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The draft deficit-reduction plan

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Servius  Heiner  | 360 comments Mod
Does anyone know where to get a PDF of this... or a web page? I'd like to read through it.

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Vicki Jean | 108 comments Mod
is this what your looking for SH

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Andy Strum (fed-upamerican) | 15 comments The Election is Over – Will Tough Fiscal Decisions be Made?

Okay, the election is over and Congress has a more conservative slant. That sounds good, but they still need to step up to the plate and make some tough financial decisions. If you click on the link below; it will take you to a chart that indicates we have a spending problem, not a tax revenue problem. What might we do?

Our economic woes have been in the making for years. Like the straw that broke the camel’s back, the housing crisis, not our only problem, seemed to be that straw. We now need to chip away, wherever possible, to correct the problem. Chipping away means making tough decisions and not allowing any savings to seem too small. (A Billion Dollars seems small to a politician dealing with a Trillion Dollar budget, but it is still a large amount. After all, 100,000 families need to pay $10,000 each, in taxes, to fund a Billion Dollars.)

Let’s start with freezing the budget. Not adding one dime to any program, earmark, entitlement, or project. Along with the budget freeze, initiate a directive that EVERY government agency will have their budget cut by 5%, each year, for the next 5 years. Let productivity, innovation, smarter decision making, and the elimination of, “nice” but not absolutely needed programs take the lead. Let’s try this until we find that government cannot operate. Once that happens, we can add resources to those programs that are failing. (Actually failing, not just complaining.

Earmarks should not be included in proposed bills. Each earmark should be reported to the public (transparency) and should include: The sponsor, the amount, the purpose and the local or national benefit to the public. Earmarks should be voted on separately, based on merits only. A bill coming before Congress should have a theme, an easily distinguishable commonality. Any proposals, additions, or amendments must match the theme of the proposed bill. If not, a separate vote is essential.

Debt Ceiling - The amount of debt the Government may have at any time. It’s hard to consider the debt ceiling a real number. It is constantly raised by the sitting Congress. It is often used for political purposes. Since it is the tax payer’s money; the taxpayers should vote on whether to allow the debt ceiling to be raised. There should be a box on every year’s the tax return; YES or NO.

I will have more comments on upcoming posts. Remember to click on the link illustrating spending vs. tax revenue.

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Servius  Heiner  | 360 comments Mod
Thanks for the effort, vikki, Thats not it though. I miss read the article it isn't being released until Nov 1st. I really want to see what all the fuss is about.

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Vicki Jean | 108 comments Mod
the second link is the draft SH, Obama will look and decide once he gets their report...on the 1st. :-)

Servius  Heiner  | 360 comments Mod
Uber appreciated comrade!

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Vicki Jean | 108 comments Mod

Servius  Heiner  | 360 comments Mod
Alright. I've read it. Some things I can support with a clear mind. Others I don't like but I'm willing to let them go as well, excluding defense spending.. If anything I think it is a little lite on the cuts however. I don't want to wait until 2037 for this nation to regain solvency. Put an end to entitlement programs. Drastic reductions in forgine aid. Eliminate funding to the UN. Stop Federal life support of states that ignore federal laws (Hello California!)

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Andy Strum (fed-upamerican) | 15 comments You comments ring true.
With all the talk of increasing taxes, there seems to be no commentary about freezing spending and using the potential new found tax revenue to decrease the deficit.

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Vicki Jean | 108 comments Mod
and lets cut Corporate Welfare.........SUBSIDIES FIRST

Servius  Heiner  | 360 comments Mod
You have my nod on that too!

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Vicki Jean | 108 comments Mod

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