Obama’s budget cuts

The NY Times is reporting that President Obama is proposing about $17 billion in budget cuts for the next year.  As the NY Times puts it the proposed cuts represent about 1.4 percent of the $1.2 trillion deficit that is projected for the fiscal year 2010.

I’ll put it more bluntly – these cuts are farting in the wind.  They are about 1/2% of Obama’s $3 trillion plus budget for next year.

Just look at the crap they’re cutting:

  • Eliminate the post of an attaché for the Education Department in the American embassy in Paris
  • Halting payments to states for abandoned mines that have already been cleaned up (WTF!)
  • An early childhood education program known as “Even Start”
  • A long-range radio navigation system that has been made obsolete by GPS technology

Why is this crap even in the budget?  Can anyone, and I mean anyone, explain why we need to have the Education Department represented in Paris anyway?  (Or even why we need to have an Education Department, but that’s a topic for another day.)

Is there any logical reason why we would pay states to clean up mines that have already been cleaned up?  Yeah, that’s what I thought.

At least half the Federal budget could be cut – and I’m not exaggerating – and only the people employed in those useless positions and programs would notice it.  And most of what the Fed’s spend our money on is unconstitutional anyway – again, I’m not exaggerating.

For example, just last night I was helping my youngest daughter with her homework.  It was on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The homework was about the 10th Amendment, which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In the study guide that was sent home with her, an example was given to explain limits on the Federal government.  The example said something like “Since the Constitution doesn’t grant the Federal government authority over education, education is controlled by the states.”  So why do we have a Department of Education?  Why do we have an Energy Department?  Why do we have Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, or welfare at the Federal level?

The answer is simple – we have those programs because politicians pandered to voting blocks, and no one had the balls to take them to court at the time so that any judge who has even glanced at the US Constitution could throw it out as unconstitutional.

After all, what politician would go on record as opposing education for our children?  Which politician wants to see old people starve, or go without health care?  Which politician would say they want poor people to starve?  That’s what deTocqueville meant when he said the tyranny of the majority.  That’s what you get when the people discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses – for awhile.

I’m afraid the next 50 years aren’t going to be very much fun for people in the US.  I’m 47, and I smoke, drink, and eat lot’s of fatty foods.  I expect to live about another 20 years.  With any luck I won’t be here for the worst of it – but the next 10 years won’t be much fun either.

Depressing ain’t it?


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