I strongly disagree with it taking five years to achieve the cut--should have been immediate savings this year but like any BAD HABIT gradual reduction upsets the system less although it takes longer to get back to what should have been.
Can you show me ANYWHERE in the Constitution that the Federal Government is allowed to take ANY MONEY from any citizen to make life easier or better for any other citizen? I surely can not and neither could a few others:
''[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore...never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.'' --Thomas Jefferson
''I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents....'' --James Madison
''If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.'' --James Madison, Letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792 (Madison 1865, I, page 546)
''The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce. ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives and liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement and prosperity of the State.'' --James Madison, Federalist No. 45
''I will not go into an argument to prove that Congress has no power to appropriate this money as an act of charity. Every member upon this floor knows it. We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we...have not the semblance of authority to appropriate it as a charity.'' --Davy Crockett (D-TN)
''I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve such spending] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.'' --President Franklin Pierce
''A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.'' --George Bernard Shaw
This last shows quite clearly why Democrats are so happy to tax and spend as it keeps their base dependant on them for the government hand outs.