Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

This is would be another example of why Trump has to be seen by libertarians and other small government people as a mixed bag. He is pretty bad on some things but when was the last time a president seriously talked about cutting spending by 10% and getting rid of 20% (!) of the long protected federal bureaucratic class? (At least in some agencies.)

Hey, keep this stuff coming. If Trump wants to really get to the heart of the beast,

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The potential ‘economic catastrophe’ that no one is talking about

David Stockman and the co-Founder of ACC Hunter Lewis have both long talked about this thing that CNBC says “no one” is talking about.

Our debt has ballooned under Obama but we’ve been able to service this debt at ultra-low rates. However rates don’t stay low forever, even and perhaps especially when it feels like they will. When rates move up just a bit the cost of servicing our debt is going to increase big time. That will put significant pressure on the economy.

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The Pentagon is just another bloated government agency

This is the truth and sometimes it’s one that it is hard for “conservatives” to come to terms with. The Pentagon is filled to the gills with waste and inefficiency, it is big government.

The military and defense, defense, is enumerated as a role for the government according to the Constitution. But the key word is “defense.”

But even without a purely defensive military there are plenty of areas to cut, starting with the army of civilian employees.

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Don’t bail out politicians, jail them without bail

It’s your money not the government’s.

Don’t let the politicians and government apparatchiks off the hook. They spent too much for decades and all across the country politicians are calling out for more. Look to Puerto Rico, Detroit, soon Illinois, California, maybe Connecticut. Save us!

Don’t let the politicians bail themselves out. Hold them accountable.

And remember, bailouts for local and state governments are also bailouts for Wall Street which holds the bonds.

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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US Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Afghanistan Helped Anything

Our government system is so big, so massive, that $759 million can just be unaccounted for. No reason to keep track of what it did or didn’t do. Or to whom it went. Or, well, anything. It’s all just play money for our politicians and bureaucrats. The way the system “works.” “Good enough for government work” and all that.

Now, it’s not like that $759 million represents money taken from taxpayers. Nope, just play money which the bureaucrats don’t need to pay attention to.

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Fiscal Responsibility is a National Security MUST

(From The Conservative Review)

Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.

And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.

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Ralph Nader: Uncontrollable — Pentagon and Corporate Contractors Too Big to Audit

Best guess, I guess.

It so big it’s hard to comprehend. Which is by design of course.

In many ways these days Ralph Nader, yes that Ralph Nader, seems more concerned with curtailing runaway spending than many avowed “conservatives.”

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