Essential is defined as something that is necessary, indispensable or unavoidable. When money is tight and debt becomes unmanageable, families cut spending on non-essential items so that they don’t end up on the street, right?
The President and Congress tell us their spending is essential and they have to impose the largest tax hike in history on businesses and individuals whose yearly gross income is $250K and above. They threaten that if they can’t take more money from these hard working Americans, they’ll need to cut teachers, firefighters, police, military and programs that Americans have already paid into and rely on like Social Security and Medicare.
Let’s see what type of spending President Obama considers “essential”… does it justify a huge tax increase on hard working Americans?
Below are 44 items totaling $1.65 Trillion that the President is planning to spend this fiscal year (FY2011). The question is whether or not you, a taxpayer, consider these items to be essential at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed, businesses are being forced to close their doors, and our economy is on the verge of collapse as our debt, and the cost to service that debt, is exploding.
Our government sends hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to other countries every year and we’ve been happy to help when we’re doing well at home. Do you consider these spending items to be “essential?”
- $1 billion – to Mexico so that they can drill in the Gulf (while Obama caused 23,000 Americans to lose their jobs because of his ban on US drilling in the Gulf).
- $2 billion – to Brazil for OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING!!!!
- $63 billion – US Global Health Initiative.
- $30 billion – of the $100 billion per year for UN Climate Change Policy; the UN admitted global warming is about wealth redistribution, not climate change policy.
- $430 billion from TARP that Timothy Geitner stated will be recovered by January 2011 (90% of $700 billion minus $200 billion already recovered) – of which the Fed spent $350 billion in taxpayer funds to save 35 foreign banks.
- $1.9 billion – International Agriculture Programs.
- $54.1 billion – USAID to other countries for FY 2011 – President Obama already sent $173.5 billion for international/foreign assistance ($90.6 billion in 2010 – a 60% increase compared to FY2008; $82.9 billion in 2009 – a 47% increase compared to FY2008).
- $8 billion – US pays to IMF for Greece Bailout.
- $147.3 million – US pays Brazil each year in cotton subsidies to keep its mouth shut.
- $665.7 million – International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Programs.
- $5.96 million – U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation 2010 Awards (i.e. mosque restoration overseas). NOTE: Section 205.1(d) of title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations prohibits USAID funds from being used for the rehabilitation of structures to the extent that those structures are used for “inherently religious activities.”
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a FY2011 budget of $43.6 billion.
- $18.6 billion of the DHS’s $43.6 billion FY2011 budget (defund the duplicate organizations DHS created).
- $4.1 billion – Half of the TSA budget, which includes a FY2011 $508.7 million increase. It’s time to cut TSA’s $8.2 billion budget in half and the remaining $4.1 billion needs to be used for private companies who can fulfill the needs of airport security in a professional manner that does not violate the 4th Amendment (Video: TSA Terrorize A 4 Year Old Disabled Boy…)
- $734 million – FY2011 for DHS to purchase another 1,000 scanners.
- $200 million – FY2011 for DHS “to pay state and local costs of securing terrorism-related trials; a 10 percent increase.” We now have military tribunals which make this spending unnecessary.
Government employees, organizations and programs are paid with taxpayer dollars. The more politicians grow government, the more they must take from American citizens and businesses.
- $228 billion from TARP that Timothy Geitner said has been returned ($200 billion plus $28 billion in profits).
- $236.1 billion from Stimulus that the Obama administration claims will not be spent until 2011.
- $5.468 billion – “Civilian” R&D $61.6 billion, which includes an increase of $3.7 billion for FY2011; eliminate the $3.7 billion increase and cut another $1.77 billion from the $61.6 billion, leaving $59.83 billion to spend.
- $2.2 billion – Pay Raises (a 1.4% increase for FY2011 for 2 million Fed employees).
- $44 billion – This represents a 28% Pay Decrease for Fed employees (Fed pay increased 36.9% since 2000 while private worker’s pay increased only 8.8%. It’s time to be “fair and equal”, right?)
- $148 billion – loaned to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – these are government operated organizations that are taking control of 90%+ of U.S. home mortgages, and these are the organizations who contributed to the housing meltdown.
- $1.416 billion – Serve America Act FY2011 to recruit our children at school and force them into “volunteerism” (i.e. recruit and train community agitators).
- $1 billion – Dead people to whom our Federal government sends our money.
- $1.4 billion – FDA to take over our food supply and hire 17,000 more taxpayer-funded government employees.
- $400 million – Michelle Obama’s Food Deserts to open government food stores that are closer to urban areas to save residents the 5 extra minutes of driving time that it takes to get to their existing, privately owned store.
These are just a few of President Obama’s NLC spending priorities for FY2011.
- $10.00 billion – EPA; they’ve failed for decades to do the 1 task assigned… US Energy Independence.
- $1.18 billion – Workforce Development (i.e. special interest slush fund).
- $3.50 billion – Education increase in discretionary funding (i.e. slush fund).
- $4.00 billion – Community Development Block Grant (i.e. slush fund).
- $4.90 billion – HUD budget increase for 2011 (i.e. growth of an incompetent government organization).
- $80 billion to Apollo Alliance (socialist/communist George Soros group) to expand community agitation; see this video too.
- $422 million – Funding for Public Broadcasting/NPR – a private company that doesn’t need taxpayer funds.
- $161 million – NEH anti-American group which targets our military.
A few spending items planned for FY2011 while our healthcare premiums rise, SEIU halts coverage for over 30,000 children of low-income families, AARP says Obamacare is too expense for them and more than 111 companies that supported Obamacare who have now been given waivers because they say they can’t afford it.
- $51 billion Obamacare increase planned for HHS for FY2011, plus $21.066 billion for FY2011 Recovery Act Budget Authorization as shown in the HHS document on pages 3 and 4.
- $5 billion – Pre-existing condition coverage. Oops, they found that there are only 8,011 people in entire nation who don’t have this coverage, so the $5 billion would become a government slush fund.
- $17 million – Obamacare Section 203 for civilian “Ready Reserve Corps.”
- $657 million – Planned Parenthood.
Between MIT’s research which proves the global-alarmists’ “science” is false, the ClimateGate scandal revealing their lies and the recent admission by the UN that it’s all about wealth redistribution, would you consider these and many other spending items to be “essential?”
- $1.741 billion – INCREASE for “critical efficiency and renewables programs” – this is just the amount of increase to their existing budget.
- $2.4 billion – “clean tech” for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, a $2.287 billion increase from $113 million in the previous budget [ID:nN01180827].
- $6 billion – clean energy technologies.
- $535 million – Global warming money for a politically-connected private company, Solyndra, to lay off workers and build a new plant (see video here).
- $611.4 million – Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather data on ‘green jobs.’
- $123 million – DoE’s wind program, a $43 million increase over current spending.
- $300 million – the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
These are a couple of the increases to current budgets. Although our government continues to increase spending, the quality of education for our children continues to decline. At this time, would you consider increases and additional spending to be “essential?”
- $17 billion – INCREASE in Pell Grant funding from 2010’s $18 billion budget – the added $17 billion makes the FY2011 budget $35 billion.
- $1.35 billion – Race to the Top challenge.
- $155 billion in YouCut legislation introduced by Republicans – wasteful government spending that Americans voted to cut.