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Old 05-14-10, 12:19 PM
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YouCut a first-of-its-kind project - is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact.


Basically a GOP gimmick to make the public think they are serious about cutting spending hoping we'd forget how they behaved during the Bush years.





The first ones up for vote:

Presidential Election Fund
$260 million in savings
Taxpayer Subsidized Union Activities
$600 million in savings
HUD Program for Doctoral Dissertations
$1 million in savings
New Non-Reformed Welfare Program
$2.5 billion in savings
Eliminate Wealthier Communities from CDBG
$2.6 billion in savings
You vote by texting your choice in. How clever.
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I'll need to hear what Simon Cowell has to say about these spending projects before I can vote.
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I vote to Eliminate Wealthier Communities. Will this be done via daisy cutter, bulldozer, or what?
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Republicans' 'You Cut' project lets public vote online for spending cuts

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....16694068.html

WASHINGTON House Republicans are taking their push to cut federal spending to a new level: On Wednesday, they'll unveil a project that lets the public rank its priorities for showdowns over "wasteful or unnecessary spending."

The "You Cut" program is one part election-year gimmick, one part direct democracy, and it's intended to spotlight the spending side of the federal deficit problem.

Each week, House Republicans will post online five spending targets. Whichever gets the most votes online or by cell phone, lawmakers will try to force Congress to eliminate the following week.

Citizens will also be invited to suggest cuts. The lawmakers behind the effort, led by Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, call themselves the "House Economic Recovery Working Group."

"The YouCut project is not about finding the one silver-bullet to our debt problems. It is designed, rather, to challenge Washington's culture of spending and replace it with one of savings," says a fact sheet circulating among House Republicans ahead of Wednesday's announcement by Cantor, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, and others. "With a deficit near $1.5 trillion, we don't think it is too much to ask of Congress to spend some time debating bills to actually reduce spending."

There is no pretense that the proposed cuts would be big enough to balance the federal budget. But "as Jeb says, the debt and deficit are symptoms, spending is the disease," said Hensarling spokesman George Rasley.

Here's the website http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut/
WARNING: the video may start autoplaying so check your volume

Current cuts are:
- Presidential Election Fund
$260 million in savings

- Taxpayer Subsidized Union Activities
$600 million in savings

- HUD Program for Doctoral Dissertations
$1 million in savings

- New Non-Reformed Welfare Program
$2.5 billion in savings

- Eliminate Wealthier Communities from CDBG
$2.6 billion in savings


The question this morning on CSPAN was is this an election year gimmik or do you think it is a good idea (or both I would add). Frankly I'd be surprised if we really see anything effective come out of this, additionally I wonder if any of the Rep "pet projects" will ever be put up for a vote
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A whole bunch of emo kids are going to check it out for all the wrong reasons.
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3 minutes late: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/politics-wo...78-youcut.html

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BTW, in case anyone else needed to look it up like I did:

CDBG = http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/commu...rams/index.cfm
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Re: Republicans' 'You Cut' project lets public vote online for spending cuts

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but I merged first
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A whole bunch of Ramones and Blondie fans are going to check it out for all the wrong reasons.
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My city is "the 2nd wealthiest in The South, and the 9th wealthiest in the United States." (http://www.portfolio.com/resources/u...th-centers.pdf)

but we still get CDBG grants: http://www.sandyspringsga.org/City-D...nt-Block-Grant
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Wake me when they get to cuts in defense spending.
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Re: Republicans' 'You Cut' project lets public vote online for spending cuts

It's definitely a gimmick, but a damn good one, IMO. Not only do potential money wasters get cut, but it shines a light on some of the bullshit spending going on. I mean who here thought they would have been looking up CDBG today? It also gives it that feel like "my vote actually counts" now. Unfortunately there seems to be no guarantee that any of these get cut.

On the flipside, if all these are expendable, why not just cut them all?
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Chances are none of them will be cut. If the GOP was doing this when they were in charge, maybe there would be somewhat of a chance it would actually get cut
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Re: Republicans' 'You Cut' project lets public vote online for spending cuts

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Chances are none of them will be cut. If the GOP was doing this when they were in charge, maybe there would be somewhat of a chance it would actually get cut
Well since Obama and the Democrats are blowing all spending records out of the water, the GOP truly is the lesser of 2 evils IMHO.

And the Tea Party and other groups are doing there best to clense the moderate/even conservative spenders from the election cycle.

Got 2 letters today from groups pushing Rand Paul (got my vote) over Trey Greyson because Greyson is seen as a business as usual Republican.
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Got 2 letters today from groups pushing Rand Paul (got my vote) over Trey Greyson because Greyson is seen as a business as usual Republican.
Which is why Mitch McConnell is endorsing Greyson. They know they can count on him to spend when the Republicans want to spend. That damn Paul might expect them to read the Constitution from time to time.

I like the YouCut program, although it does seem gimmicky.
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Which is why Mitch McConnell is endorsing Greyson. They know they can count on him to spend when the Republicans want to spend. That damn Paul might expect them to read the Constitution from time to time.

I like the YouCut program, although it does seem gimmicky.

Yep! which is why Paul has got my vote. Greysons "Paul wants to cut Medicare" ads sealed the deal for me.
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Chances are none of them will be cut. If the GOP was doing this when they were in charge, maybe there would be somewhat of a chance it would actually get cut
They are grasping at straws, this would have never come about if the GOP was in charge.
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Keep all the programs, cut Iraq war for about 45 minutes. Same price.
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Wake me when they get to cuts in defense spending.
We could decommission ten aircraft carriers and still retain the ability to curb-stomp every other navy on the face of the Earth.
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We could decommission ten aircraft carriers and still retain the ability to curb-stomp every other navy on the face of the Earth.
I think the idea is to be able to curb stomp any 2 or 3 navies at the same time.
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No "All of the above" option?
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This strikes me as the kind of thing that a bunch of guys come up with after a hard nights' drinking. "Yeah, that'd be awesome! Just like Freedom Fries! That's why I love you man, you're always coming up with these great ideas! YOU should be the President. I'd totally vote for you." Most people, of course, in the light of the morning and the haze of the hangover, would just say "what the hell were we thinking?!" and that would be the end of it. Not in Washington, though...
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This strikes me as the kind of thing that a bunch of guys come up with after a hard nights' drinking. "Yeah, that'd be awesome! Just like Freedom Fries! That's why I love you man, you're always coming up with these great ideas! YOU should be the President. I'd totally vote for you." Most people, of course, in the light of the morning and the haze of the hangover, would just say "what the hell were we thinking?!" and that would be the end of it. Not in Washington, though...
It strikes me as they type of thing that people who use a lot of corporate buzzwords would come up with. Stuff like, "This initiative proactively leverages synergy to create a new paradigm."
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No "All of the above" option?
This. And honestly, for this to work, we'd have to be able to see where all the money is going, and opt to be able to cut any of it. And then Congress would actually have to do it.
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