Which of These Government Programs Could You Live Without?

$52 Million dollars for the Energy Star sticker, really? Want to see where your tax dollars are being wasted?

Last night the Republican Party took to the TV and called out to the citizens of America to take back their country. Some might say, "Take our country back from what?"  Take it back from the elected officials that are over spending, foolishly spending, ''like me" spending, and "we can no longer afford this" spending.  If you did not watch it, shame on you!  If you did not watch it, what was more important?  If you did not watch it, why not?  Our country is in real trouble.  Our country is failing.  Our country is no longer the light to the world.

We have a big job ahead of us and it will demand hard choices by strong leaders that are in it for the future and not for their popularity ratings. Everyone will have to give up some, so all can achieve more.  Our current leaders are spending us into the poor house just so they can stay in the congress and the White House.  

Now is the time for all Americans to realize yesterday was the time to cut spending and reduce the size of this government. Our constitution lays out what our government's responsibility is to it's citizens. Below you will see just how bloated our government has become.  According to our Constitution, the government main responsible is to raise a military during times of war.  There are other responsibilities but look below are what we have become.  

With over $5 trillion in debt, where do you want to cut the budget?  When you look at your paycheck how much of it is going to foolish government programs. Do you even know what those programs are?  Look below and ask yourself, "Is this worth my hard earned dollar?" The left uses scare tactics and will cast doubt and fear into the minds of voters. Notice the Social Security and the military are not on this list.  I think even the old and military will take a cut to make our country great again.

Below are the programs that the new Republican house has proposed cutting. While you read these listed programs ask yourself if this a need or a desire.  We are now living in need.  It is time to put away our desires until we get our needs under control.  Some of these pork barrel programs were put in place to keep an elected official in his cushy office. With gas prices at $3.69 a gallon and with millions still unemployed, can we finally take a hard look at our spending?  Check out the below and ask yourself, can we do without this till we get our budget balanced?  If the answer is YES then it is time to vote for Change and I don't mean the charge that the last guy has given us!

*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 duplicating 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 Hawaiians, and 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. 
* Freedom CAR 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 take it out of their pay each week!)
* 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. ($255)
* 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 Organization 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 are all these things doing in the budget in the first place?

We can do better.  We must do better.  It is time for each of us to enter into our Iphones and Blackberrys the first Tuesday in November to begin to put a halt on this foolishness!  You know when you buy a washer, dryer, or refrigerator and it has a sticker on it that says "Energy Star," do you think you could buy it without the the sticker?  We could save $52 million each year from now on!!  Winning!!!! 

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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew September 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Unfortunately by the way, the item below adds up too... "I am a small business woman. I no longer have a paid assistant due to the economy and I will not hire one again until I am sure there is someone in the White House that knows what I go through as a small business owner."
John Cook September 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Have you ever heard of the Bill of Rights? It is part of the Constitution--Amendments 1-10. it guarantees things such as Property Rights. And Freedom of Speech. But the Supreme Court just ruled that Congress can tax anything it chooses to tax, and that Congress is only limited by whether we evict them at the ballot box. So they could decide to tax you every time you post something on the internet. And you have been posting a lot lately. Go to Wikipedia and look at the last line of the article about Affluence in America. It says the definition Rich is relative to context. So when the Rich have been taxed into middle-class mediocrity, who do you think Congress will go after next?
John Cook September 21, 2012 at 06:15 AM
France just taxed their billionaires at a 75% tax rate. The French billionaires are applying for Belgian citizenship. France has killed the goose that laid the golden eggs. So who will France tax next?
Bruce Scroggins January 23, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Part 1 Demagoguery and Intellectual calisthenics: you twist the Constitutional absolutes; to you own meaning, as you twist in… your meaning of life from a scriptural proof text. You set a adherence to a meaning of life, from scripture then add in the Constitution position as some trump, but it's just a matter of interpretation Constitutionally. The Constitution is not as narrowly read as you state, nor is your scriptural absolution and unless a person is spiritual, your eloquence is foolishness to those who are not spiritual. The Meaning for all, as Citizen of the United States of America, is Freedom of Religion and Freedom... from Religion, so you fall flat, mixing them to re-enforce your meaning of life and citizenship, let alone “personhood”. Make your case purely from you doctrine of Faith, Pure and undefiled for the world and work to leave out anything that would align itself to the Gospels of Jesus Christ, you do a disservice in this line of mixing.
Bruce Scroggins January 23, 2013 at 02:02 AM
Part 2 Fail you do in mixing the Gospel, with your interpretations of the Constitution and then you engage in, as I said at the top “Intellectual calisthenics”, you claim a righteousness of conclusion, (unable to explain it) between the two, were none exist, you lead many to have a weak faith in both, (easily Preached, do you believe my report?), using supposed superior, understanding of both, but you have neither, not in your vehement worldly protestation, there is no understanding. Even your distain for those who dare to argue to points alone, you show your arrogance, by claiming they, what was your words… “Jump around, and you refuse to connect the dot” yet you could not connect, or disconnect, or argue, one point as, separate from another, rather, when it got deep, you dismissed your engaged as a waste of time. Ok, I’ve done that many time myself, it your way of retaining your superiority, I get that. Well I have little time for the game of Scripture here… Constitution there, see I’ am better than you… but what have to won? Interesting excursion into the Right‘s Thinking. What was most interesting was how commenters attributing acts by Conservative Republicans Tea Party small g and little c’s to the Left. No more Intellectual calisthenics, I’ am done.


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