Republican Budget Cut Items

I received this email from a friend.

Please read the following list from top to bottom.  It is great that finally someone is actually proposing cutting all this stuff from our national budget but ;  How is it that our elected representatives in both house of congress have felt so comfortable spending national money, our hard earned tax payer money, in such a gargantuan wasteful way. Just realize that this has been going on for generations and by political con artists in all parties.  Is it just that it makes them feel that at last the have become the big deal on campus?  Hey, Look at me, come to me, I can give you what you want, I now have the power!  Washington D.C. is a nest infected with a boat load of Vipers in  little Bunny’s clothing.

These are all the programs that the new

Republican House proposed cutting.

Read to the end.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings.
  • Save America ‘s Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.
  • International Fund for Ireland . $17 million annual savings.
  • Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.
  • Hope VI Program.. $250 million annual savings.
  • Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.
  • Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
  • U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
  • Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy. $20 million annual savings.
  • Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.
  • John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
  • Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
  • Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
  • Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings
  • Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%. $600 million annual savings.
  • Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
  • Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
  • Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
  • Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
  • New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.
  • Exchange Programs for Alaska , Natives Native Hawaiiansand Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts . $9 million annual savings
  • Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
  • Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
  • Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
  • Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
  • Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.
  • Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
  • FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
  • Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
  • Economic Assistance to Egypt . $250 million annually.
  • U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.
  • General Assistance to District of Columbia . $210 million annual savings.
  • Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings.
  • Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.
  • No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.
  • End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
  • Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
  • IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
  • Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
  • Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.
  • Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
  • Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change$12.5 million annual savings
  • Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
  • USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
  • Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). $93 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs$900 million savings.
  • Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings..
  • HUD Ph.D. Program.
  • Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
  • TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
My question is, what THE HELL is all this doing in the budget in the first place?

6 Comments

  1. Bio-Mecha

    Interesting post. I added the numbers given for an annual savings of $50B per year (not including prohibitions on competitive gov’t sourcing or death gratuity for Members of Congress). Cutting the programs listed may be part of the answer but I still have some questions:

    1. Where did this information come from? As a responsible member of the community I would like to be able to verify the expected savings based on actual figures versus a heated descriptive post.

    2. Congress obviously put these programs in place to serve members of their constituencies for a reason.
    2a. What is the primary purpose of these programs?
    2b. Are they still needed?
    2c. What are the primary and secondary consequences of cutting these programs?

    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Rick

      Actually, I’ll answer the comment here. I received the list from a friend. The program costs are easily searchable on the Internet. The programs are not “needs” but “wants”. As a country we need to look at our spending and divide it into those two column. “Needs” such as national defense, foreign affairs and other areas mandated by the Constitution must be funded but prudently. As an example, I think that we’ve given the military carte blanche has to end. Endless handouts to other countries has to end. Elaborate, ostentatious embassies have to end. “Wants” are at the bottom of the list. Many should be funded privately. As an example public radio and public television should not be funded by taxpayers. They serve a very narrow demographic. To be fair we should be funding NASCAR because it serves more people. How ludicrous does that sound? Many of the things that the Federal government are doing are contrary to the 10th Amendment.

      I understand your desire to get to the bottom of things about government spending but this is a blog. I could write a book about the purposes, primary and secondary, of the various programs in my posts. At the root they are “Wants” not “Needs”. The country will survive and prosper without government funding them. For the admirable ones private sources of funding will appear.

  2. Philip Tarnofsky

    My statement: this is mostly a crap list! Eliminating the do nothing tax credit for Wealthy will ge us 1 trillion in 10 years! Getting rid of all the, Corporate welfare and Tax breaks, that do nothing for “We The People” that get us nothing in return will give us another trillion or more over the next 10 years and cutting the Military Budget will get us the other 500 billion or more! What is the problem! You Rebublicans are taking to much LSD and smoking to much CRACK with the money you are being bought off with! Really all these cuts to just so we can keep the Rich and the Corporation, who don’t pay taxes anyway, from paying there fair share??? Now can you give a credit someone or thing for paying nothing to being with? Nothing from nothing is nothing!

    Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What about taxes owed by corporations and the wealthy for there of shore banks accounts they want MORE Tax breaks on???
    Over 10 years 50 Billion at least???

    Eliminate all these to help the Corporations and Rich keep a few bucks is stupid, greedy and unethical?? You should quite your jobs and go to work somewhere you can help people instead of destroying lives for your own personal!

    Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy. $445 million annual savings. What??
    Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings. What??
    National Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings. What??
    National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings. What???
    Hope VI Program.. $250 million annual savings.
    Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings. What??
    Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
    Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
    Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
    Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
    Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
    Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
    Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
    New Starts Transit. $2 billion annual savings.
    Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
    Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
    Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
    Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
    Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings. What???
    Applied Research at Department of Energy. $1.27 billion annual savings.
    U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings. What??
    General Assistance to District of Columbia . $210 million annual savings.
    Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. $150 million annual savings. What???
    Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years. What??
    No funding for federal office space acquisition. $864 million annual savings.
    Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
    IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
    Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.
    Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings
    Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
    Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). $93 million annual savings.
    Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
    Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
    Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings..
    HUD Ph.D. Program.

    Get to rehab at once!!!

    • Rick

      The Congress needs to determine what role the government has in the lives of our citizens. Remember the states created the Federal government as its agent in order to make trade, taxation, military affairs and foreign relations coordinated. The early US was a small, almost undefended. In some small part this led to the Barbary Pirates episodes and the War of 1812. The Constitution tells us the various powers of the Congress which they equated with the government in Section 8. It can be found here: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html. Many of the roles that the government plays are wants rather than needs. If we don’t fix the economy, defend ourselves and maintain the integrity of our currency the rest is unnecessary because we won’t exist as a nation.

      If you clean your comment a little or give me permission to do it, I’ll be glad to post as a guest post. Is that your real name and email? If not you can email me at rickb1948@gmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you.