And you won't get any arguments from almost ANYBODY that we need should aggressively look for those types of items and cut them out of our budget. Even so - those things mentioned add up to what? A Billion? Not really a drop in the bucket.<quoted text>
It took five minutes to find the following information:
The Government Accountability Office has issued two reports identifying $400 billion in annual duplication and overlap in funds.
The 2012 Pig Book Summary includes these as just a sample:$255 million to upgrade the M1 Abrams tank - which is opposed by the Pentagon.$5,870,000 for the EastWest Center, a pet project of Daniel Inouye.$239,000,000 for peer reviewed cancer research, but $5.1 billion has already been provided for research in the Labor/HHS Appropriations Act of 2012.$50,000,000 for National Guard Counter Drug Programs, but again $2 billion has already been allocated to the Drug Enforcement Agency for the same thing.$9,500,000 for high energy cost grants to the Rural Utilities Service, but this is a duplication of the Dept of Agriculture's Electric Loan Program.
That is just a small sampling. There is plenty of waste, duplication and just sheer pork that can be cut from the budget before ever touching entitlements.
But - you know as well as I do, EVERYBODY that parrots Hannity - "We don't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem!" is talking about cutting entitlements for the poor. They think some bum crack dealer is getting freebies from "Santa" while they have to go to work.
They're idiots, and I think you realize that, and I realize that - but most don't. Cutting to the truth is a difficult job when they DON'T WANT to know the truth.