We did a post recently on several “gay love” studies that are being funded with our tax dollars. At the conclusion of that report, we encouraged U.S. President Barack Obama to “start a list” of programs to be cut in exchange for the massive increase in the debt ceiling that he’s seeking.
Obama owes it to the country to outline what he would cut.
After all, he wants to spend another $2.4 trillion in money that U.S. taxpayers simply don’t have … on top of government’s existing $14.3 trillion debt.
Obama has an obligation to future generations of taxpayers to “start a list.” That’s what a real leader would do. In fact, when Obama voted against a debt ceiling increase five years ago he specifically cited a “leadership failure” that forced our country to “shift the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.”
Well guess what, Mr. President – that hole is trillions of dollars deeper now, thanks in no small part to your “bad choices” and “leadership failure.”
Anyway, in addition to the “gay love” studies we mentioned previously, here are a few other items that Obama should consider putting on the chopping block (all cuts previously proposed by fiscal conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives):
Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy: $445 million annual savings.
Save America ‘s Treasures Program: $25 million annual savings.
International Fund for Ireland: $17 million annual savings.
Legal Services Corporation: $420 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Arts: $167.5 million annual savings.
National Endowment for the Humanities: $167.5 million annual savings.
Hope VI Program: $250 million annual savings.
Amtrak Subsidies: $1.565 billion annual savings.
Elimination of duplicative education programs: H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
U.S. Trade Development Agency: $55 million annual savings.
Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy: $20 million annual savings.
Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding: $47 million annual savings.
John C. Stennis Center Subsidy: $430,000 annual savings.
Community Development Fund: $4.5 billion annual savings.
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid: $24 million annual savings.
Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half: $7.5 billion annual savings.
Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20 percent: $600 million annual savings.
Essential Air Service: $150 million annual savings.
Technology Innovation Program: $70 million annual savings.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program: $125 million annual savings.
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization: $530 million annual savings.
Beach Replenishment: $95 million annual savings.
New Starts Transit: $2 billion annual savings.
Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts: $9 million annual savings.
Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants: $2.5 billion annual savings.
Title X Family Planning: $318 million annual savings.
Appalachian Regional Commission: $76 million annual savings.
Economic Development Administration: $293 million annual savings.
Programs under the National and Community Services Act: $1.15 billion annual savings.
Applied Research at Department of Energy: $1.27 billion annual savings.
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership: $200 million annual savings.
Energy Star Program: $52 million annual savings.
Economic Assistance to Egypt: $250 million annually.
U.S. Agency for International Development: $1.39 billion annual savings.
General Assistance to District of Columbia: $210 million annual savings.
Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: $150 million annual savings.
Presidential Campaign Fund: $775 million savings over ten years.
No funding for federal office space acquisition: $864 million annual savings.
End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services: $1 billion annually.
IRS Direct Deposit: $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees: $1 billion total savings.
Prohibit taxpayer-funded union activities by federal employees: $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of: $15 billion total savings.
Eliminate Mohair Subsidies: $1 million annual savings.
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: $12.5 million annual savings.
Eliminate Market Access Program: $200 million annual savings.
USDA Sugar Program: $14 million annual savings.
Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): $93 million annual savings.
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program: $56.2 million annual savings.
Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs: $900 million savings.
Ready to Learn TV Program: $27 million savings.
Seriously … is there really nothing on this extensive (albeit not exhaustive) list of government programs that Obama and his fiscally liberal allies in the U.S. Congress can do without? And more importantly, is there nothing on this list that American taxpayers can live without?
Think about it as you scroll down all of those items a second time …
Also bear in mind that this list of cuts is derived exclusively from discretionary, non-defense spending. It doesn’t even address government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – or the massive entitlement programs that are sucking up an increasing percentage of taxpayer largesse.
Even more savings could be found by reforming those programs …
The bottom line is that government ought to perform a minimum of core, constitutional functions with maximum accountability, efficiency and transparency. It’s not doing that, though. It’s spending trillions of dollars that taxpayers don’t have on everything under the sun.
Gutting this list would be a solid first step in reversing that mentality – and the first tangible sign that Obama was serious about tackling America’s worsening spending addiction.