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Rick Manning: On Obama’s Budget

GROWING GOVERNMENT, CULTIVATING DEPENDENCY || By RICK MANNING || You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by sneaking a peak at their budget. From churches and charities to Fortune 500 companies and individual households, financial statements show true colors, not just lip service. President Barack Obama’s recently-released budget is…

GROWING GOVERNMENT, CULTIVATING DEPENDENCY

rick manning|| By RICK MANNING || You can tell a lot about someone’s priorities by sneaking a peak at their budget. From churches and charities to Fortune 500 companies and individual households, financial statements show true colors, not just lip service.

President Barack Obama’s recently-released budget is no different and it showed the world what we already knew — he’s a tax-and-spend liberal with out-of-whack priorities.

Take its effect on America’s family farmers and ranchers, for example.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack described his boss’ plan this way: “The budget proposal achieves reforms and results for the American taxpayer… and creates a pathway towards continued growth and prosperity in rural America.”

But that’s just the press release version. The numbers behind the budget show only a desire to grow government and cultivate dependency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would expand discretionary spending by $1 billion in 2016 under the plan. Meanwhile, it would continue the increase of overall USDA spending — up $40 billion since 2009, when the president began his term.
Not exactly a nod to taxpayers or fiscal discipline.

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would also get a big raise under the budget to help them tighten their regulatory hold. Spending there would increase $450 million, or about 5 percent.

That is hardly a pathway to rural prosperity given the regulatory burden already weighing down farmers and ranchers. Not to mention the daily efforts by the government to overreach at the altar of climate change.

And how does the Administration expect to pay for its Big Government budget increases? Through new taxes and by gutting an efficient policy run by the private sector, of course.

First, farms would shoulder a brand-new death tax under the White House plan.

When land is passed to the next generation, heirs would face a new and immediate capital gains tax — even before they sell the land — in addition to the estate taxes already on the books.

Administration spin-doctors, who have made an art of class warfare, described it as “closing a loophole on the rich,” but the real-world implications would reverberate through rural communities from coast to coast.

Farmers, who tend to be land rich and cash poor, would be left with no recourse other than to liquidate the inheritance just to pay the taxman. Keeping the family farm in the family wouldn’t be an option …

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Rick Manning is president of Americans for Limited Government.  Follow him on Twitter @RManning957.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.

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5 comments

Class Warrior February 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Ah cut the soft shoe routine Manning.

You care as much about the poor old farmers as Chris Christie cares about the latest diet plan.

Let’s get down to brass tacks Bo!

How much are we gonna cut taxes for Millionaires?

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SCBlues February 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Does anyone really give a fuck what Rick Manning thinks?

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Godslayer February 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

Just the rich fucks who pull this puppet’s strings.

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Recall Loftis February 27, 2015 at 12:27 am

Did anyone notice the enormous increase in “taxpayer watchdog” Curtis Loftis’ budget this year? Pretty staggering considering he said he would cut spending when he ran for office but has since grown his budget by 40%. He hasn’t cut a penny. So before we talk about the federal budget, let’s get our priorities straight here at home. Let’s demand accountability from those whom we elect. Call them out when they lie to our faces like Curtis has done year after year. His bloated, bureaucratic centric budget is just another reason that office should be appointed by the Governor.

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FastEddy23 February 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

“… would expand “discretionary spending” by $1 billion in 2016 under the plan …”

1) “available for use at the discretion of the user: rules are inevitably less flexible than a discretionary policy.” – online spelling/dictionary.

Never trust a budget line item that is “discretionary” … That line item will be spent in its entirety for whatever the chief taxsucker deems “needed”, usually to feather his agencies nest with new office furniture, assorted automobiles, travel, parties, conventions and all too often, flowers and candy.

Occasionally a department manager will use the “discretionary” funds to replace items stolen and taken home by the staff … like coffee cups, coffee pots, coffee and sugar, hand tools and industrial shovel loaders.

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