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And, apparently the Republicans don’t want us to be competitive with China or anyone else – as evidenced by the above (posts) and other things like this one –

The Republican “budget cuts” for the 2011 budget affecting this year –

Have a change from $5.2 million for International Trade Administration

To what Republicans want it to be –

$92.7 million dollars

for the International Trade Administration

So, also apparently – they did not intend to cut the deficit at all –

They just wanted to move the money around to where it suits them.

And, at the Justice Information Sharing Technology where they want to make sure and keep up with every American citizen regardless of Constitutionality –

The Republicans want $101.5 million spent there instead of $10 million.

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And, if you ever want to know how they are spending our money on themselves and their staff offices –

http://www.thecapitol.net/FAQ/payandperqs.htm

At $174,000 a year per Congress member salary each and an army of staff members at over $150,000 each for each Congress member plus all their trips and a full bar provided in whatever accommodations they have (all top shelf, of course) – plus all expense paid just about every damn last thing anyway using our tax dollars – if there is any such thing as “entitlement” that is what that is –

They spend in one day, more than some entire national economies generate – and I’m not exaggerating.

But those are the people who think school children should not have school lunches or breakfasts – because, as Michelle Bachmann said – they will learn better if they are hungry. I’ve never seen her pass up a meal paid for by us – and we know she isn’t eating a $3.00 fast food meal when she does it.

– cricketdiane

US economic crisis – nothing – these people are spending on themselves like there is no crisis, no economic blight on our cities and the roaring 20s were an ongoing reality.

Then, they turn towards Americans and blame us for the money they claim isn’t available. Well it is available and the Republicans are determined that it go to foreign nations, foreign nationals, foreign businesses, foreign military aid, foreign aid, to support foreign dictatorships, foreign profit-making industries who don’t bring any of their money here, and oil interests in which they own a vested interest both personally and collectively.

They are also spending it for foreign nation’s schools and universities and research programs while undermining the funding for ours in the US.

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http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/_files/ProgramCutsFY2011ContinuingResolution.pdf

Over the entire course of funding for Independent Agencies this year which would include the National Transportation Safety Board and the Consumer Products Commission, among others –

The Republicans decided to fund only $575.6 million of the $1564.8 million in the 2011 budget. Why did they even have those agencies file budget requests, if they had no intention of giving funding to anyone except the CIA from among them?

And, that agency is probably funded in about fourteen other ways to Sunday on top of it.

But, no –

Investigations by Corps of Engineers ( in a nation of faltering dams & levees)

the Republicans want all money stopped that is going there this year.

And, that means ZERO for that purpose.

Construction being done by the Corps of Engineers – instead of $441 million – the Republicans only want $100 million to do all those jobs, even those in progress that we’ve already invested in doing.

And, for the Mississippi Rive and Tributaries where the Corps of Engineers was trying to finish projects and make this area safer –

No –

The Republican Party wants none of that going on – they are cutting that funding also to ZERO.

Because they didn’t like that people served the horrors of Katrina actually had any chance of survival apparently. Those are not their corporate “friends”. And that is where they want that money to go – either to their own pockets, their own corporate interests or to serve corporations from foreign nations who take those profits back home with them. And, to do that – they are robbing the very things that will keep people in the United States safe, or make our lives better.

That is just plain nasty wrong.

For Water and Related Resources, Bureau of Reclamation –

The Republicans don’t want $37.7 million for that – oh, no.

They want 0.1 million for it. And, yes – it says 0.1 million instead.

Those are the people voted to hold those “Representative” seats. I’d say they don’t represent the American people’s interests, at all.

It is evident by what they are choosing to do.

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759 US bases in 131 countries around the World.

There is another thing – which is that the Republicans want in their budget “cuts” to the US Budget 2011 –

AN INCREASE from $250 million dollars to $1,410 million (that would be over a billion dollars) for

LOAN GUARANTEE AUTHORITY

under the heading – Energy and Water Development – which includes coal-fired and petroleum fired electric generation, nuclear power plants, weapons activities and nuclear waste, among others – that means to borrow money by someone which we will then guarantee to pay off

Isn’t that how we got here in this trillions of dollars of debt they are claiming to be against doing any more of –

Hmmmm…….

Why, yes. It is.

(page 3 of the pdf) with the Republican budget cuts.)

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They want the Department of the Treasury to have not only their full operating expenses met – but an increase to $1,636.8 million  (yes, over a billion six hundred million dollars.)

Because – they want nearly every things from departmental offices to IRS enforcement to be massively funded, of course. Yes, most of these Republicans have had IRS troubles – these enforcement dollars aren’t to use against them – it is for the rest of Americans to be forced to comply with every letter of the IRS laws which no one can read and understand.

There is also a cut to the White House Repair and Restoration – because Republicans don’t care if it falls into the ground as long as their rich buddies making drugs or harvesting our oil resources are kept subsidized to the tune of trillions of American dollars.

And, of course they want to increase funding for illegal drug enforcement when it is obvious that if the Washington elite and particularly, the Republican party members would just stop buying them, the market for these drugs would damn near – dry up. If they weren’t buying prostitutes’ services, at least half of our young women and our beautiful smartest and brightest women would go work somewhere else and the rest wouldn’t be trafficked to provide those services to them. That market would dry up also.

They also want to increase the salaries and expenses paid to already rich and very well paid Federal Judiciary – from $143 million as suggested in the budget for (just this year) to $449.2 million dollars (for just this year.)

Well, let’s see –

What could $306 million dollars have done instead?


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Agriculture –

Departmental Administration and Offices

– 31.8 million dollars

Inspector General – (for Agriculture Department)

not $8.7 million dollars – they cut it to $4.5 million dollars

(that may mean that the Inspector General’s office will not be able to pursue anything of merit, doesn’t it?)

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Agriculture Research Education and Extension Services –

cut from $185.1 million (which was not enough as it was)

to only $84.3 million this year – (that takes away $100.8 million)

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National Institute for Food and Agriculture –

cut from $217.1 million to

$15.7 million as the Republicans would have it

but they would increase “other research by the agriculture service which probably includes breeding thoroughbred horses, or race horse foodstocks, or wait a minute, what is their other favorite use of our agriculture money – oh, yeah – providing subsidies to Monsanto for seed research for which they make the profits.)

Other Research (Agriculture) –

from $13.2 million to $20.8 million UPWARDS

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But then we get to Marketing and Regulatory Programs for the Department of Agriculture –

The Republicans are cutting that to undermine food inspections –

from

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

$75 million which wasn’t near enough at all

to be only $32.3 million for the entire growing season plus

and to cover not only the US agriculture products but those being produced elsewhere and brought to the US – like the Smithfield foods pig farm within a few hundred yards of the first swine flu case where the putrid fetid water was flowing from the pork-pig plant to the village and the not so distant discovery of tainted fresh spinach, peppers, what was thought to be tomatoes but wasn’t, the salmonella laced peanut butter (Georgia’s Republican State Product) and the E. Coli laced varieties of meats, eggs, pork products, and commonly, hamburger meat.

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But, for the entire Food Safety and Inspection Service – the Republicans want to cut $35.7 million dollars -Hmmm………..

From $88.4 million enacted in FY 2010

They want it to be $52.7 million for this year.

So, I guess they don’t care if these foods, agriculture products, agriculture and food manufacturing plants are inspected – they don’t want those business owners bothered by such things.

You know it will be the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on March 11, 2011 –

I don’t know why business owners (and Republicans) hate regular everyday American citizens so much. I don’t know why they won’t do it right and care for people as fellow human beings when left to do so without anyone requiring it. I don’t know that. But, I do know that they don’t.

It’s like Mubarak of Egypt. He had all the power to do it right and care for his people all that time. He could have. But, he didn’t.

There is a reason we had to have unions to represent the rights, dignities and basic human needs of workers, including safety. It is exactly because the business owners and government overseers were not doing it and would not do it and refused to do it and killed people over and over and over and over again.

And, they do to this day – and when they couldn’t do it that way in the US and get away with it, they moved their plants to other nations where they could still get away with it.

I don’t know why that is, except that apparently the rest of the 330 million Americans in America, are just cluttering up the landscape as far as the Republicans in positions of power are concerned, whether those are positions of government, Congress, states, state governments, cities and counties or corporate businesses. They also gave the rights of citizens to businesses and corporate interests as if those entities were not only entitled to such rights but could or would have the conscience that a human being has to honor such rights. It makes no sense.

But, back to the budget cuts the Republicans would give us –

(and will, since they’ve declared war on the American people, on the poor, on the disabled, on the families, on the children that are among the destitute, on the homeless, on the veterans and on the elderly and disadvantage.)

As I said earlier,

The budget cuts to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (and all its jobs and responsibilities in our national public interest)

would be to take away $126.3 million dollars

That would take a budget of $172.5 (barely enough to cover it)

and make it $46.2 million.

Also cutting thousands of jobs and educational opportunities to American citizens that live in America and pay taxes here in all 50 states, in fact.

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Rural Development –

Rural Housing Service Loans and Grants –

was $208.8 million

Republicans cut it to $35.1 million

(Now, tell me they don’t hate Americans and American families.)

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Rural Business Loans and Grants – (to cover all of America)

from $33.2 million

which the Republicans would increase to $51.4 million

(but do not expect that you or I could use any of that money to have or start a rural business – that is not what they do with it.)

Rural Utilities Loans and Grants (which keep the utility rates reasonable)

Republicans cut this one from $204.5 million to become only $6.3 million for the entire country this year – which means it won’t be available to help keep utilities going and financially solvent.

And, insures rates will increase on utilities across the nation as well as guaranteeing that infrastructure projects will be either withheld or incomplete across the country.

That also includes decimating the funding for those projects which have been already waiting for thirty plus years to get done, to get remedied, to get fixed, to get updated, to get upgraded for the number of people now in the common use area they are serving, or to get replaced as they should have been many years ago.

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The Risk Management Service for the Agricultural Department’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs – the Republicans want more support for them – those insurer and banking industry statistical services are necessary as far as the business community of large hedge funds and commodities traders are concerned. It subsidizes their need for information on which to do “trading” or as the rest of the world calls it, “gambling.”

That budget outlay would increase from $3.1 million to $5.9 million – gee, that’s almost double for people to risk analyze.

I hate them.

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It looks like they want to increase the Domestic Food Programs (sort of) – but the likelihood is that there will be so many increased stumbling blocks to receiving such aid that it will be nearly impossible for anyone to get it. That is the way the Republican Party does things. I know it also says that the Commodity Assistance Programs will be changed from $26 million dollars to $7.6 million instead according to the Republican budget cuts.

That’s because the Republicans don’t want people in America to eat. They are being served filet mignon at their table with their rich friends from dictatorships they are sponsoring around the world which we are paying for them to have as friends and to serve at their table – from our paychecks and small business profits that are taxed.

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The Independent Agencies which include –

(from wikipedia, if you ever want to know what those are)

And here are the “Independent Agencies” – whose funding is to be cut from $1564.8 million to $575.6 million – that is Minus a billion

(There are hundreds of federal agencies and commissions charged with handling such responsibilities as managing America’s space program, protecting its forests, and gathering intelligence. For a full listing of Federal Agencies, Departments, and Commissions, visit USA.gov.)

http://www.whitehouse.gov/our-government/federal-agencies-and-commissions/

You do not want to see this –

http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml

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Suffice it to say that these are the Independent Agencies whose budgets totally (excepting the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) are being cut across the board by a billion dollars –

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the United States federal agency with jurisdiction over interstate electricity sales, wholesale electric rates, hydroelectric licensing, natural gas pricing, and oil pipeline rates. FERC also reviews and authorizes liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, interstate natural gas pipelines and non-federal hydropower projects.

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The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is one of the smaller Executive Branch agencies, with just over 100 employees. It was established to administer the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), which provides Federal employees the opportunity to save for additional retirement security. The Thrift Savings Plan is a tax-deferred defined contribution plan similar to a private sector 401(k) plan.

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An independent Postal Regulatory Commission, also created in 1971 as the Postal Rate Commission and strengthened under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act enacted in December 2006, provides regulatory oversight over the activities of the United States Postal Service.

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The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) provides trade expertise to both the legislative and executive branches of government, determines the impact of imports on U.S. industries, and directs actions against certain unfair trade practices, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was established to protect investors who buy stocks and bonds. Federal laws require companies that plan to raise money by selling their own securities to file reports about their operations with the SEC, so that investors have access to all material information. The commission has powers to prevent or punish fraud in the sale of securities and is authorized to regulate stock exchanges.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates all commercial aviation accidents in the United States, and certain major railroad and other accidents.[12]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administers the principal United States labor law, the National Labor Relations Act. The board is vested with the power to prevent or remedy unfair labor practices and to safeguard employees’ rights to organize and determine through elections whether to have a union as their bargaining representative.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces federal antitrust and consumer protection laws by investigating complaints against individual companies initiated by consumers, businesses, congressional inquiries, or reports in the media. The commission seeks to ensure that the nation’s markets function competitively by eliminating unfair or deceptive practices.

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) regulates the international ocean transportation of the United States. It is charged with ensuring a competitive, efficient, and economic ocean transportation system.[11]

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. It licenses radio and television broadcast stations, assigns radio frequencies, and enforces regulations designed to ensure that cable rates are reasonable. The FCC regulates common carriers, such as telephone and telegraph companies, as well as wireless telecommunications service providers.

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The Federal Election Commission (FEC) oversees campaign financing for all federal elections. The Commission oversees election rules as well as reporting of campaign contributions by the candidates.

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates commodity futures and option markets in the United States. The agency protects market participants against manipulation, abusive trade practices and fraud. Through effective oversight and regulation, the CFTC enables the markets to serve better their important functions in the nation’s economy providing a mechanism for price discovery and a means of offsetting price risk.

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The Consumer Products Safety Board is among them, too.

(And others)

There are a small number of independent agencies that are not considered part of the executive branch, such as the Library of Congress and Congressional Budget Office, which are administered directly by Congress and thus are legislative branch agencies. There is one independent agency in the judicial branch.

Office of Compliance (Congress), also.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_agencies#Independent_Agency

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_agencies_of_the_United_States_government

Somewhere I had a page which completely listed all of these independent agencies of the government – but they included the Consumer Protection Agency and the list was pretty comprehensive. To consider that what would need to be a budget for all of them of really more than the $1,564.8 million (or one and half Billion dollars) budgeted for 2010 – to fund over twenty different expansive groups charged with the public safety and public interests of integrity such as the SEC must cover and the National Transportation Safety Board / FAA must cover, etc. – is to be cut by a billion dollars.

And, – to think of their budgets being slashed by a billion dollars is an unjust evil for the number of lives that ill fate will suffer as a result.

I probably put that last sentence backwards, I meant to say, damn the Republicans for killing and maiming people this way by unfunding and underfunding things that would have kept us safe.

Yeah, well knowing how they think about physics and not knowing what they do about things that go up – may come down also, I would not be surprised if the Republican party members and Tea Party conservatives did not know that airplane safety isn’t just to keep the planes safe for people flying in them, it also means they don’t fall out of the sky on someone else. Cars that aren’t recalled when they need to be – or that ended up out on our streets when the NTSB didn’t do the safety inspections that should’ve been done – could kill anybody.

And, when Bernie Madoff got away with scamming those $50 billion dollars from people because the SEC did not investigate him when they were told that there was a problem for five damn years – well, what results did that have?

– cricketdiane

Unfunding – $1,564.8 million

To be – $575.6 million

What kind of math is that?

And, then to spend $300 million on judges that don’t need another dime and already have pensions far in excess of the national norms – by a long ways?

What kind of nonsense would cause that kind of thinking?

And, that’s not all.

The NIST construction grants to be terminated.

The Washington DC Metro to be scammed out of $150 million when they were already in the hole by $72 million anyway.

The Corps of Engineers funding to be gutted.

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve to go from $120.2 million to $15.3 instead.

The Uranium Enrichment D&D Fund to go from $70 million to $26.6 which wasn’t just working on enrichment projects but others as well.

The nuclear waste disposal funds (which were severely underfunded anyway) are to go from $2.8 million to ZERO.

And, the Nondefense Environmental Management is cut away $20 million to become 0.9 million dollars. (Yes, 0.9)

The Environmental Management (EM) program is responsible for managing and addressing the environmental legacy resulting from nuclear energy and civilian energy research programs

These research and development efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy and its predecessors generated waste, pollution, and contamination which pose unique problems, including unprecedented volumes of contaminated soil and water, radiological hazards from special nuclear material, and a large number of contaminated structures. Much of this infrastructure, waste, and contamination still exists and is largely maintained, decommissioned, managed, and remediated by the EM program. EM’s responsibilities include facilities and areas located in 30 states and one territory that occupy an area equal to that of the States of Rhode Island and Delaware combined — or about two million acres.

Non-Defense Environmental Management

http://www.cfo.doe.gov/budget/01budget/ndefem/ndefem.pdf

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They don’t care – they can go live in Switzerland.

– cricketdiane

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(Note – but the Republicans do also have an increase in “Weapons Activities” of $312.4 million dollars – apparently, they don’t have enough ways to shoot the American people and everybody else in the world, right now.)

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There’s one more –

$488 million dollars for the Department of Homeland Security – just their offices (headquarters and administration) is being placed in their funding by the Republicans who are “cutting” the budget deficit from the 2010 budget for their headquarters and administration of $30.3 million. Which surely was way more than enough for that in the first place.

What are they doing – trying to keep up with the Egyptian’s 1.7 million member secret police and put them all in the headquarters at our department of homeland security? . . . I swear, they deserve each other. But, to give that purpose (the headquarters and administration of homeland security) $488.8 million dollars just for the rest of 2011?

Would this make sense anywhere?

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http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/_files/ProgramCutsFY2011ContinuingResolution.pdf

Republican Budget Cuts for 2011

Anything to gut the American economy further as they literally make war on the American people – as evidenced by the budget cuts they are demanding.

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AND for FEMA Emergency Food & Shelter programs to help in a disaster –

The Republicans have decided that there should be ZERO for that, too.

(not $100 million dollars – as the budget certainly would require – no, ZERO.)

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Happy Valentines Day

from House Republicans intent on decimating the American economy and every single household in America.

(and from me who can do absolutely nothing about it.)

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