Our AZ GOP chairman forwarded this to some of us this morning:
Biting the bullet—cutting expenses.
I HOPE YOU WILL PARTICIPATE, AND DO YOUR PART!
The President ordered the cabinet to cut a whopping $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget!
I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc, but it’s time to get out the budget cutting ax, go line by line through my expenses, and cut back!
I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio -1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2000 a month; I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents!
Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about. I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries. (Did the President actually think no one would do the math?)
John Q. Taxpayer
What’s ironic about this, and please correct me on the math, but this little gem made the rounds a long time ago when the Dictator-in-training-pants (TM) announced with much fanfare this foolish little gambit.
If you do the math using the $100 B figure the Republicans promised to cut, rather than $100 M, the cuts rise to $60 of the $2,000 monthly budget, so the belt-tightening would be a reduction of spending to $1,940.
If the household budget was cut on the order of the $38 B the House Republicans claimed they have cut, then that would be 38% of the $60 cut, or $22.80. Under that analogous cut, the household budget goes to $1,977.20.
And, if the household budget was cut on the order of $353 M, which some analysts (including the supposedly non-partisan Congressional Budget Office) have said is the actual “cut” in the budget, then that analogous cut in the household budget jumps to a whopping 21 cents. The household budget would drop from $2,000 way down to $1,999.79.
The CBO now says that out of a total annual budget appropriation of $3.5 B, the cuts amount to $353 M.
I tried creating an Excel exploded pie chart, but $353 M as a share of $3.5 T is so tiny that it generates a zero value and, thus, no slice of the pie.
So I tried columns, and was able to generate something:
Recall, during the 2008 campaign, Opuppet assured the gullible American electorate he’d take a scalpel to the federal budget and thoughtfully cut out from it all unnecessary, wasteful and redundant programs, agencies and, well, spending. To cut out the $353 M of reduced spending, he’ll need a very sharp scalpel to slice off that just over 0.0001 of the total $3.5 T of spending.
I seem to recall Mark Steyn said the other day something along the lines that only a United States Congressman could look at you with a straight face and and explain how a minuscule reduction in an increase in spending was actually a decrease in overall spending.
The real question, of course, is what are we (and that includes you, dear reader) going to do about this? If you want to do more than just vote for the candidates that the two parties give you, and actually help better people come forward and run for office, by giving them a hope of winning the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary election, go to www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com. Then visit the Unified Patriots’ Activism Hub.
“We the People” are the guardians of our Constitution. We enforce it by electing better people. Every two years we can completely change out ALL members of the House and one third of the senators. It’s not hard. Just takes a couple of hours a month to be involved as a precinct committeeman on your local Republican Party committee. Over half of the Republican Party precinct committeeman slots are vacant in every precinct in America, on average. Want to change that? Want to “do something” to change the outcome of the elections? Then ACT. It’s not hard. You’ll meet a lot of interesting people and even have fun. I have. And do.
Through your inaction, you only have your liberty, and country as you once knew it, to lose.