WI senator calls for federal agency budget cuts
Sen. Ron Johnson sounds off
- Duration 5:54
- Date Jan 8, 2013
Sen. Ron Johnson sounds off
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Senator there's not enough at all is talking lets -- get to slashing.
My next -- is calling -- up to a 20% across the board cut from federal agencies.
Wisconsin Republican senator Ron Johnson.
-- reaction and -- well.
Calling -- is what I was talking about is -- put myself back in in business -- -- if you have departments that aren't functioning.
You don't a silly go inform you suing your budgets cut ten -- percent.
And that's how you actually made things more efficient it forces efficiencies and I think our our agencies would probably some you know.
That would be the way to do I've sat through all kinds of hearings and harder improve performs the federal government here -- -- bureaucratic probably duke.
In Indiana I think the only way to really get these agencies far more efficient is cut their budget what about making you guys Republicans more efficient does what happened.
He wants an election it's and they -- back.
I don't believe so I certainly I certainly haven't found if you talk about -- the fiscal cliff.
What happened is that back in 20012003.
We've been made tax cuts temporary.
And then they -- that temporary nature of two years but.
Come January 1 every American's income tax was -- -- go up.
The sort of goes about his release protecting 99% of Americans which was better than -- obviously we all Republicans want to protect every American we don't wanna see.
Taxes increased on anybody.
Would have that option bought all all we can do because pres Obama demanded.
The taxes were to go gonna go up for some Americans is matter we knew it was gonna run I mean so this whole Kabuki theater taking it to the last minute was well.
The house pass an extension of all current tax -- back from August right Kerry Reid refused to bring him up like you refused to pass a budget.
Note that's not the only laws being -- by the way.
The president -- congress -- report because Medicare is spending.
-- general fund more than 45 cent of what is pay out benefits that's required by law then fifteen days after he submits a budget he's -- from.
Submit a report on what do to fix that.
For years he hasn't done that.
That's another thing that we should be demanding.
Of this present to follow the law now you voted for this cliff -- -- this.
Do you think they'll be any hell to pay -- that.
Well there are sent -- has been but in the end my evaluation by -- already and I wouldn't -- we will win -- we are people saying there might be a -- -- -- you when -- up.
No but I mean the obvious obviously -- -- some conservatives not to we're happy with me.
But unit noticing you disappointed sure but what he said that -- what what I say is what I was doing was forty protect 99% of Americans.
From getting the income tax increase I denied the federal government four trillion dollars of hard earned taxpayer money flowing the federal coffers -- -- be misspent.
Was -- -- could be used this increase spending to increase the size of government to increase government's control influence over allies -- I think.
The -- caused her problem is the size of government.
And it's not the perfect way of -- -- government starving the beast is certainly one of the strategies I used to want to see four trillion dollars -- -- this federal government.
Do you think that the -- will be more obviously though that the because you didn't address -- and not used as a listener.
But because Republicans didn't.
And who ended up with a 4140.
To one ratio of tax hikes -- spending cuts that that that that the president and Democrats and imminent sale we've got their number.
And and we're not -- to see the point.
-- takes two to tango again this president refused.
This is -- out of it it certainly isn't.
Well we're gonna have to and we're gonna have to educate the American public what I've -- that day we dealing deadlines and also we need when you go through that would you risk -- -- that edited government now.
To make that point.
We don't have to do that we don't we don't we shouldn't be playing this brings you don't -- socialist so that's what would you do.
Again that's -- tough situation what we need to do -- we congress went on here yesterday said -- double B Dan.
Then we'll shut the government.
But we need to do is we need to create conditions that you do you -- threatening -- full government shut down if you can actually -- what are you threatening.
-- -- which can do well what we need to be doing is using these moments to educate the American public so they actually understand.
How severe the financial situation is and by the way that pres Obama does not have the other side of his balanced approach.
Mean we should mining in relation -- like the president more than you.
Well we had to get we'll -- that -- -- again win the election it's about informing America it's about letting people understand that.
But what packet else is talking about.
That what we're doing -- children grandchildren is utterly immoral.
And that he can't go on in the you know anything -- can't go on -- out but do you -- that your bank and it cancel on the one's listening and that ask other than a brain.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- they're gonna say it's most public.
-- of questions and listen that there -- things we can do -- when we we we can pass legislation in.
The hows that for prioritize the spending so that if we bump up -- -- debt ceiling we don't raise it we make sure that we don't default under debt.
We make sure that military gets paid Social Security checks are sent out to everybody what that we can use the trust fund for so if you take a look at 2.5 trillion dollars and what we get revenue.
You tack on top of its governor -- five billion dollars in Social Security payments.
They can be made out of the trust fund.
If you're basically operating that the government had about 95% wobble.
Mean that it does can't be painful not now you now you cut the rest of people there the rest the -- it's -- it's one strategy but then no one is.
There are all kinds of plans -- -- -- for reducing spending -- the CBO has won.
Here's a list two pages four point nine trillion dollars of China's reductions and -- reductions over ten years.
Well we should be demanding -- the president is listen if you want a dollar for every dollar increase the debt ceiling.
Gives a dollar worth of cuts and here's a menu really started -- last time any Narnia.
I understand -- that's the difficulty we have is we only control the house -- control the senate he's not passing budgets they're not.
-- you they're not preparing -- reports on Medicare you gotta present to denies it we have a spending problem when we all know that is our problem.
Senator thank you -- that scene in the -- of seeing him Ron Johnson.