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July 15, 2014

What does the GOP want to cut? Lots of pork

I received an email on June 14 about Paul Ryan’s proposed budget cuts in the federal government. It is shocking to see the list of over 53 items that could be cut from the budget to save a total of $2.5 trillion over 10 years.

I noted at the very top that Social Security and the military are not on the list. All these rumors in Congress that the Republicans are trying to ruin our country are ridiculous. With 53 of these items listed, I don’t remember the American people ever being told that this amount of money is being spent.

For example, in the Save America’s Treasures Program there could be a cut of $25 million annual savings; the International Fund for Ireland, a $17 million annual savings. The National Endowment for the Humanities, a $167.5 million annual savings. A bill authored by Representative McKeon that duplicates education programs H.R.2274 (in last congress), 68 expenditures would total $1.3 billion annually.

Also there is the Woodrow Wilson Center subsidy to the tune of $20 million annual savings. A cut in half the funding for congressional printing and binding, a $47 million annual savings. The John C. Stennis Subsidy, a $430,000 annual savings. In the Community Development Fund, cuts can be made to the tune of $4.5 billion in annual savings.

Then comes the Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid, a $24 million annual savings. Here’s the kicker, The Federal Travel Budget cut in half would save $7.5 billion annual savings. To trim the federal vehicle budget by 20%, a $600 million annual savings. The Essential Air Service, a $100 million in annual savings. Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherizing, a $530 million annual savings.

Now comes New Starts Transit, a cut of $2 billion dollar annual savings. I’m not sure why this one is even spent — the exchange programs for Alaska natives, native Hawaiians and their historical trading partners in Massachusetts — a cut of $9 million annual savings. Essential air service, $150 million annual savings. Please tell me who’s essential air travel this is and for whom. And so the list goes on, The Title X Family Planning, $318 million in annual savings; The Presidential Campaign Fund, $775 million savings over 10 years. Cut off funding for federal office space acquisition, $864 million annual savings. I would love to know if any of the readers have this information.

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