Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Cut cut cut, cut cut defense!

People, the federal government wastes a crap-ton of money. Let's get serious about cutting spending over the next 10 years. Here's a start:

Defense: Cut $200 billion a year. That's two trillion over 10 years. Don't worry, we'll still have a freaking huge military as current spending is north of $700 billion per year.

TSA: Eliminate it. That's $50 billion a year or 1/2 trillion over 10 years.

Agricultural Subsidies: Eliminate them. That's maybe $25 billion a year or 1/4 trillion over 10 years.

Homeland Security: Cut it in half. That's another $25 billion a year or 1/4 trillion over 10 years.

People, that's $3 trillion of REAL cuts. Easy-peasy. No entitlement reforms (which I favor as well), no cutting Obama's choo-choos and windmills, just declining to screw ourselves quite as much as we have been doing.

Anyone have numbers on other low hanging Federal fruit we can harvest?


Tom said...

As much as I like the theme, these cuts are far too timid. With projected deficits running north of a trillion dollars per year and "unfunded obligations" at around 45 trillion, there is just no way to make any kind of normal budget adjustment to address it.

Doom, doom, doom.

Anonymous said...

Closing bases in Europe would be a good start. We have more troops in Germany than we do in Iraq.

Expected Optimism said...

I support all of these cuts, but where do you get the $50 billion number for TSA? As far as I can tell, TSA has an annual budget of about $8 billion, which is part of DHS' total $57 billion. We could save about $33 billion by eliminating TSA and cutting the remainder of the DHS in half. Unless I'm missing something?