McNerney supports bipartisan effort to reduce spending State, National, International, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm
Keeping his commitment to fiscal responsibility, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) voted today for a bipartisan measure to cut office budgets for members of the House of Representatives by five percent. The legislation is estimated to save $35 million during 2011.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 6, 2011, 5:28 PM
Posted by American, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm
It is a sad day when it is a news story that a politician actually supported bi-partisan efforts to reduce spending...Wow, Jerry, what can we expect next from you, a story that you support the Constitution, puppies, and spring? Way to go out on a limb...If you want to impress me, vote against Nancy Pelosi sometime.
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on Jan 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm
There are a number of examples for you "American", most recently the tax break for those earning in excess of $250,000 per annum...where have you been? In the heated Harmer election there were a number of instances cited of his being a centrist as well and I'm sure you read them....get over it...Jerry won, your man lost.
Posted by TL Nelson, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm
This is another example of how McNerney just doesn't "get it". Cutting 5% or 35 Million is symbolic at best. At worst it illustrates his complete ignorance of the scale of the federal budget problem.
Dramatic cuts in spending are urgently needed just to balance the budget. More cuts are needed to provide funding to pay down the national debt balance. To see the full extent of the problem, separate Social Security and Medicare from the federal budget. These are independently funded, self-supporting, stand-alone programs that should never be combined with the general government budget.
Once this is done we find that the government is spending $2.5 Trillion vs. an income of $1.2 Trillion. They are only collecting less than half of the money they need to fund the government.
In order to balance the federal budget (excluding Social Security and Medicare), government spending must be cut by 52% .. or taxes must be raised dramatically on everyone (not just the so called "rich").
Posted by Realist, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2011 at 9:42 am
The article sounds like it was written by a McNerney staffer. Note to reporter (if indeed a reporter wrote the article: next time, try to put some perspective into your article. When a politician touts his fiscal responsibility, include some other examples from his voting record (in Jerry's case,there would be no other fiscally responsible votes).
Posted by Sceptic, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:20 am
I agree with the previous comments. A 5% budget cut is not even symbolic, it's an embarrassment. How about 25%? Make due with that. These bozos don't have a clue. TL Nelson said "They are only collecting less than half of the money they need to fund the government". I would correct him by saying that they are spending more than twice as much as they need to run the government. By adding departments and committees and panels they are increasing the power of the federal government and laughing at we the people. Remember that when the people fear the government you have tyranny and when the government fears the people you have liberty. Lets cut the federal budget by 10% per year over the next 5 years. Then consider cutting it by 10% per year for the following 5 years after that. Then will we have liberty in this country and we'll get back to where our founders wanted us to be. Do you think Jerry would vote for that?
Posted by James Bond, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2011 at 11:36 am
Oh please... Jerry is a joke who BARELY won if he actually did. Has he remembered if he stood for the Mexican prez after said prez bashed our country? I doubt there is any truth in Jerry's words. He is too busy swimming around Pelosi's rectum. He cannot think for himself and is part of the problem. PROVE....PROVE you can think for yourself and your constituents...vote against Pelosi and Obamacare. You won't.
Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm
One correct vote--siding with the Republican's effort to reduce out-of-control government costs--is a good start, Jerry. Keep it up!
Yes, it's just a small vote of symbolism....but, for once, it's a correct vote.
Jerry, have you got the message, yet, that expensive HUGE GOVERNMENT is costing us too much and killing us and our economy? We'll see by your future votes.
I doubt that this leopard has changed his spots.
And the article's implication that we should now believe and trust that Jerry will now continue to vote to effectively and correctly reduce government costs is laughable. Are we so childly stupid that we can't see through this publicity stunt? Let's get on to the reall business....and see (again) what he stands for.
Posted by Chet, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm
Some people must not be paying attention. Jerry said he would vote for continuing the tax reductions for everyone and that is exactly what Jerry did last month. Jerry also voted against Pelosi and joined the GOPers in voting against just extending the tax reductions for the middle class. Jerry would never vote to repeal the Health Care Reforms as the reforms were and are greatly needed and they will also save us billions of dollars. We have a fantastic Congressman in Jerry McNerney who correctly represents the interests of the majority of us in District 11.