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  • Lunch With Heritage Chat: House Budget Cuts

    House leadership has recently laid out budgets cuts for next year’s budget. Join us tomorrow from 12-1 EST for our “Lunch With Heritage” online chat featuring Director of Government Relations, Brian Darling. Brian will take your questions about the battle that will be waged in congress for the cuts and the likelihood that the cuts will get through both the House and the Senate. Please join us for this lively discussion. If you would like to be reminded about the event, please leave your e-mail address in the form below.

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    5 Responses to Lunch With Heritage Chat: House Budget Cuts

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    2. R Holland, Chandler, says:

      I think the republicans that really want to reduce the big government spending should attack this problem on several fronts. Cut the federal budget by 5% across the board in money and personnel. Cut whole departments, ie Dept of Education, HHS, and so on. The republicans are letting the democrats and MSM dictate the agenda and providing the critics with the usual roadblocks to cutting.

    3. Ira Peoples, Dallas says:

      I say cut the federal government out of America, and get rid of all taxes except to pay for defense. Let the American people see just how the American Government had nothing to do with American being a great country. And, lets really see what kind of country America will be as a TRUE capitalist society(Something this country has never seen). That will make the best case for if Americans do or do not want government in their lives

    4. George Colgrove, VA says:

      I think what can be said for the cuts listed thus far. These are the DUHHHH cuts. These are the obvious cuts that should have never been in the budget. More than likely we have $100 billion or even $200 billion more of these kinds of cuts to go. But where we will save is in federal consolidation. Each department has duplicative function that need to be consolidated in single places. Things like:

      -Issuing parking permits

      -Fleet car management

      -Payroll

      -General HR

      -FOIA

      -Open government initiatives

      -Public relations

      -Media

      -Web site development and management

      -IT services

      -Security

      -Security clearance procedures

      -Various oversight functions

      - I could go on and on.

      There is no reason all of these tasks cannot be consolidated under GSA for administrative tasks and GAO for government oversight tasks. Each of these programs have very high level GS positions with excessively high incomes and out of this world benefits packages. A single office may not seem so bad, but when you multiply it with the dramatic duplication that is found in government, then it builds up and builds up fast. We have seven months for these duplications to be found and consolidated.

      Public funds are drying up. Housing starts are way down, cost of food is increasing and energy cost are increasing. People who pay taxes are running out of cash. We need to take emergency actions to start reducing the cost of the federal government.

      Eliminating duplication does not mean cutting and I think both parties can recognize that this needs to happen. Upwards of 72% of Americans see the debt problem and the federal spending problem. If the word "cut" is making liberal uneasy, then use the word consolidate. Let us stop discussing this and start doing something!

      We will reach $15 Trillion in debt by September 2011. $100 Billion reduction in the budget will only make making cuts for next year much harder. We need a balanced budget in place for 2012. To do that we need to cut at least half of the $1.5 trillion now!

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