Last edited by AdamT; 01-13-12 at 11:53 PM.
Payroll tax cut
Enable SBA access to capital
Extend 100% expensing
Prevent teachers/Firemen layoffs
Tax credits for career readiness
Promote veteran hiring
Modernize 3500 schools
Investments in road/rail/airports
Establish infrastructure bank
Promote employment rehabilitating homes/business/communities
Expand nationwide wireless internet
Preserve UI benefits
Tax credits for hiring long term unemployed
Invest in low income youth
Combat unemployment discrimination
Help homeowner refinance
These are just in the American’s job act only and do not include the 17 pages of crap on ‘Mandatory savings’, 9 pages of ‘Health Care’ and 8 pages of ‘Tax reform’.
Does this even sound like it had even a remote chance of passing? Really? A lot of this stuff sounds real good but we must realize we cannot afford it. I would seriously question if it would pass in '09 when there were 60 Dems in the Senate.
1) I applaud Obama for trying to reach across the aisle. I don't like the 90 day thing though. I think that is a subtle way of saying he doesn't like the time limit put on the Keystone Pipeline. However, the Keystone Pipeline is time sensitive, this issue is not. That is purely my theory though, I have no proof of that. I also suspect that more will be written into the bill than just consolidation. If he tries that, I think it would be a huge blow to the government in general, not just left or right. Someone will be the bad guy and we know who that will be.
2) In addition to consolidation, I think abolishing some agencies would be good. Some suggestions are:
TSA: 8.1 billion- HOLY CRAP!!! Privatize this right away.
National Labor Relations Board: 2010 Budget: $287 Million Push this to states and stop its ability to do what it did to Boeing. The Fed should pass general guidelines that each state must provide, then the state has the right to make it more strict, but not more lenient.
Agricultural Marketing Service: 2010 Budget: 3.1 Million
National Endowment of the Arts: 2010 Budget: $167.5 Million
National Endowment for the Humanities: 2011 Budget: $161.3 million
US Commission of Fine Arts: 2010: 1.2 Million
The last 3 are especially infuriating. Why, in a recession, do we need this stuff? I know the money is a drop in the bucket compared to the deficit. Any little bit helps though.
3) One problem with this. By consolidating these agencies, we put more power in fewer people's hands. That scares me with any gov't, left or right. We've all seen what happens when a few have power instead of many independent checks. Thats why abolishment works better than consolidation.
Why do conservatives feel the need to be long ball hitters all the time? When did we become so grandiose? Liberals (of either party) use the slow, steady method of getting these ridiculous agencies and this ridiculous spending passed. You hear congressmen say it all the time. "That one little program won't make a difference." Every little bit helps when we have the deficit we do. We, as conservatives, need to take advantage of this opening Obama has given. We need to be "gracious" that he has come to the middle. We need to ask him to alter the time limit he has set to a more reasonable time. I would offer 180 days and hope he comes to 120. That gives them 4 months. Plenty of time. Offer that if he proposes the consolidations he wants, the Congress must maintain the power to execute them, and will offer a counter plan to him by 90 days. That gives him another 30 days to look it over, equaling a solution in 120 days. No public outings of "Obama wanted this guy to be here or that guy to have that power". Boehner needs to keep his mouth shut, work on the deal, and get it to him in 90 days, to meet the 120 day limit. I am a Tea Partier. I rail against Obama with every chance I get. However, we need to do what's good for the country and exploit this opening he is using to get re-elected and make some real cuts. Once the deal is done, and Obama is done with his predictable posturing about why they didn't consolidate as much as he wanted, go public with the differences. Tea Partiers in the House need to grow up and learn some lessons from Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Both reasonable guys who get things done without sacrificing their integrity. In simple terms, become more cunning and stealth rather than blunt and loud.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
IMO, Obama or perhaps one should say Axlerod has as usual come up with yet another hopey changey thingy.
IF Obama was that anxious to reduce size of Government, why did he not propose this 3 years ago when first elected.
Personally I am extremely averse to giving any President more power than they already have, as usually they take the extra power and before much time has passed, they make themselves a permanent Leader, in much the same vein that Chavez has done in Venezuela.