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August 27, 2015: Where Are They Going To Get The Money?

By Rob Tenery, MD on August 27, 2015

Reportedly, the national debt owed by this country increases at $3 million/minute. Two- thirds of all federal spending goes to entitlement programs…

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, unemployment, 1890 Institution Capacity Building Grants, 1890 Land Grant Institutions Rural Entreprenurial Outreach Program, 1994 Institutions Research Program, 8(a) Business Development, 97.063 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Disaster Resistant Universities, Abandoned Infants, Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program, Abstinence Education, Academic Research Enhancement Award, Acquired Immunodeficiency Activity, Adjustable Rate Mortgages, Administrative Cost Grants for Indian Schools, Adolescent Family Life Research Grants, Adolescent Family Life Demonstration Projects, Adoption Assistance, Adoption Incentives Payments, Adoption Opportunities, Adult, Education National Leadership Activities, Adult Education State Grant Program, Advanced Nursing Grant Program, Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships, Advanced Placement Program, Advanced Placement  Program, Advanced Technology Program, Aerospace Education Services Program, African Elephant Conservation, Food stamps, Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, State Children’s Insurance Program, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, Foster care, Child Care Mandatory & Matching Funds, School Breakfast Program, Identifying local areas eligible for grants to implement job training and other employment programs under the Job Training Partnership Act, Pinpointing state and local areas with a labor force surplus for programs that promote business opportunities under the Labor Surplus Areas Program, Monitoring and enforcing employment discrimination laws under the Civil Rights Act, Planning job training programs for seniors under the Older Americans Act,,  the Workplace Investment Act to help adults, dislocated workers, and youth find employment that leads to self-sufficiency through various services available at local support centers, the Employment Service focuses on providing a variety of employment related labor exchange services, including, but not limited to, job search assistance, job referral, and placement assistance for job seekers, re-employment services to unemployment insurance claimants, and recruitment services to employers with job openings, the Senior Community Service Employment Program, Native American Employment and Training, Prisoner Reentry programs seek to reduce recidivism by helping former inmates find work when they return to their communities largely through faith-based and community organizations, Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program and Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit, local governments in particular require data at the neighborhood level for school planning, transportation, and economic development, fund child care to enable low-income and working families to work, train for a job, or obtain an education, fund health care for infants and children, fund policing agencies and community-based entities to work together to reduce crime, fund local agencies for food, health care, and legal services for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, develop and strengthen the criminal justice system's response to violence against women, safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities State Grants that provide support to state education agencies for a variety of drug and violence prevention activities focused primarily on school-age youth, special Education Preschool Grants for children ages 3 through 5 under the Indian Education Grants to Local Educational Agencies program, Title I Program for Neglected and Delinquent Children that provides grants to states to help provide education continuity for youth in correctional facilities so they can make successful transitions to school or employment once they are released from state institutions, helping educational policymakers address specific needs and challenges students might face in their communities, ensuring enforcement of language assistance rules and creating legislative districts under the Voting Rights Act, identifying population segments that need medical services under the Public Health Service Act, monitoring and enforcing equal employment opportunities under the Civil Rights Act; and, funding programs at historically black colleges and universities to foster equal opportunity through post-secondary education for African Americans, allocate funds to public and private nonprofit organizations to provide employment resources aimed at making the foreign-born economically self-sufficient, assist states and local agencies with developing health care and other services tailored to the language and cultural diversity of immigrants, evaluate voting practices of government subdivisions, such as states, counties, and school districts, under the Voting Rights Act, evaluate the effectiveness of equal opportunity employment programs and policies under the Civil Rights Act, allocate grants to school districts for children with limited English language proficiency, develop health care and other services tailored to the language and cultural diversity of the elderly under the Older Americans Act….

This list does not include all the federal assistance programs for people with disabilities, senior citizens, rural areas and business opportunities. It also doesn’t take into account the costs of the military, funding to other countries throughout the world and service on the national debt.

Where is this money going to come from to pay the guaranteed funding for higher education that both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders promise if either is elected President?*

*http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/25/budget-deficit-smallest-obamas-tenure-cbo/





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