Here's a Tea Party proposal... how much money would we save, that is, the American taxpayers who fund this monstrosity, along with our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will be paying off the Chinese forever... if we eliminated whole departments, agencies, bureaus from our midst. This is going to be fun!
Start big - the Department of Health and Human Services. Has HHS improved your health or that of anyone you know? Have you received any "services" from it lately? Consider it cut.
Projected savings: $800,000,000,000
There! Doesn't that feel good? We've already shaved two-thirds off of this years projected deficit. I know this budget probably includes Medicare/Medicaid, but don't you believe if we addressed these expenses locally in a truly free market system, the costs would go down and we could serve our people more efficiently? Also, after Sebelius' little fascist stunt, I say kill HHS. Kill it dead.
Next is the Department of Defense. Notice DOD is already scheduled for reduction in 2010? I'm feeling generous here, since national defense is one of the main reasons government exists. And we know the rest of the West has pretty much opted out of the enforcement game, with a slight nod to Britain and Australia for their previous support. We should also acknowledge the Religion of Peace (ROP) is making it more obvious every day it's at war with western civilization. No cuts.
Next biggest are Social Security entitlements and the Treasury (including interest payments) which we can't even touch at the moment. No savings... yet.
For reasons mentioned previously (see function of government and ROP), we also can't mess too much with Veteran's Affairs or the Department of Homeland Security.
But now we can address those niggling annoyances which also happen to be antithetical to limited constitutional government:
Department of Agriculture: $150,000,000,000
Department of Education: $110,000,000,000
Office of Personnel Management: $70,000,000,000
Department of Labor (notice the huge increase this year and last!): $210,000,000,000
Housing and Urban Development: $60,000,000,000
Department of Energy: $40,000,000,000
Add this to our HHS cut and now we're making some serious progress on our national debt:
800 billion + 640 billion = 1,440 billion
1,440 billion - 1,200 billion (projected deficit) = 240 billion we can put toward the debt.
I'm skipping over the Department of Justice and the Judicial Branch as, again, they're primary functions of government. Also, NASA. NASA is a pet I'd like to keep. Something like a goldfish in this zoo full of bloated government functions. Besides, every great country needs space toys.
International Assistance Programs: $35,000,000,000
Other Independent Agencies (major cuts by Obama here): $20,000,000,000
Department of Interior: $25,000,000,000
Environmental Protection Agency: $25,000,000,000
Department of Commerce: $25,000,000,000
What about the Department of State, you say? Again, another primary function of government. I'm also keeping the Corps of Engineers. I have a soft spot for engineers. They actually make things and make things work. Same for the National Science Foundation, although if science continues to be used by the Left for political purposes, I'm whacking it too. That leaves the Executive Office of the President, which we'll take care of in 2012 and the Legislative Branch which we're working over this year.
GRAND TOTAL SAVINGS: $1,570,000,000,000
Can you believe how much money the feds take from you and borrow for this stuff?
There is nothing quite as satisfying as taking control of one's budget. I need a cigarette.