Libertarians praise Congress on April Fool’s Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011

Contact: Wes Benedict, Executive Director
E-mail: wes.benedict@lp.org
Phone: 202-333-0008 ext. 222

Libertarians praise Congress on April Fool’s Day

WASHINGTON – The Libertarian Party congratulates Congress for passing a budget that makes serious cuts in federal government spending, including the following:

1.Eliminating Department of Education programs, saving taxpayers more than $40 billion each year.
2.Getting rid of farm subsidies, saving over $20 billion each year.
3.Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as many other overseas deployments, saving over $100 billion annually.
4.Eliminating programs and subsidies in the Department of Transportation, saving about $80 billion annually.
5.Terminating federal housing subsidies, saving about $45 billion each year.
6.Giving overpaid federal employees a 10% cut in compensation, saving $30 billion annually.
7.Throwing out federal energy subsidies, saving $20 billion annually.
8.Reducing and reforming Medicare and Medicaid, saving about $100 billion a year for the next ten years.
9.Ending the federal War on Drugs, saving $15 billion annually.
10.Phasing out mandatory Social Security, and reducing the rate of benefit growth to save $40 billion a year by 2020.
“April Fool’s!” cried Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict. “Congress hasn’t done any of those things. Congress is causing the federal government to keep growing rapidly. And don’t be fooled by the recent hype about Republican proposals for ‘cuts.’ Those ‘cuts’ are so small and so peripheral, that even if they pass, they won’t have any effect on the fiscal catastrophe facing our children and grandchildren. Republicans and Democrats continue to link arms and keep our federal government huge and growing.”

Benedict continued, “We got that list of items from a Cato Institute advertisement that ran in several major news outlets today. Of course, we wish Congress would cut all those things, but we know Republicans and Democrats won’t do it.”

The Libertarian Party platform calls for major reductions in the size and scope of government.

3 thoughts on “Libertarians praise Congress on April Fool’s Day

  1. TinFoilCap & JockeyShorts to Match

    Another solid news release! Take a chop ax not a carving knife to the budget! I do think only $100 billion for the “wars” in I and A and being the world’s policeman is low and cooking the books by someone. This is SICKENING to me. People working hard to own a home and these lying thieves (D&R politicians) are giving $45B to deadbeats in many cases. There’s $40B in the goober pickers Dept. of Ed and if anyone can find the word education in the U.S. Constitution I’ll give you my bank #s. Twenty Billion for farm subsidies, $80B for transportation, over $425, 000, 000, 000 for federal employees, medicaid, medicare and the WAR on drugs, and on and on.

    Past time to remove the lying thieves from their positions. They have destroyed our future. Run for office and TRY TO WIN by telling it like it is !!!

    “1.Eliminating Department of Education programs, saving taxpayers more than $40 billion each year.
    2.Getting rid of farm subsidies, saving over $20 billion each year.
    3.Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as many other overseas deployments, saving over $100 billion annually.
    4.Eliminating programs and subsidies in the Department of Transportation, saving about $80 billion annually.
    5.Terminating federal housing subsidies, saving about $45 billion each year.
    6.Giving overpaid federal employees a 10% cut in compensation, saving $30 billion annually.
    7.Throwing out federal energy subsidies, saving $20 billion annually.
    8.Reducing and reforming Medicare and Medicaid, saving about $100 billion a year for the next ten years.
    9.Ending the federal War on Drugs, saving $15 billion annually.
    10.Phasing out mandatory Social Security, and reducing the rate of benefit growth to save $40 billion a year by 2020.”

    I can agree to all this, what about you libertarians ?

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