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McNerney supports bipartisan effort to reduce spending

Original post made on Jan 6, 2011

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

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
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.

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Posted by TL Nelson
a resident of Danville
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").

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Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2011 at 8:49 am

"Finger in the Wind"again, Jerry! Let's see how you vote on Obamacare repeal?

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Posted by Realist
a resident of Diablo
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).

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Posted by Sceptic
a resident of Danville
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?

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Posted by James Bond
a resident of Blackhawk
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 against Pelosi and Obamacare. You won't.

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by Karl
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I agree with Realist, the 'article' sounds like a boilerplate press release sent out by the McNerney office.

And then this "news" is then published?!!

Concur fully with Realist recommendations for putting perspective in article. It would be helpful, also, to present another view for balance .... but that's probably expecting too much.

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Posted by bz
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Agreed! Good start, but just a token! I hope this represents a NEW way of thinking for Jerry!

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Posted by Chet
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

Could not have said it better myself, Chet. Right on jrm.
What I am wondering is this; did the rest of you not understand the results of the election? The people have spoken with their vote. Let's move on!

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Posted by Polly
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

American, I'm quite certain that McNerney considers his primary focus in life to impress the likes of you. Yep, keep those tips coming on just how he might accomplish this difficult feat.

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Posted by rufous
a resident of Alamo
on Jan 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Thank God the comments reflect my own thoughts on this article. Can't wait to redistrict him out.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

I guess I'll be surprised if redistricting doesn't reduce his Central Valley appendage, thus strengthening his position in the little island of sanity that is the Bay Area.

Does anybody have any actual information about the process, which I understand will be less overtly political than it has been in the past?

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