KissTheSky saidI think this is a great idea. Is this something one party is for and the other against? I would love every struggling family that's pinching pennies to keep their kids fed and the rent paid to know that they're paying hundreds of dollars every year for 2 wars they did not vote for and the majority of citizens no longer support. Maybe the next time a politician tries to whip the nation into another war frenzy, some level-headed people would stop to ask themselves if they want another multi-hundred dollar line item on their tax bill every year.
Republicans hate this idea. Their campaign rhetoric is "just cut spending" (right after "just cut taxes"), but when cornered into choosing what to cut, they will only come up with the minuscule programs that won't leave a dent, unlike the big boy entitlement programs and the military. And neither party has the balls to cut those.
I don't like the idea. Not because I'm a Republican. Because it is a ridiculous idea that would become nothing more than another example of an expensive government program that accomplishes nothing but waste. It neither informes about nor addresses any of the issues of taxation. It would simply be another big spending program creating a drag on the economy.
As for the rest of your post, really?
How many Republicans do you know? You want to know about specific cuts and plans that Republicans are dscussing? Let me give you a few.
1. No Income Tax hikes on anyone for any reason. If someone paying a third or more of their income to the government isn't enough, we arn't paying too little in taxes, the government is spending too much. No one should be forced to pay more and more for a faulty product that doesn't deliver.
2.Focus on all spending! Not just discretionary spending. Step 1) Start by raising the retirement age for Social Security, gradually for everyone 10 years or more from retirement. Time for them to prepare and the system to stabalize. Step 2) Allow younger workers to put a portion of their retirement money into the markets. Not all people, but some and not all of their money, but some of their money.Something that all should not have to do, but should be free to do. It should be our call, not the governments. Step 3) Start means testing Social security. The same for Medicare. That doesn't mean the "rich" don't get benifits, just that they get less generous benifits.
3. No more blind checks handed out to the military. No check is written without knowing fully what it is paying for.
4. No to all earmarks! No more bridges to nowhere, no more water parks or taxpayer funded multi million dollar schools and hospitals or highways that no one uses named for politicians.
5. A 10% across-the-board cut in every government program and agency. It's hard to do in some cases, but necessary to do in all cases! 10% of a $2trillion budget is $200 billion, you do the math.
6.Establish a new Medicare “defined contribution” system as we transition away from today’s costly and inefficient fee-for-service system. New retirees, just like federal workers, would receive a government contribution to purchase the health insurance that best meets their needs. The contribution, or “premium assistance,” would be capped but reviewed periodically. An individual’s contribution would be adjusted according to income and underlying medical condition.
7.Increase Retirement Savings. Automatic enrollment, whereby workers are automatically enrolled in employer-sponsored retirement savings but allowed to opt out, should be expanded, and automatic IRA, a simple payroll deduction system that small businesses would offer to employees, should be created. Workers should be encouraged to include annuity-like products, which ensure that they will not outlive their savings, in their retirement plans.
8. Enact spending caps. Washington has no enforceable limits on its spending. Discretionary spending has nearly doubled since congress has allowed it's spending caps to expire in 2002.The repeated bypassing of Pay-As-You-Go rules has rendered that budget constraint irrelevant. As long as Congress remains under pressure to spend, Members need annual spending caps to help them set priorities and make the necessary trade-offs. Congress should enact a firm cap on the annual increase in total government spending, limited to inflation plus population growth. It should also include triggers and other protections to prevent lawmakers from bypassing this cap.
9.Stop digging. A recession is no excuse for irresponsible federal spending. Washington should repeal the remaining stimulus funds, which have failed to create jobs and growth. Any new unemployment assistance should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. Remaining TARP funds should be rescinded before they can be allocated to new spending. Most important, lawmakers must repeal Obamacare, a ticking spending and deficit time bomb.
10. Empower States. Washington taxes families, subtracts a hefty administrative cost, and sends the remaining revenues back to state and local governments with specific rules dictating how they may and may not spend the money. Instead of performing many functions poorly, Congress should focus on performing a few functions well. Most highway, education, justice, and economic development programs should be devolved to state and local governments, which have the flexibility to tailor local programs to local needs (thus likely performing those functions at a lower taxpayer cost).
11. Empower the Private sector. Anyone who has dealt with the post office or lived in public housing understands how wasteful, inefficient, and unresponsive government can be. Government ownership of business also crowds out private companies and encourages protected entities to take unnecessary risks. After promising profits, government-owned businesses frequently lose billions of dollars, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. Any government function that can also be found in the yellow pages may be a candidate for privatization. Washington should also develop a plan to sell unused land and assets, which could include government-owned dams in the Western U.S., underutilized government buildings, and commercially oriented land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service.
12. Ban Corporate Welfare.Even before the financial bailouts, Washington spent more on corporate welfare ($90 billion) than on homeland security ($70 billion). There is no justification for taxing working Americans to subsidize profitable companies. Lawmakers could start by reforming America’s largest corporate welfare program— farm subsidies, which are overwhelmingly distributed to large, profitable agribusinesses rather than struggling family farmers. Other programs like the Technology Innovation Program should be eliminated.
13. Eliminate Pork and waste. Each year, Washington loses $98 billion to payment errors and pays $25 billion to maintain vacant federal properties. Washington also diverts about $20 billion annually into pork projects, corrupting the legislative process by assigning taxpayer dollars based on lobbying rather than merit.
14. Bring Federal Pay in Line with the Private Sector. Not only is the federal government doing too many things best left to the private sector and to state governments but, adding insult to injury, it pays the federal employees who carry out those tasks substantially more than they would earn in the private sector. Total compensation—hourly wages plus benefits—is 30 to 40 percent above that of comparable private sector workers. Congress should bring equity to federal pay and align federal compensation with market rates. Doing so would save taxpayers approximately $47 billion a year.
15. End All Diver