It’s a start

When Morrison bangs on about fiscal repair, he is not being serious.  He just wants a combination of the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas to solve all the problems for him. Mate, it ain’t going to happen.

But here is a list of Paul Ryan’s ideas for fixing the US budget – and let’s face it, it just the entree – Australian-style first course..


 These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

Read to the end.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
* Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon ,eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.* U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.* Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.* Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.* Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.* Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.*Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.* Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings. * New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings

* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
* Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
* Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..
* Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
*Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
* U.S.Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
*Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers

(such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury,

instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.

*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
*Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
*Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL

* Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
*Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs — $900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

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29 Responses to It’s a start

  1. Andrew

    Yes I’ve maintained that the mythical Trump stimulus won’t happen as there will be offsetting savings measures. (The tax rates are a stimulus, but liberal economists only understand spending measures.)

  2. rickw

    That’s a lot of barrelled pork they’re getting rid of!

    A pity Australian politicians are to stupid and gutless to do the same.

  3. miltonf

    And you have to start somewhere! Maybe the Laffer curve will help too- cut taxes and tax receipts go up as the economy starts to recover.

  4. zyconoclast

    That list is pathetic.
    While I agree that they should probably be cut, rather than focus on the trivial he could probably get $2.5T cut over a 10 year period with one line item.
    Pull out the Constitution see what the State/Federal responsibilities lie and start cutting from there.

  5. Habib

    Like 200 tort lawyers at the bottom of the ocean, not a bad start.

  6. A Lurker

    Someone needs to clone The Don and send him here to Australia in order to fix our mess.

  7. Up The Workers!

    “Eliminate Mohair Subsidies – $1 million Annual Savings.”

    Woo Hoo!

    Sounds like the Trumpster is going to go Brazilian.

  8. Chris

    Sounds like the Trumpster is going to go Brazilian.

    If its implemented at the Miss Universe contest, I see extraordinary shavings.

  9. cohenite

    $12.5 million on alarmism. Fuck me dead. That wouldn’t pay Gore’s electricity bill.

  10. Nerblnob

    I got as far as “Fund for Ireland”

    Wtf? The average resident of Ireland is richer than the average American.

    Peanuts, I know, but jeez.

  11. iampeter

    But they currently have a $19 trillion dollar debt.
    They also have over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities between social security and all the medicare programs.

    Cutting $2.5 trillion over ten years is less than a waste of time. The simple fact is that America is the brokest nation in the history of the world put together and no wealth exists anywhere on earth to pay down its debts.

    The only serious option is default, dismantling of most government departments (none of which should have been created in the first place) and repeal of taxes and regulations that have choked Americas productivity.

    I know a lot of people think this is impossible but talking about what Paul Ryan is proposing is what should actually be impossible.

  12. Docket62

    Omg. You have to read the term trillion a few times to get a gist of what the savings are. That is just unfknblvble. You could fund greece for 10 years on that… Oh wait…

  13. Lem

    There actually is no escape, try as they may. It’s all gonna come crashing down.

  14. Tel

    He just wants a combination of the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas to solve all the problems for him.

    That’s either the Christmas Fairy, or maybe Father Tooth, but I’m cheering for the latter because he has a cooler sounding name.

  15. jupes

    These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

    Yes it’s a start.

    However none of this would have been proposed by Ryan if The Donald hadn’t been elected.

    He is still 60 days away from the Presidency and already has achieved more than the Kenyan.

  16. Pfh007

    “…* USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings….”

    Huh? Only $14 million. What is the program? A stall at the national confectionery convention?

    The showbags are very impressive.

  17. Infidel Tiger

    Nuke DC is my preferred option.

    Govern and budget strictly by the Constitution a good second.

  18. BorisG

    However none of this would have been proposed by Ryan if The Donald hadn’t been elected.

    The proof is in the pudding. I will believe when I see.

  19. JohnA

    Tel #2215371, posted on November 21, 2016, at 9:07 pm

    He just wants a combination of the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas to solve all the problems for him.

    That’s either the Christmas Fairy, or maybe Father Tooth, but I’m cheering for the latter because he has a cooler sounding name.

    They both sound like the names for bad punk bands.

  20. Lurker;

    Someone needs to clone The Don and send him here to Australia in order to fix our mess.

    It’s a pity we aren’t adult enough to clean the place ourselves.

  21. Up The Workers!

    Crikey, they are still cleaning out The Lodge in Canberra, after Juliar, the First Freeloader, Reuben, Dr. Emo, and numerous itinerant Union bosses were evicted from the joint, two years or so ago.

  22. Bruce in WA

    The proof is in the pudding. I will believe when I see.

    No, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

    Same dog; different leg. 😉

  23. DB

    Commonwealth and State governments fund all sorts of crap that they have no constitutional mandate for.
    The Republicans’ list is just scratching the surface ($2.5 trillion over 10 years or $250 million/year, cf. the US national debt of $19.9 trillion and the US budget deficit of $590 million/year).
    At least it’s a start.

  24. Jannie

    The financial impact may not be great, but it’s a start and may make room for enterprise. There may be real benefits to be gained from not funding and supporting social interest groups whose main objective is to suppress economic activity.

  25. John Comnenus

    $2.5 trillion over 10 years is not that impressive when Obama has spent at least 8 trillion in stimulus over 8 years. Still, it is better than what the Libs have proposed and this is just Ryan’s list. Trump has promised to stop subsidising renewables which Obama has spent $39 bn per year on average plus $3bn for the GCF. So add that to the list and it’s another half a trillion over a decade.

  26. David Brewer

    $2.5T over 10 years is $250bn a year.

    The US federal deficit this year is $587bn.

    So it’s a start but they need a second swag, bigger, to balance the books.

    Maybe not all that hard as they have left out some awfully soft targets. They’d ping the IPCC but what about all those other dud UN agencies that are sucking up US tax dollars – UNFCCC, UNDP, WHO (flu panics, one person in eight dying from air pollution), UNAIDS and plenty more? And what about biofuel and other alternative energy subsidies? How about mortgage interest tax relief?

  27. David Brewer

    BTW Judith the list is from 2011 and it wasn’t Paul Ryan that proposed it.

    See here.

    Got suspicious about a few items and then saw there was no link.

  28. Crossie

    Just think how much they would save if they withheld funds to sanctuary cities. If the bleeding hearts want to fund illegals’ health, welfare and education they can dig into their own pockets.

    Free tuition at universities for children of illegals is insanity particularly when you charge citizens extortionate fees.

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