Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Defense $ is 20% of the budget but faces 50% of total cuts. RT if you think Congress isn’t doing enough to provide for the common defense. 2:16 PM – 25 May 12
And a reaction:
American Spring @AmericanSpring
@RepHartzler You must be kidding. End all occupations and no domestic drones. You voted to cut food stamps $33 Bil.2:20 PM – 25 May 12
Is Social Security figured in that percentage, too?:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Warrensburg, part 1 (August 11, 2011)
….Representative Hartzler:….Uh, Social Security, of course, money comes in for that. So, we got that. Medicare, Medicaid, net interest, and, as you can see, it’s rather small right now, that’s the interest on the debt. I have some concerns with that though if our interest rates go up, what that could do to our national budget. It could eat up a lot more of it. And the other mandatory program, uh, they lumped a bunch of programs there where Congress has approved in years past and we don’t vote on every year. They just say if you qualify for xyz then you get x dollar benefit. So, they put in there everything from Pell Grants to unemployment, uh, food stamps, welfare programs, farm subsidies, all of those type of programs that are mandatory they lumped them together. So, you can kind of see where the money is going. Now, here’s the problem, though. The next slide shows here’s how much is coming in. The green is our total amount of tax revenue that you and I send in every April fifteenth and businesses send in. Only makes up part of what we’re spending so the rest is borrowed. That’s why we’re now borrowing forty-two cents on the dollar at the federal level just to keep all those programs going that you just saw. That’s why we’re in the problem that we are, I mean, you and I don’t do that at home. I mean, we can’t keep borrowing forty-two cents out of every dollar. It’s unsustainable [crosstalk] and…
Voice: Is Social Security in that two point two trillion?
Representative Hartzler: Uh, that’s a good question. I’ll have to check on that. I think it is. [crosstalk] Anyway, no.
Voice: I don’t think so. You said [inaudible] our tax money by April fifteenth.
Representative Hartzler: Anyway. Well [crosstalk], yeah…
Voice: Taxes are April fifteenth [crosstalk]. Social Security’s not a tax, right. But it is our money. So, where’s that flow in the flow?
Representative Hartzler: It is part of the revenue that’s in there. So, I may have misspoke as far as April fifteenth. But, anyway, you can see we got a deficit. That’s the bottom line, bottom line….