YouCut: A Project of the Economic Recovery Working Group

I’m not a Republican, but here’s a good idea for supporters of any party. YouCut is “a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. Vote on this page today for your priorities and together we can begin to change Washington’s culture of spending into a culture of savings.”

There’s a video explaining how the program works:


This week’s five possibilities for cutting:

1. Refocus National Archives Activities On Preserving Federal Records, $10 million in Savings in the First Year ($100 Million Over Ten Years)

2. Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Savings estimated at $30 billion.

3. Terminate Broadcasting Facility Grant Programs that Have Completed their Mission, $25 million in Savings in the First Year ($250 million Over Ten Years

4. Reduce Spending on Non-Essential and Questionable Research, $3.8 Million in Savings in the First Year

5. Consolidate and Reduce Funding for Federal Advisory Committees, $34 million in Savings in the First Year

I voted for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Voting is easy, and requires only a email address — it’s a quick way to send a message against federal over-spending.

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