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It's time to cut the federal budget

Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 8:36 AM

Democrats shouldn't get cocky just because they won the fiscal cliff battle. Now, it's their turn to make some concessions and start offering up genuine plans to cut federal spending. The debate we just finished always had two components and the second was budget reduction, which is where we're at now.

Some Republicans appear willing to let the nation's bond rating fall again, if necessary, to get Democrats attention. Others are willing to let the government shut down to make their point (Newt Gengrich did that when he was speaker and paid for it mightily in political capital once the effects started to really hit the American public). Those plans are a lot like making scrambled eggs with hand grenades. They're a little bit of overkill to do the job and in the end they'd backfire terribly.

No, the GOP needs to start putting forward a series of realistic budget reduction measures. Stress realistic, not those "good for news copy but ultimately bad for the country" proposals some members of the party have come up with. Go back to Simpson-Bowles. There were good ideas there -- reasonable, workable ideas. If the GOP were to start pushing those plans, the Democrats would have to come on board, or start looking as obstructionist as the Republicans have been looking. Pushing Simpson-Bowles would be good for the GOP and good for the country.

Both sides need to quit showboating and trying to strong-arm each other. Let's see some serious, meaningful and realistic discussions on budget reduction. No more lurching from one self-created crisis to the next. If both sides were simply to go line-by-line through the budget to ax the pork and special projects that balloon the bottom line, some real progress would be made.

Unfortunately, that would add up to too many congressmen having to give up pet projects for their districts for the good of the country, which we know isn't likely to happen. Self-interest always seems to triumph over the common good.

But now's the time to try anyway. No more threats. No more "cliffs." Honest, serious discussions.

Please don't tell us a majority of Congress is unable to do that. Ignore the wing-nuts from both parties. It's time to quit playing playground bully games and start doing some real work.

The American people demand it.

-- Kelly Everitt


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Not to be arrogant or a know-it-all but most of what Mr. Everitt writes I have been saying for years. I have beaten the dead horse until it is indistinguishable about this topic.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Jan 16, 2013, at 10:37 PM

One way to reduce the budget, stop paying the politicians when they fail to do their job. For example, they only put off the fiscal cliff and 4 months after the start of the fiscal year have yet to approve a budget. Federal employee are facing layoffs or have to come to work but not get paid. Has anyone seen reports of this on the news?

-- Posted by Old guy on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 5:28 AM

Does anyone have any personal experience (other than paying taxes) with a program that could be made more fiscally sound?

A friend of mine worked for a home health company for a time. She mentioned that some of the government's standards for certain home health care have been overhauled and she has seen where the new standards will result in significant savings at no risk to patient care or safety.

Anyone else heard of similar experiences?

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 7:55 AM

Here's what I found.

http://www.ssa.gov/history/InternetMyths...

Just this single link alone casts doubt on the honesty of the entire post.

But I'll keep looking.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 7:54 PM

This is even older and more pitiful than I originally thought.

This isn't even a product of your mind. It's merely something to keep things stirred up.

Would you expect your elected representatives to approach their peers with the sort of reasoning you posted? If not, why not? And what would you say if they rebuffed the assertions you passed on from a viral e-mail?

All, note that the blog post linked below is from 2008.

http://cooneyscorner.blogspot.com/2008/0...

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 8:20 PM

Patrick A

You beat me to it. I was ready to put the link to factcheck when I seen you already had

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 8:22 PM

I've taken a few hits on a few people who figure I'm a dishonest type of lawyer.

Here's one of my favorite quotes.

"There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer,

resolve to be honest without being a lawyer."

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 8:50 PM

What you know about my time as a lawyer wouldn't fill a thimble.

As for the Hitler quote, you would be better served quoting the Great Father if you want to scare my family.

Patrick, regardless of who does what, we'd all be better served if they'd drop the phony "at loggerheads" tactic. It is foolish to continue projecting that one side giveth and the other taketh away. Right now there are those who believe that their party alone can right the ship. It's about the collision between dogma and reality.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 7:22 AM

One who doesn't know and doesn't know that he doesn't know... He will be eternally lost in his hopeless oblivion!

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 8:08 AM

I guess the catch in the latest agreement bantered about is a budget must be passed before the expiration of the upcoming debt ceiling extension.

All right then. They'd better commence to hammerin'.

Think Simpson-Boles will be mentioned over the coming months?

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 10:19 AM

Three month extension. No budget, Congress doesn't get paid.

It just keeps getting better.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 10:39 AM

Patrick, Trevor - check it out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splitting_%...

I've been on here for four years. This hits it on the head.

I won't stray from the main subject again.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 9:36 PM


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