This is going to be a rather disjointed article about two separate aspects of the budget ceiling debate.
The first link is to an article at the American Thinker about how the government actually spends its money. The article gives examples of things that the government could skip paying in order to fund Social Security and veterans (Obama has threatened to delay those checks if the debt ceiling is not raised). These are some of the items:
ObamaCare $1.5 trillion
Planned Parenthood (annually) $330 million
Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac $145 billion
Amtrak $1.9 billion
Unspent Stimulus/ War Chest $60 billion
National Endowment for the Arts $133 million
National Endowment for the Humanities $140 million
The Post Office $1.0 billion
Vacant Federal Properties $25.0 billion
Medicare Fraud $47.0 billion
National Broadband Coverage Map $350.0 million
Federal Employee Flight Upgrades $146.0 million
Beach Re-sanding $3.0 billion
Payments Not to Use Land (conservation) $2.0 billion
International Abortions/Population Control $650.0 million
Libya Kinetic Military Action $750.0 million
Consumer Protection Bureau $329.0 million
United Nations $6.4 billion
NPR/Corporation for Public Broadcasting $451.0 million
Renewable Energy Tax Credits (mostly wind) $6.9 billion
Tax Credits to IRS employees/Others $513.0 million
Federal Weatherization Programs $5.0 billion
99 Week Unemployment Benefits $100.0 billion
Total $1.9 – 2.0 trillion
It seems to me that there are a few things here that might be closely examined with the idea of saving money. Anyway, these are some of the places your tax money goes.
The second part of this article has to do with telling the truth. This is a very simple example of why all of us need to be paying attention to the current debate.
The Hill reported today that:
“Obama said, citing “poll after poll” showing Republican voters, as well as Democrats, believe in taking “a balanced approach” — including both increased revenues and spending cuts in a plan to cut the deficit.”
Rasmussen Reports reported yesterday that:
“Just 34% think a tax hike should be included in any legislation to raise the debt ceiling. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 55% disagree and say it should not.”
At least most of the American people understand that the problem is the spending–not the lack of revenue. It is unfortunate that the President is either not aware of that or is lying about it.