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By Phil Piemonte

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The sound of pencils sharpening ...

Well, today we got the first look at a partial list of the $74 billion in non-defense/non-security budget cuts that the new Republican majority aims to propose in the upcoming continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of the 2011 Fiscal Year.

According to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers, R-Ky., the 70 cuts on the partial list—many of them rather deep—“are not low-hanging fruit.”

Of course, some might suggest that cherry-picking would be a more accurate term. Especially as it pertains to those regulatory agencies that fit into the party’s “job-killer” rhetoric, such as the Environmental Protection Agency—targeted with a proposed $1.6 billion cut—and the IRS, with a $593 million cut. Perhaps to more thoroughly starve the IRS beast, the plan also suggests a $268 million cut for the Treasury Department.

Research-oriented organizations also got nailed pretty hard in the proposal, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (-$755 million) to the National Institutes of Health (-$1 billion) to NASA (-$379 million) the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (-$1.1 billion). Plenty of energy-related research initiatives also were targeted.

Defense employees, count your blessings: It’s a good time to work at DoD.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on Feb 09, 2011 at 4:02 PM


Reader comments

Mon, Feb 14, 2011

Don't knock Homeland Security unless you know how much they contribute to the safety and security of everyone in the U.S. Not only do they protect our borders from many (not all) illegal aliens coming in, but they rescue human slaves in human trafficing, they stop more drugs than you can ever imagine from coming into our communities, they keep our airlines and other means of transportation safe for our travel, they work with other Federal agencies in cases of espionage, credit card fraud, and the list goes on. If you want more drugs on the streets, more illegal aliens to support, human slaves being tortured in our country, more organized crime, etc., etc., then go ahead and cut the budget for Homeland Security. We have our own wars, right here within the borders of our country, and that's what Homeland Security is all about.

Mon, Feb 14, 2011

A good start would be to cut all the foreign aid first. Why pay interest on money that we are giving away to other countries and will never get back when we are in debt. Time to cut the purse strings on funding the rest of the world's problems folks and bring the focus back home.

Fri, Feb 11, 2011

Well, so many moronic federal workers voted for Osama Obama. Did they actually expect anything good could come out of his presidency? Now, through budgets cuts they can pay the price of their stupidity.

Fri, Feb 11, 2011

I think this country will see the worst of times with the upcoming cuts which sound like just a start. While there are inefficient ways to spend Federal tax dollars, the Federal Government plays an important role in the quality of life, providing jobs,and technological advancement. I believe that the extensive cutting of extensive Govt. programs will lead to a tremondous negative economic impact and distruption to people's lives in this country. I wouldn't have the good life I do today and attribute it to the assistance the Federal Govt. gave me and my family throughout our lives. God Bless America!!! Cause we sure need it.

Thu, Feb 10, 2011 Dan

How about giving me a 25% pay cut? BUT, make my pay tax exempt! I work 'til March or April of each year just to pay for the "refund" that I get. We waste so much money just handing it back and forth from one government agency to the next in a fixed circle of habit that it's not even funny. Think how much of the government's overhead would disappear overnight if we didn't have to fiddle with taxing fed employees. I like this idea now; I would have been ecstatic about it back when I was a lowly E-3 enlisted person!

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