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Panel on Entitlement Reform, SOTU Analysis Covered in Latest Tab

Dan Barrett
February 2, 2011

Tab Insert

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation released the latest information on the President’s State of the Union speech this morning. Covered on CNBC, US News & World Report, and Investors Business Daily, the study authored by Senior Policy Analyst Demian Brady also appeared at the top of the Drudge Report. A part of the Foundation’s SOTU coverage, Brady examined the speech line-by-line to give taxpayers a cost of the President’s proposed agenda. Here are a few highlights:

  • 2011 SOTU Net Spending: $21.349 billion per year
  • 2010 SOTU Net Spending: $70.46 billion per year
  • Number of Spending Proposals: 15 (5 boost spending, 3 cut spending, 7 unknown spending impact)
  • Largest Spending Increase Item: “Investment” in transportation infrastructure ($50 billion)
  • Largest Spending Cut Item: Two-year extension of last year’s proposed three-year discretionary spending freeze (-$15 billion)
  • Highest NTUF Recorded SOTU Net Spending: President Clinton’s 1999 speech ($305 billion)
  • Lowest NTUF Recorded SOTU Net Spending: President Bush’s 2006 speech ($1 billion)

NTUF also announced the panelists who will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference next week in Washington DC:

  • The Honorable Devin Nunes of the House of Representatives
  • Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum
  • Dan Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal

The Taxpayer’s Tab included four newly scored bills in the 112th Congress:

  • HR 403, Homes for Heroes Act of 2011
  • HR 38, a bill to rescind funds appropriated to the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • HR 27, Lumbee Recognition Act
  • HR 90, a bill to provide for federal research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities to enable the development of farms tha are net producers of both frood and energy, and for other purposes.


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Submitted by james herman at: February 12, 2011
There is no, repeat no, food shortage on the planet today. Sort of… Using the United Nations suggested daily calorie intake there is more than sufficient foodstuffs produced annually, globally. Period. Now then, the question is how you use them....for example, if you wanted to bring the daily calorie level in both China and India up to the U.N. level it would take an additional, not total but additional, 31 million tons of foodstuffs. To put that in perspective the U. S. ethanol fraud consumed 165 million tons of corn during 2010. China has 2.3 trillion dollars in Treasuries but chooses not to expend it on foodstuffs for its own population. India was a net exporter of wheat in 2010.....I had the opportunity to have dinner with the Chairman of one of the largest commodity/food processors in the world over the holidays....there is no food shortage...and the American ethanol scam has absolutely destroyed relationships with food importers from the U.S. , like Egypt for example, that took decades to develop....and now for some Physics: if ethanol were in fact a "sum positive" they would use ethanol as the energy source to produce (boil/distill) more ethanol/corn mash.....and they, the ethanol producers, don't......because it consumes more energy to make a gallon than you get out of it (referred to as the “thermal load factor”)....It’s nothing like an oil refinery that uses part of the barrel of crude oil to power the refinery. For that matter the caloric content of corn ethanol is only 1/8 of cane sugar ethanol but of course the import duties prevent any importation of cane ethanol. When the economics don’t add up, when the environmental advantages don’t exist then of course it becomes an issue of national security. Nearly all ethanol “factories” pipe in natural gas to boil their corn mash, the rest burn coal (clean burning coal I’m sure…). The majority of farmers add anhydrous ammonia fertilizer (to gain the nitrogen nutrient) which of course is made from…..natural gas. The environmentalists who pushed for the ethanol program to begin with have absolutely become opposed to it now. If you make an exhaustive check of the EPA’s own information websites there is no place where they are counting either the fertilizer or boil heat source(s) gases in their carbon foot print calculation. Worse, the additional acreage added for corn production in the last 5 years has come from, in part, taking “CRP”-conservation reserve program acreage-out of the program. Basically the federal government spent billions to set this less desirable, easily eroded farm land aside-and paid the farmer to do it- and now watches as the taxpayers investment literally disappears. Oddly, the little production on this type of poor farmland that is gained is guaranteed by ….federally subsidized crop insurance. Amusingly it takes about 7 gallons of fresh water to make 1 gallon of ethanol at the factory with this water normally coming from a water treatment plant, well or pipeline paid for by a “Rural Development Grant” from the U.S.Dept. of Agriculture. Actually it makes the E.P.A. requirement of 1 ½ gallons per flush on new toilets seem even more hilarious (the fresh water requirements for ethanol is roughly equal to every man woman and child in the U.S. each flushing the toilet once a day). Just think- 40% of the American corn crop now goes for the 10% gasoline EPA mandated blend rate yet the EPA is pushing to raise the blend rate to 15%--or 60% of Americas corn crop. As an aside 80% of the canola crop, a premium cooking oil, is used for bio-fuels in Germany. Double the price of corn and bull doze another million acres of Amazon jungle to plant; triple the price of tortillas and watch the Mexicans pour north across the border. Noted: Chuck Grassley, the erstwhile Republican Senator, is the mouthpiece for the ethanol scam. He farms 4,120 acres of Iowa corn ground. My source tells me that without the ethanol scam (and it was renewed for only 1 year…) the price of wheat goes to $4.35 and corn to $3.85. Because ethanol is a per bushel subsidy the largest farms get larger even faster, which at the end of the day just accelerates the demise of rural America. Ethanol isn’t an “industry” it’s an economic fraud and a political scam.

Submitted by LEE at: February 8, 2011