View Poll Results: What goverment service that benefits you would you give up?

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  • Military

    15 23.08%
  • Infrastructure, such as federal highways

    15 23.08%
  • Scientific Research or Agencies such as NOAA

    12 18.46%
  • Education

    32 49.23%
  • Homeland Security / Law Enforcement (FBI)

    23 35.38%
  • Court System

    8 12.31%
  • Federal Reserve

    27 41.54%
  • Regulatory Agencies such as the FDA or NIST

    29 44.62%
  • Cultural Grants

    45 69.23%
  • Earmarks for your state or county

    49 75.38%
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Thread: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Across the board cuts and elimination of 1/3 of all federal agencies to start off with.

    Then re-evaluate and cut some more.

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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Loaded question, since there is plenty, plenty to cut besides what's listed... and you don't have to completely get rid of something to reduce its size.

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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Partisan View Post
    Government pensions........
    Yeah people that work for their retirement sure don't deserve those, and btw most of those pensions are in 401K's now just like other Americans. They also pay into social security just like other Americans. They pay into Medicare just like other Americans, and on and on.

    Putting the court system and military was dumb since those are part of the Constutiontal duties of Fed govt. Infrastructure can probably be improved somehow, but I don't know. The regulatory category is too broad, because some could go and others are needed.
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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Putting the court system and military was dumb since those are part of the Constutiontal duties of Fed govt.
    It would be impossible to frame the poll in a way that would make everyone happy. So either do you can with it or make a new post.

    But I will admit I worded it badly. The intent was to either give up or reduce.
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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by stalin_was_a_nice_being View Post
    I know its why I think the police department should be scaled back big time in areas with low crime. Because those police officers typically don't fight criminals but fight against "speeders" who are so dangerous. But really the police can't fight the crime that it was intended for that is why the feds created the FBI. Which says a lot about the quality of the average police officer.
    And then there is the building department of every city and town. These people when you contract an electrician or want to add to your building need not only to approve of the initial design but need to approve it once it is done. And then if they don't like it they can fine you but they don't fine the contractor or if they see something that doesn't meet up with regulation currently they will tell you to fix it or be fined. That is ridiculous. The government has way too much power and really you can't talk back to them because they will start to act all pissy and that just brings hell to you.
    Just a couple of observations about the above:

    I'd be willing to bet that speeders kill more people in this country than murderers do. Anyone want to take that bet?

    Folks in Haiti don't bother with those pesky building codes.
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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Just a couple of observations about the above:

    I'd be willing to bet that speeders kill more people in this country than murderers do. Anyone want to take that bet?

    Folks in Haiti don't bother with those pesky building codes.
    I am not saying that there isn't a need for building codes. There are, but the government doesn't need to be control freaks about it. We had one inspector telling us that the pipes carrying wires for electricity needed to be copper. Are your pipes made out of copper? I don't think so.
    Then about speeding, I bet you it isn't because they were driving fast but because they were going at a speed they couldn't drive, ie they did not know their limit behind the wheel. And there are a lot of lousy drivers so that adds to accidents happening more often and it could be because some drivers drive to slow or because they are distracted. But the point is that Germany has safer roads then the US. And the autobahn has no speed limit. Why is that? Because German drivers are not lousy like the US.

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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    didn't think of them when I was making my list.
    Considering they're the vast majority of the budget, you probably should have.
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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    I would be willing to give up the salaries of lawmakers, presidents, and various other overpaid lying scumbags.

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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I would be willing to give up the salaries of lawmakers, presidents, and various other overpaid lying scumbags.
    Overpaid? They are tasked with overseeing a government in charge of 300 million people, and you think a couple hundred thousand dollars is too much?

    The fact is that Congress already has plenty of millionaires. If you eliminate the salary, it would basically eliminate the possibility of anyone who ISN'T rich becoming a lawmaker. It would also further drain the talent pool, as smart people would prefer to make money in the private sector instead of serving the public.

    And needless to say, while it might feel good to do it, the effect on the size of government would be approximately nil.
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    Re: What would you be willing to give up to reduce the size of government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I would be willing to give up the salaries of lawmakers, presidents, and various other overpaid lying scumbags.
    Wow!!!!!!!... you actually said something I agree with!

    Edit.... I thought you wrote pensions… your record is safe.
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