Paul Ryan…budget



A List of Republican Budget Cuts 

(Z: in the interest of ‘honesty’, here is SNOPES trying to wiggle out of what they’d have to list as TRUE)

Notice S.S. And the military are NOT on this list.

These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

Read to the end.

* 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.
* Eliminate duplicating 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% — $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.
* Freedom CAR 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.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
*Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
* 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 death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
* 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 Organization 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..
* HUD Ph.D. Program.
* Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
*TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?! Maybe this is why the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan

Z:  DEMOCRATS?  What about all the Republicans?  
THIS is why I will always respect and admire PAUL RYAN.


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61 Responses to Paul Ryan…budget

  1. bunkerville says:

    Where is the cut to planned parenthood? Did I miss it?


  2. geeez2014 says:

    Bunkerville…GREAT question and I just Googled fairly extensively….many articles mention this omission, stating that Planned Parenthood somehow falls UNDER Obama Care…not sure how. Here’s a quote:
    “A Republican aide noted that a separate bill repealing ObamaCare that the Senate is expected to vote on Thursday would defund Planned Parenthood.”

    Also, I find articles saying “Even members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which previously vowed to oppose any spending bill with funding for Planned Parenthood, said Wednesday that they now support a compromise that would allow states to decide whether to defund the group.”

    Lots of nuance……, I’m thinking Ryan wants these utterly ridiculous pork products cut and THEN hit the truly difficult topics like planned parenthood.. I can’t be sure, but it makes sense to me.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    My point, however, is less the BIG TICKET/BIG EMOTION subjects like PP and more the RIDICULOUS OVERSPENDING ON “STUPID STUFF”….


  4. John M. Berger says:

    “SNOPES” is, at best, a very questionable source, highly skewed toward a liberal bias. I’ve had several altercations, over the years, with Liberals attempting to use this in their efforts to obfuscate the [actual] truth.


  5. Well, this is a good start.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    JMB…exactly. That’s why I said “Wiggle out’…I’ve seen very damning true info on Obama, for instance, and they’ll give the story then call it something like “UNSURE” or “MIXTURE!” 🙂
    SNopes is run by a VERY liberal couple here in the LA suburbs about 15 minutes from me.
    BUT, it is still a source….sadly, there ARE no truly unbiased sources for truth.


  7. It’s just $250,000,000 (billion) dollars cut out of a $3,000,000,000,000+ (trillion) budget.

    First thing we need to cut ENTIRELY from the federal budget is the $986 billion dollars spent every year since The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“Stimulus”) was passed. Because there has been NO BUDGET during Obama’s entire reign, that extra “Stimulus” money became part of federal spending and with the Basline Budgeting process, it has been spent every year and had extra added every year.

    Like I said, this is a start, but he should be bold and end this entire stimulus outrage NOW!


  8. In fact: now that I think about it – First thing should be ending Baseline Budgeting! Get rid of it!


  9. And you’re absolutely right about the ridiculous things our Congress pissed away our money on, Z!!! Grrrrrr! It’s so hard to earn money, they have absolutely no respect for the earners and taxpayers.


  10. geeez2014 says:

    FW “he should be bold and end this entire stimulus outrage NOW!” Probably, and this is where Ryan gets SUCH criticism from the Right (and Left)…He’s a realist and knows you can’t go in and sweep everything out at one time… he has to be slowly massaging from the sidelines, figuring out what we can GET and still continue to get more, without outraging those they need support from. It’s been said a lot lately that even some Republicans won’t go along with him on some of this, meaning we lose our mandate/majority in votes.

    These are maybe the hardest times I’ve seen in our gov’t ..

    Last night we almost got through Thanksgiving…..about 30 of us….NO POLITICAL TALK! (other than a cousin who whispered ‘congratulations’….I wondered what he meant then realized it was Trump’s election, to which I said “Congratulations are in store that SHE didn’t win”…

    Then my sister, toward the very end of the evening, and deep into the living room where I’d just sat down, was saying “And that education secretary choice is AWFUL…she’s not for common core, she loves charter schools!” and I’m thinking (as I listen to my Ed,d grad from Berkeley whose worked in education all her life in quite high positions) “I need to leave…” and I did… as the cousin she was talking to said “ALL Trump’s choices are just AWFUL..” then my sis says “I need to unplug from ALL the news, i can’t stand it anymore.”
    oh God. If she only KNEW what WE went through when Obama was elected and how 8 years of THAT felt to us.


  11. I had to listen to a criticism of DeVos for having no experience.
    I said “So you voted for Trump instead of Clinton?”
    Some people have no sense of humor.
    DeVos does have a wealth of experience in education issues.
    Just doesn’t support liberal approaches to them.
    Like throwing money at them, which is germain to your post topic and thus circles neatly.


  12. John M. Berger says:

    “sadly, there ARE no truly unbiased sources for truth.”
    Yea, that’s what I thought, as well, and almost included it in my comment above.


  13. This list would be a good start…but since we’ve long stopped holding Federal government spending to it’s enumerated powers [ACA, Social Security, etc…]……it’s a drop in the bucket and a band-aid over the cancer.


  14. I hear you, Z. I and my youngest sister been unfriended and blocked by our sister-in-law and unfriended by our oldest sister because of politics and our strong Republican advocacy for our victory and objections to the protestors. It’s just ridiculous!

    It’s especially appalling about my sister because 2 years ago, along with my other 2 sisters taking turns, we went several times for 2 weeks at a time to care for her while she battled uterine cancer. Hard to believe she would do that after all that we did to take care of and help her through that.

    How, indeed, did they think we felt all these long years being attacked and abused by the Democrats and President Obama???? We’ve been under siege, abused and disrespected for such a long time.

    The shoe’s on the other foot and they’ve just discovered they failed in their thuggish attempt to stomp out traditional America! They’re mad as red hens about it, too!

    The MSM has done such a thorough job pushing conservatives into the shadows that Democrats are absolutely shocked to learn we’re still here and have the majority! Horrors for them!!!

    As for Speaker Ryan and his tweaking around the edges…. no matter how carefully he cuts, he will be horrendously attacked for it…. Better to take a sword to the whole damn budget and get it over with. He needs to fight alongside Trump to restore fiscal responsibility. Enough pussy-footing around everybody. What’s gone on is beyond outrageous and it’s time to put an end to it!

    If he has the courage to do that, then the American people will support him! The Left will be screaming like cats on a hot tin roof, but they’re always doing that! Let the battle begin!


  15. Kid says:

    Those programs all sound like money laundering. There is a lot more going on.

    God, the money they’re stealing…..

    Z, Yes, I’d heard many federal employees file their tax return they just don’t pay their taxes.


  16. geeez2014 says:

    Kid! so someone in the fed gov’t is covering for the employees? I’ve heard this, too. what the…???
    Hey, they’re also saying Jill Stein’s raising of over 4 million to looking to hacking elections is only an attempt FOR HER to raise money FOR HER. Interesting, huh?



    As most of you know, my blog is largely dedicated against MEDIA BIAS (as was Breitbart until Andrew died, sadly)….SO: I HAVE OFTEN SAID HERE, AND TO FRIENDS, “I’M ACTUALLY MUCH MORE WORRIED ABOUT A DISHONEST MEDIA THAN I WAS EVEN ABOUT A HILLARY PRESIDENCY” (which is saying a lot)…

    FW….I’m so sorry about your situation with your sister. Thankfully, we’ve avoided directly talking about this, and she’s spending the night here after dinner tomorrow night and attending my church Sunday morning…..we will NOT talk politics. If she even HINTS at anything (and I would be shocked if she did), I will only say “I will not discuss this with you…suffice it to say I find your opinions offensive to my country but my country gives you the right to think them…just don’t say them around ME.”
    (if I have the guts, that is!)
    FW, your comment about the media is so true…and Trump might just break thru this. Right now, he only sounds like a petulant thin-skinned 10 year old when he criticizes the media, but I’m HOPING that he articulates it better in the future and they can LISTEN TO THE WORDS instead of insulting the WAY he said it, like I just did.

    Perhaps Republicans are SO hurt by the CONSTANT leftwing media drumbeat against the good values and love for our country has , that they feel they need the sarcasm (Ann Coulter) or childlike insults (Trump), etc……I’m hoping that goes…and QUICK.
    If Coulter said what she knows without the hubris WE LOVE, America would be STUNNED at HER TRUTH. Likewise for Trump, I think.


  17. John M. Berger says:



  18. Sparky says:

    Sounds like a good start to me. Once ObamaCare is defunded and/or taken off the books, things will really start to improve. Thanks Z. I’ve shared this with others.


  19. geeez2014 says:

    CI…so what do you suggest?

    Ed, people don’t realize how broad and deep her background in education is.
    WHY don’t leftwingers want to have minority children, particularly, have their choice of school?

    I believe it’s THE UNIONS$$$ They can’t bear the fact that moneys will get differently distributed and are scared to death of it. The stories I hear about young children not able to read but passed on because the school needs those little butts sitting in their chairs in order to get their funding are deplorable…just heard a bunch of first-hand stuff only the other day….kids moved on….the unions get their money.
    I believe bi-lingual education is THE SAME THING. It does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for the dear little kids, and EVERYTHING for hiring MORE teachers, bringing in MORE MONEY to the system.

    Remember, people…Bush lamented “the soft bigotry of low expectations” and he was right.

    MY FAMILY is smart but they were no geniuses when they arrived from Turkey and Armenia (All Armenians, NO TURKS, by the way!) in around 1910…but the children learned English VERY quickly WITHOUT bilingual education! YES, they did! WE expect the best in children, Lefties expect the worst and want to spend money fixing it..except they only collect the money and keep it. (yes, my educator sister is VERY BIG on bilingual education)


  20. geeez2014 says:

    Sparky, thanks for sharing it 🙂 XXX


  21. Kid says:

    The Dept of Education is the future democrat voter spawning program.


  22. Kid says:

    @JMB, it’s in there many times under alias 🙂


  23. John M. Berger says:

    ” bi-lingual education” = bi-lingual illiteracy!


  24. geeez2014 says:

    You guys seen that? Just had it emailed to me.


  25. John M. Berger says:

    To me, “bi-lingual” education makes about as much sense as this:


  26. What the hell is death gratuity for Members of Congress?


  27. When my father (1911-1998) saw details such as those listed in this blog post, he’d say, “Somebody’s getting a rake-off.” Truth!

    A pox on these Congress critters and the POTUSES who signed the bills into laws.


  28. geeez2014 says:
    AOW…check THAT out! AMAZING!!

    JMB, would you believe I have two VERY excellent math teacher types who like the Common ore math/ They’re both fairly conservative politically, but don’t hate Common Core, particularly the math! GO FIGURE!

    ALSO, here’s what I hate about Charter Schools and Vouchers; What I hate is WHY DON’T ALL THE SCHOOLS OFFER THE SAME GOODNESS TO ALL KIDS? What hurts my heart is that schools in certain areas SUCK and other schools in other area excel.
    SINCE WHEN? When we were kids, we didn’t have to go school hopping/searching! The neighborhood school was where we got EXCELLENT educations!
    I find it so sad that parents have to add more complications to their lives and can’t just send little Johnny and Susie to the school on the corner.

    ALSO, the high school kids I know who were home schooled are SUCH different kids than those who weren’t. On the whole, they’re fabulously polite and well educated. We have, at the school I’m associated with, other kids who attended Middle Schools and are also terrific, but the preponderance of Home Schooled kids are noticeably good in all ways. A little naive, maybe? Not exposed to as much crap culture, so they seem naive? Maybe. But that’s GOOD!


  29. Z,
    Members of Congress need to buy their own life insurance like anyone else. America is not Animal Farm — or isn’t supposed to be, anyway.


  30. Z,
    Home Schooled kids are noticeably good in all ways. A little naive, maybe? Not exposed to as much crap culture, so they seem naive?

    In other words, they are allowed to have a normal childhood.

    All of my successful homeschooled students spend little time on the web, and some don’t have their own phones. As a result, they actually socialize with each other instead of being addicted to electronic devices.


  31. CI…so what do you suggest?

    Elect Conservatives……but even that likely won’t be enough. The culture of entitlement is too deeply entrenched.


  32. Mal says:

    Z, I believe the vast differences between the schools was caused by the huge influx of Hispanics who didn’t know English which made it necessary to first teach them our language. This left our own kids behind. The more affluent areas excelled due to there being little or no Hispanics thereby allowing more time and energy devoted to the curriculum.


  33. “You guys seen that? Just had it emailed to me.”
    Did you mean the Thanksgiving Address?
    Excellent. And another end run around the media.


  34. geeez2014 says:

    No, Ed…I mean the link in the same comment.

    Mal, but the more affluent areas also just plain have better schools because of higher taxes collected, don’t they.
    And Black ghettos, Hispanic Barrios….they’re spreading out…they’re growing instead of shrinking. I’m hoping whoever takes over HUD gets a grip and tries to clean up those sorry parts of our cities….bringing those deserving kids into schools with dedicated teachers.
    The REAL problem is discipline….we’re seeing so many HORRIBLE schools across this country, with kids swearing at teachers, threatening them…I hear of so many teachers going into other businesses….It’s so depressing to know there is a generation or two of REALLY screwed up kids. We can’t fix them as adults…we just can’t.


  35. John M. Berger says:

    “would you believe I have two VERY excellent math teacher types who like the Common ore math”

    It’s been my observation that math teachers, as a general rule, delight in over-complicating the subject and have little or no patience for those who lack a natural aptitude for it. Yes, I know that doesn’t include all but in my experience it applies to most.


  36. I assume then that you mean that Trump has a .gov host?


  37. Kid says:

    Two of the guys in our IT dept have had two children each in school, one of the 4 has moved on to college this year.

    Both of them talk about how No One at the schools will respond to parents. If you email they delete, if you call they aren’t there. There are untouchable becuase of the teachers unions.
    The olny solution is to go to local control of schools with accountable people in charge. Poor teachers are fired. Period and good ones are rewarded so long as they stay thatm way. Dept of Ed has got to.


  38. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, the link speaks for itself if you scroll down.

    JMB…I stank at math and agree with you, but these 2 teachers feel Common Core’s methodology is easier to learn.

    Kid…I agree….I do feel the curriculum should be national, however. I want to know kids in Arkansas are learning the same thing as they’re learning in Oregon…this is one country and cohesiveness helps…
    I don’t see why people can’t be accountable on the state level and still have a MUCh reduced Fed Dept of Education….MUCH reduced…and I suppose the states don’t want it too much because it costs them!? What do you think?


  39. All that’s left is K.T. Macfarland as deputy national security adviser.


  40. Kid says:

    Z, My first thought is you can’t have it all. 😉 Some districts, principals, teachers will always be better than others. The bad ones will sort out under my plan. Parents who care simply won’t reside in those areas and those schools will be underfunded and fail. Same principle as competition in anything. Products, services, all of it. Competition bring lower prices and higher quality and people vote everyday wiht their wallet. Same for schools in my opinion. And we need to bring back discipline.

    These kids all need to have their butt warmed.
    One of a million examples. I guess you could argue cotton ball parents brought this one, but then I’d argure, that this is itself Child Abuse and an area where parents don’t have a say, just like in their own home. Your kid needs to attend school or be inturned in detention and you fined, or put in detention yourself and your child will behave or else.

    Some people will be better, smarter, faster, more musical, more artistic, on and on. Inequality is the beauty of life, that by the way is another one the libtards are on a tear to destroy.


  41. Baysider says:

    I would seem to be a total no-brainer to collect back taxes from your own employees, federal government. And I think the ‘death benefit’ is like a modest salary payout to the family — similar to what most of us had when we worked for an employer. As for the rest — whack away. Why are we paying nearly a billion dollars into presidential campaigns as taxpayers anyway?


  42. Mal says:

    “Why are we paying nearly a billion dollars into presidential campaigns as taxpayers anyway?”
    A dam good question, Baysider. And I’m sure the list goes on. There is so much pork in the budget that needs to be addressed and I’m hopeful Donald will do it. That’s why we “hired” him.


  43. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, you got a check from an employer when a family member died??

    ALSO: In Germany, the candidates all get AN AMOUNT to run on, from the gov’t, and that’s IT. They have little lobbying, etc. I believe we should do that, too.

    Kid, BRAVO!! While I do think we could do better in equalizing schools as they WERE when we were growing up, I TOTALLY agree with you. Particularly how the Left can’t stand individuality and inequality….In their zeal to have everyone the SAME, the beauty of life is disappearing, the respect for other opinions, the dignity of individuality, etc…
    Great stuff, Kid..thanks.


  44. Kid says:

    Z, Thank you so much.

    In other news… “Why are we paying nearly a billion dollars into presidential campaigns as taxpayers anyway?”

    At this point it seems obvious to me that over the last 100 years, the government has gotten Extremely Creative at stealing money from us…

    Odd, can’t find the original –


  45. Well, I’m used to being the only one in class to stick his hand up and say I have no idea what the teacher is talking about while the rest of the class is sleeping, passing notes or has no clue either but is afraid to speak up.


  46. Kid says:

    Ed, I was the only one in class to hope that I got in so much trouble that hot nun teacher would put me over her knee. You saw this coming didn’t you Z ?


  47. Kid, that cute nun (Sr. Mary Caritas) used a ruler on my knuckles just like Sr Wilhelmina (Old Pruneface).


  48. It seems to me that every since we got the U.S. Department of Education, the quality of education has actually declined. Is this observation inaccurate?


  49. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’m not surprised! 🙂 And it IS funny!

    AOW…it’s SURELY gone DOWN.. I didn’t realize we didn’t have a Dept of Ed until 1980 and (drum roll) JIMMY CARTER did it. YES YES YES! That’s about the time they started going downhill, don’t you think?


  50. Kid says:

    Ed, I thinik Sr Maria Christie had a thing for me as I did for her. 3rd grade btw


  51. Kid says:

    AOW, Everything the democrats do is either to destroy America, create future lifelong deomcrat voters, or enrich themselves. Every Thing. Well three things.


  52. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, she liked being spanked, TOO?:” :=)


  53. Kid says:

    Z, Unfortunately we didn’t get that far. She went back into society and I never saw her again.


  54. John M. Berger says:

    “these 2 teachers feel Common Core’s methodology is easier to learn.”



  55. geeez2014 says:

    JMB…I ,know…weird, isn’t it?

    Kid, I had a college prof ex-nun….she wore more makeup than anybody I’ve ever met and wore stilletto heels every day……poofy hair; she really made up for lost time in the habit! Very nice woman….she dated an expriest prof, come to think of it!


  56. Kid says:

    Z, A million stories in the naked city eh? 🙂


  57. Kid says:

    At least 20 trillion !


  58. Baysider says:

    Z, I had a small life insurance package that paid out a modest multiple of my salary to my beneficiary. I had this at every job in the last 20 years. I think the last coverage was about $175k.


  59. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, I have never heard of that…Must be common. Good for you!

    Kid, by the way, I know you hate Paul Ryan and I want to THANK YOU for your astounding restraint in these comments 🙂 XXX


  60. Kid says:

    Z, I don’t hate Paul Ryan, I just don’t trust him. Yet. I have an open mind. I focus on actual events, not words. And that’s not a dig, just an explanation. I’m calm ! 🙂


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