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Twelve Step Program for Swamp Spending Addiction

This is an  updated spending discipline plan that I offered to the Republican members of the house years ago.  They failed to act in any way.  I now offer the same basic  program to President Trump and Larry Kudlow;  Gratis of course.

 Swamp Spending Addiction Program

Dear Mr. President

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will be known heretofore as Swamp Bureaucrat Spending Addiction (SBSA) and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, pottery, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government  budgets and expense accounts and reduce by the percentage of GDP that is the percentage of the national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.  We have full employment, retraining at taxpayers expense is not an option.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare, Medicaid maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Obamacare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.  You now have a new budget.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Ryan Reform Redux

Early last evening, I took the time to read the new and improved Ryan Budget Plan in its entirety Read the bill here.

First, my praise to the brave Congressman Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin for giving it another shot, no matter how unlikely its success. He is aware that yet again, a budget bill written by the Republican House will be ignored in the narrowly controlled Democrat Senate, unless Republican Minority leader, Mitch McConnell again somehow manages to engineer a vote on a doomed budget in spite of Harry Reid.

No matter who forces the vote in the Senate, it will be rejected by the Democrats> This is the underlying point of this exercise. The House has done its job as dictated by our laws. How refreshing.

Eight months ago or so, as mentioned previously, a similar exercise took place.

At that time, I fashioned my own version of long term budget reform. It has its moments, but anyone who has ever had to do so knows that THIS is how you cut a budget. Long term budget reform is defined by making good budgets for a long time into the future, versus taking forever to reform our no existent budget. The Cold Turkey method may be painful, but you gotta love the result. This Twelve Step Program addresses the underlying problem, going straight to the source of the pain.

From Freedom Radio Rocks, July 201l,
Twelve Step Program for Bureaucratic Spending Addiction

Dear members of the US House of Representatives;

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will heartofore be known as your Bureaucrat Spending Addiction and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government employees salary budgets and expense accounts and reduce by budgets by 24%, which is the percentage of GDP that is national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Oshamnocare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Ryans budget or any future legally passed budget needs to be based on the last legally passed budget.

The Trash Heap has spoken.

How Obama Spent Your Summer Vacation

We chose a vacation in upstate New York in an attempt to escape the oppressive Philadelphia heat, at least for a week. It was a seven hour drive and traffic wasn’t bad, despite it being a Saturday in August. Weird. New York state is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The mountains and flora are simply majestic.

But I digress.

Upon arrival at our destination on Lake Champlain, we are thrilled with our simple, but well placed accommodations. The view of the lake and the mountains can be seen from every window. Our front porch is covered and is right on the lake and has two comfortable rockers. We both know that this is where we will be spending most of the week, on those two rockers.

We can see Russia from our front porch. Okay it’s Vermont. Close enough.

We arrived a bit early to check in so we drive around a bit looking for a place to dine out lakeside. Our trip into town was revealing.

Like many Pennsylvania towns, once filled shopping centers here in NY are largely empty. Many of the big anchor food stores are closed. Most of the independent stores are gone and mostly the drug stores and liquor stores remain. Many of the old small neighborhood bars and restaurants are also closed. We ask in the liquor store if there are any restaurants on the water that remain in business, and the gentleman kindly fills us in. There are two.

We chose the restaurant that is very close to our cabin and had a marvelous meal. The service was excellent. We left happy. As we are leaving, we are startled as the waitress runs out to speak with us, before we drive away.

She came to thank us. Apparently a 20% tip is no longer expected around these parts. Holy crap. We promised to return.

As we departed and arrived back at our humble but perfect cabin, we settle in, unpack and take our subconsciously assigned seats on the porch were we intend to sit for the week and watch the world go by.

Except it doesn’t.

There are maybe 100 boats, most of them sail, anchored off shore and not docked in the marina. No one is on any of the boats. The lonely vessels are without skippers or passengers; they bob like corks in a tub, their sails tucked away.

Night comes and still there are no signs of life on the boats. No lights, no nothing. No fisherman, no sailors, no party animals. Dead. Its a Saturday, and it is August.

Sunday comes and only a handful of boats pass by. Only one of the anchored sailboats has left us. It was towed, with its life raft lagging behind.

The sun is bright, the sky is blue. It is about 80 degrees with no humidity and a steady breeze, yet no one sails. None of the motor boats are coming or going with the exception of a very small vessel that seems to be occasionally taxiing a person or two from the island across the way.

I can almost hear Rod Serling’s voice telling me I’m in the Twilight Zone. What I do hear, way back in the deep and haunted recesses of my mind, is a voice that talks about shared sacrifice.

It is expected that the Obama family will be vacationing this week in Martha’s Vineyard. They will be staying at a rented mansion that they have taken a liking to that has been reported to cost up to $50,000 a week. The Obama’s pay for some, but the taxpayer covers a great deal of the expense.

I see the sacrifice, but am wondering where the sharing starts.

Twelve Step Program for Bureaucrat Spending Addiction

Dear members of the US House of Representatives;

This is how many Americans would prefer that you begin the process of ending the practices associated with what will heartofore be known as your Bureaucrat Spending Addiction and beginning the process of cutting the reckless spending of our hard earned tax dollars:

1. Put the last existing federal budget on a searchable Excel spread sheet.

2. Use search terms like “museum, poetry, sexual habits, awareness, bike paths, parks , outreach, recreation, entertainment, fairness” to highlight line items that include such terms.

3. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

4. Search all federal government employees salary budgets and expense accounts and reduce by budgets by 24%, which is the percentage of GDP that is national debt. Note that this same procedure should be followed in each fiscal year.

5. Once search is complete, select all, hit apply.

6. Search for any item that includes the terms “jobs” or “retraining”.

7. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

8. Search again for the term “department”

9. Within that department search, highlight all departments that have no relation to national security and defense or tax collection and Social Security or Medicare maintenance, paying special attention to see that the Oshamnocare is highlighted.

10. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

11. Search for all countries on terrorist watch list receiving foreign aid.

12. Once search is complete, select all, hit delete button.

These 12 steps should be repeated every year until our national debt is beneath 4% and be used every year thereafter to keep it there. These steps are only a good start, and by no means preclude any further cuts or future cuts in the federal budget.

My office is always open.

Dusty Stuff in the Throttlebottom Attic

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