My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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can you live with these cuts?

I probably could.

Fr. John Higgins These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy.$445 million annual savings.

Save America 's Treasures Program. $25 million annual savings.

International Fund for Ireland .$17 million annual savings.

Legal Services Corporation. $420 million annual savings

Endowment for the Arts. $167.5 million annual savings.

National Endowment for the Humanities. $167.5 million annual savings.

Hope VI Program.. $250 million annual savings.
Amtrak Subsidies. $1.565 billion annual savings.
Eliminate duplicative education programs. H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
U.S. Trade Development Agency. $55 million annual savings.
Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy.$20 million annual savings.
Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding. $47 million annual savings.
John C. Stennis Center Subsidy. $430,000 annual savings.
Community Development Fund. $4.5 billion annual savings.
Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid. $24 million annual savings.
Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half. $7.5 billion annual savings
Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20%.$600 million annual savings.
Essential Air Service. $150 million annual savings.
Technology Innovation Program. $70 million annual savings.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. $125 million annual savings.
Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization. $530 million annual savings.
Beach Replenishment. $95 million annual savings.
New Starts Transit.$2 billion annual savings.
Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts .$9 million annual savings What is this anyway…?
Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants. $2.5 billion annual savings.
Title X Family Planning. $318 million annual savings.
Appalachian Regional Commission. $76 million annual savings.
Economic Development Administration. $293 million annual savings.
Programs under the National and Community Services Act. $1.15 billion annual savings.
Applied Research at Department of Energy.$1.27 billion annual savings.
FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. $200 million annual savings.
Energy Star Program. $52 million annual savings.
Economic Assistance to Egypt . $250 million annually.
U.S. Agency for International Development. $1.39 billion annual savings.
General Assistance to District of Columbia . $210 million annual savings.
Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.$150 million annual savings.
Presidential Campaign Fund. $775 million savings over ten years.
No funding for federal office space acquisition.$864 million annual savings.
End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. More than $1 billion annually.
IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing payments to remain as part of its budget. $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. 1 billion total savings. …!Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees. $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of. $15 billion total savings.
Eliminate Mohair??? Subsidies.$1 million annual savings.
Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.$12.5 million annual savings
Eliminate Market Access Program. $200 million annual savings.
USDA Sugar Program. $14 million annual savings.
Subsidy to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).$93 million annual savings.
Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. $56.2 million annual savings.
Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs. $900 million savings.
Ready to Learn TV Program. $27 million savings.
Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.
HUD Ph.D. Program.Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act
TOTAL SAVINGS $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years
My question: what the Devil is all this doing in the budget in the first place…?
They need to add to this list:

Eliminate The Department of Education We spend billions for a declining educational standard vs the rest of the world. Save $69.9 Billion

Eliminate The Department of Energy It was created to develop an "energy" policy for the US with a max of about 250 people. To date we still do not have an energy policy and the taxpayers are feeding 16,000+ employees. Save $27 Billion

The number of Federal Agencies that we could do without are just too numerous to name, but some of the top candidates would be:

Amtrak (Go Public)
Anything to do with Health care - Leave it to the states
Barry M Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Botanic Garden
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Citizen's Stamp Advisory Board
1/2 of the Commerce Department
Commission on International Religious Freedom
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Leave it to the States
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council of Economic Advisers - They don't seem to ever be doing anything good to promote the economy

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  1. I also think the federal government needs to get out of home ownership- no mortgage write offs. And small business---How about a flat tax? I have been advocating that for about twenty years now.

    You left out that they plan on cutting about 1 billion from the military. Which is fine with me as well--- as long as they pull us out of every country except the US and prepare for those troops to come home without a job. It is, constitutionally, an actual role of the federal government- the military.

    Elimination of the Dept. of Ed will mot likely result in most inner city schools closing and other schools simply going to basics. All fine with me as well. I don't live near a big city and don't really have to worry about those kids. Upward bound and NAEP are a waste of money. Inner city kids parents might have to pay for an education. I believe all education should be local- give me back my local taxes and our schools would be fine here in rural Kansas.
    Music and art can be taught on the outside. I am wondering what will happen to special ed- since that is a federal mandate. Should we simply refuse to educate those who don't learn on the norm from the system as we used to? That is fine for my kids- if my grandson learns differently we plan on homeschooling anyway.

    Could we get rid of school lunches? They are not nutritious- but they do feed the poor every day. There has to be a way to fix that.

    Hope Vi- I don't think it is up to the federal government to care for intercity housing. That should have been eliminated long ago.

    Dept of Energy does a heck of a lot more than make policy. Look at your electric grid---it controls it. Applied Research at Department of Energy.$1.27 billion annual savings. is important to me for the research and that needs to be on a federal level as well.That would be scary to lose for me. I do think any inventions created by federal monies should be patented by the federal government. Did you know this is not the case right now?

    I love a good budget- maybe- just maybe - we will get one in the next three years!

  2. You should move to Somalia, they don't have any "wasteful" programs and I've heard it's great there. You'd probably love it there

  3. Linds, if we don't get this budget under control, we soon will be living in Somolia.


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