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  • Smaller Government will mean fewer jobs
    MTFED
    We seem to be at a tipping point societily. We either continue along the current path toward a nanny state where the government tells us how to live and takes care of those who are too stupid, lazy or otherwise unable to support themselves (at sigtnificant cost tot he rest of us)or we move back towards self reliance and a smaller government. If we choose the later,there will be fewer federal employees. Rather than the blind ax Congress invariably uses, they should determine what functions should be done at the Federal level, at what should be done at the State level. The States don't hve to be carbon copies of each other. Our founding fathers always envisioned that the States would have unique characteristics, and citizens would be free to move to the State that best met their needs and philosophies. Having determines what government functions (Education for example)should be ceded to the States, Congress should determine where there are redundancies in appropriate Federal sevices and make the appropriate cuts. As Budgetweenie alluded to, the bottom line is you can't make the Federal Government smaller without cutting jobs (both Feds and Contractors).
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  • Forest from the Trees...
    bluesky
    Defense, Social Security, and Medicare consume 72% of our annual budget. Interest on debt is another 7%. And the House wants to squeeze savings out of the tiniest slice of the budget pie. Brilliant! If tomorrow we restaffed the IRS with Keebler Elves working for free (or cookies), you'd save $10-11 billion towards a TRILLION dollar annual deficit. So yea, keep trying to balance the budget on our backs and keep yelling "No more revenue!" It should work out really well for all of us.
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  • You are dead on
    Mike McMike
    Discretionary spending is really not the problem. But you should even separate Defense from the non-discretionary. Entitlements are what ails us. There is no true solution to our problem without getting on entitlements.
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  • You are dead off
    Moderate
    Define the entitlements. We pay into social security. Your pension is an entitlement. Perhaps you would like to starve the individual who was laid off. We do not need all of the bases around the world. We cannot afford the latest and greatest planes, ships etc.
    worker
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  • Defense Spending AND Entitlements
    Mc
    Both defense spending & entitlements are the issue. Also, the never ending wars from Bush thru Obama (see Libya, now chad, mali, etc.). Both parties want to defend the military industry jobs in their districts, that's all.
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  • We evolved from the founding fathers
    Moderate
    First, the Republicans gave us the Bush and the Republicans Depression. Many people lost their jobs in an economy that is extremely difficult to get a job. Now these people and their allies want to blame the unemployed and underemployed because they cannot get decent jobs that they can live on. Get real. MTFed make sure to use the term otherwise unable to support themselves. Here is the otherwise. Perhaps MT would like to eliminate the EPA so that the atmosphere can be more polluted. Perhaps he would like to eliminate the FDA and bring back the magic elixirs. Or he may want to eliminate the agency that regulates working conditions so we can have more locked doors during fires or 60 hour work weeks at 10 cents per hour. I could go on, but what's the use.
    worker
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  • The Fed
    Mc
    How about the Fed that kept interest rates insanely low which blew up the biggest housing bubble in history? Or the FHA which guaranteed all those loans and Fannie/Fredddy? 90% of all mortgages are owned by the U.S. Fedgov now. If you want to point blame there's plenty to go around but don't just blame one side when your "side" is busy killing more people with drones than even Bush did (who started the whole thing).
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  • To MC
    Moderate
    And where should the interest rates have been? Justify it.If the loans are guaranteed, they should have been sample checked by the Fed. The bad loans should have been caught. And who made these loans? Republican bankers looking for profits? And why didn't Bush's cronies see that the horrible loans were getting out of hand? Audits?
    worker
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  • Now Who's stretching Mod?
    contrarian
    You never see they all got us in this mess!
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  • To Contrarian
    Moderate
    Please explain. Who is they? See?
    worker
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  • Math Lessons for Congress
    Mapper908
    Instead of taking away one day of pay from someone who shows up and does their jobs, why not take a payday away from Congress so they can learn math. That should help balance the budget a bit quicker. Once again, the federal employee salary is a piggy bank for Congress. Have they not caught on to the fact that they are elected into office by the very people they are in fact furloughing??
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  • Math
    MichaelF
    20% fewer hours means 20% of all work won't get done.
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  • Would furloughs slow recession recovery?
    TheBigGameHunter
    With all due respect, The President and economists say the US has been out of recession for quite some time. The question should be reformulated as, would furloughs cause a recession. The answer is yes. As a matter of fact, furloughs and federal spending cuts will cause the second leg of the recession, the one that has been avoided so far because the federal government was the only part of the economy immune to spending cuts and recessionary pressure. The cuts will cause a second deep recession, all caused from the 2008 financial markets collapse that will last the balance of the President;s time in office. Get ready.
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  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T
    Mc
    With all due respect, hahahahahahaha, so you believe these politicans (on both sides) who: Changed the CPI by taking out food and gas prices to make it look better? Repealed the Glass-Steagall Act which started the whole thing in the first place? And then sit up there like hypocrites pointing the finger at the other side (when both are to blame) like Stenny Hoyer and Jim Moran, both of whom voted to repeal Glass-Steagall. allowed Jim Moran to negotiate the "bankruptcy bill" into law (making it more difficult on people to declare bankruptcy, the banks paid for this, ok?) while accepting an interest-free loan from Citigroup? Signed the NAFTA "free-trade" agreement which made what would have happened anyway in about 30 years into happening in five years, i.e. destroying the middle class in this country etc. etc. etc.
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