- The CATO
Institute says that Congress should
- enact a peace and prosperity budget that
balance the budget without raising taxes;
- reduce domestic discretionary spending by more than $350
billion, thereby cutting the discretionary budget from 7.9
percent of GDP to 5 percent;
- reform Social Security by moving toward a system of individual
- reform Medicare to cut costs, and freeze Medicaid spending at
current levels and distribute the funds to states as
unrestricted block grants;
- establish a "sunset" commission to automatically
review all federal programs on a rotating basis and propose
major reforms and terminations;
- change the rules of the budget process to make it easier to
keep spending under control; and
- institute a strong spending cap that does not allow government
spending to grow faster than population plus inflation.
Specifically, Congress should:
reduce discretionary spending from 7.1 percent
of gross domestic product to 5
percent with program terminations, privatization, management
reforms, and transfer of programs to the states;
reform Social Security
by moving toward a system of individual savings accounts;
reform Medicare and
Medicaid to cut costs and increase efficiency; not add a
prescription drug benefit to Medicare unless there is a full
one-for-one cost reduction elsewhere in the program;
establish a ‘‘sunset’’
commission to automatically review all federal programs on a
rotating basis and propose major reforms and terminations;
government-operated businesses, including Amtrak, the U.S.
Postal Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the four
power marketing administrations;
privatize activities in
all federal agencies that are commercial in nature, such as air
traffic control, marketing support for agriculture, loan and
insurance programs for exporters, and research
for the energy industry;
sell excess asset
holdings (land, buildings, and inventories) of federal
departments such as Interior, Agriculture, and Defense; and
management reforms in the federal bureaucracy, including
expanding authority to fire poorly performing workers.
- reduces the size of government from 20 to 15 percent of gross
domestic product over five years,
Kevin Craig promises:
"As a candidate for public
office, I promise that, if elected:
"I will vote small
government. Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.
will actively and ambitiously initiate and support actions to make
"Specifically, I promise:
- I will sponsor, advance, and vote for bills
and legislation to shrink the size, power, spending, taxes,
debt, and liability of today's Big Government.
- I will introduce, support, and vote only
for government budgets that are smaller than this year's budget.
- I will vote against
every government budget that spends the same amount or more than
this year's budget.
- I will introduce and vote for legislation
that repeals or reduces
today's Big Government Programs.
- I will vote against all new or expanded
government programs, all tax increases, and any new debt.
- I will vote against any bill that I have not
read and thought through.
- No communication from me, my representatives,
or my staff will contradict or violate the
Small Government Pledge for Candidates.
- I will endorse and support only candidates
who take the
Small Government Pledge or whose promises and actions are
consistent with the
Small Government Pledge. I will never support, directly or
indirectly, a Big Government candidate, politician, or proposal.
- I will be accountable to voters. Upon
request, I will make public every vote I cast while in
of the Public Debt : The National Debt To the Penny
This figure now surpasses Ten Trillion Dollars.
if announced by a corporation on the New York Stock Exchange, would
result in jail terms for its accountants, because this figure does
not include trillions of dollars the government owes Social Security
recipients, Medicare recipients, and many others. Last year a paper
by a researcher for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis warned
that a ballooning budget deficit and pension-welfare timebomb has
created a $65.9 trillion fiscal gap
that will force
the United States into bankruptcy. But in May of this year, the
CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank updated the statistics:
Politicians have promised voters
in government benefits
which the government
cannot pay for.
This is fraudulent and
will promise you anything just to get your vote.
"Lawmakers realize the importance of honesty in accounting,
so they have established clear accounting guidelines for others to
follow. However, they, themselves, go by a much more relaxed
standard. If a businessman were to go by the standards lawmakers
apply to themselves, he would wind up in jail." So writes Ken
Connor in HUMAN
EVENTS ONLINE -
Congress Is Beating Enron at Its Own Game.
A recent poll indicates that a majority of Americans believe they
could do a better job of balancing the government budget than the
government does. The government does not seem to be bound by the
ordinary budgetary considerations that ordinary families have to
Neal Boortz has suggested
attaching "The Boortz Addendum" to every appropriation
bill offered in Congress. This addendum would read something like
Every sponsor or co-sponsor of this legislation hereby affirms
his or her belief that the need for the federal government of the
United States to spend taxpayer funds on the purposes outlined
herein is of greater importance and urgency than any spending
needs which the party or parties who actually earned these funds
may have; such needs being, but not necessarily limited to,
spending for medical care, child care, housing, food, clothing,
transportation, education, insurance, savings and retirement
planning, and religious tithes or conscientious charity.
It became common during the Clinton Administration to speak of
government spending as an "investment." Congress might
also therefore attach the following to each spending bill:
By voting for this legislation I hereby affirm my belief that
the information and knowledge possessed by me and 434 other
Congressman-"investors" is greater than the collective
knowledge and information possessed by a Free Market of 150
million individual investors, pension fund managers, insurance
company executives, mutual fund administrators, and brokers, all
of whom do not have the luxury of obtaining investment funds by
passing a law, but must earn their investment
over Non-Existent Budget Surpluses, Harry Browne, February
Misconceptions about Government, Harry Browne, June 26, 2001
about the Republican & Democratic Parties, the, Harry
Browne, March 23, 1999
Congress must eventually change the fundamental nature of
government services from compulsory to fee-for-service.
Those who benefit from a service should be required to pay for it,
not those who do not benefit. The force of taxation
is a morally illegitimate method of funding services.
Government as a monopoly service provider must be eliminated.
Competition for the provision of all government services must be
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part I: Why It
Needs To Be Done by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part II: Cutting
the Defense Budget by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget to Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy: Part III - Cutting
Out HUD, NASA and Other Losers by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget to Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy: Part IV - Abolish
the Department of Education by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part V: Abolish the
Agriculture Department by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part VI: Trimming
the Transportation Department by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part VII: Privatize
the Interior Department by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part VIII: Cutting
Energy and Commerce by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part IX: Trimming
Health and Human Services by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part X: Homeland
Security, Justice, and State – Not Exempt from Cuts by Jim
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part XI: The
Treasury Budget Can Also Be Cut by Jim Grichar
the Federal Budget To Prevent U.S. Bankruptcy, Part XII by Jim
Federalus: Will It Ever Be Cut? by Jim Grichar
2008 Budget Proposal: Budget by Functional Category (washingtonpost.com)
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