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Uncle Bill
11-12-2011, 03:17 PM
So, this may be somewhat late in posting, but a good 'info' piece...especially for those that have no understanding of what the Democrats call "Drackonian budget cuts". It's time for those that are not up to speed with the basics of 'Washington speak' to get on board, and recognize the differences in YOUR budgeting and theirs.

UB


What do real spending cuts look like?


Meet Dave. Heís a fictional American who works long hours, lots of overtime, and is in serious financial trouble. Dave can take two approaches to getting his finances back on track. One is the way real people who lead real, normal lives do it. The other is the way government does it. (Action items below!!)


REAL LIFEWASHINGTON DCMonthly spending: $3,820
Monthly salary: $2,170
Monthly deficit: $1,650


Dave realizes this is unsustainable and he must cut back. He sits down and takes a serious look at his expenses. He finds a couple of big-ticket items to cut out Ė itís difficult, but he does it. He also cuts out a lot of the unnecessary items heís grown accustomed to in his lifestyle. Itís time to pare down. He manages to cut $1,000 of spending the next month, and will work on cutting even more until he pulls even with his salary, or comes in below so he can pay off his debt and start a savings account. Here are the numbers.


This monthís spending: $3,820
**Cuts his current level of spending**
Next monthís spending: $2,820


And so on. Heís cutting spending and paying off his debt. Look at numbers. They are decreasing, right? They go from the three thousands to the two thousands. That is a real cut. When overall spending actually decreases, there has been a real cut.
Monthly spending: $3,820
Monthly salary: $2,170
Monthly deficit: $1,650


Unlike real life, in government, every year there is an automatic spending increase. Letís apply this concept to Dave and pretend his spending automatically increases by $300 every month, regardless of how much money he makes, or how much he spent the previous month, or even if the spending is worth it. Here are the numbers.


This monthís spending: $3,820
**Automatic spending increase of $300**
Projected spending next month: $4,120


Hmmmm. Dave is getting a lot of pressure from the people who care about him to get his spending under control. Every month he spends more and more. His family is worried. He looks at the projected spending for next month and decides to be responsible by cutting some of that automatic spending increase. Here are the numbers again.


This monthís spending: $3,820
**Cuts to spending increases**
Next monthís spending: $4, 080


But he didnít cut anything. In fact, he spent MORE. He went from the three thousands to the four thousands! Ask yourself, how is increased spending considered a cut? These are fake cuts. This is also what is known as ďbaseline budgetingĒ in government-speak.
$2,820 is less than $3,820$4,080 is more than $3,820


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Itís as simple as that. So when the Super Committee (or any politician) comes out with a plan, look at the summary tables at the back of the plan, after itís published. Look at the level of spending at the start of the timeline, and look at the level of spending at the end of the timeline (the timeline is usually ten years). If the number they end up with is smaller than the number they started with, thatís a REAL CUT. If the number they end up with is bigger than the number they started with, thatís a fake cut, a.k.a. business as usual.


Donít allow the politicians to use gimmicks to lie to you. When you hear the inevitable outcry about Drastic Cutsģ destroying the country, you first must look at the numbers and check to see if they increase or decrease. Thatís it.


ACTION ITEMS

Educate your friends, family, and neighbors about what a real cut looks like, and about this gimmick that politicians use to trick the American people about spending cuts. If we are educated, they canít lie to us. Or, at least we can catch them when they lie. Share this document and video with everyone you know, post it on Facebook and Twitter, and keep your eye open for specific action items over the next week and a half that will hold resources you can use to educate others.
Start planning for another DEAL IN THE DISTRICT on Thursday, November 17. The Local Coordinators voted to hold a nationwide Deal in the District to express our desire for real cuts. Did you know that even just bringing a small group of people to a member of Congressí local office can have a huge impact? Watch for more materials over the next few days to help you with your Deal in the District, and start getting the word out today!!

Uncle Bill
11-12-2011, 03:46 PM
One more for the benefit of us that just don't get those idiots in these OWS protests, and their clones.

UB


Some belated parental advice to protesters

By Marybeth Hicks


Call it an occupational hazard, but I can't look at the Occupy Wall Street protesters without thinking, "Who parented these people?"

As a culture columnist, I've commented on the social and political ramifications of the "movement" -- now known as "OWS" -- whose fairyland agenda can be summarized by one of their placards: "Everything for everybody."

Thanks to their pipe-dream platform, it's clear there are people with serious designs on "transformational" change in America who are using the protesters like bedsprings in a brothel.

Yet it's not my role as a commentator that prompts my parenting question, but rather the fact that I'm the mother of four teens and young adults. There are some crucial life lessons that the protesters' moms clearly have not passed along.


Here, then, are five things the OWS protesters' mothers should have taught their children but obviously didn't, so I will:



Life isn't fair.

The concept of justice - that everyone should be treated fairly - is a worthy and worthwhile moral imperative on which our nation was founded. But justice and economic equality are not the same. Or, as Mick Jagger said, "You can't always get what you want."

No matter how you try to "level the playing field," some people have better luck, skills, talents or connections that land them in better places. Some seem to have all the advantages in life but squander them, others play the modest hand they're dealt and make up the difference in hard work and perseverance, and some find jobs on Wall Street and eventually buy houses in the Hamptons. Is it fair? Stupid question.


Nothing is "free."


Protesting with signs that seek "free" college degrees and "free" health care make you look like idiots, because colleges and hospitals don't operate on rainbows and sunshine. There is no magic money machine to tap for your meandering educational careers and "slow paths" to adulthood, and the 53 percent of taxpaying Americans owe you neither a degree nor an annual physical.

While I'm pointing out this obvious fact, here are a few other things that are not free: overtime for police officers and municipal workers, trash hauling, repairs to fixtures and property, condoms, Band-Aids and the food that inexplicably appears on the tables in your makeshift protest kitchens. Real people with real dollars are underwriting your civic temper tantrum.

Your word is your bond.

When you demonstrate to eliminate student loan debt, you are advocating precisely the lack of integrity you decry in others. Loans are made based on solemn promises to repay them. No one forces you to borrow money; you are free to choose educational pursuits that don't require loans, or to seek technical or vocational training that allows you to support yourself and your ongoing educational goals. Also, for the record, being a college student is not a state of victimization. It's a privilege that billions of young people around the globe would die for --- literally.


A protest is not a party.

On Saturday in New York, while making a mad dash from my cab to the door of my hotel to avoid you, I saw what isn't evident in the newsreel footage of your demonstrations: Most of you are doing this only for attention and fun. Serious people in a sober pursuit of social and political change don't dance jigs down Sixth Avenue like attendees of a Renaissance festival. You look foolish, you smell gross, you are clearly high and you don't seem to realize that all around you are people who deem you irrelevant.


There are reasons you haven't found jobs.

The truth? Your tattooed necks, gauged ears, facial piercings and dirty dreadlocks are off-putting. Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity isn't a virtue. Occupy reality: Only 4 percent of college graduates are out of work. If you are among that 4 percent, find a mirror and face the problem. It's not them. It's you.