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Super committee co-chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks to reporters as she arrives for a meeting in the Capitol in Washington November 18, 2011. The special congressional committee is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over
Patty Murray has an invitation for you.
Now this is a survey to freep. The new Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray says, “I want to bring the voices of the American people into a budget process and conversation that is too often limited to bureaucrats and politicians.” To that end, the committee has launched MyBudget, "an online platform for members of the public to weigh in as our nation works to tackle our budget and economic challenges."

Here's her invitation to you:

So please, use the forms below to tell us what you think. Share your stories about how federal budget decisions have impacted your family, your community, and your job. Let us know what issues we should be focused on. And pass along your ideas for how we can tackle our budget challenges responsibly.
There's no guarantee that Murray and her colleagues will prioritize your ideas over Simpson-Bowles, Fix the Debt, and the rest of the corporate-subsidized austerity industry, but if we don't response, we know who will be heard the loudest.

Go forth and budget on behalf of the middle class; for jobs, affordable health care and education, a stronger safety net, the preservation of Social Security and Medicare, a sane defense budget and an equitable tax system.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:55 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (27+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 02:55:08 PM PST

  •  "Bureaucrats and Politicians" (3+ / 0-)
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    Mary Mike, whaddaya, Words In Action


    Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
    I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

    by watercarrier4diogenes on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 03:11:34 PM PST

  •  Jobs, jobs, jobs (4+ / 0-)

    and protecting the Big 3.

    Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

    by bear83 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 03:22:14 PM PST

  •  Let's drop the big old weapons costs. We are well (2+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya, Words In Action

    past over-kill.  We're living on a small planet here.  Maybe we need global zoning laws--no wars allowed in small residential areas--i.e. Palestine, etc.  

    A small area that populated should be zoned for wars involving no more than rocks tossed at opposing sides.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:40:08 PM PST

  •  Thanks Joan, I did it and it felt good to rant a (1+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action


    Do not adjust your mind, there is a flaw in reality.

    by Shrew in Shrewsbury on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:35:48 PM PST

  •  Heck, they survey the big donors & lobbyists (0+ / 0-)

    every damn day. Might as well take the opportunity to get a word in edgewise.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:28:28 AM PST

  •  I love my senator. (8+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too?

    by AntonBursch on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:04:39 PM PST

  •  A $25/ hour living/minimum wage? (3+ / 0-)
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    4mygirls, newjeffct, LilithGardener

    Hey. If your asked, you might as well ask for what you really need!

  •  $100 billion to install solar panels (5+ / 0-)
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    jck, Losty, DocGonzo, LilithGardener, cruz

    on top of 1,000-sq-ft roof in the country.  More if that sum doesn't cover them.  Offset spending by taxing the living crap out of every carbon company in the country.  Cap energy prices increases at 2% above inflation, and make 'em like it.


    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 08:35:36 PM PST

  •  Audit the Pentagon... (2+ / 0-)
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    jck, LilithGardener

    Leave SS/Medicare and Medicaid alone.
    I don't expect the democrats to do any good at this point-it's not in them.
    But, please, stay away from the deficit scolds.


  •  that's an online platform? (0+ / 0-)

    it looks like three links to redundant email forms: name, address, comment. only the labels change.

    i'm sure there's a theory behind it of some kind.

    •  Email Harvesting (1+ / 0-)
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      Senator Murray will be emailing you to ask for money. That's certain.

      Changing our budget priorities by factoring in your freeform essay - not at all certain

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:13:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

        I get dozens of fundraising emails a day because I've donated in the past to various causes and/or Democrats, and I also try to fill out these sorts of surveys.

        "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

        by newjeffct on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:29:31 AM PST

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  •  Dear Sen. Murray (5+ / 0-)
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    sirfab, 4mygirls, andersr, LilithGardener, cruz

    Here's my pitch:

    (1) I want a ten-year plan to reduce military spending by about $35 billion each year (totals $350 billion/year in savings after ten years). That amount ($35 billion) would go each year into converting companies and jobs from military to civilian.

    (2) Move to a publicly-funded healthcare system that pays all essential healthcare costs out of a progressive tax. Increase all the income tax rates by about 2%. This would reduce the cost of healthcare in the U.S. from over 17% of GDP back to 15%, making us more competitive internationally.

    (3) Increase tariffs by 1% a year on all products produced overseas and sold here for ten years until there is a minimum uniform tariff of at least 10%.

    (4) Set the top income tax rate equal to 45% plus the unemployment rate. Make the people who claim they can create jobs prove they can do what they say.

    (5) Increase the minimum wage and implement an international minimum wage. Raising wages automatically raises revenue. Wages have declined in the U.S. which is why there's a federal budget problem. Fix the wages and you fix the budget.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, Senator, but I campaigned for you and I live in your state. Hint, hint.
  •  Things to cut: (3+ / 0-)
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    jck, LilithGardener, cruz

    Military (75%). War on Drugs. Corporate and agricultural subsidies.

  •  I told them that we have a revenue problem and... (3+ / 0-)
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    4mygirls, LilithGardener, cruz

    not a spending problem. That fiscal austerity at this time is bullshit, just look at Europe. We should be thinking about big things, like infrastructure, education, and not the deficit. If they want me to help them in cutting my brother's throat, they can fuck off.

    Of course, I was a little more polite than that, but I did call austerity bullshit.

  •  but americans ignore team limbaugh the loudest (0+ / 0-)

    megaphone in the land, with no talk back, so that the 1% and their 20% idiots can look and sound like 50%.

    it's amazing how the left seems to enjoy this stupidity, just as long as they don't have to pull their iPhones out of their ears.

    the voices of the American people
    what a huge finger to the patty murrays and other dems and progressives that the left allows their efforts to get minimized because they think that a corporate coordinated talk radio megaphone is some kind of expression of free speech or too offensive to pay attention to

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02:00 PM PST

  •  I did all 3 submissions offered (1+ / 0-)
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    on the site.  I hope this gets a lot of responses.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:30:44 AM PST

  •  Please highlight that poll on a FP post. (0+ / 0-)

    It is too opportune to let it slide into oblivion.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 04:51:48 AM PST

  •  Cut the Military (2+ / 0-)
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    LilithGardener, cruz

    The Pentagon budget (includes the CIA/intel budget) spends about $1.5 TRILLION a year. Even when the US was at war in Yugoslavia it spent only about $400B a year. We should cut back to $400B a year.

    The extra $TRILLION+ saved could pay down the debt all by itself in a decade. Combined with other sensible cuts to waste and investments in growth we could turn a surplus again every year starting in 5-7 years.

    Spending that $1.5T just gets us into trouble. The Pentagon can't even account for how much it spends, let alone on what, and therefore of course not how worthwhile it is. We go looking for wars, and find them in places that just cause more problems - and more expenses.

    Our wars against terrorists cost far too much on purpose: the terrorists' purpose, that is. "Asymmetrical warfare" lets enemies with little budget or firepower terrorize us into spending $BILLIONS to respond. More intel, more targeted operations, more development to cut off the source of their complaints for recruitment would be far cheaper. And create allies instead of enemies.

    Cut the Pentagon budget. We just did it by 22% in 2012 Q4, and though that brought down the GDP average, the public economy grew the way it had been all year. Cutting Pentagon budget doesn't hurt the rest of our actually productive economy. It helps it, and if reinvested better would unlock the growth that a decade of wasteful war has locked in.

    Cut the Pentagon budget. $400B a year ought to be enough for anybody. It's certainly enough for many of the rest of the countries' military budgets put together.

    We've got to stop destroying ourselves with the Pentagon spending. Cut the Pentagon budget. Now. That's your job.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:02:12 AM PST

  •  I put jobs, jobs, jobs as #1 (1+ / 0-)
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    and, investing in rebuilding America's infrastructure as #2.

    "I'm not a member of an organized political party - I'm a Democrat." Will Rogers

    by newjeffct on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:28:34 AM PST

  •  I said (1+ / 0-)
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    tb mare

    1. Cut defense by 1/4 to 1/3, focusing on making the bidding process more transparent and accountable, and cutting unneeded weapons systems. A majority of Americans have favored cuts of this size for decades.

    2. Medicare-for-all. The long term savings would be massive. Plus we'd have a healthier society.

    3. Legalize marijuana, and decriminalize hard drugs. Shift our spending to education and treatment, as the Rand Corporation suggested in a study commissioned by Clinton in the mid-1990s. It's not only the most effective way to address drug use/abuse, but it's also the least expensive. Of course, Clinton chose the study's worst options - more incarceration, more military. Has the added benefit of addressing the very harmful impact of the prison-industrial complex on poor communities and communities of color.

    4. Fully fund education programs like Head Start, and invest heavily in K-16 education. The long term revenues resulting from this will be huge, not to mention the benefits for our society and culture.

    5. Repeal Taft-Hartley, and strongly enforce NLRA and FSLA. The only reason we have/had a middle class was because Americans were empowered in the workplace, and demanded our fair share of the wealth/income being created in the 20th century. We can do this again.

    I could have thought of many more - maybe going back to the Eisenhower tax rates? A 40% capital gains tax? - but this is where I stopped.

    Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth. - Lucy Parsons

    by cruz on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:17:55 AM PST

  •   My priorities/letter (0+ / 0-)

    Mainly funding for early childhood education, and a bigger investment in science (NASA, NIH, and more for the CDC and EPA). Also, how about funding for environmental restoration?

    Kids need better access to pre-school and pre-K. Minds at that age need to be prepped and honed to be ready for grade school. Our country did great things with the GI bill from WWII, allowing many to go to college. We need a similar revolution in early childhood educ.

    Further science investment is a no brainer, the same as environmental restoration. These long term investments can provide quality jobs for my peers in the millennial generation. Many of us want to do something big and bold. Let us!

  •  Only 27 comments? Way to go Kossacks! (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently, the KOS Krew is much more interested in posting snarky hand wringing opinions about what the right wing does.

    On actionable opportunities to make a statement on budget priorities, not so much?

    Here is my short and sweet post to Patty Murray -

     •    Reduce defense spending by 30%

    •    Increase infrastructure spending on roads, bridges and alternative energy (dams, solar, etc.)

    •    Increase progressive tax rates to 45% in top bracket.  Increase tax rate on capital gains to the median earned income bracket level.

    •    Remove the cap on earnings subject to FICA tax

    •    Eliminate oil and gas depletion allowances

    •    Increase fees on resource extraction on federal lands to 50% of the value/revenue extracted resources.

    Not enough, but somethings.

    Snappy whining about "cat food commissions" and "fiscal curbs" etc. may be amusing, but they sap the strength for take REAL ACTION.  

    Forget the right wing.  Devote more energy to making a difference.

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