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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Axe, Please

This article, originally posted in August, 2011, has taken on new significance in the shadow of the fiscal cliff.  It has been accessed over 1,500 times in the past 3 months and has had 307 Hits since last midnight.  To save our beloved readers the hassle of searching for it, I’m reposting it !  ~LTG

Doug Parris at The Reagan Wing has posted a  list of Government programs and entities for the Taxpayers’ chopping block.   What do you think? ~LTG

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Axe, Please.

  • National Endowment for the Arts (Can’t sell your art privately?)
  • National Wild Horse and Burro Program (Huh?)
  • Dept. of Education
  • Dept of Energy
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dept. of Transportation
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • FEMA (a corrupt organization if there ever was one–leave it to charities)
  • FDIC (a sham program with only a fraction of funds needed to save banks)
  • Freddy Mac &
  • Fannie Mae (helped cause present economic conditions)
  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
  • Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
  • Children’s Bureau (CB)
  • Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
  • Head Start Bureau (HSB)
  • Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI)
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)
  • Office of Community Services Block Grant (OCS)
  • Office of Family Assistance (OFA)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
  • President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
  • Office of Minority Health (OMH)
  • Program Support Center (PSC)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin.(SAMHSA)
  • Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT)
  • Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI)
  • Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB)
  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)
  • The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)
  • Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP)
  • Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
  • Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
  • Women’s Bureau (WB)
  • Job Corps
  • Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Internet Access and Training Program
  • Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • Bureau of Human Resources
  • Bureau of Information Resource Management
  • Bureau of Intelligence and Research
  • Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • Bureau of International Organization Affairs
  • Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
  • Bureau of Legislative Affairs
  • Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
  • Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
  • Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
  • Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
  • Bureau of Public Affairs
  • Bureau of Resource Management
  • Bureau of South Asian Affairs
  • Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
  • Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

  • National Foreign Affairs Training Center (former Foreign Service Institute)
  • Office of International Information Programs
  • Office of the Legal Adviser
  • Office of Management Policy
  • Office of Protocol
  • Office of the Science and Technology Adviser
  • Office of War Crimes Issues
  • Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash for Clunkers)
  • Cash for Appliances Program
  • Bureau of the Public Debt
  • Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI)
  • FHA
  • HUD
  • INDEPENDENT AGENCIES Of the U.S. GOVERNMENT;
  • National health and insurance system
  • African Development Foundation
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)
  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
  • U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC)
  • US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA)
  • Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm)
  • Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Mine Safety & Health Review Commission (FMSHRC)
  • Federal Reserve System
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (FCSC)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • Inter-American Foundation (IAF)
  • International Trade Commission (ITC)
  • Learn and Serve America (LSA)
  • National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
  • National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • National Ice Center (NIC)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (NRPC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
  • Office of Government Ethics (OGE)(LOT OF GOOD THEY DO)
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
  • Selective Service System (SSS)
  • Senior Corps
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • United States Trade and Development Agency (TDA)

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS;

  • Financial crisis inquiry commission
  • Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)
  • Arctic Research Commission
  • Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council
  • Chief Financial Officers Council
  • Chief Human Capital Officers Council
  • Chief Information Officers Council
  • Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

We’re taking food out of the mouths of children to subsidize worthless, indolent and illegal bureaucracies

  • Commission of Fine Arts
  • Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
  • Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States
  • Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
  • Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
  • Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States
  • Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Denali Commission
  • Endangered Species Committee
  • Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
  • Federal Advisory Committees
  • Federal Executive Boards
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
  • Federal Financing Bank
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee
  • Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (GOTTA LOVE THAT ONE!)
  • Federal Interagency Committee on Education
  • Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
  • Federal Library and Information Center Committee
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Board
  • Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
  • Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
  • Japan-United States Friendship Commission
  • Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Marine Mammal Commission
  • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Mississippi River Commission
  • Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy
  • National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
  • National Indian Gaming Commission
  • National Park Foundation
  • Northwest Power Planning Council
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
  • Presidio Trust
  • Regulatory Information Service Center
  • Social Security Advisory Board
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Veterans Day National Committee
  • Vietnam Educational Foundation
  • White House Commission on Presidential Scholars – “Presidential Scholars Program”
  • White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance

Swarms of officers sent hither to harass our people, and eat out their substance. (No wonder we’re broke.)

Now what Presidential Candidate would do that??

a non-politician.

What’s at stake?

Prosperity or Poverty.

only that.

Obama Administration Taps Into Federal Retirement Funds

Obama is playing a game of chicken with Congressional Republicans over the debt ceiling.

Last Monday, the U.S. government lost its ability to borrow more money because we maxed our debt limit. The Obama administration and the Dems want to raise that limit. House Republicans say “no way” — cut spending and reduce our $14+ trillion national debt first!

So tax cheat Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is dipping into federal retirement funds to keep funding government operations.

While this dipping is a temporary measure and, presumably, the borrowed money will be returned to the retirement programs, this may also be the Obama administration’s first move toward its plan to convert our 401(k)s and IRAs into annuities. That plan was floated as a trial balloon in January 2010. See my post “Obama, Hands Off My Retirement $.”

That is not far-fetched. Like hungry lions prowling for prey, the governments of five European countries — Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland and France – have taken over their citizens’ private pension money to make up deficits and budget shortfalls. See my post on this here.

Most recently on May 10, 2011, the Irish government announced its plan for a 0.6% tax on private pensions to drive jobs growth. (H/t beloved fellow Joseph)

~Eowyn

Zachary A. Goldfarb reports for the Washington Post, May 16, 2011:

The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money from the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has warned for months that the government would soon hit the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling — a legal limit on how much it can borrow. With that limit reached Monday, Geithner is undertaking special measures in an effort to postpone the day when he will no longer have enough funds to pay all of the government’s bills.

Geithner, who has already suspended a program that helps state and local government manage their finances, will begin to borrow from retirement funds for federal workers. The measure won’t have an impact on retirees because the Treasury is legally required to reimburse the program.

The maneuver buys Geithner only a few months of time. If Congress does not vote by Aug. 2 to raise the debt limit, Geithner says the government is likely to default on some of its obligations, which he says would cause enormous economic harm and the suspension of government services, including the disbursal of Social Security funds.

Many congressional Republicans, however, have been skeptical that breaching the Aug. 2 deadline would be as catastrophic as Geithner suggests. What’s more, Republican leaders are insisting that Congress cut spending by as much as the Obama administration wants to raise the debt limit, without any new taxes. Obama is proposing spending cuts and tax increases to rein in the debt.

“Everything should be on the table, except raising taxes,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Because raising taxes will hurt our economy and hurt our ability to create jobs in our country.”

The Obama administration has warned that it is dangerous to make a vote on raising the debt limit contingent on other proposals. But Boehner is demanding that Congress use the debt vote as a way to bring down government spending.

“I’m ready to cut the deal today,” Boehner said. “We don’t have to wait until the 11th hour. But I am not going to walk away from this moment. We have a moment, a window of opportunity to act, because if we don’t act, the markets are going to act for us.”

Geithner’s plan to tap federal retiree programs as a temporary means to avoid a government default comes as the Obama administration has shown growing interest in altering those programs to curb the debt in the long run.

Administration officials have expressed interest in raising the amount that federal employees contribute to their pensions, sources told The Washington Post.

The Republicans have suggested that the civilian workforce contribute more to its retirement in the future, effectively trimming 5 percent from salaries. The administration has not been willing to go that far in talks being led by Vice President Biden.

Treasury secretaries have tapped special programs to avoid default six times since 1985. The most protracted delay in raising the debt limit came in 1995 after congressional Republicans swept to power during the Clinton administration.

But today, the government needs far more money to cover its obligations than in the past, making the special measures less effective than they used to be. The government needs about $125 billion more a month than it takes in each month.

Read the rest of the WaPo article here.

Racist Hispanic Group Funded by Taxpayers

La Raza (in English, The Race) or the National Council of La Raza calls itself “a non-profit and non-partisan advocacy group in the United States, focused on improving opportunities for Hispanics” — Americans of Mexican descent.

But as its name “La Raza” implies, it is actually a racist organization. La Raza denies it’s racist, insisting instead that its name “La Raza” actually means the innocuous, non-race-specific, warm-and-fuzzy “The People.” That is political sophistry. Go to any Spanish-English dictionary and search for the English translation of “raza.” I did, and this is what I found:

Google English Spanish Translation for raza:

Dictionary – View detailed dictionary

  1. noun
    1. race
    2. breed
    3. strain
    4. colorcast

In other words, La Raza is a racist Latino, mainly Hispanic, organization that champions the “rights” of illegal immigrants aliens, as well as advocates open borders and the return (Reconquista) of the southwestern US to Mexico.

The territory in red represents radical Hispanics' fantasy and goal of Aztlan - the mythic homeland of the "brown race" (their term, not mine).

Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor was a 6-year member of La Raza.

This racist organization receives funding from philanthropic organizations, such as the Ford Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as corporations such as Citigroup and Wal-Mart. La Raza also receives some $5 million of our tax dollars each year — when America is more than $14 trillion in debt.

Ask yourself this question: Would the US government ever provide funding to a group that champions the rights of the “white” race or the rights of any other outlaw group? But our feral gubbmint is doing just that, pouring our hardearned dollars into this rat hole that champions the rights of ILLEGAL immigrants. For those who are language-challenged, illegal means OUTLAW!

Ralph Alter writes in the American Thinker, Stop government funding of La Raza,” March 11, 2011:

As we observe the baby steps being taken by the newly elected budget-cutting Congress of 2010, we are coming to realize how absurd the old Washington political approach of throwing money at our problems is. The remarkable capitalist engine driving our free republic had become so incredibly powerful that for decades politicians have been able to shovel billions of dollars toward our foreign allies and adversaries, developed a safety net that assured food and medical care for nearly all U.S. citizens (and millions of non-citizens) and funded crackpot studies of no use and political causes of nearly every stripe.

The funding for one such political group seems particularly inappropriate considering our current fiscal dilemma. Mike Piccione at Human Events pulled the tax returns from 2006 to 2009 for the radical Latino group, the National Council of La Raza, and discovered that our federal government shelled out nearly $12 million to help the controversial group promote open borders and amnesty for illegals during that period.

La Raza translates from the Spanish to “the Race.” The group has been associated with the motto: “Por La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza, nada.” This translates as “For The Race, everything, outside The Race, nothing.” The group publicly rejects it’s link to this motto as well as any connection to the popular Mexican concept of “reconquista” (Mexico) or taking back the southwestern United States by overwhelming demographics.

The details of La Raza’s use of those federal funds includes generous compensation to 17 foundation officers and board members ranging from $119,675 to $378,446. The tax returns also itemize a total of $800,787 for expenses “to lobby the U.S. government for money.”

Apparently at one time this made sense. A similar donation to a white supremacist group would never had gotten out of the gate. Paying special interest groups in order to enable them to lobby the government to pay them to lobby doesn’t seem like a very good investment, especially to a group promoting the continuation and extension of billions of dollars in payments for the welfare, education and medical payments for non U.S. citizens.

Call or write your congressman and insist that all funding to La Raza be ended.

~Eowyn