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9/11 spawned big government, what do we cut?

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US intelligence network created after the September 11, 2001 attacks is so unwieldly, even principal actors within it are unable to grasp its size, according to a two-year probe by the Washington Post published Monday.

The newspaper's investigation found that nine years after the attacks on New York and Washington, the bureaucracy has become "so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."

Among the findings were some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies working on counterterrorism-related programs, and 33 building complexes built or under construction to house top-secret work -- the same amount of space as nearly three Pentagons or 22 US Capitol buildings.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:30 AM on Jul. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Also the military is only 2% of the budget,
    More than 10 times that.

    After Bush's tax cuts the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5%
    No, it went up. How does something "drop" from 4% (or less) to 4.5%? And then went up steadily throughout his admin, ending in a presidency that created NO net jobs?

    Where are you getting your numbers? Better check your sources.

    And yes, entitlements are the biggest cost. Like Social security. How do you cut that?

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 5:00 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • It is wasteful to have people duplicating efforts .. these areas need to be identified and cut.
    In addition, while we're on the subject of government cuts, any program that encourages dependence instead of teaching independence should be cut as well.

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 10:36 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Protecting the USA~This is the one area of our US Federal Government that should be hard at work for the citizens. Per the Constitution of the US. THIS IS ONE THE PRIMARY ROLE of FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…. This is the one area of the US Federal Gov't that SHOULD be doing everything in its power to ensure safety. Should it be effectively and efficiently leaned out to avoid waste and ensure the upmost security and communication? Yes…
    My question~ are some journalists (WAPO in this case) and those who agree with this article~ ok with ADDING $$$ to government social programs and less concerned with keeping the US safe from possible terrorist attacks? It seems like some are willing to criticize the Federal Gov't for doing what it is suppose to be doing and would rather the Federal Gov't serve a more social-dependency agenda. JMO

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:32 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Social programs have nothing to do with this.

    But (as you said earlier) if we don't need bureaucracy in counter-terrorism efforts, shouldn't we effectively lean out ALL areas of government?  Why are we ADDING more bureaucracy for social dependency programs and criticizing other areas? Shouldn't we analyze ALL areas?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:06 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • One could argue that the Bush tax cuts GENERATED REVENUE.....   One could even argue it MORE an issue of It's how the government SPENDS....


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:07 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • When it comes to national security....the more people protecting us, the better--including military personnel!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 10:35 AM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • My answer was going to be, they haven't thus why would we KEEP them?

    They haven't because the Federal Government spends MORE even BEFORE they get a chance to generate. Bush was guilty of this. Obama is only making it worse. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel??? Tax Cuts work. But not when the government spends it x10 before it's generated.... Tax Cuts + Spending Cuts... Reign it in.... And yes, that includes military spending... Much waste is spent by Contractors (for example)...  Much waste by congressmen lobbying to have military contractors manufacture non needed parts, etc in order to get jobs in their district...  That crap needs to stop.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:32 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • If you want to shift gears and discuss job creation, let's look at the Recovery Act... Let's analyze  long term Jobs created in relation to overall cost to individual taxpayers.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:49 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • We cut the EPA. (And California suddenly blossoms into a prosperous economy again!)
    Cut the IRS.
    Cut the FEDERAL level Dept. of Education and go back to letting the states and municipalities deal with public schools. Or, better yet, we eliminate public schools and go to a voucher system which allows parents to use the education tax dollars toward really good schools which are more than warehouses and social engineering experiments.
    Cut the bureaus which regulate the life out of businesses and banks.
    Cut the bureau which regulates the health insurance companies so that they can offer customers REAL choices, instead of forcing every customer to pay for gov't-required coverage which that customer doesn't need.
    Cut the expeditures on illegal immigrants by enforcing current laws (recent report tells that those dollars would eliminate Calif.'s budget deficit: )

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:57 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • I agree with LoriKeet & Grlygrtz,

    Also the military is only 2% of the budget, entitlement programs are the biggest part of the budget.

    After Bush's tax cuts the unemployment rate dropped to 4.5%. It gets me that sweet is all for ending Bush's tax cuts and taking 268 billion away from us & the economy.

    They need to cut spending on all the entitlement programs, not raise taxes. A tax cut is giving the people back some of there own money that they earned, not the government. It does not cost the government  for something they should have never had in the first place.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 2:50 PM on Jul. 19, 2010