The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
State Department diplomatic functions are cut by $650 million.
Global health programs are cut by $433 million
Millenium Challenge Corp. sees a $46 million cut
USAID loses $291 million.
By the way, foreign aid is only around 1% of the total budget.
Considering that the US exports around $186 billion in goods every month, maybe it's not awful that we plunk down some pocket change to prevent starvation and illness abroad. Certainly private citizens are willing to do so, at least when a hurricane or earthquake smashes a city abroad....
There is a private sector program, run by a company called SafeLink, which provides 1 hour of call time a month to qualifying low-income households. It's not a government program. (FactCheck.org : The Obama Phone?)
Quite a few federal employees will lose their salaries, if not their jobs. Contractors will go first, because they are a) pretty expensive and b) contractors, so firing them is a lot easier. The same with any company.welfare in all its forms, and political salaries and perks left in place?
I'd prefer that government agencies be run by Oompa-Loompas, and give out candy for free. Unfortunately, that's not how government actually works.Does anyone really believe that we would not be better off with the closing of the 50 or so czar offices and the politicians staying in DC till the job is done?
People want services, but don't want to pay for them.
These smaller airports are exactly the kind of "federal wasted dollars" that ought to be targeted. They're small, low-volume airports, and many receive federal funding and services because locals pressure Congress to keep them going.
What these small airports ought to do is the private sector thing -- namely, hire or pay for the controllers to keep working, and charge those who use the airport for that service. Instead, we get all sorts of hue and cry about how this government spending is "necessary." As long as the people who use the airport don't have to pay for it, that is.
Course no one wants to bring up Libya and the 290 some Tomahawks Obama blew off there. Nor his moving Our fleets around in a way that has caused us to double the amount of fuel. Then of course there is that fiasco of providing our equipment for the French. So all the while one can cry about Iraq.
Lets not forget Iraq and whats gone down with Obama there and of course there is Afghanistan where Obama has earned his just rewards with commiting us to another decade of being there. But hey lets all keep our mouths shut and don't say nothing.....Right?
"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
Moreover I am sure there are other federal bureaucracies. That can handle a 2% cut that are not as valuable as Air Traffic Controllers are.