Nancy Pelosi Thinks You're Stupid: "No More Cuts to Make" in Regards to Government Spending

In what could go down in history as the most ludicrous statement made by a member of the current administration, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi showed just how out of touch she is with reality when she made the following statement on CNN's State of the Union when it was pointed out to her that previous Presidents have negotiated the debt ceiling and been willing to give something up:

"The cupboard is bare. There's no more cuts to make. It's really important that people understand that," she said, "Put everything on the table, review it. But you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts."

You can watch it for yourself here:

http://ww.youtube.com/watch?v=U0t3CimZ4cI

This statement is a slap in the face to the American people. The fact that Rep. Pelosi would have the nerve to make a statement like this on public television shows just how far out of touch with reality she is. The federal budget has doubled in size in the last 12 years, largely because of out of control government spending, yet Pelosi feels they've trimmed all the fat they can off the budget.

We here at Rights Revoked thought Pelosi could use a little help finding some cuts in government spending that could be made, so we rounded up just 5 of numerous items still in the cupboard that could be cut to save money:

  1. $150 million a year is spent to operate the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Now, I'm not naive enough to think we can close the prison down and send all of the prisoners home, but research suggests spending there is out of control. They're slated to build a $750,000 soccer field there and spend an average of upwards of $900,000 per prisoner per year. The average spent per prisoner in prisons here in the states is around $30,000. Forget about the soccer field and do what it takes to get costs down to what they cost here at home, even if that means moving the prisoners to prisons here in the States. 166 inmates multiplied by an estimated savings $830,000 per inmate equals a staggering $144,420,000 saved per year. Total saved: $145,170,000.
  2. The U.S. is slated to provide $1 billion in foreign aid to Egypt to help it transition to democracy. Until we've got our government funding sorted out at home, we need to stop funding other governments. Cut foreign aid to Egypt immediately. Total saved: $1 billion.
  3. The United States will spend around $14 billion on foreign military assistance in fiscal 2013. More than $3 billion dollars in military financing is headed to Israel in 2013. Yes, I'm aware Israel is one of our allies in the Middle East. I'm also aware that money could be better spent at home. Cut foreign military assistance until we've got things squared away at home. Total saved: $14 billion.
  4. $16 to $20 million dollars a year are spent helping Indonesian students obtain masters degrees. Cut this program out completely. Total saved: $20 million.
  5. $115 billion dollars in improper payments are made by the Federal government on a yearly basis. These payments are sent to the wrong people, the wrong amounts are sent to the right people or the proper documentation hasn't been provided to warrant a payment being sent out. While there's no way to completely eliminate improper payments, steps should be taken to drastically reduce the improper payment rate. Cutting this rate in half would result in a lot of money saved. Total savings: $57.5 billion.

While the savings that could be realized by making cuts to these programs is a drop in the bucket, there are thousands of programs and studies that could have their budgets cut or could be eliminated completely. For example, the $500 million early learning study to help kids sit still in class or the $17.8 million being spent on social and environmental programs in China. Yes, the same China we're borrowing money by the truckload from.

OK, Rep. Pelosi, it's your turn. Would you care to explain how bare the cupboard is for a government that's paying $236 million a year to the Federal Protective Service to do duplicate security assessments and spends $2.1 billion per year giving out free cell phones?