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Thursday, September 22, 2005
I just received an interesting unsolicited email from a member of Sen. Tom Coburn's staff:
I can only assume that the good Senator from Oklahoma and his staff have been paying attention to the porkbuster efforts in the blogosphere, and that's how my name ended up on an email list. I find this very encouraging. Keep it up!
The email also contained a PDF document which lists many options for trimming the budget significantly. Those options include freezing all discretionary spending, freezing non-defense and non-homeland security discretionary spending, allowing non-defense and non-homeland security discretionary spending to increase with inflation, or allowing them to increase with along with average annual growth, and lists the estimated savings for each option. It then goes on to cover various specific budget items that can be eliminated for even greater savings.
The term "non-defense and non-homeland security discretionary spending" actually interests me quite a bit here, because it was mentioned many times in the email. That's actually a pretty broad term, and I'm curious what sorts of items would be considered to be defense and homeland security discretionary spending. Depending on how you word things, a lot of pork can fit in that bucket too you know.
One of the more ironic items in the attached document was this:
Anyone else find it rather sad that the federal department charged with being a watchdog over companies that have had such a hard time keeping their books straight lately, can't keep their own book straight?
I've also sent emails to my Senators Kohl and Feingold, and to Rep. Sensenbrenner. I received an automated response from Sensenbrenner which made it seem like I would only receive a written response in the mail. You know Jim, how much money could you save by not over using your franking privileges and instead used email when appropriate? I'll update you if I get anything specific from anyone.
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Yes, that was a copy and paste error that I didn't catch til I edited later. I was hoping nobody would have noticed it. So much for that hope.
Coburn also had some success this week with an amendment to limit pork.Post a Comment
See: Senator Coburn's Amendment: A small victory against pork
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