The whole deficit is taking up a good deal of time and space on the "news networks" and the blogosphere. So far it has trumped the tragic Norway rampage and the latest congressional sex scandal. I bet Wu is a least somewhat pleased that he is not getting near as much coverage as Young Anthony. I am not denying that this country is in seriously bad trouble but I would imagine that we will all survive. One can be sure that whatever they do in DC will be bad for the average American and once you get that out of the way, it is not so hard to not worry about it. What will be will be.
If we just wanted to put a dent in the budget it would certainly not be that difficult. Anyone of us can think of a whole lot of things that the FedGov is involved in and pays for that are just not necessary. Cut those and we will be well on our way to fiscal responsibility.
Now I am no economist, political "scientist," Master" of Business or Public Administration. It 'pears to me those are the types who have utterly destroyed this great nation. That being said, here are a few of my ideas on how to get a handle on this out of control mess.
1. Defund or at least greatly reduce our contribution to the United Nations.
2. Reduce our "foreign aid" by at least seventy percent. Got a problem with AIDS in Africa? That is a shame. Need fresh water in Central America? Boil it. So on and so forth.......
3. Demand payment for the liberation of Iraq and ridding them of Saddam. Utilize their oil resources if necessary.
4. Defund the U.S. Dept of Education.
5. Defund and disband the ATF. It is a rogue agency. It wouldn't be a great savings but it is high time for this "police" agency to go the way of the dinosaur.
6. Defund or greatly reduce expenditures for the the Dept of Agriculture.
7. Legalize and tax the use of marijuana. I don't particularly like this but, let us be honest, the "war on drugs" is an utter failure and a complete waste of resources.
8. Close the southern border immediately. There will be a cost associated with which will be more than offset by a great reduction in social programs.
9. Initiate an immediate "reduction in force" for most Federal agencies. I am not talking about throwing people out into the cold, but mandate retirement for those eligible, offer early retirement to some, and offer a buyout to the majority. Perhaps one month pay and benefits for each year of service.
There are a plethora of programs and outmoded, redundant (and often competing), and unnecessary govt. agencies that we can do without. Perhaps it is past time to quit paying for them.
It just can't be that hard and it would be at least a start in the right direction. Of course we all know that none of this will actually happen. It will be some form of business as usual and we will all pay the price.