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Deficit Spending Under Obama: $5,170,000,000,000.00

31 comments, 329 views, posted 6:03 pm 14/02/2012 in Politics by Quaektem
Quaektem has 14366 posts, 1781 threads, 153 points, location: Logic and reason are the gnashing of teeth in a world ruled by emotions.

President Obama’s fourth budget has now been released, which allows for a relatively full accounting of deficit spending during his four years in office. The picture isn’t pretty, but it is revealing.

According to the White House’s own figures (see table S-1 here for 2011 to 2013, and table S-1 here for 2010), the actual or projected deficit tallies for the four years in which Obama has submitted budgets are as follows: $1.293 trillion in 2010, $1.300 trillion in 2011, $1.327 trillion in 2012, and $901 billion in 2013. In addition, Obama is responsible for the estimated $200 billion (the Congressional Budget Office’s figure) that his economic “stimulus” added to the deficit in 2009. Moreover, he shouldn’t get credit for the $149 billion in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) repayments made in 2010 and 2011 to cover most of the $154 billion in bank loans that remained unpaid at the end of the 2009 fiscal year — loans that count against President Bush’s 2009 deficit tally.

Adding all of this up, deficit spending during Obama’s four years in the White House (based on his own figures) will be an estimated $5.170 trillion — or $5,170,000,000,000.00.

To help put that colossal sum of money into perspective, if you take our deficit spending under Obama and divide it evenly among the roughly 300 million American citizens, that works out to just over $17,000 per person — or about $70,000 for a family of four.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/painful-cost-obama_629745.html

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3:40 am 19/02/2012

Quaektem

Quote by bytehead:

Bush had a Republican Congress after that, it could have been made permanent any time during that time.



If not for McCain and the Gang of 14 it might have been. They pretty muck killed anything resembling conservatism coming through the Senate.

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You really think that the NEA is that big of a budget item? It's a fucking rounding error!

You really think that Norfolk, Jacksonville, Miami, San Diego and other military towns are willingly going to watch as their economies collapse as bases are cut severely in personnel or even closed outright?

The NEA is a start, and why do bases need to be closed in America while we have bases 'defending' all of Europe and half the rest of the world? We have a whole slew of Federal organizations that far exceed the Constitutional bounds of the Federal government. Cut those and we'll be a long way to solvency. I don't know why cutting the budget is so taboo. We cannot sustain federal spending, even paying double our current taxes! How much do you expect to take from the citizens of this country?

And if you think those super-rich are going to sit around waiting for their wealth to be taken, just remember they have the money and means of simply going anywhere else in the world. The rest of us don't have that option.

Quote by bytehead:
Do you think adult kids are just going to lay down while they take in their parents because they no longer have the money to live on their own? Or watch their parents die because they can't get the health treatment they want because they can't afford it? That's your Goddamn death committees, right there!

Soooooo the glorified Baby Boomers will let their parents die of the government won't take care of them? Ripe bunch of assholes they are... and yet an impartial government with budgets to adhere to will be more likely to take care of Grandma longer than her own children. Since when has government ever demonstrated compassion for the individual?

Quote by bytehead:
You are oblivious to the amount of spending cuts it would take, especially when the Republicans only want to keep slashing taxes and revenues.

No, I'm actually not. I would gladly roll back the scope of the government to pre-FDR levels knowing that the burden of most enforcement and societal support would be laid at the feet of the States, where it should be. Right now there is a built in 10% increase to the budget every year (Baseline Budgeting). To cut the budget... really cut it for a specific year you have to start with cutting that 10% first and then actually starting to reduce the amount of spending. As we saw with the last "cuts" the media goes ape-shit if you start making "draconian" cuts in the rate of increase. These amounted to only a 9% increase instead of a default 10% increase that would have happened. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 must be eliminated before we can even consider real cuts in spending.

Quote by bytehead:
Have you seen what Treasury bonds are doing? It certainly isn't an immediate threat.



So you're OK with China buying us out?

Quote by bytehead:
Do you also not realize that comparatively by GDP, we had much, much worse debt right after WW II? And yet we still managed to not implode from it? Are you even aware of the tax rates back at that time?



If you don't understand the problem with using % of GDP as a statistic I am not sure now to continue. As for tax rates... how much of that 90% do you really think the rich paid? As now, there were tax havens and shelters, accounting games and loopholes... most of which were eliminated by Regan.

Quote by bytehead:
I will see if I get a response. I don't promise a response out of him.

The most I could ever hope for.

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7:26 pm 19/02/2012

bytehead

Quote by Quaektem:
If not for McCain and the Gang of 14 it might have been. They pretty muck killed anything resembling conservatism coming through the Senate.


I think you'd be better off just saying that Bush wasn't a conservative. Period.

Quote by Quaektem:
The NEA is a start,


It's a gnat on your ass. It's not about the money, you just don't like the NEA.

Quote by Quaektem:
and why do bases need to be closed in America while we have bases 'defending' all of Europe and half the rest of the world?


While I limited myself to cities in the US, it's not too hard to see countries lobbying to keep at least some of those bases open.

You're also going to have to deal with the neo-cons (and neo-libs?) that think we are the policemen of the world. "We can't close X because country Y will strike Z because we can't touch them anymore!" And yes, those are exactly the arguments that will be brought up, regardless if there is any truth behind those statements.

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We have a whole slew of Federal organizations that far exceed the Constitutional bounds of the Federal government.


We already have something in place to take care of that, the SCOTUS. Now, if you think that they are worthless at doing that, you may very well be right. But it also means that if we've already lost the SCOTUS to this fact, getting that changed has gone up several magnitudes before that happened. In fact, it might take another American Revolution for those people who think it needs to change. But the real issue is that the Constitution suffers from brevity, things that have happened that would never occur to those who wrote the document. Put in a ton of lawyers who's only concern is to get the best possible outcome for their clients, and you see where we are today.

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Cut those and we'll be a long way to solvency.


Exactly what do you wish to see cut?

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I don't know why cutting the budget is so taboo.


I'm not against cutting the budget. It has to be done moderately to ween those people who currently feed off that trough, otherwise they will balk, and even moderate cuts after that will go down either as voters vote the idiots out, or the idiots find their revenue streams to get reelected vanish.

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We cannot sustain federal spending, even paying double our current taxes!


Bullshit. There are other ways of handling it. If nothing else, inflation can take care of the issue, although that's not necessarily the best way to do it, but it will take care of the deficit.

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How much do you expect to take from the citizens of this country?


And exactly where is the money going to? Is it some black hole where it just disappears?

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And if you think those super-rich are going to sit around waiting for their wealth to be taken, just remember they have the money and means of simply going anywhere else in the world. The rest of us don't have that option.


And where to you propose they go? If they go to a country where taxes are low, those people may well find themselves paying more just to provide the amenities that they wouldn't have to pay for in the US, like roads, clean water, sewage, a (hopefully) non-corrupt police force, access to good health, than they ever would pay in taxes. And do you really think they can move everything out of the US to where the US can't touch them?

Quote by Quaektem:
Soooooo the glorified Baby Boomers will let their parents die of the government won't take care of them? Ripe bunch of assholes they are... and yet an impartial government with budgets to adhere to will be more likely to take care of Grandma longer than her own children. Since when has government ever demonstrated compassion for the individual?


Look at the history of what's been going on the past 50 years, and you'll see the same pattern. People would rather vote for taxes to take care of their parents/damaged siblings/whatever than to put up with that cost alone. There was a fight in the '60s that would have stopped the State of Ohio from collecting income taxes. It didn't happen exactly because of this.

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No, I'm actually not. I would gladly roll back the scope of the government to pre-FDR levels


I'd be happy just going back to the 1999 levels, no tax cuts, no fucking war.  Pre-FDR isn't going to happen.  Not unless you're God.

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So you're OK with China buying us out?


China is not buying us out, although I'd prefer for them to buy treasuries than to outright buy American property. They're currently spending what cash they can on Europe to keep Europe from capsizing. The vast majority of treasuries are bought and held by Americans.

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If you don't understand the problem with using % of GDP as a statistic I am not sure now to continue.


Why? Because you're stymied at that point? Because inflation tends to grow at the same rate as GDP, so you can't really go there? You can't come up with a suitable measuremnt that works to your advantage?

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As for tax rates... how much of that 90% do you really think the rich paid?


It'd be shocked if it was less than it currently is today.

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As now, there were tax havens and shelters, accounting games and loopholes... most of which were eliminated by Regan.


Reagan closed some, but still not enough. Again, the Grover Nordquist sycophants have already said no and no again to eliminating loopholes, seeing them as "raising taxes" in today's Congress.

Really, we are going to have to raise taxes, and we are going to have to cut spending.  To argue anything different (and you're far from the first person to say that we don't have to raise taxes) is madness.

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11:05 pm 19/02/2012

Quaektem

Quote by bytehead:
I think you'd be better off just saying that Bush wasn't a conservative. Period.

Ok.

Quote by bytehead:
It's a gnat on your ass. It's not about the money, you just don't like the NEA.

I can rattle off about all of the alphabet soup of Washington agencies I'd like to cut, but I can certainly think of a better use for $146,020,992 this year than Piss Christ.

Although not the most egregious Government agency, the NEA is one of the most superfluous.

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Exactly what do you wish to see cut?

Want a full list?

Quote by bytehead:
I'm not against cutting the budget. It has to be done moderately to ween those people who currently feed off that trough, otherwise they will balk,



Fuck them. Anyone that is receiving federal subsidies that makes more than $50,000/year should go fuck themselves. Those below that that have the means should be allowed a period to be weened. I'm sure the mosquito, tick and leech would love to be coddled to half as much as most of the people in this country.

Quote by bytehead:
I'd be happy just going back to the 1999 levels, no tax cuts, no fucking war. Pre-FDR isn't going to happen. Not unless you're God.



I would take that deal in a heart beat!

$1.70 trillion in 1999, $3.83 trillion in the 2011 'budget' (since there actually hasn't been one since Obama took office). That's a 56% cut... sounds pretty damn draconian to me.

Quote by bytehead:
Why? Because you're stymied at that point? Because inflation tends to grow at the same rate as GDP, so you can't really go there? You can't come up with a suitable measuremnt that works to your advantage?

Because bytehead, GDP includes government spending. You want the GDP to go up by a trillion dollars as President? Heck, spend a trillion dollars!

Government spending should be measured against private sector activity alone to get a realistic picture of how much it takes out of the economy.

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And exactly where is the money going to? Is it some black hole where it just disappears?

Pretty much. Those super-wealthy (like Obama's pal Buffet) and financial companies (like Obama donor Goldman Sachs) have been soaking up most of the last three spending bills. It certainly didn't go to help the middle class. (I guess we'll see if Trickle down stimulus works any better than the Regan Tax cuts).

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It'd be shocked if it was less than it currently is today.



Certainly looks like it was...

Heck the highest ratio between revenue and household income came during the Bush tax cuts!

Quote by bytehead:
Reagan closed some, but still not enough. Again, the Grover Nordquist sycophants have already said no and no again to eliminating loopholes, seeing them as "raising taxes" in today's Congress.

Loopholes are just another name for targeted tax cuts, usually for performing a specifically approved, government approved action. Actually, of the 72,536 pages of the tax code, 72,535 of them are loopholes or methods of accessing them.

Flat tax solves this problem, as does eliminating all exemptions both of which I support... problem is all those accountants and CPA's will be out of work.

Of course, the loophole/targeted tax break is a favorite tool of Democrats (think about all those juicy 'green' tax credits!) but as always, because elimination requires raising taxes (and of course, an exchange to lower the overall rate to compensate is never an option) the Dems will continue to fight to add them and the Repus will keep fighting to keep them.

Quote by bytehead:
Really, we are going to have to raise taxes, and we are going to have to cut spending. To argue anything different (and you're far from the first person to say that we don't have to raise taxes) is madness.



I never said we we don't have to raise them. What I am calling for is severe cuts in government spending. Simply demanding more money will not solve the problem (not that it's your position) even with superficial cuts.

Canada has a lower corporate, lower individual, lower payroll, and lower individual taxes and they receive far more in return with a balanced budget.

Just saying.

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12:36 am 20/02/2012

bytehead

Quote by Quaektem:
I can rattle off about all of the alphabet soup of Washington agencies I'd like to cut, but I can certainly think of a better use for $146,020,992 this year than Piss Christ.




I probably can come up with my own alphabet soup, but I bet some of those you would go on record as to saying that they are needed.

And I'm sure that the Piss Christ wasn't $146 million, either.

Quote by bytehead:
Exactly what do you wish to see cut?


Quote by Quaektem:
Want a full list?


I do believe that is exactly what I asked for.

Quote by Quaektem:
Fuck them. Anyone that is receiving federal subsidies that makes more than $50,000/year should go fuck themselves. Those below that that have the means should be allowed a period to be weened. I'm sure the mosquito, tick and leech would love to be coddled to half as much as most of the people in this country.


So you're willing to kick GE, Northrup Gruman, Boeing, Halliburton, pretty much the entire whole of Wall Street, and other big players from getting any funds?

You really think that you can cut those guys off the government till, and they're going to go down willingly? Let alone the banks that have received their hundreds of billions?

The political reality says that this isn't going to happen.

Quote by bytehead:
I'd be happy just going back to the 1999 levels, no tax cuts, no fucking war. Pre-FDR isn't going to happen. Not unless you're God.


Quote by Quaektem:
I would take that deal in a heart beat!

$1.70 trillion in 1999, $3.83 trillion in the 2011 'budget' (since there actually hasn't been one since Obama took office). That's a 56% cut... sounds pretty damn draconian to me.


But I would also expect that to go back 13 years. Too bad it's not going to happen.

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Because bytehead, GDP includes government spending. You want the GDP to go up by a trillion dollars as President? Heck, spend a trillion dollars!


Of course government spending increases the GDP. But also think on what by definition a recession is. Cutting government spending by a trillion dollars incurs a trillion dollar cut in GDP, and the only time we've seen something like that was the Great Depression. Do you really want to have the 2[sub]nd[/sub] greatest financial disaster to happen right now? How many years do you think it's going to take to get dug out of that one? We're still trying to get shit straight from 2008.

Quote by Quaektem:
Government spending should be measured against private sector activity alone to get a realistic picture of how much it takes out of the economy.


Except that it isn't really taking anything out of the economy. You're talking a dynamic system here, because even part of the private sector activity goes to servicing the government. I understand what you want, but you'll never get it.

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And exactly where is the money going to? Is it some black hole where it just disappears?


Quote by Quaektem:
Pretty much.


You are so full of shit here. Didn't you just go on about how government spending affects the GDP?

Which is it? Do you even think this is rational thinking?

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It'd be shocked if it was less than it currently is today.


Quote by Quaektem:
Certainly looks like it was...

Heck the highest ratio between revenue and household income came during the Bush tax cuts!


'67 certainly isn't far back enough. And what does median household income have to do with the effective tax rate of the top 10%? Especially if the lower 80% have been losing purchasing power as compared to the top 20%?

Quote by bytehead:
Reagan closed some, but still not enough. Again, the Grover Nordquist sycophants have already said no and no again to eliminating loopholes, seeing them as "raising taxes" in today's Congress.


Quote by Quaektem:
Loopholes are just another name for targeted tax cuts, usually for performing a specifically approved, government approved action. Actually, of the 72,536 pages of the tax code, 72,535 of them are loopholes or methods of accessing them.

Flat tax solves this problem, as does eliminating all exemptions both of which I support... problem is all those accountants and CPA's will be out of work.

Of course, the loophole/targeted tax break is a favorite tool of Democrats (think about all those juicy 'green' tax credits!) but as always, because elimination requires raising taxes (and of course, an exchange to lower the overall rate to compensate is never an option) the Dems will continue to fight to add them and the Repus will keep fighting to keep them.


As you note, loopholes aren't going anywhere. That's a political reality, not the fantasy that you seem to think that we all live in.

Quote by bytehead:
Really, we are going to have to raise taxes, and we are going to have to cut spending. To argue anything different (and you're far from the first person to say that we don't have to raise taxes) is madness.


Quote by Quaektem:
I never said we we don't have to raise them.


That's good. Others have argued otherwise.

Quote by Quaektem:
What I am calling for is severe cuts in government spending. Simply demanding more money will not solve the problem (not that it's your position) even with superficial cuts.


And severe cuts aren't the answer either. Unintended consequences and all that. Slamming on the brakes when it's not necessary, or cutting the fuel off to the engine suddenly, especially when you're in heavy traffic isn't too well advised. Same with government spending.

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Canada has a lower corporate, lower individual, lower payroll, and lower individual taxes and they receive far more in return with a balanced budget.

Just saying.


We aren't Canada. They don't have our population, they aren't the policemen of the world, they're not a super power, they have socialized medicine.

Comparing us to Canada is rather pathetic.

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1:15 am 20/02/2012

Quaektem

Quote by bytehead:
You are so full of shit here. Didn't you just go on about how government spending affects the GDP?



You're right. It's soooo much better when government spends money on pet projects that work out so well (like Solyndra) or put forth great monuments (built in China) during a depression like the MLK statue.

The government is the most inefficient means of spending money because they are guaranteed... by force, a steady stream of revenue that no other entity in America has... and that money comes out of the pockets of the American people (well, half of them anyway).

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'67 certainly isn't far back enough.

Well then, get more data then.

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And what does median household income have to do with the effective tax rate of the top 10%? Especially if the lower 80% have been losing purchasing power as compared to the top 20%?

Because if the ones earning the most income were paying 90% of it like you believe they were then the effective tax rate would be higher because of it. If the top earners are paying the same or less, you'll see a lower return (as illustrated by the graph).

Quote by bytehead:
As you note, loopholes aren't going anywhere. That's a political reality, not the fantasy that you seem to think that we all live in.

I am well aware of the reality we live it. It's the desired goal that we are debating... and if you're going to dream, why not dream big?


Quote by bytehead:
And severe cuts aren't the answer either. Unintended consequences and all that. Slamming on the brakes when it's not necessary, or cutting the fuel off to the engine suddenly, especially when you're in heavy traffic isn't too well advised. Same with government spending.



Yes, saddling Americans with higher taxes and the resulting higher cost of goods is the answer. Even FDR wasn't that foolish. Obama has even said that higher taxes are not going to help the country... albeit he thinks $40/week is enough to make a difference when food, gas and energy costs have skyrocketed... but I degrees.

Did I say it needed to happen tomorrow? Nope! But it will need to happen and happen quickly or we'll be having all the fun of Greece here pretty soon.

Quote by bytehead:
We aren't Canada. They don't have our population, they aren't the policemen of the world, they're not a super power, they have socialized medicine.

Comparing us to Canada is rather pathetic.



... which is why they can offer nationalized health care, eh? Hell, we slash the defense budget and we can pay for Obamacare!

Seriously though, although we're not Canada, looking at how they got themselves out of a very bad situation (and then weathered the latest downturn) isn't a waste of time. Who knows, despite Bryan Adams... something decent could come out of Canada for a change.

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2:07 am 20/02/2012

Quaektem

Quote by bytehead:
Quote by Quaektem:
Want a full list?

I do believe that is exactly what I asked for.


Ok, here ya go (sorry Mark....)

Access Board
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administration for Native Americans
Administration on Aging (AoA)
Administration on Developmental Disabilities
Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
Administrative Conference of the United States
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
African Development Foundation
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) *Merged into CDC
Agency for International Development
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry *Merged into CDC
Agricultural Marketing Service *Merged with the USDA
Agricultural Research Service *Merged with the USDA
Agriculture Department *Merged with the USDA
Air and Radiation Hotline *merged into CDC
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (Treasury)
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau (Justice)
American Battle Monuments Commission
AmeriCorps Recruiting
AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Antitrust Division
Appalachian Regional Commission
Architect of the Capitol
Archives (National Archives and Records Administration)
Arctic Research Commission
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Arms Control and International Security
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee *merged with the CDC
Atlantic Fleet Forces Command *Merged into the Pentagon
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
Bonneville Power Administration
Botanic Garden
Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America, Radio|TV Marti and more)
Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) (and this is different than the Administration for Native Americans how?)
Bureau of Industry and Security
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) *Unless it can become self-sustaining
Bureau of Prisons *merged with the FBI
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of the Engraving and Printing
Bureau of the Public Debt
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Capitol Visitor Center *Unless it can be self-sustaining
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition *Merged with the CDC
Central Command (CENTCOM) *Merged with the Pentagon
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board *Merged with the CDC
Chief Acquisition Officers Council
Chief Financial Officers Council
Chief Human Capital Officers Council
Chief Information Officers Council
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Commission on Civil Rights
Commission on Fine Arts
Commission on International Religious Freedom
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Community Planning and Development
Compliance, Office of
Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT)
Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Congressional Research Service
Constitution Center
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Corporation for National and Community Service
Corps of Engineers
Council of Economic Advisers
Council on Environmental Quality
Defense Acquisition University *Merged with DOD
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Commissary Agency *Merged with DOD
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Contract Management Agency *Merged with DOD though what the hell is the difference between this and the DCAA?!?
Defense Field Activities *Merged with DOD
Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) *Merged with DOD
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Legal Services Agency *Merged with DOD
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board *Merged with DOD
Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) *Merged with DOD
Defense Security Service (DSS) *Merged with DOD
Defense Technical Information Center *Merged with DOD
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) *Merged with DOD
Delaware River Basin Commission
Denali Commission
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Department of Commerce (DOC)
Department of Defense Inspector General *Merged with the DOD
Department of Education (ED)
Department of Energy (DOE)
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) *Merged with the CDC
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Department of Labor (DOL)
Department of State (DOS)
Department of the Interior (DOI)
Department of Transportation (DOT)
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Director of National Intelligence, Office of *Merged with the FBI
Domestic Policy Council
Drug Enforcement Administration
Economic Adjustment Office
Economic Analysis, Bureau of
Economic Development Administration
Economic Research Service
Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs
Economics and Statistics Administration
Education Department
Election Assistance Commission
Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of
Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
Employment and Training Administration
Endangered Species Committee
Energy Information Administration
English Language Acquisition Office
Engraving and Printing, Bureau of
Environmental Management (Energy Department)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
European Command
Executive Office for Immigration Review *one agency to handle all immigration
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
Farm Credit Administration
Farm Service Agency
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Federal Consulting Group
Federal Election Commission
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Executive Boards
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
Federal Financing Bank
Federal Geographic Data Committee
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac)
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds *Sigh... if it must be, merged with the CDC
Federal Interagency Committee on Education
Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
Federal Library and Information Center Committee
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae)
Federal Railroad Administration
Federal Reserve System
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Federal Student Aid Information Center
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Federal Transit Administration
Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, National Commission
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) *merged with the CDC
Food Safety and Inspection Service *merged with the USDA
Foreign Agricultural Service
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Forest Service *if it can be made self-sustaining
Fossil Energy
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
General Services Administration (GSA)
Geological Survey
Global Affairs (State Department)
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Government Ethics, Office of *like this is doing anything of worth...
Government National Mortgage Association
Government Printing Office (GPO)
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration *merge with the USDA
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Health and Human Services Department *merge with the CDC
Health Resources and Services Administration
Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office
Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe)
Holocaust Memorial Museum
Homeland Security Department
House Office of Inspector General
House Office of the Clerk
House Organizations, Commissions, and Task Forces
Housing Office (HUD)
Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Indian Affairs, Bureau of
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Indian Health Service
Industry and Security, Bureau of
Information Resource Management College
Information Resources Center
Innovation and Improvement Office
Institute of Education Sciences
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Institute of Peace
Inter-American Foundation
Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
Interagency Council on Homelessness
Interior Department
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Don't I wish )
International Labor Affairs, Bureau of
International Trade Administration (ITA)
International Trade Commission
Interpol *Merge with the CIA
James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
Japan-United States Friendship Commission
Job Corps
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
Joint Fire Science Program
Joint Forces Staff College
Joint Military Intelligence College
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Justice Programs, Office of
Justice Statistics, Bureau of
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of
Land Management, Bureau of
Legal Services Corporation
Marine Mammal Commission
Maritime Administration
Marketing and Regulatory Programs (Agriculture Department)
Marshals Service
Mediation and Concitiation Service, Office of
Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Merit Systems Protection Board
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Minority Business Development Agency
Missile Defense Agency (MDA) *Merge with DOD
Mississippi River Commission
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
Multifamily Housing Office
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Agricultural Statistics Service *Merge with USDA
National AIDS Policy Office
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
National Capital Planning Commission
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
National Constitution Center *not getting any use out of this anyway
National Council on Disability (NCD)
National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of *Merged with CIA
National Credit Union Administration
National Defense University *Merged with DOD
National Drug Intelligence Center
National Economic Council
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Gallery of Art
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
National Indian Gaming Commission
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
National Institute of Justice
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) *Merged with CDC
National Interagency Fire Center
National Labor Relations Board
National Laboratories (Energy Department)
National Marine Fisheries Service
National Mediation Board
National Ocean Service
National Park Foundation *Merges with the NPS
National Park Service *should be made self-sustaiing
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)
National Reconnaissance Office
National Science Foundation
National Security Agency (NSA) *Merge with DOD or FBI
National Security Council *Merge with DOD
National Technical Information Service
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
National Transportation Safety Board
National War College
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Northern Command
Northwest Power Planning Council
Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education
Office of Compliance
Office of Disability Employment Policy
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention *Merge with the DOJ
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Office of Mediation and Concitiation Service
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) *Merge with CDC
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Pardon Attorney
Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
Open World Leadership Center
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Pacific Command
Pardon Attorney, Office of
Peace Corps
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
Pentagon Force Protection Agency *merge with DOD
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Policy Development and Research
Political Affairs (State Department)
Postal Regulatory Commission *Merge with Postal Service
Power Administrations
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Presidio Trust
Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
Public and Indian Housing
Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (State Department)
Radio and TV Marti (Español)
Radio Free Asia (RFA)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
Reclamation, Bureau of
Refugee Resettlement, Office of
Regulatory Information Service Center
Rehabilitation Services Administration (Education Department)
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Research, Education and Economics (Agriculture Department)
Risk Management Agency (Agriculture Department)
Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
Rural Development
Rural Housing Service
Rural Utilities Service
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Science and Technology Policy, Office of
Science Office (Energy Department)
Scientific and Technical Information, Office of
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) *not doing there job anyway
Selective Service System (SSS)
Senators on the Web
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Southeastern Power Administration
Southern Command *Merge with DOD
Southwestern Power Administration
Special Forces Operations Command *Merge with DOD
State Justice Institute
Stennis Center for Public Service
Strategic Command *merge with DOD
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
Surface Transportation Board
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Tennessee Valley Authority
Trade and Development Agency
Transportation Command
Transportation Department
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) *merge under DOD or FBI
Transportation Statistics, Bureau of
TRICARE Management
Trustee Program (Justice Department)
U.S. AbilityOne Commission
U.S. Access Board
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
U.S. International Trade Commission
U.S. Military Academy, West Point
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
U.S. National Central Bureau - Interpol (Justice Department)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Sentencing Commission
U.S. Trade and Development Agency
U.S. Trade Representative
Unified Combatant Commands (Defense Department)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
/Veterans Affairs Department (VA)
/ Veterans Benefits Administration
all merged to one
\ Veterans Day National Committee
\ Veterans' Employment and Training Service
\Vietnam Educational Foundation
Voice of America (VOA)
Washington Headquarters Services
Weather Service *merged with NOAA
Western Area Power Administration
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance
White House Office of Administration
Women's Bureau (Labor Department)
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Also:

I would look into merging the Armed forces into one unit, why we have four militaries with overlapping capabilities this day and age I don't know,

I would put the UN and NATO on notice, America will no longer be the world police and that military actions not directly associated with National security will be handled through them. Also, participating countries will need to either contribute significantly to their own defense or host standing armies.

I would raise the retirement age over a period of time to 70 (along with Medicare/Medicaid coverage). I would also look toward how other countries, like Australia handle national retirement funding to seek a viable alternative to Social Security over the long-run.

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