Tom Peters "Insanity on Steroids"

July 29th, 2010

Sample from House Budget Hearing
 
Rep Ann Kirpatrick  (Dem) AZ  Told the house that families in her district are forced to live with less every day and they somehow make do. Its time for congress to do the same. She made a motion to amend the appropriations bill by reducing Congressional pay and discretionary spending by 5%. 

Rep John Olver (Dem) MA and others said it was not possible, undoable. Motion failed.

Rep Jim Jordan (R) OH Told the house with a $1.4 Trillion Deficit, $13 Trillion Debt "we need to take steps now to start the process of reducing spending." Made a motion to revert discretionary spending back to 2008 levels.

Rep John Olver (Dem) MA and others said it was not possible, undoable. Motion failed.

Rep Jeff Flake (R) AZ attempted to reach house members by repeating the debt figures and telling the house how they were "so incredibly out of touch with the American families across this country." He made 4 motions to reduce spending on earmarks by $1 million each. For the renovation of a building in Buffalo, NY, for adding more bike paths in Tacoma, WA, for more bike trails in RI and another similar project. \223With our government buried so deep in debt, how can we possibly ask taxpayers to pay for this?\224

Rep John Olver (Dem) MA and others said this was minuscule amounts of money. Cutting these projects will not amount to anything.

Rep Jeff Flake (R) AZ said, If we can't even cut, what you call small amounts, how will we ever deal with the deficit and debt?

Rep John Olver (Dem) MA and others said it was not possible, undoable. Motion failed.

Don't we send addicts to rehab?

Tom Peters:
Ashland, NH