Included in Prime Cuts 2009 is the elimination of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (MAP). The program aims to help agricultural producers promote U.S. products overseas; however, MAP funnels millions of dollars to large corporations. If eliminated, it would save taxpayers $231 million over five years.Thanks to Citizens Against Government Waste. And that is just the beginning.
Also recommended for elimination is the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC). Created in 1992, the NDIC is Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) expensive pet project. The NDIC is an ineffective and wasteful program that costs millions each year. Taxpayers would save $115 million over five years if the NDIC was eliminated.
One of the more expensive projects on this year’s list of recommendations for elimination is the New Moon/Mars initiative. The initiative is a Bush Administration plan to continue NASA’s exploration of Mars and to return to the Moon by 2020. In just one year the elimination of the New Moon/Mars initiative would save taxpayers $1.5 billion, and $11.5 billion over five years.
Until you can tell me that the above listed items are more important than health care for the masses, I am never going to support raising taxes. You can't seriously say that the government needs more money when it is spending it on junk.
Well Jon? Where do you stand on these items for the moment?