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  • #4
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    We need to cut more from our defense spending while we still have at least a semblance of control over our MIC. We spend way to much to be the worlds policemen. Bring it home.
  • #46
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    We need to cut about half of the Pentagon's budget and get some real efficiency experts on the payroll, if we still have any after W. Edwards Demming died.
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    Call me sarcastic or pessimistic Buuut I will bet that the weapons manufactures can sustain a 15 to 20 % cut in their sales price and still make a shit pot full of money.
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    A 2010 study by the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that though there were modest benefits to participating kids, they soon evaporated. "The benefits of access to Head Start at age four are largely absent by first grade for the program population as a whole," it admitted. "For 3-year-olds, there are few sustained benefits."

    So in other words....... throw more $$ at a failed program and people cheer.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/head_s...
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    @drpeeper That study is based in scores on standardized tests once children enter school in low-performing districts. When their special attention goes away, so do their advantages. Surprise, surprise.

    But that's a short-term outcome. Long-term studies that follow Head Start children over the course of their school career show that they are less likely to enter the Juvenile Justice system and more likely to graduate from high school and at leat attemp college.

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/01/16/m...

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    @miketost Like the starving illiterate homeless children? Or did you mean the basically illiterate children that populate the public schools? Or the veterans, or the senior citizens?
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    Good lord now I've heard everything. How does 4.4% of the GNP morph into 42% of the Federal budget. The real number is 19% while social security, medicare and other social programs cost 44% of the budget. I am not advocating such a huge expenditure on military products that a bunch of crooks in the Pentagon say that we need, but in order to make a case to shrink the defense spending you have to be credible.
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    @Ryunkin it is a 1.1 trillion dollar budget with $488 billion for the pentagon and your math comes to 19%?!
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  • #53
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    The system would never allow for that, our government would collapse (Yay) and the politicians and those in power would never allow for it. Better than fiscal solvency, default, abolish the FED, and change how our political system spends and taxes.
  • #76
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    Do you understand the economic aftermath of cutting our way to fiscal solvency? We would cause our own recession.
  • #88
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    @AceLuby
    Why? How? Your view aids and abets the lavish government spending. Are you saying we should waste money, tax everything, and give Congress free rein to spend as they choose, because otherwise we are headed for a recession? If so, we are in worse shape than I thought.
  • #8
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    This bill increases spending and cuts veterans benefits! Of course I am not happy! Also we can't cut the Pentagon until we first reform it. Otherwise they'll keep buying 600 dollar hammers and not buy enough planes.
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    Head start has been proven to have no effect on a child's performance. There is no difference by the third grade. A waste of money.
  • #29
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    How about the economic value of the child's parent being able to go to a job while the kid is at Head Start?
  • #36
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    @DARSB How about folks wait until they're economically stable and can effort to pay for their own snotty-nosed brat and not put THAT burden on me TOO...

    Just thinking out loud
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    @DARSB Very true, if the Head Start were a quality product. Unfortunately, it never has been and has been used as just another cash cow for Democrats. The Democrats always trot out good ideas and then carry them out with half-hearted efforts. Believe me, I'm still looking for my honest man.
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  • #35
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    What it REALLY means:

    We are spending 10% less than the projected growth in the budget at past levels. We are actually spending MORE but have used economic voodoo language, as has been done in the past, to make it seem as if we are spending less. What we are REALLY doing is spending more at less of a rate of increase so we can tell you we are spending less without admitting we are really lying and doing acrobatics with language.

    Bottom line: you will work. We will take a larger percentage and tell you we are taking less. You will go ok and vote for us again because we said it. Nothing to see here move along. We rock.

    Suckers.
  • #41
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    Spending more, although at a slower rate, borrowing, and printing more money is the road to failure. We are now on that road and the professional pandering professional politicians are to stupid, inept, and incompetent to get spending under control. Government waste is enormous and the politicians keep it well funded. Term limits, no retirement fund, basic health care and living under the laws they make would help this country significantly.
  • #30
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    But it should phase out all welfare entitlements over a ten year plan: -10% per year. While gradually moving alleged needy to the automatic supervision of their extended family and relatives, networks more inclined to address personal problems or face stiff fines and surtaxes by family court judges and the IRS across state lines. That's how we can reduce poverty.
  • #82
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    Again, I hope you enjoy paying for your third cousin's rehab, forced upon you by the govt. Smh.
  • #162
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    It should phase wealthy welfare first, cotton subisidy, farm set aside checks, subsidized crop insurance for millionaires in Frog Jump TN to who hire illegal aliens.
    Tax breaks for Corporations for one industry but not another, all that dysfunctional goofiness.
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    @AceLuby
    [Again, I hope you enjoy paying for your third cousin's rehab, forced upon you by the govt. Smh.]

    Ill just have him marry your mother.
  • #166
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    @jeffreyknee Because Because I might not have a big extended family, or a family that can contribute. I also don't like the idea of govt making me directly liable for bill incurred by extended family and think it makes FAR more sense to spread that cost out societally.
  • #86
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    Head Start is a great program.

    Studies show that by grade 1 most of benefits from program are gone but yet these needy kids are in a much better condition for 1st grade than they would have been without Head Start, and that is the whole purpose of program. To give these kids a decent chance to be on par with standards for entry to 1st grade.

    Head Start replaces what should be done at home but is not for so many needy children. Needy Children who don't go to Head Start can scarcely do any reading, writing, and rithmetic when they start 1st Grade. They have few basics and tend to fall behind while the Head Start children compete on level with other 1st graders.
  • #64
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    Only Americans would brag about "only" spending a trillion dollars killing dirt farmers. We probably still spend more on our military than the rest of the world combined.
  • #60
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    Less on defense more on handouts. . . Hmmm. . . Iran has the bomb, China has a new Ultra Missile. that travels at 10 times the speed of sound. . . We have Dennis Rodman and Cankles Clinton. . . Sounds legit to me.
  • #55
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    Of course Bush spent more on the military. He waged two stupid wars that went nowhere and did nothing for the US. Total price tag of those wars was at least 2 trillion dollars alone.
    And for what? So we could lose 6500 US soldiers and spend 13 years in the longest running war in US history against a bunch of desert farmers who have no tanks, no jet fighters, no night vision googles, no aircraft carriers, no nuclear submarines, no attack helicopters, no drones, no star wars defense shield. My god, these farmers don't even combat boots.
    YET IT HAS TAKEN US 13 YEARS AND HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, COUNTLESS US LIVES TO GET TO THIS POINT.
    What we need to do is hire a few Taliban commanders and have them show us how to fight a successful war against overwhelming odds.
    The US military has proved itself once again to be the most expensive toothless dinosaur...all roar and not bite since Vietnam.
    Our generals need to be called into Congress to explain why a war that should have been over within a few months has dragged on for 13 years....with no end in sight.
    And that goes for Iraq too...
  • #52
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    My only hope is that they spend so much that the system crash, so SPEND BABY SPEND crash the FED! F::: the system.
    When Iceland had it's financial crisis they rounded up the bankers, press charges and within a year were free of debt, free of the banking cartels, and on the way to recovery!
  • #38
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    As we wind down the 2 wars that GW started yet did not pay for of course military spending should be down. Much farther down than it is.
  • #27
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    This is sort of the skeleton of the final bill. I'll wait for it to be fleshed out before I decide if it's a return to sanity.
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