Maybe someone else can clarify my concern, but $500 billion does not seem to be
deep enough spending cuts. It seems like congressional leaders are talking
about 3-4 Trillion dollars over 10 years. So again, $500 billion over 4 years
does not seem to be enough, in my mind.
"Romney says that repealing President Obama's health care overhaul is among
his top priorities."Gee, the plan is just like the one in
Massachusetts. Repealing it will result in more people being in Medicaid thus
raising the prices on that program. But hey, let's just let people get sicker
and sicker and sicker until they show up at the ER so sick and more expensive to
treat. It's not like we have trillions in debt or anything...oh wait we do.
This is what I like about Romney. He looks at the big picture. Romney comes out
and proposes cuts to programs that people never really talk about. Who has ever
proposed cuts to Amtrak? Federal arts? Broadcasting programs? There is probably
SOOOO much wasteful spending that goes unnoticed by the average politician. This
is what Romney did. He examined corporations from top to bottom to eliminate
duplication, unnecessary costs, etc. That's what we need right now. Someone who
can come in and gut the government's wasteful ways.
"Romney wants to make deep cuts to Amtrak, aid to foreign countries and
federal arts and broadcasting programs"An excellent start to a
very large problem.Amtrak - worthless. If a transportation business
can't make it on it's own it should be out of business. Cut the gov't subsidies
and let the market decide. (GM included but that's too late.)Aid to
foreign countries - Depends on which ones. If they serve current or future
american intrests, pay on. If not cut the strings. Begin with NATO. Not a
country but nevertheless a US $ flush.Federal arts programs - maybe.
Can state and local municipalities manage/fund their own arts programs?Broadcasting Programs - NPR et al. Way too much liberal bias for my
taste. Cut. Cut. Cut.ObamaCare - Shouldn't have passed to begin
with. Kill it.Likelihood of any of the above happening if the next
President is Romney? 20 - 30%
Wait a minute! Specific cuts to specific programs? Romney's violating the
fundamental "pandering" principle of the other Republican candidates:
give "sound bites" rather than precise remedies to the nation's
Cue the people criticizing Romney of not supporting the arts or education. If
funding to those programs is cut, they simply rely on more private donors - they
do more fundraising. Personally, I'm opposed to cutting spending on the arts and
broadcasting but it's not an anti-arts/education stance like some liberals
believe it is. We should cut spending across the board though (including defense
- although defense is Constitutionally mandated, unlike many other programs). We
should increase education (through direct funds or vouchers) and science
spending.JohnJacob, the federal bill is not what was passed in
Massachusetts. Romney has been consistent in stating that he is in favor of
health care reform but the type of measures passed in Massachusetts should only
be done on a state level. Further, in any case, the monstrosity that is
ObamaCare, even if you are in favor of a federal healthcare bill, is a poor way
to effect change in the healthcare system. We need to overhaul healthcare, not
add to the insurance problems - there's a big difference.
@ MPetrie | 5:45 p.m. Nov. 3, 2011 Really? Mitt is the trendsetter.
Really?Ron Paul, Rand Paul, & even John Stossel have come up w/
deeper, more, & better cuts months ago.
Ron Paul's plan to Restore America calls for one Trillion dollars in government
cuts in the first year.Who is more serious about downsizing
Well that is great Mitt. You do know that you can't do it without congresses
approval, right? And since Democrats will have a majority in the senate again
you are promising cuts you know that will not pass.Fail.
We don't need to be talking about cuts, we need to be talking about the proper
role of government. In the present political climate cuts are a natural result
when we ask ourselves whether a particular act of government is necessary,
proper and constitutional. When you look at at from that angle you end up with
a trillion dollars of cuts as a start. Ron Paul understands the function of
government and, as President, will help restore and protect the liberties
guaranteed to be protected by the Constitution. Those liberties can only be
protected in a small, limited government as envisioned by Paul.
@MPetrieActually republicans had cuts to amtrak, the arts, PBS, and other
things similar to those in their recent budgets and continuing resolution
debates. Democrats would then vote those budgets down. Romney is displaying 0
new ideas here.
Isreal is the number one benefactor of USA foreign aid, fat chance Romney will,
or could, take it away from them.
Mr. Steve Peoples, esteemed reporter, your four years of journalism school
probably gives you the expertise to think that repealing Obamacare is unlikely,
but please keep your opinions to yourself and out of news reports.