Potential Funding Cut Soap Box thread....
Just to have all of our stuff in one spot, figured I'd start this one instead of using up the Waiting Room.
Maybe it's just me, but rather than cut the programs that actually benefit people, how about we start making cuts to the aid that is knowingly provided to those that are not of legal status? Pretty sure that would make up the deficit and probably help unemployment rates a bit by encouraging those to leave that aren't legal workers. The US economy isn't strong enough (and should never be considered strong enough) to have citizens out of work while those that aren't here legally are working either above or below the table.
This is not a personal or racial or any other sort of attack, it's a non-emotional statement. I know many people and have many friends that have skirted the process to be here and are now legitimate residents and/or citizens. They all worked hard to get to that point, never skipped on taxes, and were positive contributors to society. My issue is with incarcerating and reincarcerating those that have committed crimes as non-legal residents, and also those that just show up and demand welfare without making an attempt to work and contribute to the system they want benefits from. Because of this, legitimate residents are suffering, and beneficial programs are too.
The Public Safety Grants run by our federal government are among the few that exclusively benefit US interests including responders, their communities, and those they do business with. We could easily fund the Fire Grants at double their highest levels and bring the station grants back if we stopped putting money in a half-dozen overseas grant programs alone, even without touching the legal/illegal resident argument. Personally I would like to start with cutting overseas grants since it's probably one of the few things everyone can agree on, and a lot easier to push through since there's probably no emotional attachment to the argument for doing it, which isn't the case with immigration. Anyway, just one man's opinion, and worth every bit of the paper it isn't written on....