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GOVERNMENT: Committee should heed taxpayers

Letter by William J. Schwehm, Lakewood on Oct. 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm with 25 Comments »
October 24, 2011 3:54 pm

Several weeks ago I sent a letter to Sen. Patty Murray concerning the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

In my letter, I included a list of several government programs, that in my opinion, are a massive waste of our tax dollars. Many of these programs cost millions and in some cases billions of dollars. The total cost of all programs is over $1.3 trillion. I cannot take credit for this list of programs. That was done by someone who did a lot of study and investigation in compiling and publishing the list and cost of each program.

Today, I received the senator’s reply in which there was no mention of the content of my letter. It contained her position on the committe, and that their task would require some “tough choices.”

She indicated she is working closely with her House and Senate colleagues to accomplish their task. Unless I’m wrong, it was these groups that put us in this financial mess. I’m not an economist, but I believe I can see wasted money when reading of some of the programs funded with our tax dollars.

I believe the Joint Select Committee would do well to give consideration to what the tax payers think. Perhaps each committee member should seek and give consideration to input from the citizens. They may be surprised by the replies of those whose money they are spending.

Comments → 25
  1. So Bill, what are some of the “wasteful and unnecessary programs” you think should be discontinued?
    Inquiring minds can hardly wait for your answer. We are not holding our breath though.

  2. Consider yourself fortunate, William, that you didn’t get a reply about Murray’s dog Spot. It often seems she picks her responses by throwing darts. In this case at least, she hit the dart board.

  3. There’s Velmak again….contributing to the forum in an intelligent manner.

    William….I’d like to see that list also, especially since “I cannot take credit for this list of programs. That was done by someone who did a lot of study and investigation in compiling and publishing the list and cost of each program.”

    The Heritage Foundation, by chance?

  4. Every time I write our esteemed Senators I get the same type of response. I’m not naive enough to think that my letter alone will change their mind, however, it would be refreshing to see the response match the subject matter of the original letter. These Senators do not “represent” any longer. They may hear what their constituents are telling them, but then they legislate as to what they think is best for us. You can’t fix that unless you vote them all out…

  5. I’m psychic….

    http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/10/How-to-Cut-343-Billion-from-the-Federal-Budget

    Honestly…it was just a wild guess….LOL

    By the way…I wrote my REPUBLICAN Congresswoman and got an answer to a question I didn’t ask. Vote her out!!!

  6. “They may hear what their constituents are telling them, but then they legislate as to what they think is best for us.”

    Possibly the Senator is reponding to a MAJORITY of constituents and you happen to not be in the majority. I’m certain of it in my case. I live with a slight Republican majority. Today….

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Our favorite posters are jumping all over this letter with partisan whining.

    Select members of congress were tasked to make large cuts in our budget to fix our incredible deficit. The clock is ticking for them to come up with a hard solution. She cannot even describe the direction they are going, even in broad terms?

    Our big govt spending is unsustainable. The outcry from the left whenever the word ‘cut’ is used gets us nowhere. Time for America to ‘eat our peas’, and recognize both parties got us into the mess we are in today yet only one party wants to end the spending nightmare.

  8. Your favorite poster caught the Heritage Foundation all over this partisan letter

  9. Kardnos I took your advice and look at the proposal. I would have to spend time to investigate all there proposals but many of them seem to make since. So what is your problem with the proposal. Is it that it’s from a conservative group so it must be bad. Or are you simply against cutting the Federal Budget? inquiring minds want to know.

  10. This is one of the solutions recommended by the Heritage Foundation for reducing spending they claim is contributing to the deficit.
    $140 Million: Eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities.
    It’s not the size of the reduction that matters here but rather the fact that it is a humanities function. I must ask again, why is it that conservatives cannot get their head around anything that promotes human interest for itself? At the same time they do not make one single cut in the defense budget. Surprise!

  11. oldman….much like the attempted cut of Planned Parenthood to solve a deficit that was created by an unfunded war, mowing down programs for the sake of a number isn’t budget management.

  12. Here’s one for ya, oldman…

    “$1,000,000,000
    Fund the Food Safety and Inspection Service with user fees.”

    USER FEES??????? That is known as a tax on the purchaser. So the farmer and food processor gets off the hook in lieu of you and I picking up the tab? Not to mention the substandard inspection during the transition of budgets…..

  13. Oh…and then there is pure fiction….

    $5,000,000,000
    Repeal Obamacare (larger savings in later years).

    First of all, there is no such thing as “Obamacare” it’s a madeup word for the Right Wing Salavation Response. Secondly, I don’t think there has been one dime spent on Heath Care Insurance reform to date…

  14. sorry…”Salivation”

  15. nwcolorist says:

    There seems to be a pesky fly buzzing around this thread today. Anybody got a flyswatter?

  16. LarryFine says:

    Ignore it…

  17. Buzz like a fly, sting like a bee…right Kard!

  18. Publico….you know, just that there is such a big deal made of my presense, let’s me know that they aren’t ignoring me. They can’t deal with the facts, so the take the infantile approach of plugging their ears and screaming….

    ::::la la la..I can’t hear you::::

    Bill Maher says it best….”They live in a bubble pretending that nothing is happening around them”

  19. Concerned…will you explain where the government money was spend in your link….

    All I see is that insurance companies got slam dunk customers….

  20. Oh…and while you’re at it, Concerned…tell us what to do with high insurance risk people…..

    Let’s try to avoid applause when someone says “let them die”….

  21. http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/09/maher-olbermann-make-fun-of-typical-gop-voter-in-bubble/

    check the 2:30 mark of the video, unless you want a few more laughs..

  22. Velmak….in a language only you could understand…

    “I know ya are but what am I?”

    By the way…we liked you better under your other monikers.

  23. maggots: often used effectively to clean up republican detritus.

    Brian Handwerk
    National Geographic News
    October 24, 2003
    Today doctors use medicinal maggots to clean wounds by dissolving dead tissue and to disinfect them by killing bacteria. These actions stimulate proper healing.

  24. Publico…..ignore it….LMAO