Congress is busted. Flipping idiots are all warm and fuzzy about
evaporating a molecule or
two out of a drop of water in the 5000-gallon tank that is our budget.
Instead of taking some relatively easy steps and actually making a
dent in the problem. Using DoD as the major budgetary target
is a coward's way out of having to make and explain more difficult/
less popular decisions IMHO.
Just cutting fraud, waste, and abuse from the major
areas of the federal budget would add up to real money. Quickly. IIRC in 2011, Medicare alone
had something like $50 Billion
in "improper payments" (fraudulent claims, mistaken identity and
payment not recovered, etc...). $50 billion a year from just one
FWA within Social Security is much higher, and FWA is present in every government agency and program. Including DoD.
Concentrate on identifying and cutting the FWA first, government wide.
See how much money can be saved. (I'll bet it's in the multiple hundreds
All of that can be done without cutting the other "sacred cows" - social security, welfare, medicare, medicaid, SNAP, etc...
Should be easy for the politicians to sell to John Q, but no one seems to even think about proposing these things.
look at cutting things like the asinine studies (like the $1.5 mil for a
study on why lesbians are fat) where we give money out like free candy.
Foreign Aid needs to be looked at.
Why are we still funding NPR and PBS? Seriously - why?
National Endowment for the Arts? Really? That should be funded by philanthropy, not taxpayers money.
fedgov agencies need to be looked at. Start with an across-the-board cut - everybody
has a budget reduction. Eliminate redundant programs. Streamline processes. Reduce size and scope.
the hell are people getting more tax money refunded to them than they
pay? Other than the self-centered, the leeches, the special interest
groups, and politicians - how in the ever-living hell does this shit
even come close to making sense to people? Stop it. Just cut it off.
Cut the corporate tax rate, allow repatriation of overseas funds, and
implement either a low flat tax or a consumption tax and cut the size of the IRS.
we're at it, gut the progressive/ enviro-wacko infestation in the
regulatory and land management agencies, and the judiciary. Remove the
onerous regulations and restrictions that are stifling entire market
segments. Get the hell out of the way of the market and let the economy
heal itself. We'll end up with lower energy costs, more growth, more
employment - and by extension more money into the Fed Gov because more
people are working and paying taxes.
Then start looking at plans to extricate us from social security and minimize welfare and other assistance programs over the next couple of generations.