Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's only 2.7 trillion....

  Hi folks.  This is what one trillion dollars in one hundred dollar bills looks like.  Many in our congress have joined our president in asking that we raise the debt ceiling to accommodate our federal government's "out of control" spending.   These lunatics throw around the word "trillion" like you and I use "million."  Look at the representative icons to get some idea of the actual size of those pallets of hundred dollar bills.

The photo above gives you more perspective.  The smallest pack is 1000 dollars in one hundred dollar bills.  The next packet is one million dollars, and each pallet is 100 million dollars.  The ten pallet stack is one billion dollars in 100 dollar bills.  Now let's see what 15 "trillion" looks like.  That will be our national debt by December of this year.

Here are some of the programs the Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed cutting.

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 duplicative 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. DUH!!!
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. WHAT IS THIS???
Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts .. $9 million annual savings. What the hell is this anyway…?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. Close Dept of Energy…FreedomCAR 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. Stop Growing Government…!
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 services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing payments 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 THE HELL…! FIRE THE BASTARDS…Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years. TAXPAYER FUNDED UNIONS…. COME ON!!!
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.Eliminate Mohair Subsidies. $1 million annual savings.Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. $12.5 million annual savings.
Eliminate Market Access Program.
$200 million annual savings.USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.Subsidy to Organisation 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.Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
HUD Ph.D. Program.
Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act
TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
"My question is ", What THE HELL is all this crap doing in the budget in the first place?
Is there anything listed here you cannot do without?


  1. Someone needs to go in there with a budget knife and start hacking out these unnecessary programs and whacking away at the redundancies. Guess it's going to be another election before that can happen. Thank you for making this so very clear.

  2. You are welcome Vee. I agree on the budget knife idea. I do think the next elections may shake some of those who get ousted into reality.

  3. What fabulous graphics ....geeeees, if the news could do this to illustrate for those that get their "news" from "the news".
    Good post!
    "Bz" (because I don't know how to use your comment thing even when I am signed into my blogger acct.).

  4. Hi Bz. I don't know why you can't post just as you did before. Maybe it was a temporary glitch. I'm constantly frustrated by those days when they are working on the system, or have changed things up and I am forced to click new boxes or read new instructions that mysteriously appear. I got the comment anyway and I hope you have a wonderful week.

  5. our country is going corrupt, soon the united states will lose the gift of being the worlds reserve currency and no one will do buisiness with us, taxes will be high, morgage rates will be at all time highest ever recorded, homeowners will not be able to afford homes no longer, oil prices will be high as well as gas prices. and food will be expensive, the world will change for many americans especially the poor, the weathly will survive..

  6. in this enlightened age, we wrote a law against hanging horse thieves. But we didn't realize how many horse thieves there were! They all voted themselves into congress and repealed the law against stealing horses. Now, they steal our horses but we can't hang 'em!
    Than ain't fair and I'm all for fair!

  7. Someone forward this to me. I just posted this on Facebook. Not sure if anyone will read but I hope so.
    God bless!!

  8. Thanks Michelle. One at a time is about as good as it gets. Pappy


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