Budgeting Government Style

April 11, 2013 by toddvoge

Oh how I love budget time in Washington. How is it that they (Executive, House, Senate) all talk about “Savings over 10 years”? There is NOTHING that holds specific budget proposals past the current year. So the so-called “savings” are a bunch of bull. Both sides do this to hide the real truth. There are no CUTS. There may be lower increases in budget items, but they all still increase.

One item in the President’s budget proposal just riles me. What gives the government the right to dictate that if you make more than $1 million, you automatically owe the government 30% of that total? I agree that EVERYONE should pay their share, but, when nearly 50% of the country pays little to NO taxes (and most get money back they never paid in the first place – redistribution at its best), this isn’t fairness. It is blatant robbery.

The Federal Budget, like State Budgets and Local Budgets (County, City, School District, etc) need to show TRUE cost cutting. That means, get rid of baseline budgeting. If you don’t know what that means, it is simply whatever your budget is this year, that is the starting point for next year. So if I have a budget of $1,000 for 2013, my budget for 2014 will not be below $1,000. This is where the so-called cuts come in. If my budget for 2014 was supposed to increase by 10% (total of $1,100 for 2014), but it only goes up 5% (for a total of $1,050 for 2014), in the world of the government, that is a CUT of 5%!! They didn’t cut ANYTHING! They still raised the budget 5%. They just cut the rate of growth! This is asinine.

I’m tired of this. The “deficit spending”. All that means is they are spending more than they take in. Now, if you or I did that, we’d be in bankruptcy or jail. But they continue to do it year after year. It makes no sense.

One note on my diatribe above. You’ll notice I didn’t mention party affiliation on ANYTHING. This isn’t a Republican or Democrat problem. It is a systemic government problem! Until we elect people who aren’t afraid of making real change, we’re stuck with this. It’s frustrating.

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