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  •  No matter how you parse it (7+ / 0-)

    18% of GDP going into federal coffers is not nearly enough for a functional government. Especially the one left to us by "Junior."

    Rick Perry wanted to get rid of which Federal Agencies again. Remind me. I forgot one.

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:27:57 AM PST

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    •  If we now have to reduce the size of government (4+ / 0-)

      from 18% from its current 23% I'm not sure we will have any functional agencies Anthony Page as a large part of the budget is non-discretionary, such as interest payments, retirement for veterans, certain entitlement payments.

      Of of the remaining discretionary spending we have to split it with defense.  I haven't done the math myself yet, nor seen calculation from others but whereas it is easy to see on average this is approximately a 22% reduction across the board, it could well be twice that the the discretionary programs.

      But, with the GOP in steadfast opposition to reductions of military spending, it looks like at an approximate level we'd have to zero out all agency and social spending.  

      On the plus side, at least we will not be in that embarrassing situation Rick Perry  was when he couldn't remember which 3 he wanted to eliminate, as now we can just "all of them."

      Once we get by the unimaginable human suffering, and complete chaos implied by this situation isn't politics sort of funny in a poignant way? Who could ever have imagined, that in retrospect, compared to what we've just done, Rick Perry's moderate and restrained plan to only eliminate the Departments of Education, EPA, and Energy (or whatever that other one was) now seems remarkable progressive and brilliant.

      Maybe we can appeal to him to share with us his plan for how we might save all the others?

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:59:06 AM PST

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      •  Smoke 'em if you got 'em (1+ / 0-)
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        Cause the shit's gonna hit the fan.

        I can hardly wait for all the "self-regulation" success stories, since it worked out so well when we let the banksters have a go at it.

        Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

        by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:00:20 PM PST

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