Studios’s screenwriters, members of the exclusive Jonathan Club, and dozens of the mayor’s interns; and
  • Sent $15 million to a Russian weapons institute, where it was used contrary to the program’s purpose in recruiting scientists for the weapons institute.

Waste and inefficiencies run deep at the DOE. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) discovered that the agency spends approximately $5 billion on redundant contractor-managed production and testing sites that could be streamlined to yield significant savings. The GAO also found 90—count them, 90—separate initiatives focused on “green” building that it recommended the agency consolidate.

Congress and the President have also squandered taxpayer dollars through so-called investments in green energy companies—which have failed in droves. Remember Solyndra? Or Beacon Power, Evergreen Solar, and Abound Solar, which also received millions—even hundreds of millions—in subsidies, yet filed for bankruptcy?

Federal energy spending has grown steadily in recent years, as Washington increasingly subsidizes programs for energy efficiency, energy supply, and technology commercialization.

Such a bloated budget parallels an ever-expanding mission at the DOE, a trend that should be reversed. As Heritage expert Nick Loris writes, “Congress’s ultimate objective should be to eliminate any Department of Energy function that does not support a critical national interest unmet by the private sector.” Loris explains that lawmakers could start by:

  1. Reforming or eliminating applied-research programs in Commercial Deployment and Technology Development (Savings: $3.04 billion);
  2. Ending or scaling back spending on programs in the Office of Science (SC), and returning the SC to its original intent (Savings: $1.42 billion); and
  3. Ending direct payments to the four Power Marketing Administrations and restructuring them to sell electricity at market rates (Savings: $85 million).

The private sector is far more efficient at providing for America’s energy needs than Washington bureaucrats and an endless stream of market-distorting subsidies. As history shows, when the DOE chooses winners and losers in the energy market, American taxpayers often are the ultimate losers.

T. Elliot Gaiser and M. Christian McNally are currently members of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please click here.

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From Dan Mitchell’s blog:

I shared some sequester cartoons last month, but I didn’t think they hit the nail on the head.

As regular readers know, I want the message to be focused.

  1. The problem is spending, not deficits.
  2. Government is too big.
  3. The sequester is a good thing, albeit too small.
  4. Obama and the other politicians are engaging in hysterical hyperbole to protect special-interest spending.

I think that message is slowly sinking in, which is why I was much happier about the next batch of sequester cartoons.

Now we have an embarrassment of riches. Enjoy (and widely share) this set of cartoons.

We’ll start with Michael Ramirez, who uses pie charts to show how much bigger government is today and how the sequester is just crumbs.

Sequester Cartoon Ramirez 3

And here’s one from Ed Gamble showing the President engaging in fear tactics, though both Ramirez and Gamble are wrong about the “cuts.” The sequester cuts $85 billion of “budget authority,” but that translates into only $44 billion of “budget outlays.”

That’s just 1.2 percent of FY2013 spending. And remember that this means spending will still go up compared to FY2012 – as I explained in my most recent interview.

Sequester Cartoon Gamble 3

Here’s a cartoon from Gary Varvel, which is quite similar to an excellent cartoon he produced last year.

Sequester Cartoon Varvel 3

Here’s one from Glenn McCoy, poking fun at Obama for taking everything in stride…except when something happens to threaten the amount of waste in Washington.

Sequester Cartoon McCoy 3

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The Balanced Budget Amendment is the only thing I can think of that would force Washington to cut spending. We have only a handful of balanced budgets in the last 60 years, so obviously what we are doing is not working. We are passing along this debt to the next generation. YOUR APPROACH HAS BEEN TO REJECT THE BALANCED BUDGET “BECAUSE WE SHOULD CUT THE BUDGET OURSELF,” WELL THEN HERE IS YOUR CHANCE!!!! SUBMIT THESE CUTS!!!!

Thank you for this opportunity to share my ideas with you.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com www.thedailyhatch.org, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733

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