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New Poll Shows Americans Demand Across the Board Federal Spending Cuts

AMAC chief Dan Weber says association members who participated in its survey were passionate about the need to cut the size of government – 

BOHEMIA, NY, Jan 18 – A new nationwide survey shows that Americans are “fed up” with big government and demand sweeping cuts in the budgets of all Federal departments and agencies.

Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, released the results of the poll in which “the vast majority of the nearly 7,400 respondents said they favored across the boards budget reductions of at least 2% to 3%.”

The survey showed that 71% of respondents, nearly 5,300 of them, said the government should cut budgets by at least 3%.  Another 28% of them, or almost 2,100 respondents, said that that budgets should be reduced by no less than 2%.

Weber said that he cannot understand why the House of Representatives is unwilling to agree to a small increase in the debt ceiling in exchange for at least two percent in spending cuts.  “Why can’t we just leave the decisions of what to cut to department secretaries and agency heads, subject to Congressional approval?”

The AMAC chief said that the association members who participated in its survey were “passionate about the need to cut the size of government.  Less than one percent opposed cutting department and agency budgets.  And, it’s no wonder when President Obama authorizes pay hikes for government workers in 2013 while ordinary taxpayers face unemployment, underemployment and a host of new government levies in the coming year.”

Weber also pointed out that the AMAC survey “is consistent with other independent polls conducted in recent years.  They have regularly shown that Americans are unhappy about the size and power of the Federal Government, with a majority indicating they feel big government is a threat to the economic future of the country.”

He suggested that now may be the time to “take the bull by the horns and enact legislation such as the Congressional Accountability Pay Act as proposed this week by Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes.  His bill would cut legislators’ pay every time federal spending rises. Thus, if spending goes up 10%, pay checks would be cut by 10%.”

As Forbes put it: “It’s one thing to say that we are going to pay (members of Congress) when they’ve done the job that we pay them to do.  But when they are not averting the major problem that’s facing the country — our out-of-control spending — I just don’t think they deserve the same compensation as if they succeed.”

In a related development, AMAC has posted a petition which states that in exchange for raising the debt ceiling one more time, the Obama administration must agree to a 2% across the board budget cut for 2014.

The 2% budget cut would be based on 2013 spending levels. Each Department Secretary will be responsible for making their respective budget cuts which will be subject to Congressional approval.

Members and their friends and families are encouraged to participate in the petition drive by logging on to this White House Web site: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/debt-ceiling-and-budget-cuts/cg3j70hB

 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Please contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a chat.

 

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital and conservative alternative to those organizations, such as AARP, that dominate the choices for mature Americans who want a say in the future of the nation.  Where those other organizations may boast of their power to set the agendas for their memberships, AMAC takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests, and offering a conservative insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.

 

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Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago

Some of you got your wish today.

The big news at noontime was that our leaders now have until May to agree on a new budget or they will not be paid. See? We did not even have to start a revolt. They are doing this on their own.

JOHN H
3 years 8 months ago

Tell Congress to get their head’s straight and pass an across the board spending cut’s. Cut at least 3% preferably 10%

Nancy
3 years 8 months ago
It seems that everyone is concerned about how the elected officials run the government, but offer nothing to solve the horror. If something isn’t done soon, it will be too late! Obama intends to become a dictator and he isn’t too far from it. We either forget or do not want to do anything about the fact that “We, the people” are the employers of this motley crew. They were supposedly elected by the people. Everyone knows that computer input can be changed. I would suggest that we hold an impeachment vote by the people–the employers. Forget the fact that Congress is supposed to do it. And do it with paper ballots with guards from both parties. Count the ballots before they leave the precincts. It’s a shame that trust has gone by the wayside, but it’s the way of the world now. If Smilin’ Joe wants to continue this… Read more »
catherine kearney
3 years 8 months ago

i agree with everything you printed

Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago

The average family? That can make due with a $150,000 house, but that bought a $250,000 house to reap the “profits” from out of control real estate inflation? Sorry, but I’m not buying into your logic. When I was in the market back in 2005 my credit union was pushing me hard saying I qualified for a $365,000 mortgage. Thank God I had the common sense to say NO and to pay cash for a $136,000 condo instead. It is only worth 1/2 that now, but at least I am not ready to go bankrupt.

Get your head out of the sand and stop blaming Obama and the Dems for the poor decisions made by millions of “conservative” investment bankers and stupid consumers.

Nancy
3 years 8 months ago
You may consider “the average family” one that fits your description, but I don’t. The family that you describe is one that does not think about paying the piper. They only know what they want and are all too anxious to comply when a bank will lend 125%. They are not thinking about the future. There are many average people who thought just like you, which is the correct way, but have still lost their jobs and their ability to pay all of their bills. My head is not in the sand. Sometimes I wish it were and that I could get the rose-colored glasses out. Obama and the dems were the ones who gave the last big stipend to the –I won’t say “conservative”, but–greedy bankers. If they had given each taxpayer $100,000.00 with the stipulation that each one purchase an American-made vehicle, we would have had a much… Read more »
Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago
As for the auto “bailouts” you must not understand the investments market. I am heavily involved in the management of 7 investment portfolios that are 97% invested in bonds and would be happy to have Obama’s record with the auto industry. The auto industry “bailout debts” have been paid back, and at a profit. I wish the same could be said for all govenment expenditures. The were not gifts, they were loans. It would have been a distaster to let Detroit go bankrupt; it could have derailed the entire national economy. Be grateful we have 8% unemployment and not 30%. Our current administration inherited this mess, they did not create it. And, they need time to fix it. It took a war and about 10 years to recover from the great depression. Today we can say with gratitude: “GM is alive; Bin Laden is dead”. Bush and Cheney cost us… Read more »
Chester M. Edsall
3 years 8 months ago

Spending cuts are necessary for our nation to get out of debt. I believe the cuts must be done by a committee that evaluates the effect 2-4% cuts would have on the operations of each government agency. The cuts should start with eliminating funding for abortions. Another way is to stop the “pork spending like that which was incorporated in the Hurricane Sandy relief funds. The pork in those funds was a disgrace to our government leaders. I believe that spending bills should contain line item vetoes for unrelated appropriations to the funding request.

James
3 years 8 months ago
It is time to draw the line in the sand. Do not raise the debt ceilling – PERIOD. If the President and staff cannot provide a balanced budget (that does not stop providing for the common defense) Congress shall give him one. If USA needs to default prayments start with cutting back on welfare and unemployment, and cut off those on extended benefits, and stop sending our money to forgein countries. Most people on unemploement people will more from unemployed to under-employed or fully employed quickly when they get hungry or their savings has been used up. I have been unemployed and had to work part time and underemployed with sick wife and kid. Used up savngs for Cobra health insurance. But I found a job, not the type I wanted , but in my field. Life puts you in situations an you do your best. Time for drigging in,… Read more »
Bud Mc
3 years 8 months ago

We have a political ruling class in Washington that have turned a deaf ear to the middle class of America. They will stop spending when we are willing to make our voices heard. We voted these people in power,now we getting what we paid for.What we need is some good old common sense and that will get us back on the right track.

Phil
3 years 8 months ago

If you want these things to happen, just posting opinions will not get the job done. You must call, write and email your representatives on a regular basis. If Senators and Congresspeople don’t hear from the populace as to what the people want them to do, they will do whatever they think is best even if it might not be what WE THE PEOPLE want. Also, don’t forget the White House. Call, write, email the White House. They accept all forms of communication. Hammering away at our elected representatives is the only way to get things done. Don’t forget to thank Jesus daily for all the blessings you have and ask him to step in and straighten things out. We humans think we can solve all of our own problems without Gods assistance. So hows that working out in your neighborhood?

Vicky K
3 years 8 months ago
I suggest a 10% cut across the board for all agencies. After all they always increase their budgets by 10% automatically. Congress is the problem. We are in this mess, because of all previous Administration going back to FDR when he sold the idea that SS would be an insurance. Well, we know now that it is a tax and they have been stealing from SS since Johnson put it into his general fund to balance his budget. We have nothing but IOU’s in SS…we are paying out more than is taken in. They gave a tax holiday of 2% to try and bolster the economy. It did not work and know workers are crying because they now have to pay the 2%. What hasn’t been done is to try to get jobs back. The House Republicans sent over approx. 30 jobs bills and the Senate would not even take… Read more »
PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

As for idea of doing a 2 percent spending cut off our 2013 budget, all that does is further cement the massive Obama spending hikes of 2009 into our federal budgetary process forever. We should be looking to get back to the normal spending levels of 2007, instead of trying to trim a few cents off the bloated spending levels Obama has saddled us with.

Ray Mason
3 years 8 months ago

PaulE, you are correct. It’s stupid to think that cutting 2% off 2013 levels starting in 2014 will accomplish anything when we know that spending levels in 2013 will exceed by tons a meager 2%. We would be better off to freeze all spending at 2007 levels. Ray

PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

Correct.

PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

While the majority of the American people want spending cuts, both Obama and the rest of the Democrats are already talking about additional tax increases as part of any agreement for the Democrat-controlled Senate to actually do their job and produce a budget after four years. Does that tell you how likely it is that we will be seeing any real spending cuts in the near future?

Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago

Please don’t forget that last year Obama offered up $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases, and the GOP shot him down. It takes two to tango as the saying goes, and there is plenty of blame for BOTH parties on this issue!

Ray Mason
3 years 8 months ago

Well CC, even and idiot can figure out that Obama isn’t about to give $10 in spending cuts for anything. But it sounds good on MSNBC. Ray

PaulE
3 years 8 months ago

Obama was never serious about spending cuts and he never offered a 10 to 1 deal. That was a moderator in one of the early Republican primary debates throwing out a hypothetical to see if anyone would bite. That was merely a ploy used during the campaign to paint all the potential Republican candidates as inflexible. Those so called spending cuts, none of which was ever specifically identified by team Obama, were the usual “they’ll happen sometime in the future”. However, he insisted on the tax hikes occurring immediately.

This is the same bait and switch the Democrats pulled on Reagan and then on Bush 1. Get the Republicans to agree to tax hikes with “the promise” of future spending cuts. The only problem is those spending cuts never materialize. You can’t expect to have Republicans fall for the same lame trick forever.

Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago

If he manages to keep us out of yet another unnecessary trillion dollar war with Iran he very well could meet that goal.

And, since the GOP would most likely only approve the smallest of tax increases, all Obama would have to do would be to get them to make cuts to just one new fighter jet program…

He knows the tax increases will be small, so cuts will not be as hard to find as you suggest.

Paul
3 years 8 months ago

The Federal Government should do away with whole department such as Department of Education, It should be a STATE function, Dept. of Energy and Federal Reserve Board, and many other duplicated programs

Ron
3 years 8 months ago

I want this. I want a Balanced Budget Amendment and I want the elimination of entire agencies and departments that have proven themselves ineffective and that burden the citizens with unnecessary regulations. If those regulations are that important then let the Congress legislate them into law.

R.Leo Creamer
3 years 8 months ago

Isn’t it nice how our “elected “representatives meekly follow the lead of the Nubian White House resident’s
socialist agenda A-La European nations and keep straight face and tell us- all is well, don’t worry. We will save
you. I am looking forward to the next votor ballot with the choice “NONE OF THE BOVE” on it.
Perhaps that will get their attention. It follows with” forfiture of all pay allowanaces and benefits”. Their last days in
office. may save us as one Nation Under God.
Just hoping

R.Leo

Michael
3 years 8 months ago
It doesn’t matter that most Americans want across the board spending cuts. They are not going to get it. Most Americans want or don’t want a lot of things but they are not going to get what they want because they really don’t hold the power. Those “most Americans” don’t have the money nor the energy nor the knowledge nor the will to get what they want politically. And, most of all, they don’t have a “leader”. Any movement that is to succeed needs a strong, intelligent, and charismatic leader or leadership to accomplish its goals. Conservatives don’t have that. Democrats have managed to confuse, confound, and intimidate the so called Republican “leaders”. Republicans “leaders” have been effectively divided and backed against a wall. It merely remains to be seen how many will defect to the other side or become ineffective “independents” in order to preserve their political “skins” and… Read more »
Leo Creamer
3 years 8 months ago

I am sick and tired of how these Self anointed “Hollier than Thou” elected representatives” follow the Nubian ‘s
socialist agenda and keep telling us what a good job they are doing to save the freedoms our nation enjoys due to the sacrifices our military has preserved for us The next election ballot should have (none of the above) choice on it.
Do you think that would grab their attention?
R. Leo

Phil
3 years 8 months ago

1-22-13
Apparently the Administration is trying to eliminate the SBA Small Business Administration. Bad thing to do since so many people work in this sector, especially during a bad recession. Selective cuts rather than across the board would be better. Increase the standard deduction for income tax and exempt savings (maybe $20K) from taxes and levy so people have more to spend and save for needs. Too many members of congress are stupid.

Stephen
3 years 8 months ago

If anyone wanted across the board cuts, Romney would have been elected.

Charles Link
3 years 8 months ago

If the 2013 so-called budget is an increase of 2 or 3% over the 2012 budget just what good is accomplished by cutting the 2013 spending by the same 2 or 3%. That represents NO reduction in spending. Let’s talk a meaningful reduction!

Sandra Phillippi
3 years 8 months ago

Everything Armon 01/22/2013 at 12:47 pm said(Thank You) above
PLUS Stop All Borrowing /NO MORE BORROWING AT ALL!!!!

KEN
3 years 8 months ago
AMAC—- YOU JUST DO NOT GET IT ! YOUR “NEW POLL SHOWS AMERICANS DEMAND ACROSS THE BOARD FEDERAL SPENDING CUTS” MEANS NOTHING. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IT MEANS NOTHING TO A SOCIALIST president RAISED ON THE THEORIES OF SAUL AILINSKY. AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT GET IT WHICH IS WHY THERE IS NO HOPE FOR 2014 AS THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO COMBAT A SOCIALIST AGENDA THAT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED HERE IN AMERICA VERY AGRESSIVELY SINCE FDR.
Concerned Compassionate
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t bother to even listen to people that scream.

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