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Comment: Re:Here's a better question to answer: (Score 1) 104

by Mr. Arbusto (#36980558) Attached to: Federal IT Will Survive the Budget Deal

Next years spending increases. I really, really, REALLY wish the media didn't go long with the spin that is included with baseline budgeting. Here is, as of my quick glance before posting, a description of the atrocity known as baseline budgeting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseline_(budgeting) [wikipedia.org]

In short, next years budget will be bigger than this years budget. In 2011, we spent about 3.8 Trillion (3,800,000,000,000) (We'll ignore the fact we went most of 2011 without a budget) and had a deficit for the year of about 1.6 trillion (1,600,000,000,000). The 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) of "cuts" are against the baseline over the next 10 years. So, they are "Planning" to not spend another 20 billion (20,000,000,000) over the next 10 years. The 20 billion of this years budget is a huge, gauging, painfull %0.005.

        Also, the cuts cannot be guaranteed because, we still don't have the budget for 2012 completed, that isn't even going to be done till after the election with this deal. Also, no congress can pass a law that the next congress can't change, which makes promises for 5 years from now next to meaningless.

In short, nothing didn't survive the budget deal. The rate of growth of the government from this year, compared to next year was reduced.

Comment: Re:Here's a better question to answer: (Score 1) 104

by Mr. Arbusto (#36980118) Attached to: Federal IT Will Survive the Budget Deal

Next years spending increases. I really, really, REALLY wish the media didn't go long with the spin that is included with baseline budgeting. Here is, as of my quick glance before posting, a description of the atrocity known as baseline budgeting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseline_(budgeting)

In short, next years budget will be bigger than this years budget. In 2011, we spent about 3.8 Trillion (3,800,000,000,000) (We'll ignore the fact we went most of 2011 without a budget) and had a deficit for the year of about 1.6 trillion (1,600,000,000,000). The 2 trillion (2,000,000,000,000) of "cuts" are against the baseline over the next 10 years. So, they are "Planning" to not spend another 20 billion (20,000,000,000) over the next 10 years. The 20 billion of this years budget is a huge, gauging, painfull %0.005.

    Also, the cuts cannot be guaranteed because, we still don't have the budget for 2012 completed, that isn't even going to be done till after the election with this deal. Also, no congress can pass a law that the next congress can't change, which makes promises for 5 years from now next to meaningless.

In short, nothing didn't survive the budget deal. The rate of growth of the government from this year, compared to next year was reduced.

Comment: Re:Will it make a difference? (Score 1) 1042

by Mr. Arbusto (#36897372) Attached to: House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

Did you miss the part where this year's expenditures run at about $3,700,000,000,000. Which works out to about $10,000,000,000 per day right now?

This year, SS and Medicare are 1,700,000,000,000 dollars, which is a third of the budget. This number only grows as our demographics shift to become older in the coming years.

The military has a lot of cutting to be done, but it really only consumes about 600,000,000,000 dollars of the budget. Really, the total cost of the two wars is only about 1,200,000,000,000 dollars at current tally and it looks like we're just starting more and not getting out of the ones we are in.

Are you noticing the entire cost of invading two countries was less than the cost of two of our social programs? Even better 55,000,000,000 dollars of the Defense budget is actually VA/Healthcare benefits.

We have lots of cuts to make, lots of little things the government does that needs to be cut. The Tax system needs to be fixed AND we need to fix our budgets. The two big spending programs SS and Medicare are projected to be something like 2xGPD in the best senario.

Comment: Re:Will it make a difference? (Score 1) 1042

by Mr. Arbusto (#36894278) Attached to: House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

Uhm, probably because he is...... The point is it's an unsustainable sum of money we've been running on annually for the past 10 years.

We can finance the short falls now, but eventually we won't be able to sell out debt anymore or the dollar will just be totally worthless because we turned the printing presses to full.

Fixing taxes alone isn't the solution, things need to be cut and they need to be cut now, not 10 years from now. It's not even advocating for the abolishment of SS and Medicare its making cuts and adjustments now so they aren't gone in 10 years.

Comment: Re:how about just make the rich pay their fair sha (Score 1) 306

by Mr. Arbusto (#36836924) Attached to: Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

I said federal income tax, since we're talking about federal issues.

The lower half has an absurdly high tax rate when you include FICA, State and Municipal taxes. FICA/SS/Medi* also need to be fixed, and as a percentege of income, effect the lower 75% more than than upper.

The fight is just becoming, "FUCK THE RICH", rather than the Tax system is broken, the spending system is broken and they need to be fixed for everyone.

Comment: Re:how about just make the rich pay their fair sha (Score 1) 306

by Mr. Arbusto (#36815734) Attached to: Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?

And the lower 25% pay hardly any overall taxes and the lower 50% pay 0 or negative federal income taxes.

The lower 15% are paid not to work, and the middle make enough in wages or handouts to survive having to pay for the generational debt passed to them.

The system is broken on both ends and is pressing on the middle. It needs to be fixed. I don't think you realize how much money is being taken in a year.

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/feed-your-family-on-10-billion-a-day.html kind of puts it into perspective.

Comment: Re:Hey! (Score 1) 369

by Mr. Arbusto (#36780316) Attached to: Cut Down On Nukes To Shave the Deficit

Apparently you simply don't understand how broke we are and how expensive it is to run the current budget of the government.

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/feed-your-family-on-10-billion-a-day.html

There is also a video of the text somewhere, but it puts into perspective how big and expensive the current government is.

Changing the tax code and slashing government is the way to fix it. But congress will never let that happen

Comment: Re:Vacation? we don't allow that nonsense here! (Score 1) 352

by Mr. Arbusto (#36716500) Attached to: IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

Uhm, actually it means you or your employer can stop working, "At will" for any reason not related to Race, Color, religion, national origin, age, sex, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or based on the results of Genetic information.

Comment: Re:Hitting the Debt Limit doesn't mean Default (Score 1) 932

Alright, southern states can't get out of the debt the US incurred by fight the civil war....got it.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

The congress has made a rule that it can't create spending beyond a limit. That's fine, I don't see what the issue is. It doesn't matter if we hit the congressional debt ceiling because this forces the executive branch to pay interest on the debt because the debit itself cannot be questioned and it's the executives job to cut the checks. But per congressional rule, new spending can't happen. It wouldn't mainly mean a total government shutdown doing nothing but paying the debt with current revenue, since congress hasn't passed a budget and can't, per their rules, authorize more spending.

You might be aware of this, but we've been running without a budget for almost 2 years. Continuing resolutions have just been passed, with new spending tacked on. The debt has been entirely a congressional issue with spending going into over driver for the past 12.

First and formost....stop spending. Keep paying the debt until it's back to something reasonable. It's on congress to balance the budget and reduce spending, all the president can do is propose and veto or sign on spending.

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