Trying to stay away from US Budget Cuts Wrath

9 04 2011
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My Note –

There is no way to describe the outrage that I feel from what I’ve seen of the recent budget cuts passed by Republicans stalemating over the last few days (and months.) Every opportunity to take from the poorest, from education, from opportunities for American families and individuals to get on their feet have been made. Cuts were made to Veterans programs to end homelessness, to homeless shelters and programs to end homelessness and help people stand on their own two feet. The programs for public transit, high-speed rail and housing were cut which makes it possible for alternative transportation and homes for people with no other means.

At the same time, increases were made to many things including continued funding of millions for NASCAR promotion where the Army insignia sits upon a car running around a circle for several days – at the tune of $4.7 million per one time annual viewing.

The priorities seem to be askew. USAID programs can build schools in every other nation, but education funding for every state has already been cut and now those funds are further cut by the House Republicans and Tea Party Conservatives.

I resent having these conservatives determine what is available to all of us and pressuring our elected officials to spend our money as they see fit regardless of what the rest of our nation wants, needs or requires going forward. What right do they have to do that? These changes do not affect them, they affect the communities where everyone else lives.

Not only have they taken what should’ve been nearly $80 Billion to bring these things to the level required for 2011 according to the President’s budget which was made from every agency already cutting waste, and allowing only the most reasonable requests for their budgets, but they’ve also taken this money from the US economy over a short period of time – the next 6 months.
There will be further devastation to our US economy by what they’ve done, but the Republican Conservatives and Tea Party Gestapo backing them, don’t care about that. They want things as they see fit and it will take them at least five years to learn that what they did devastated America’s opportunities. Then, they will blame someone else for it – probably anyone but themselves. That seems to be a hedonistic bunch there in Washington among these people funded by the shady donations of the business community and big corporations, billionaires, millionaires and far right-wing conservatives. Maybe they don’t know what the yield will be. The US cannot be supported by the spa industry that they support personally as the only type of business to make it. The fact they have a driver and multiple cars to use, doesn’t mean that rapid transit is a waste of money, but that is what they’ve seen fit to do.

Behind all this is Karl Rove and the ongoing same Republican cronies which have been running things for the last thirty years. They seek to satisfy the Tea Party backing their far right-wing donation base, which clearly explains why NASCAR makes more sense to them than sheltering the Washington, D.C. homeless veterans or helping homeless people in America at all.

There is no description for the disgust and horror that I felt when these same Republicans cut the majority of funding for the help with heating bills for the elderly, disabled and poorest of families. The story of an elderly man, who was a WWII veteran who froze to death in his own home because the local city utilities had cut off the heat to his house happened within the last few years. It was wrong. The idea that our legislators have that someone in some other country is more valuable to help than that man or any other American like him, is horrifying. They are hedonists who love themselves with salaries of $179,000 a year plus every feast, every liquor, every satisfaction of their own desires at the expense of every taxpayer in America, while letting every other American starve, have their homes foreclosed when no one even owns the paperwork on it anymore, be made homeless and then forced to stay homeless, cold, hungry and without the basic human needs available nor the opportunities to get them. It is disgusting.

The attitude that was pervasive, as Tea Party founder was speaking on CNN is that these people are worthless and a waste of our national resources. That attitude pervaded the Republican Party, the business community, the corporate community and the wealthiest members of our society throughout the last thirty years and has been especially obvious during this recent budget contest and debacle. These people they are talking about aren’t off in some foreign nation, most are not given to criminality nor interested in fending for themselves by any violent measure. They (as well as, I) have valuable contributions to make and want to make them. But, the only thing our fellow Americans want for us is poverty, despair, hopelessness, homelessness, despair, further impoverishment and possibly, even death rather than wasting space in “their conservative vision” America.

The America the Beautiful Show was my solution for a way to make my contribution to America getting on its feet, restoring our economy and escalating our rebuilding communities that have been devastated by the economic crisis from 2007 – now.

The real solution to the budget deficit and US budget crisis, the US national debt, states’ debts and deficits, and even the European deficits and debts is simple and I found it several weeks ago. I looked through the budget cuts being demanded by the Republican Party conservatives and Tea Party House Republicans, noted that it didn’t solve any problems but rather decimated existing programs which are already in place and the investments in really making them work had already been done.

My solution to the US budget deficit and national debt simply uses the existing laws and agencies which are already tracking the sales, purchases and trades of financial products, bonds, credit derivatives, credit default swaps, commodities speculative trades, stocks and other exotic financial products and applies a 12 cents on the dollar sales tax on each and every dollar sold, purchased or traded (swapped). The volumes are substantial enough to actually pay off the entire US debt within six months which would release the interest payments being made to use for the actual US government operations and programs. It would stop the escalating prices of the debt being managed and re-issued over and over again. It would free up those funds to use for the things they were actually given to provide. The US taxpayers did not give their money to be used for lining the pockets of a bunch of loan makers, loan arrangers, debt interest payments, financial institutions or other governments’ coffers that are making these loans to us. That is not what the agreed upon intention for the money that was given from every revenue source, every business, every taxpayer’s earnings and every other charge made upon the US citizens.

I also suggested after reviewing the US budget that every corporation be charged a specific tax rate of 25 cents on every single dollar they make in the US not offset by anything, not given any loopholes, not adjusted against costs or choices they make to increase bonuses or dividends. Rather than that system, every single dollar made in the US by a corporation or business from any sale in the US marketplace is charged 25 cents on that dollar toward the US tax base and infrastructure where they were able to get it in the first place. No costs adjusted against it, no depreciation tables, no losses taken away from the total, no loopholes, no net profits statements – just 25 cents per dollar gross. (period.) That would work and the US infrastructure could be rebuilt. And, if profits are taken elsewhere, but the sales were made in the US, then the tax would be required of them regardless. And stop all subsidies to profiting industries, industry associations, business enterprises of $10 million or more.

These two things would make our country solvent financially and provide a building surplus to replace our crumbling infrastructure, make improvements to catch up to the rest of the world, provide for higher education for every American and help to build the US as a strong economy and a strong nation again.

But, nobody wants to do that in the conservatives running Washington. They aren’t going to do any of those things. The cuts they’ve made to beat America’s poor, elderly, disabled, women, children, young families, veterans and disadvantaged into the ground won’t do any of these things to balance the budget, to restore America’s rightful place as a world leader, to make great innovations possible, nor to pay off the US debt and interest. The plan I suggested will do that but the Tea Party will stop it at every turn and the other conservative parties will refuse to even allow it to be considered. Mr. Boehner certainly had heard about these suggestions, he refused to even consider them. The Republicans had certainly heard of these possibilities that I outlined and never once decided to go in that direction but rather fought against them even being considered.

 

The America the Beautiful Show project has certainly awakened some possibilities in the minds of people who have read it and taken it to inspire their own way of accomplishing the things it describes. I’m very glad of that. It still has no sponsors, no advertisers and very little traffic compared to what it should have for the power available in it to effect positive change for rebuilding America from the ground up. I can’t help people having one goal, if that goal is to get themselves on the boat while pushing everyone else off of it. And, it is evident, they have no desire to help me either. So, now what?

– cricketdiane

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An excerpt from the Reuters article about the budget cuts –

The largest of the remaining entitlement programs: $4.9 billion from a Justice Department fund for crime victims; $400 million from a fund to seize assets from organized crime; and roughly $550 million from the SMART Grant student-aid program.
Republicans wanted most of the cuts to come from discretionary programs that Congress reviews annually, because that would set a lower baseline for spending in future years.

The short-term measure cuts nearly $2 billion in spending from transportation and housing programs, including $1.5 billion from a high-speed rail program and $280 million from capital investment grants.

The longer-term agreement will cut spending in the current 2011 fiscal year by about $38 billion, including $17.8 billion from benefit programs, or “entitlements,” lawmakers said.

The rest would come from so-called discretionary spending, including a cut of $3 billion from defense programs, according to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Mike Rogers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/09/usa-budget-idUSN0727284120110409

 

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