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Morning Bell: How To Cut Federal Spending
Posted By Conn Carroll On October 29, 2010 @ 9:17 am In Entitlements, Taxes & Spending,The Morning Bell | 62 Comments
Earlier this month, the Obama administration reported  that the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2010. That means the government had to borrow 37 cents out of every dollar it spent. If Congress continues existing taxing and spending policies, federal deficits will reach a projected $2 trillion deficit in just 10 years.  America cannot survive such sustained deficits, and Americans know it. According to a poll conducted last week by The Hill , 52% of independent voters surveyed cited debt reduction as a priority, compared with only 39 percent who said additional federal spending to create jobs is more important.
Our nation’s deficits are, in reality, a spending problem. Even if the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts are made permanent, revenues are set to return to their post-World War II average of 18% by 2020. Spending, on the other hand, continues to explode. After averaging 20% since World War II, federal spending is set to soar to 26% of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020. If Congress is to have any chance of cutting the deficit, spending must be cut. But how?
The lion’s share of spending growth is due to the big three entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Heritage has Solutions  for each of these programs including: 1) transforming Social Security into a real insurance program that offers a safety net for poorer retirees; 2) transforming Medicare into a defined contribution system that would be capped and reviewed periodically; and 3) changing Medicaid from a open-ended entitlement into an insurance-based model of private coverage. But these are all long-term reforms that will take time to implement. What can the next Congress do as soon as they take office to prove to the American people that they are serious about cutting spending?
The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl has identified $343 billion in spending cuts  that can be made for the fiscal year 2012 budget. You can see a table of all the cuts here . The bulk of the cuts fall into six areas:
$343 billion in spending cuts will not balance our nation’s $1.3 trillion budget deficit. But it would be great start to permanently shrinking the size and power of the federal government.
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 reported: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101015/ap_on_bi_ge/us_budget_deficit
 If Congress continues existing taxing and spending policies, federal deficits will reach a projected $2 trillion deficit in just 10 years.: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/06/The-Three-Biggest-Myths-About-Tax-Cuts-and-the-Budget-Deficit
 The Hill: http://thehill.com/house-polls/thehill-poll-week-2/124161-the-hill-poll-independent-voters-open-to-deficit-message
 Solutions: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/08/The-Entitlement-Crisis
 $343 billion in spending cuts: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/10/How-to-Cut-343-Billion-from-the-Federal-Budget
 Grateful Dead archives: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Budget/wm2642.cfm
 $1 billion to dead people: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44349.html
 61% of Latinos believe illegal immigration has either had a negative impact or no impact: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-10-28-illegal-immigrants-hispanics_N.htm
 new poll: http://politics.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2010/10/27/poll-most-want-obama-fired-in-2012
 a Google executive hosted a $1.8 million fundraiser: http://biggovernment.com/kboehm/2010/10/28/ftc-drops-investigation-of-google-less-than-a-week-after-company-execs-host-obama-fundraiser/
 The Foundry: http://www.foundry.org/2010/10/28/lunch-with-heritage-online-chat-obama-tax-hikes/
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