www.RonTravisSr.com by Ron Travis
U. S, GOV'T. SPENDING

NO GAIN WITHOUT PAIN. "IT IS HARD BY THE YARD - IT IS A CINCH BY THE INCH". Equal pain for all of us is necessary to re-adjust the greatest economy in the World. - The current deficits will cause our economy and our Country to self-destruct from within.

THE FEDERAL DEBT DILEMMA IS CANCEROUS AND REQUIRES RADICAL SURGERY:    

   (A) Do not raise the Federal-Debt ceiling above the current $16.5 Trillion (Oops! Must now use a max of $21 Trillion as of Dec. 2016). We cannot afford the interest which will be $1.2 Trillion per year at 6% (The average interest rate for the past 50 years was over 6%).

(B) Reduce all Federal salaries by 20% until the Federal employees find savings to exceed that amount. This starts with the President, Congressmen, and Supreme Court Justices, and includes all other Federal employees.

(C) "ZERO BASED BUDGETING" Place all Federal agencies under the 15-Cabinet members and give them the responsibility and authority to eliminate duplications and make the remaining ones efficient and effective.

(D) Review the Social-Security and Medicare Trust Fund receipts and outlays separate from the On-Budget Operating funds, with adjustments to make them viable for our children and grandchildren. Eliminate the Salary ceiling on SS withholdings and employer matching contributions and have the Federal Budget pay 6% interest on the balance they owe the Social Security Fund.

  1. We need a balanced budget amendment to force the bureaucracts to do their job. 
  2. We must balance the budget and start producing a surplus to eliminate America's annual deficit and National debt, before our National debt load implodes and destroys our great Country.
  3. A mandatory balanced budget, plus a vigilant group of voters, will improve the decisions made by politicians to determine that they do not just try to increase taxes versus reducing government spending.
  4. The first step should be an across the board pay cut of 10% for all government employees including congressmen.
  5. The next step is to cut all other governmental budgets by 10%. It can be done, including the military, medicare and medicade
  6. The states should do the same, including teachers pay, and all other state employees by 10%. The answer is not to cut the number of teachers, which will affect the quality of public education; but we must all take an adjustment in pay to move toward a balanced budget.
  7. Every governmental expense and capital project should be reviewed to reduce the: Duplication of responsibilities - Overlapping agencies - Layers of organizational structure - and Other inefficiencies and effectiveness.
  8. All earmarks and other special interests trade-offs in budgeting should be eliminated. If it isn't in the regular budget, or important enough for the vote of the entire political group to consider, forget it.
  9. Private industry will follow the public sector's lead, and our Economy will return to the greatest business plan in History.
  10. The natural tendency for any corporate department is to add people and grow their department. Governmental entities are much worse because of the bureaucratic nature and overhead that is built around every regulation.           
  11. Once all governmental employees realize their individual jobs or at stake, they will do what is necessary to balance the budget without just raising taxes. They will also be way more efficient and effective with a leaner and meaner staff.
  12. Regulatory burdens will have to be reduced with fewer governmental employees, thereby freeing up businesses to be more productive.
  13. I would repeal Obamacare; the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley laws, and any other legislation that is confusing, bureaucratic, and interferes with the free economy. 
  14. OSHA, EPA, and other laws should be simplified, but contain the essentials for the safety and environmental protection of our current and future generations.
  15. The NLRB laws and regulations should be stripped down to the essentials and then let the free market work. They should not be biased for or against unions. Everyone should be free to join a union or to not participate without fear of retribution.
  16. All regulations should be reviewed with an eye to eliminating them wherever possible to transfer the decision making from the governmental bureaucrats to the individual companies who create jobs that are needed in the free economy. Using the tax code, for example, to try and influence business decisions is complicated and seldom generates the desired results.
  17. Freeing up new energy sources will create jobs in the private sector, improve the economy, and increase tax revenues to state and Federal governments.  
  18. Totally integrated management control systems used in governmental entities, along with best practice studies will cut spending dramatically while improving efficiencies, effectiveness, and productivity.

"The pain will be brief, but we all will be happier, with less stress and worries; that alone will reduce our medical costs".

FEDERAL OUTLAYS - Superfunction and Function - In   millions of dollars      
  1980 1990 2000 2005 2011
National   Defense  $133,995  $      299,321  $      294,363  $      495,308  $      705,625
Human resources 313,374 619,297 1,115,517 1,586,013 2,414,738
Education,   Training, Employment, and Social Services 31,843 37,171 53,764 97,555 101,233
Health 23,169 57,699 154,504 250,548 372,500
Medicare 32,090 98,102 197,113 298,638 485,653
Income   Security 86,557 148,668 253,724 345,847 597,352
Social   Security 118,547 248,623 409,423 523,305 730,811
(On-budget) 675 3,625 13,254 16,526 101,933
(Off-budget) 117,872 244,998 396,169 506,779 628,878
Veterans   Benefits and Services 21,169 29,034 46,989 70,120 127,189
Physical   resources 65,985 126,011 84,925 130,131 161,850
Energy 10,156 3,341 -761 429 12,174
Natural   Resources and Environment 13,858 17,055 25,003 27,980 45,470
Commerce   and Housing Credit 9,390 67,599 3,207 7,566 -12,575
(On-budget) 9,821 65,973 1,178 9,357 -13,383
(Off-budget) -431 1,626 2,029 -1,791 808
Transportation 21,329 29,485 46,853 67,894 92,965
Community   and Regional Development 11,252 8,531 10,623 26,262 23,816
Net   interest 52,533 184,347 222,949 183,986 229,968
(On-budget) 54,872 200,338 282,745 275,822 345,949
(Off-budget) -2,339 -15,991 -59,796 -91,836 -115,981
Other   functions 44,996 60,634 113,777 141,743 177,374
International   Affairs 12,714 13,758 17,213 34,565 45,685
General   Science, Space, and Technology 5,831 14,426 18,594 23,597 29,466
Agriculture 8,774 11,804 36,458 26,565 20,661
Administration   of Justice 4,702 10,185 28,499 40,019 56,055
General   Government 12,975 10,460 13,013 16,997 25,507
Undistributed   offsetting receipts -19,942 -36,615 -42,581 -65,224 -86,494
(On-budget) -18,738 -31,048 -34,944 -54,283 -71,395
(Off-budget) -1,204 -5,567 -7,637 -10,941 -15,099
Total   Federal Outlays  $ 590,941  $ 1,252,993  $ 1,788,950  $ 2,471,957  $ 3,603,061
           
(On-budget)  $ 477,044  $ 1,027,928  $ 1,458,185  $ 2,069,746  $ 3,104,455
(Off-budget   - Primarily Social Security less interest from On-Budget to Social Security   Fund) 113,898 225,065 330,765 402,211 498,606
Total   Federal Outlays  $ 590,942  $ 1,252,993  $ 1,788,950  $ 2,471,957  $ 3,603,061
Total   Federal Outlays  $ 590,941  $ 1,252,993  $ 1,788,950  $ 2,471,957  $ 3,603,061
Medicare       32,090          98,102        197,113        298,638        485,653
Social   Security excluding Federal Interest       117,872        244,998        396,169        506,779        628,878
  Total On-Budget Interest       54,872        200,338        282,745        275,822        345,949
Total Federal Outlays subject   to Sequestration  $ 386,107  $      709,555  $      912,923  $ 1,390,718  $ 2,142,581

 

             U. S. OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND   BUDGET    
       RECEIPTS, OUTLAYS, AND SURPLUSES OR (DEFICITS)
               (Excludes Social Security Trust Fund Activity)
                           In Millions of   Dollars ($000,000)
Year On-Budget
Receipts Outlays Surplus or   (Deficit)
1789–1849  $              1,160  $              1,090  $                 70
1850–1900              14,462              15,453                 (991)
1901                   588                   525                     63
1902                   562                   485                     77
1903                   562                   517                     45
1904                   541                   584                   (43)
1905                   544                   567                   (23)
1906                   595                   570                     25
1907                   666                   579                     87
1908                   602                   659                   (57)
1909                   604                   694                   (89)
1910                   676                   694                   (18)
1911                   702                   691                     11
1912                   693                   690                       3
1913                   714                   715  −* 
1914                   725                   726  −* 
1915                   683                   746                   (63)
1916                   761                   713                     48
1917                1,101                1,954                 (853)
1918                3,645              12,677              (9,032)
1919                5,130              18,493            (13,363)
1920                6,649                6,358                   291
1921                5,571                5,062                   509
1922                4,026                3,289                   736
1923                3,853                3,140                   713
1924                3,871                2,908                   963
1925                3,641                2,924                   717
1926                3,795                2,930                   865
1927                4,013                2,857                1,155
1928                3,900                2,961                   939
1929                3,862                3,127                   734
1930                4,058                3,320                   738
1931                3,116                3,577                 (462)
1932                1,924                4,659              (2,735)
1933                1,997                4,598              (2,602)
1934                2,955                6,541              (3,586)
1935                3,609                6,412              (2,803)
1936                3,923                8,228              (4,304)
1937                5,122                7,582              (2,460)
1938                6,364                6,850                 (486)
1939                5,792                9,154              (3,362)
1940                5,998                9,482              (3,484)
1941                8,024              13,618              (5,594)
1942              13,738              35,071            (21,333)
1943              22,871              78,466            (55,595)
1944              42,455              91,190            (48,735)
1945              43,849              92,569            (48,720)
1946              38,057              55,022            (16,964)
1947              37,055              34,193                2,861
1948              39,944              29,396              10,548
1949              37,724              38,408                 (684)
1950              37,336              42,038              (4,702)
1951              48,496              44,237                4,259
1952              62,573              65,956              (3,383)
1953              65,511              73,771              (8,259)
1954              65,112              67,943              (2,831)
1955              60,370              64,461              (4,091)
1956              68,162              65,668                2,494
1957              73,201              70,562                2,639
1958              71,587              74,902              (3,315)
1959              70,953              83,102            (12,149)
1960              81,851              81,341                   510
1961              82,279              86,046              (3,766)
1962              87,405              93,286              (5,881)
1963              92,385              96,352              (3,966)
1964              96,248            102,794              (6,546)
1965            100,094            101,699              (1,605)
1966            111,749            114,817              (3,068)
1967            124,420            137,040            (12,620)
1968            128,056            155,798            (27,742)
1969            157,928            158,436                 (507)
1970            159,348            168,042              (8,694)
1971            151,294            177,346            (26,052)
1972            167,402            193,470            (26,068)
1973            184,715            199,961            (15,246)
1974            209,299            216,496              (7,198)
1975            216,633            270,780            (54,148)
1976            231,671            301,098            (69,427)
TQ              63,216              77,281            (14,065)
1977            278,741            328,675            (49,933)
1978            314,169            369,585            (55,416)
1979            365,309            404,941            (39,633)
1980            403,903            477,044            (73,141)
1981            469,097            542,956            (73,859)
1982            474,299            594,892          (120,593)
1983            453,242            660,934          (207,692)
1984            500,363            685,632          (185,269)
1985            547,866            769,396          (221,529)
1986            568,927            806,842          (237,915)
1987            640,886            809,243          (168,357)
1988            667,747            860,012          (192,265)
1989            727,439            932,832          (205,393)
1990            750,302         1,027,928          (277,626)
1991            761,103         1,082,539          (321,435)
1992            788,783         1,129,191          (340,408)
1993            842,401         1,142,799          (300,398)
1994            923,541         1,182,380          (258,840)
1995         1,000,711         1,227,078          (226,367)
1996         1,085,561         1,259,580          (174,019)
1997         1,187,242         1,290,490          (103,248)
1998         1,305,929         1,335,854            (29,925)
1999         1,382,984         1,381,064                1,920
2000         1,544,607         1,458,185              86,422
2001         1,483,563         1,516,008            (32,445)
2002         1,337,815         1,655,232          (317,417)
2003         1,258,472         1,796,890          (538,418)
2004         1,345,369         1,913,330          (567,961)
2005         1,576,135         2,069,746          (493,611)
2006         1,798,487         2,232,981          (434,494)
2007         1,932,896         2,275,049          (342,153)
2008         1,865,945         2,507,793          (641,848)
2009         1,450,980         3,000,661       (1,549,681)
2010         1,531,037         2,901,531       (1,370,494)
2011         1,737,678         3,104,455       (1,366,777)
   $     38,780,295  $     50,752,185  $ (11,971,888)
  ACTUAL  DEBT      (14,764,222)
  UNLOCATED  DIFFERENCE?  $   (2,792,334)
2012   estimate  $      1,896,459  $       3,290,381  $   (1,393,922)
* $500 thousand or less.