January 23, 2011 by Post Team
Ohio Unemployment, (AP) – Terms like “cutting spending” and “raise taxes” but they sound quite simple, have become battlegrounds with Republicans and Democrats bids to frame the debate on how to cope to increasing the national debt.
Newly empowered congressional Republicans are minimizing the impact of their proposed spending cuts would have on millions of Americans, according to some Democrats and a bipartisan group.
Republicans leading by example, reported a return to 2008 levels would mean spending does not “cut”, even if billions of federal dollars would be cut. Another GOP leader minimize the economic impact of thousands of dismissal of federal employees, saying the overall employment increases.
Bill Hoagland, budget support former Republican now with the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said many elected officials are misleading the public. It is easy to say that eliminating “waste, fraud and abuse” will balance the budget, he said, but the major programs that must be mastered include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, which are sentence under discussion.
People talk about “cutting the government,” Hoagland said, “but the real problems are coming into our pockets.” This is true of these “rights” programs, he said, and federal highways, border security, education and other programs.
Although the Republicans leading the budget talk so far, Democrats have also been secretive about the financial realities. They defined the middle class families making up to $ 250,000, and said a return to higher tax rates of the Bush era would not be a tax increase.
And both parties have only paid lip service to meet the more expensive programs and high growth cited by Hoagland: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
House Conservatives promised to cut the programs even more deeply than their party leaders have proposed.
The Republican Study Committee, which the Conservatives are about three-quarters of all House Republicans have called on Thursday to bring the national agency budgets of their levels of 2006. Republicans around a cut to 175 billion from current levels, and about 90 billion more than the reductions promise it last fall.
The proposed reductions, which Senate Democrats are likely to mitigate or defeat, would fall entirely on “discretionary” programs like education, environmental protection, agriculture and the Department of Justice. Left untouched was the national security military, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Some Republicans, however, said they are now ready to put the military on the deck, too.
The GOP study committee would reduce and eliminate Pell Grants whole programs, all of which have supporters in Congress and elsewhere. They include the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities, the Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal assistance to people who cannot afford a lawyer, Amtrak subsidies and grants for community development popular with local officials.
The White House says the plan would force the firing of about 3,000 food inspectors, 4,000 FBI agents, 800 agents of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Agents 1500, 900 policemen and 5,700 U.S. correctional officers.
National unemployment at 9.4 percent is a major concern for both parties. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who chairs the Republican Study Committee, suggested that the government cut will boost employment in all, even large federal dismissals.
“We think in fact if you reduce federal spending, you help create jobs, help to foster a framework and environment where the real job creators can do what they do, create jobs and improve our economy, “he said Thursday. His office said he is unaware of studies directly addressing the issue, but believes “that government spending takes money from the private sector that could be used by families and businesses with greater efficiency, innovation and sustainable job creation. ”
Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier of, R-Calif., Forbidden call earlier the House GOP leadership for a little less dramatic spending cuts, which would most non-military agencies at 2008 levels.
“We’re not talking about cutting,” said Dreier’s committee. “We are talking about get to 08 levels, offering a high level of funding (Health Research) Grants, Pell and the safety of food and drugs.”
According to the proposals of the GOP leadership, funds to pay the Food and Drug Administration workers would fall by 35 percent, and over 1 billion. College Pell Grants would be reduced by more than 1,000 current and 5,550 maximum.
Chad Stone, chief economist at the liberal Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said it is misleading to claim that those who are not cut. Federal budgets have increased in recent years partly because of population growth, the recession fueled by the needs of the public and modest inflation, “he said.
“Going back to a higher level is definitely a cut,” said Peter.
On Friday, Capitol, some legislators and advocates scoffed at the proposed spending cuts, saying many of them will face powerful defenders targeted programs. The review committee would be the GOP hatchet Appalachian Regional Commission, economies and 76 million per year. The office of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky includes parts of the Appalachians, has not responded to a question about the proposed reduction.
Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed to this report.
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