Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to save $42 billion without cutting poverty programs

Eliminate duplicative and unnecessary Government programs. None of these are poverty programs (close to $1 trillion).  Many of these hide in place as “capitalism” or private sector help being boosted by the government. If these are private sector, let them support them. It’s inefficient for the government to do it. Planned Parenthood certainly doesn’t need taxpayers support—there are enough crazies out there willing to send them their tax deductible donation as a Christmas gift.

International affairs

  • The Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • The Export-Import Bank

Energy—Dept. of

  • Commercial Deployment and Technology Development
  • The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Energy Frontier Research Centers
  • Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer


  • The Market Access Program
  • The Foreign Agricultural Service


  • Return power to the states
  • Amtrak
  • The New Starts Transit Program
  • Intercity Rail Subsidies

Economic and Regional Development –yes, some developers, electricians and contractors would squeal

  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Economic Development Administration


  • Competitive Grants Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • Head Start (note: this would be political suicide, even though after 40 years it has never shown results)

Cultural Agencies


  • Job Corps
  • Corporation for National and Community Service

Health (or death as it turns out)

  • Title X Family Planning Grants (a lot of this goes to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country)

Administration of Justice (these mostly go to state and local governments which then are weakened if the support is withdrawn—huge number of employees)

  • Community-Oriented Policing Services (the federal gov’t is not supposed to be policing our local communities)
  • The Legal Services Corporation



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