My Plan (not quite the mirror opposite of Tigg's, but close.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (probably could be some cuts, but this doesn't just aid the poor, it also aids towns & cities).
Department of Education (I don't like cuts in this area). Public education is a cornerstone for America's future. We want to stay competive with the world. Cutting ed does not accomplish that. I would like to see low interest college loans available also).
Social Security (We know Tigger hates this. Imagine a retirement fund for everyone. And it has no impact on the budget. The program has funds for like the next 25+ years, at this point. Besides any messing with SS pisses off the elderly voters and every politician knows that).
Welfare (I'd rather it be work-fair. If that is socialist, so be it! You can't turn women and children out in the cold. Well, Tigger could, but I wouldn't.).
Medicare (Sure. I'd mess with it. Put everyone on a one payor, Affordable Health Care Plan! Chuck those darned for profit, privite health insurance companies. Employers wouldn't have to worry about the cost of buying health insurance for their workers, either).
All Foreign Aid (Yes, there can be cuts here, but not completely.).
All Domestic Farm & Business Aid (Oh, probably some cuts, but more tax break for companies that hire workers. And you don't really want to piss off the farmers. They feed us, folks!).
Disaster Relief Aid (Ridiculous! Just for that, may you experience floods and pestiluence!). Just No.
Additions: Reinstate tariffs. Less purchasing from countries that tariff us & or don't purchase our products. Big taxes for companies that outsource American jobs. Re-write tax tables, and reduce cooperate loopholes.
We're leaving Afghanistan. So, hopefully military spending will go down automically. I'd like to see spending on military weapons and supplies be more efficient. No more "no bid" contracts on anything. And why can't the military do it's own mess detail again, instead of private contractors feeding and running kitchens?
Last edited by Rosie1; 03-20-12 at 11:07 AM.
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We'll start with the first two, the departments. They are, of course, parts of the executive branch, not the legislative, and are thus covered under Article II, Section 2, which fully authorizes the president to have whatever departments so desired, and does not list which topics can or cannot have departments dedicated to them.
The rest are easily covered under the very first clause of Article I, Section 8, the power of congress to tax and spend for the general welfare. That clause is actually one of substance, as opposed to the final one, the necessary and proper clause, which does not entail congress to any powers not otherwise covered in the section. Additionally, foreign aid is authorized in the commerce clause, allowing congress to regulate trade with foreign nations.
Buy a textbook about constitutional law. Read it. And then you won't make silly claims like this that have no actual bearing on the way American law has been conducted for the last two hundred years.
It doesn't have to. Congress has enumerated powers. Any power not specifically granted to it is denied it. It's just that many powers involving the taxing and spending of money are specifically granted to it, much to the chagrin of some folks.
Last edited by Paschendale; 03-20-12 at 11:14 AM.
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so the "solution", once again, is a ten percent tax cut for the top marginal rate while cutting safety net programs.
i am Jack's complete lack of surprise.
The Constitution is a power grant. It enumerates specific powers; the government may only do what the Constitution authorizes. It doesn't have to "ban" anything; if it doesn't grant it, then the government can't do it.
But if you want to go down that rabbit hole, where does the Constitution "specifically ban" the government from shutting down the Internet whenever it chooses? Or individual websites? Or your own personal access to it?
Where does it "specifically ban" the government from deciding for you what color your car will be? Or what you'll name your children?
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.
Let's be clear: In Ryan's "draconian, politically impossible" budget the United States won't run a surplus until 2040. The budget that is too radical in it's "unworkable" spending cuts takes a mere 28 years for our budget to be back in the black. The CBO Alternative Fiscal Scenario? Well, by that measure we'll be bankrupt long before we even get there. If we are at this point politically we might as well just give up now and get it over with.
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