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From Ellen Sauerbrey – Cut the hysteria

Having trouble understanding what our friends in Washington are doing??
This clip will make it all crystal clear. Please take a watch and send it on.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/Li0no7O9zmE

As the President runs around the country fear mongering and stirring up hysteria over the prospect of $85 billion in cuts in THE GROWTH OF a $3.6 trillion budget, here are just a few ways to control the budget growth sensibly. These come from the House Majority Whip’s Office and a few more from Senators Tom Colburn and Rand Paul. Remember that with all the hype, the budget will actually GROW by $15 billion .
As the President runs around the country fear mongering and stirring up hysteria over the prospect of $85 billion in cuts in THE GROWTH OF a $3.6 trillion budget, here are just a few ways to control the budget growth sensibly. These come from the House Majority Whip’s Office and a few more from Senators Tom Colburn and Rand Paul. Remember that with all the hype, the budget will actually GROW by $15 billion .

• Reduce Improper Payments: In 2011, by its own estimates, the federal government made $115 billion in improper payments. These are instances where people receive benefits or payments they are not entitled to receive or for which proper documentation hasn’t been provided.
• Reduce Duplication: According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, the federal government administers 94 federal initiatives to foster green building; 15 significant financial literacy programs across 13 agencies; 173 STEM education programs across 13 agencies; and 47 job-training programs. Consolidating these programs would improve their effectiveness and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
• Reduce Government Waste: The federal government wastes billions of taxpayer dollars every year, including:
o Free Cell Phones: This program cost $2.2 billion in 2013 alone.
o ObamaCare Promotion: The federal government spent $51.6 million last year promoting ObamaCare and paying public relations firms.
o IRS TV Studio: The IRS has a full-service TV production studio which costs $4 million annually to operate.
o Vacation Getaways: The 183 Conferences paid for by federal agencies over the last several years cost taxpayers more per attendee than the infamous October 2010 GSA conference in Las Vegas, NV.
o Property Maintenance: The federal government spent $1.7 billion in 2010 to maintain property that is not in use or underutilized.
o EPA Grants to Foreign Countries: The EPA has given more than $100 million in grants to foreign countries over the last ten years.
o Pay to Play Video Games: The National Science Foundation spent $1.2 million paying seniors to play “World of Warcraft” to study the impact it had on their brain.
o Smoke Up! The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $47,000 on a cigarette smoking machine that holds up to 40 cigarettes at a time.
The President would raise your taxes for the second time in eight weeks, rather than consider these bipartisan alternatives:
• Reduce Medicaid Loopholes: By reforming the Medicaid provider tax, we could save at least $9.8 billion.
• Increase Medicare Means Testing for Upper-Income Earners: By asking the upper-income to pay more for Medicare, we could save approximately $20 billion.
• Make Federal Retirement Match the Private Sector: By updating the federal employee retirement system to more closely track with the private sector, we could save approximately $21 billion.
• Require the Return of Over payments: By requiring that individuals return over payments for exchange subsidies in ObamaCare, we could save approximately $44 billion.
• Eliminate Slush Funds: By eliminating the Public Health Slush Fund in ObamaCare, which Democrats have supported reducing, we could save approximately $10 billion.
Require Food Stamp Eligibility: While ensuring those who need food stamp support get it, we can save approximately $26 billion by simply requiring recipients prove eligibility.
Here is a partial list of items that should be cut from Republican Senator Tom Coburn:

 $91 million in tax loopholes to the NFL, the NHL, the PGA – all are wealthy sports leagues.
 $27 million for Moroccan pottery classes
 $300,000 to promote caviar consumption and production
 $325,000 for robotic squirrels
 $505,000 to promote specialty shampoos for cats and dogs
 $1.3 million in corporate welfare to snack-food producer PepsiCo, Inc.
 $350,000 for a study on imagination techniques for golfers.
 $516,000 for a video game to relive prom night.

And from Rand Paul
*** Reducing federal employee travel by 25%. Every year, the federal government spends $9 billion on federal employee travel. When many Americans are cutting back on their own travel budgets, we can certainly cut back on employee travel;
*** Focusing military research on military needs. Unfortunately, the Pentagon is not immune to waste. They even spent $5.2 million on goldfish studies to see if we could learn about democracy from goldfish;
*** Requiring competitive bidding for federal contracts. By ending laws that force the federal government to pay bloated Davis-Bacon wages and requiring bidding to take place, we can save billions;
*** Cutting taxpayer handouts to foreign countries by 50%. We spend more than $40 billion a year on foreign aid. When we’re dealing with a budget crisis here at home, it’s only responsible to bring this money home. This provision would eliminate half the foreign aid budget.

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