by Al Benson Jr.
Recently, new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, was asked what federal programs needed to be cut now that Republicans had taken control of the House. Boehner's reply should be a cause for concern for all those that label themselves conservative, libertarian, or Tea Party.
Boehner said that, off the top of his head, he couldn't think of a single federal program he would cut. Now maybe I misunderstood, but I thought that, in this recent election, the voting public tossed out a whole bunch of Democratic Marxists (yes folks, they are Marxist in their mindset) because they wanted government to cut spending and to be more accountable to the public. Now we realize that, no matter what he said, Obama and his Marxist and socialist friends in Congress didn't get the message. Anyone with a Marxist mindset is incapable of understanding the concept of limited government and Comrade Obama is no exception. However, some of us had fond hopes that some of the Republicans just might have gotten it. Such hopes seem about to be dashed, as Boehner doesn't seem to be one of those that got it.
Seeing that Mr. Boehner can't think of any federal programs he's like to cut or eliminate, I will pass along to him a short list of some we could drastically reduce or flat out do without. Maybe this will give him some food for thought (though I doubt that). I am afraid Mr. Boehner will end up being one of the "business as usual" boys that we thought we had voted out but really didn't, no matter which party is in power. In actuality, the two major parties are little more than different ticks on the same One World hound.
But, if Mr. Boehner ever got to the point where he could begin to meditate on some government programs that could be cut, here are a few places he could start that would save billions.
Cut back the Food Stamp program. Most of us don't object to giving a helping hand to those that, for one reason or another, are unable to make it on their own, but there are lots of people in this program that could make it with some effort, but would prefer to let us keep paying their way. These people should be culled out and sent packing!
How about opening some parts of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration? Contrary to much of the eco-insanity that passes for science today, this would not destroy the caribou or other wildlife, if done carefully, and, Heaven knows, we could use the oil with $4.00 a gallon gas in view. Will this happen? Not as long as we have vested interests in Washington and New York that want us to be dependent on Middle East oil.
We should scale back all foreign aid. Most of it is a sham anyway, and we continue to prop up countries that hate our guts so we can show them how compassionate we are. We should cut them loose and let them go. This country is under no obligation to feed those who would cut our throats if they got the chance. Of course if they did that, who'd feed them?
And this one is a real jewel. How about eliminating the Department of Education? This useless appendage does nothing but provide lots of fat, cushy jobs for bureaucrats who spend most of their time writing rules and regulations for government schools that make about as much sense as Mother Goose stories. Somehow, education in this country managed to survive before this department came along and I am confident it would survive without it and the billions it costs us could be trimmed from the budget. Besides, everybody knows it was nothing but Jimmy Carter's payoff to the Teachers' unions for their support of his candidacy when he ran for president--so who needs it?
And then there is Obamacare, that great socialized medicine boondoggle which will cost how many billion, or is it trillion now? This program is so riddled with federal regulations that health care in this country will, in effect, be nothing more than a federal program, with the feds deciding what medicine you get and how long they will allow you to live.
How about privatizing Amtrak? What does that cost every year and did it ever show a profit? If it did, that's long in the past. One more program Karl Marx would have loved--federally run transportation!
Then to top off a really great day, how about taking whatever stimulus money remains unspent yet and just returning it to the federal budget. I'm told there is about $60 billion of it they haven't used yet. This country is not about to spend it's way back to prosperity like the Federal Reserve people tell us it will--as long as they can keep churning out those dollar bills. "Spending yourself rich" somehow doesn't quite work.
If Mr. Boehner ever got serious about cutting federal spending, here are just a few areas he could begin with. However, don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I'm not.
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