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you cut

Check this out a poll on where we think the federal gov should cut, with a new poll every week and a promise to bring the weekly winner to a floor vote!We'll see
Alex

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Re: you cut

republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/ Sorry finally realized I didn't post the link.The Idea seems OK at least we can see how our reps vote on ideas from the people.
Alex

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Re: you cut

Nothing will ever be cut as long as people buy into the idea that doing so will hurt too many people. The dialog needs to change, and folks need to realize that the damage caused by bloated government is worse than what'll happen if it's trimmed back. If you look at the raw data, the poverty rate in this country has been virtually unchanged since Johnson's massive expansion of entitlement programs in 1965. And yet in the past, the poor lived without indoor plumbing, TVs, air conditioning, phones, etc. Trillions have been spent on the war on poverty, and yet all they've done is move the bar that defines poverty. It's not about improving conditions -- it's about redistibuting income.

If you read the Federalist Papers, we've really lost the bubble in terms of how this country is supposed to operate. We've devolved into the notion that half the country can gorge at the feed trough, and the other half has to keep filling it. The problem is that it doesn't grow anything -- all of that money that could go into investment and actually create jobs gets siphoned off to address problems associated with low income. The upper classes are so busy filling the trough that nobody has time to grow more food.

Benjamin Franklin once said that the best way to make a man rich is to make him uncomfortable in poverty. There's a lot of data to back that up -- i.e. the poverty rate was dropping a lot faster before the entitlement programs were created than it has since.