Here’s the word for 2011: ‘Unwind’

Words matter to those of us who arrange them for a living. Amid the gusher of lists we see at each year’s end, I always take note of the various selections for Word of the Year.

“Austerity,” attempts at which sparked riots from the Acropolis to Big Ben, is Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s choice for 2010. The New Oxford American Dictionary went in a slangier direction with Sarah Palin’s unintentional coinage, “refudiate.” Edgiest of all, not surprisingly, is the online Urban Dictionary’s pick: “gate rape,” inspired by the feds’ new, more-invasive airport security measures.

But 2010 is nearly past. It’s time to look forward. And so, in the spirit of forecasting next year’s Heisman Trophy winner right after this year’s award ceremony, or placing way-early odds on the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee in the hours after the midterms, I offer this suggestion for semantic significance in ’11: “Unwind.”

The word could apply to a nation that’s been pretty tightly wound for a few years now. But I mean it mostly as a substitute for one of my fellow conservatives’ favorite words in nearly any year: “cut.”

Cut taxes, cut spending. Cut the deficit, cut the debt. Cut waste, cut pork, cut regulation. Cut, cut, cut.

Some of these uses are appropriate, if I do say so myself (a search of the AJC’s archives reveals I used the c-word in 26 of my 93 columns this year).

“Cut,” more than “unwind,” connotes the urgency we need in shrinking government. It also fits better on a bumper sticker, or in a tweet.

But as a precise description of the work ahead of us, “cut” doesn’t quite cut it. “Unwind” is a better way to think about attacking the tangle of federal programs, regulations, laws, loopholes and subsidies.

Oh, there are silly government expenses we could eliminate tomorrow with no ill effects. Take the millions Washington has spent on such study topics as male prostitutes in Vietnam and vague speech by American political candidates — both examples from “Wastebook 2010” by Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican.

And there are common-sense measures that ought to be taken in these dire budgetary times, such as a true freeze on all federal worker pay hikes.

But much of the rest is trickier. There are functions better suited for the state or local level, such as paying for transportation infrastructure, but which states and counties can’t afford to assume fully as long as Washington takes the lion’s share of tax money.

On that note, expect Democrats to carp loudly the next two years about “hypocritical” GOP spending — even as they know President Barack Obama’s veto pen would block the devolution of these functions, and a commensurate share of tax revenues, to the states. (Republicans should push for such a shift anyway, and make the White House defend the practice of spending Georgians’ gas-tax dollars on highways elsewhere.)

What’s more, the truly big-ticket items — entitlements — are very difficult to tackle swiftly. Dealing with programs that over time have morphed beyond their designs may be the best example of unwinding.

Even on tax reform, with the need to flatten and simplify the code — and then lower rates — unwinding is a more apt description of our priority.

If all this sounds more rhetorical than substantive, think again. Previous generations of leaders have allowed our problems to pile up for so long that our solutions must be timely, yes, but also precise and orderly. We cannot afford unintended consequences that undercut public support for unwinding big government.

So, here’s my resolution for 2011: Don’t just talk about cuts. Let’s be kind and unwind.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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khc

December 29th, 2010
7:39 pm

let’s start with cutting corporate welfare like tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and dodge taxes via repatriation loopholes

saywhat?

December 29th, 2010
7:50 pm

I’m pretty sure no president will ever have to defend spending Georgia’s gas tax revenue in other states, but much more likely, rather New York’s and California’s gas tax revenues in Georgia.

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/04/18/red-state-moochers-federal-taxes-favor-those-who-complain-the-most-about-federal-taxes/

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December 29th, 2010
9:00 pm

To the dummycrats this means cut defense spending.

So that they have more money to lavish on trial lawyers and the unions.

I guess they have a different word than Kyle does.

midtownguy

December 29th, 2010
9:06 pm

The problem with “cutting federal spending” is where the cuts will take place. Lets take the Department of Agriculture for example. Some say “cut farm subsidies” others day “cut food stamps.” Everybody wants to “cut”, they just don’t want a “cut” of anything they receive.

Claude

December 29th, 2010
9:30 pm

I think a better word than “unwind” is “unsnarl” or “untangle.”

Dudley

December 29th, 2010
9:36 pm

I report.

You need to thank unions for the work conditions you have 40 hour week, safe work conditions, etc.

BillieBobofdasouth

December 29th, 2010
9:54 pm

There are 3 big ticket items that are significant budget busters and we all know those 3. This silly insignificant talk about how studies are someone part of the big problem (we spend 2% of our budet on scientific and medical research) or are breaking the bank is disingenuous at best. No one wants to talk specifics these days. To heck with specifics let’s all talk in jingles or catchy phrases. The author of this column was correct when he commented his article may sound more rhetorical than substantive. We always here right wing pundits stating we need to cut, cut, cut, but when it comes to specifics they never state what needs to be cut. Instead they suggest cuts to social programs as if these programs are the ills of our society. If we are going to consider cuts we need to place everything on the table, especially the defense budget. And please let’s stop this nonsense about a flat tax rate for everyone. I understand no one wants to pay taxes but how are we going to function as a society without government working for the welfare of the society. Do you really want to cut the budget of your local fire department and or slash the police force? What about our infrastructure that we have forsaken for decades. No more simple jingles folks let’s be precise and make some tough choices.

JDW

December 29th, 2010
10:17 pm

JDW

December 29th, 2010
10:20 pm

@Kyle, something is up with the blog…I have tried to post the same comment three times and it does not show. Do you see it in your queue?

gw

December 29th, 2010
10:22 pm

is our children learning?

Brad

December 29th, 2010
10:23 pm

Typical Whiner post…something shallow and snarky, followed by a disappearing act.

Michael H. Smith

December 29th, 2010
10:23 pm

Fact check:

In the United States, Philadelphia carpenters went on strike in 1791 for the ten-hour day. By the 1830s, this had become a general demand. In 1835, workers in Philadelphia organized a general strike, led by Irish coal heavers. Their banners read, From 6 to 6, ten hours work and two hours for meals. Labor movement publications called for an eight-hour day as early as 1836. Boston ship carpenters, although not unionized, achieved an eight-hour day in 1842.

In 1864, the eight-hour day quickly became a central demand of the Chicago labor movement. The Illinois legislature passed a law in early 1867 granting an eight-hour day but had so many loopholes that it was largely ineffective. A city-wide strike that began on May 1, 1867 shut down the city’s economy for a week before collapsing. On June 25, 1868 Congress passed an eight-hour law for federal employees [3] which was also of limited effectiveness. (On May 19, 1869, Grant signed a National Eight Hour Law Proclamation.[4])

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-hour_day

Bill

December 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

Kyle, it sure is satisfying to use words like “cut” and “unwind”. It would be even more satisfying to see specifics around them. Sad to say, you and the the others who espouse this rhetoric do not have specifics (nor do you have plans for specifics). This topic would be really good for the country if you were truly serious – but we know you are not. It just makes for good political theater. That is truly a shame and a sad commentary on our ability to address problems that sorely need addressing. I would really love to see you have a column with specifics – but that is probably wistful thinking.

Regards,

Michael H. Smith

December 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

To heck with specifics let’s all talk in jingles or catchy phrases.

Talk about silliness. Please go to the previous blog: In fixing budget, be unfair to boomers

A number of specifics were given to help fix Social Security. Social Security was picked because it will be the easiest one to fix of the entitlements. Medicare, were the real money is will be much harder. With ObumerCare now in the mix of things it will only make it worse to take on.

Do come up with more than complaints about what we conservatives don’t do when all you are saying is keep on doing what has got the nation in the mess that it is in. Oh, forgive me almost forgot that one trick pony the leftwing constantly bring on stage for show and tell: Abolish the military and all military spending that will fix all monetary woes.

Go ahead and do that, then the least of our worries will be not having a fire department on every street corner.

Not So Casual Observer

December 29th, 2010
11:24 pm

There are specific steps to cuts that matter.

People live longer so raise the age for retirement under Social Security. Anyone who wishes to retire earlier simply has to plan and prepare on their own for the age they desire. The opposition to this simple fix comes from the Left. The Left goal of a dependent society is compromised and their power is usurped by such a plan. The Left blanches at the idea of individual freedom.

Likewise for Medicare, raise the age of eligibility. I have no problem with waiting five more years. Just plan for the future and these problems will be minor.

Eliminate the Federal Reserve. Each of their “moves” to attack the recession have done nothing but undermine the value of the dollar – a goal of the one-world group on the left and right – to create a demand for a one-world currency and one-world government. Sheer nonsense is this and yet a goal of the Bush family, the Rockefeller family, the Rothschild family, George Soros and others who believe they “know best” for all of the rest of us. Their real motive is MONEY!

As the Fed destroys the dollar the cost of every consumer good will rise and taxes will be the least of your worries.

If Iran develops a nuclear presence in the Middle East and we have not built refineries and started recovering our own oil then the US tax policies and spending policies will be a minor inconvenience in comparison to the destruction of our economy through greatly increased energy prices – a stated goal of the POTUS during his campaign and after his election.

While this blog group carps across the Left/Right divide about “specific cuts” and questions of the sincerity of each side, the little cartel pulling the strings on Obama and the US government simply chortle and continue down the road to extending their control of our lives.

Goldman Sachs needs to be dismantled and each and every person ever in their employ should be banned from government service at any level. Geithner and several others should spend the rest of their days in federal confinement. Few of you have any concept of the evil lurking at Goldman.

Michael H. Smith

December 30th, 2010
12:05 am

Their real motive is power. Everything else including money is a means to obtain that power. Absolute power.

Woe is US

December 30th, 2010
3:02 am

MHS: “Their real motive is power. Everything else including money is a means to obtain that power. Absolute power.”

Way to parrot focus-group-speak. Who are these straw men power grabbers that have your panties in a wad? Surely high on your list would be the evil cruella Granny Pelosi. Keeps you up at night, eh?

Sean Smith

December 30th, 2010
6:44 am

Lets unwind the wasteful spending on F22s. And for gods sake dont spend any government money on the savannah river dredging. If the shipping industry needs a deeper harbor they can get together and fund it. Oh and lets drop the crop subsidies like for peanuts. As a North Carolinian I am tired of Georgia sucking up so much federal spending.

Finn McCool

December 30th, 2010
6:51 am

While the United States has suffered the worst recession in living memory, I find that I have very few financial concerns. Many of my friends are in the same position: Most of us attended private schools and good universities, and we will be able to provide these same opportunities to our own children. No one in my immediate circle has a family member serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. In fact, in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the only sacrifice we were asked to make for our beloved country was to go shopping. Nearly a decade has passed, with our nation’s influence and infrastructure crumbling by the hour, and yet those of us who have been so fortunate as to actually live the American dream–rather than merely dream it–have been spared every inconvenience. Now we are told that we will soon receive a large tax cut for all our troubles. What is the word for the feeling this provokes in me? Imagine being safely seated in lifeboat, while countless others drown, only to learn that another lifeboat has been secured to take your luggage to shore…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-harris/a-new-years-resolution-fo_b_802480.html

jconservative

December 30th, 2010
6:57 am

“Let’s be kind and unwind.”

OK, I will be kind. To the terrified in our society this means increasing defense spending on more weapon systems the Pentagon does not want or need. Apparently it makes some feel safe to know we have 100 modern fighters we will never use in a wartime setting.

Lets be kind and unwind the Bush drug plan for seniors that will cost us 10 trillion out of the general tax fund over the baby boom period.
(Please tell Huckabee he is barking up the wrong tree – this is the Socialist program that needs to go first.)

DeborahinAthens

December 30th, 2010
7:03 am

Not so Casual Observer, have you any idea how awful our lives would be right now had the Federal Reserve not done certain things? I shudder to think about it. The first thing I would cut would be the Medicare Part D that Bush slammed through with lies about its cost. It doesn’t help the consumer as much as it does Big Pharma. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars.Second, raise the normal retirement age to 70 for those born after 1970. After all the life expectancy for people these days is 93. Those people born after 1970 are young enough now to be able to prepare. I don’t see that it’s fair to cut BENEFITS to people. After all, it isn’t like any of us have had a choice in “donating” part of our paycheck to the government. I’ve worked since age 16, and am now 60. I could have invested the money they took from every paycheck and gotten a much better return. SS is not an “entitlement” program like Medicaid. That money is MY money, and, by God, I want every penny I can get from it. This nonsense about adjusting benefits based on a participants income is BS!. Why should I give up any portion of what I put in just because I prepared for retirement by saving and investing? I could retire right now, using my own resources, should I choose to do that. But that Social Security money is my money.The third thing we should do is get out of Afghanistan and Iraq and stop giving those bozos the billions of dollars to line their pockets. These are unwinnable wars. When we just “left” Vietnam, the world didn’t come to an end. Today Vietnam is a good trading partner. Then, get out of the affairs of Israel and Palestine. Their issues must be resolved by those two countries themselves. We give Israel billions of dollars to turn around and make us look like yahoos when they continue to do what is detrimental to their own best interests. Then, stop spending billions on the “war” on drugs and prisons. What a joke! Legalize drugs, regulate them, tax them and use the tax money to treat addiction. How stupid is it to send billions to Columbia to “prevent” drugs from being created, only to see the money eventually end up in the pockets of the cartels. How stupid is it to spend billions on drug “prevention” (a joke-you cannot prevent drug use) when we have our American soldiers guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan so their number one crop won’t be destroyed?!!! It is INSANE! If drugs were legalized and regulated, the profit motive for the drug cartels in South America and Mexico would disappear. Farmers would become prosperous. And please don’t tell me this war on drugs works. It does not. Think about the hypocrisy in our laws. If you are rich, famous, an actor, a singer, or an athlete and you are caught on camera smoking or snorting, absolutely nothing happens to you. You are immediately a media darling and your You Tube video goes viral. If you are poor and stupid you go to jail. We spend trillions of dollars to put people in prison. We have more people, per capita, in prison than any other country on the face of the earth. Most of these people are there because of our stupid drug laws. Stop the insanity. Last of all, put the tax rates back to where they were before Bush messed them up. Two of his Treasury Secretaries told him not to cut the taxes because it would cause huge deficits. He fired them both. The most prosperous years in this country have been during times of higher taxes. If you don’t believe that, look it up. Cutting taxes does not create jobs. Never has, never will. Prosperity creates jobs. These are my ideas for bringing down the deficit, and yes, I am a Republican.

Finn McCool

December 30th, 2010
7:13 am

Deborah, also note that taxation affects the middle and lower classes differently than it does the wealthy. When the tax rate on middle and lower income families increases, their income will likewise increase over time to counteract the tax increase. Likewise, when their taxes are decreased, their incomes will decrease over time.

The opposite effect occurs for the wealthy when their tax rate changes.

This is from David Ricardo’s Wages and taxation studies.

nose4news.

December 30th, 2010
7:51 am

The only thing that gets unwound on this blog is the yoyo that writes it.

bwa.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

December 30th, 2010
7:55 am

Cut the Federal and State entitlement programs…welfare, education, food stamps, heaters for the freezing, school lunch programs…ya know the subsidies for the lazy.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 30th, 2010
8:05 am

Quarter of Georgians fail Army entry test -Urinal

The Teacher’s Unions are jam up, aren’t they?

But, of course, the test is racist-

The report, which examined the test results of 13,597 Georgians aged 17 to 20, found that 34 percent of African-Americans, 20 percent of Hispanics and 17 percent of white applicants did not pass. -Urinal

And we even got a sample question-

If 2 plus x equals 4, what is the value of x?-Urinal

Let’s pause for a moment so that Finn McFool can find his calculator.

So, anyway, in the very next Urinal “news” story, the AJC whines and moans about jobs being shipped overseas and the evils of capitalism-

But the jobs are going elsewhere. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with fewer than 1 million in the U.S. The additional 1.4 million jobs would have lowered the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, says Robert Scott, the institute’s senior international economist.

“There’s a huge difference between what is good for American companies versus what is good for the American economy,” says Scott.-Urinal

Now, let’s see here, if you were going to pay someone to build something for you, would you hire a dimwit obozo voter who whines all the time or a person with an education?

Just askin…

carlosgvv

December 30th, 2010
8:06 am

A large number of Federal employees are needed to manage all of those “federal programs, regulations, laws, loopholes and subsidies”. Many of these jobs are political plums given by the politicians to reward campaign workers. If you think for one second the politicans will give up this practice and these jobs, think again. It will never happen.

Finn McCool

December 30th, 2010
8:25 am

Kyle votes Republican? So, like most Republican voters, does Kyle live in a trailer park and vote against his own economic interests?

Just asking. Tools.

nose4news.

December 30th, 2010
8:26 am

Is it, “You’ve got another “think” coming”, or “You’ve got another “thing” coming?

It always is preceded by “If you think……”

SO, it has 2B, “…then you’ve got another think coming.”

but everyone sez “thing”.

morons..

Finn McCool

December 30th, 2010
8:29 am

carlosgv writes: Many of these jobs are political plums given by the politicians

You really don’t have a clue as to how large the federal government is and how many people are employed by the federal government do you?

“many of these jobs” are appointments? Go to usajobs.com and look at the number of open positions that people have to “apply” for and then maybe think on how many jobs out there are actual appointments.

maybe then you can grasp some reality and hold back on some of the idiotic generalizations???

Michael H. Smith

December 30th, 2010
8:38 am

Woe is US

Not in the least.

carlosgvv

December 30th, 2010
8:47 am

Finn McColl

It is clear you have little or no understanding of how the political plum system works. Before you embarass yourself anymore here, you might want to do some political research. If you cannot do this, then go somewhere else and stop bothering intelligent people.

Peter

December 30th, 2010
8:50 am

The right is a Joke…name a bill they want to pass with out PORK ?

williebkind

December 30th, 2010
9:01 am

“would you hire a dimwit obozo voter who whines all the time or a person with an education?

Just askin…”

Wait, did you not say that students could not pass the military exam? That is public education. So what education are you talking about. The college grads I am around are not motivated, kiss-a$$es, and do not perform better than a high school graduate. But they have that degee! With that perspective, it will take more money to do the same job. What is really sad, I have seen college grads’ poor performances with their university degrees but the military veteran who were trained in the technical arena, automotive & truck repair environment, computer networking are not recognized for their education and skills. They too must sit in a redundant class to get that degree. What a crime! A military person suchas a truck driver who has driven trucks over European roads, across the US, and even into Canada can not use their military training and license to operate a truck in the private sector. What a waste of money! Education? Were not all those CEO’s from tier 1 schools that failed their company. I am impressed! Education will never replace performance and those few who do succeed bear the cross for so many who will never want to succeed but simply draw a pay check. Colleges are not training our students. I hope you will realize that one day soon.

joe

December 30th, 2010
9:08 am

@ Dudley, While Unions may have had a role in the past, they have long outlasted their perceived value. I’ll give you due that they made strides improving work conditions and safety measures…but today, they are slowly killing the US from the inside by demanding/negotiating for huge benefit packages and even more out there-pensions. When you have bus drivers making six figures and retiring at age 55, the apples have fallen off the cart. We need a Reagen-esque move by the President (or next one in 12) to fire these union members and hire the unemployed at a more affordable level.

Road Scholar

December 30th, 2010
9:08 am

Finn: “When the tax rate on middle and lower income families increases, their income will likewise increase over time to counteract the tax increase.”

That may have been true in the past, but in today’s world of no performance raises and no COLA’s, it isn’t. What is not said by your statement is that the lag between the tax rate increase and any meaningful pay raise is getting longer. State workers and retirees, for instance, have not had a raise in 4 years, except for promotions. (the work/responsibility increase when promoted does not equal the wage/benefit increase). While taxes have gone down in that period, they were not “coordinated”.

DeborahinAthens:@7:03- I agree with you, and I am an independant (leans to financially conservative Democrat).

Not So Casual Observer

December 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Deborah…

I have a clear vision of the awful future created by the destruction of the value of our dollars by the actions of the Fed. Apparently you have no vision past the end of your nose. The Fed is a parasite living off the blood and sweat of the American taxpayer.

Tax rates, Social Security, Medicare and the rest of the entitlement programs will mean nothing when a loaf of bread costs $15 and gasoline is $8-10 per gallon and the home heating and cooling bills for a modest home are triple the current rates.

How do you, Deborah, propose to keep these costs from rising while the Fed prints fiat money at the rate of $800 BILLION on a whim and also sends $1.4 TRILLION dollars to foreign banks and financial institutions? Are you so naive to think such activity has nothing to do with the costs of every day items?

Deborah you did make one cogent comment, only prosperity will bring the US out of our current malaise but your idea that raising taxes will do so is nonsense. The federal government creates nothing and by raising taxes the dollars available for investment shrink and then economic expansion stops.

The Obama administration created a Grant Program earlier this year that gave one million grants in the amount of $5 million to the chosen recipients. Who do you suppose received this $5 Billion? The supporters of Democrat candidates and causes were the recipients. When will this theft of our children’s future stop? Certainly not as long as more and more tax dollars are sent to Washington to be distributed not on merit but on political whim.

Michael H. Smith

December 30th, 2010
9:20 am

The first thing I would cut would be the Medicare Part D that Bush slammed through with lies about its cost. It doesn’t help the consumer as much as it does Big Pharma.

DeborahinAthens, wake up please. Oh and “unwind”…

What happened to the Dorgan (D) amendment to ObumerCare that would have allowed the re-importation of drugs for sale in the U.S.? Did Bush kill that too? Ever hear of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D)?

Lautenberg (D) argued against the Dorgan (D) amendment using the very exact same Bush (R) BS!, nearly word for word chapter and verse. While at the time when this was taking place on the Senate floor, CNN was reporting what many of us have known about the origin of prescription drugs sold in this country being imported from China. According to the CNN report about 40% of prescription drugs in this country are being imported from China. Yep! the very same UNSAFE drugs as claimed by Bush and Lautenberg. But hey, let’s be a little more accurate with the facts than CNN, shall we?

The Food and Drug Administration reports that the United States pharmaceutical market is highly dependent on foreign countries for finished generic drugs and ingredients used in other types of drugs that are available for human use in the market today. This is due to the desire of the American public to have access to lower cost medications. Some of the statistics, as stated by the Food and Drug Administration, are as follows:

* Approximately 20% of finished generic drugs ready for use by the American public either through prescription or through over-the-counter use is obtained from the countries of China and India.
* Approximately 40% of the active ingredients used in most prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications are manufactured and imported to the United States from the countries of China and India.
* Analysts predict that within fifteen years, the United States will be even more dependent on these countries to import generic and over-the-counter finished drugs ready for consumption. The approximate percentage of dependency is expected to be somewhere in the range of 80%.
* Eight years ago, the Chinese imported approximately $300 million worth of products to the United States.
* Four years ago, the number of imported finished generic and over-the-counter drugs and ingredients for such drugs imported to the United States cost an estimated $675 million.

http://answers.yourdictionary.com/answers/medical/percentage-us-drugs-made-china.html

You Socialist Liberal Democrats can save your sanctimonious Bush drug spiel, your hype is no better than his. Your side threw us all under the bus just like the conservative’s side did.

Had the Dorgan(D) amendment not been defeated by your Democrats, there would be no more discussions about the Bush drug boondoggle.

And, if you think legalizing and taxing street drugs will stop these illegal drugs coming from Mexico, you are mistaken again.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

December 30th, 2010
9:22 am

Maybe ObaManure can successfully raise the minimum wage for the lazy worker and all will be a little slice of heaven.

williebkind

December 30th, 2010
9:24 am

joe

December 30th, 2010
9:08 am
I am with you on that!

barking frog

December 30th, 2010
9:26 am

To lead by example, The Federal Government should
take a pay cut, from the President on Down, including
Congress, to a cap of 100,000. per year and divest all
pensions. Then we’ll get to cutting everyone else. The
government could seize all private pensions and health
insurance premiums and reserves at the same
time end Social Security and Medicare. Next seize
the Life Insurance companies and let the families bury
the dead. No more federal debt.

williebkind

December 30th, 2010
9:26 am

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

December 30th, 2010
9:22 am
Maybe he will set a maximum wage limit and create more wealthy people paying taxes.

williebkind

December 30th, 2010
9:30 am

barking frog

December 30th, 2010
9:26 am
I have a few acres of land and good spot to put me to rest in a wood box. I even have the wood and materials to build the box.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 30th, 2010
9:32 am

Here’s a good place to start cutting-

Just consider these estimates on part of the costs of the latest Obama Hawaii trip:

* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)

* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800

* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)

* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)

TOTAL COST: $1,474,200

Our little Nero fiddles while Rome burns, just sayin…

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
9:38 am

Good morning all. If we want to jump start the economy, let’s unwind a few of the agencies that bet taxpayer money on corporate winners, or those that lock the barn door after the horses escape. FNMA, FHLMC, FHA, SBA, SEC, FTC, FDA, OSHA, EPA, and FTC would be good places to start.

barking frog

December 30th, 2010
9:38 am

williebkind

December 30th, 2010
9:30 am
———————————————–
exactly, and in georgia there is no regulation of
burying your family on your own land. the lack
of life insurance premiums would boost income
continuing health insurance premiums as taxes
wouldn’t affect income, you just wouldn’t have
healthcare insurance and medical costs would
plummet. No federal pensions including VA and
Social Security would reduce the Budget without
reducing revenue and taxpayers wouldn’t feel a thing.
The truly poor could get medicaid and welfare.
problem solved.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
9:39 am

I forgot the departments of energy and education and labor and commerce. Them too.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Dear Bark @ 9:26, good morning, great idea – I’ll sign on.

Not So Casual Observer

December 30th, 2010
9:43 am

The Left supports the unions and their unreasonable pay and retirement demands and then the Left voters complain because the price to ride a bus rises. Are these the most uninformed and uneducated voters in history?

The Left lives in a whimsical world where there is no relation between cost to produce and price to the public. Stop “Corporate Welfare” the Left screams at every opportunity. Make those evil corporations pay higher taxes, after all the people need the benefit of those tax dollars so then the government can subsidize the industry to hold down costs! What idiocy these Lefties propose!

Now analyze the owners of the evil corporations. Pension plans and mutual funds are by far the single largest investors in the corporations. The pension plans benefit the union voters who wish to tax, tax, tax the corporations and mutual funds are the investment darling of the everyday man on the street.

Raise the taxes and the costs to produce a bottle of Coke all you want to pump more money into Washington but at the end of the day all you have accomplished is a rise in the price of that bottle of Coke now sitting in your kitchen.

The federal government moved all of the corporate jobs overseas with tax policy, the corporations only reacted to anti-business policies in Washington. The jobs went away because of the pandering by the Left to voters who have no understanding of the result of tax and regulatory acts by Congress placed upon Amercan business.

barking frog

December 30th, 2010
9:43 am

Ragnar 9:40 this really is the way it was when I
was young except for life insurance,SS and VA.

Road Scholar

December 30th, 2010
9:44 am

Kyle: “There are functions better suited for the state or local level, such as paying for transportation infrastructure, but which states and counties can’t afford to assume fully as long as Washington takes the lion’s share of tax money.”

Current law (which has expired and has a continuing resolution) Improved Georgia’s % of return on our Federal Tax Dollars. As late as the 90’s our rate of return was about 70%. (yes, Ga only received 70 cents on the dollar back; states like Mass got $2.01 back on each dollar (attributed to Tip ONeil)) Now it is at 92% with the other 8% going to run the USDOT (personnel, air traffic controlers, research, etc).
States can’t afford? Georgia has elected not to increase user fees (gas tax) to even stay comparable to the cost of living let alone “increase” them! The state gas tax hasn’t been increase since 1982! But expenditures, needs, and maintenance have continued to increase. Also, many Interstate and other bridges and roads (pavement) have reached/passed their design lives, creating a backlog of needed repairs, and replacements are becoming the norm. Check out the GDOT Interstate Strategic Plan on line. See the need and projected costs for just bringing the interstates in this state up to acceptible conditions. This doesn’t include all state routes nor the local system! And our economy/jobs/competitiveness are based on a good transportation system!