Angie Many: How to balance the U.S. budget
To the Editor:
Why have a “debt ceiling” if we just keep raising it?
Our government is like a spoiled teenager who spends his allowance buying goodies to hand out so that people will like him, borrows from friends to buy more handouts, and then demands from his parents a bigger allowance every week so he can keep spending and borrowing. There comes a time when parents have to say “no more!” That time is now.
We don’t have a revenue problem. Revenues are high. We have a spending problem, and I’m sick of Congress bickering instead of putting the country first and working together to drastically cut spending.
My plan: This year, return to 2008 spending levels. Next year, reduce every department except the military and border control by 10 percent of that 2008 level. Continue to cut 10 percent of the previous year’s level every year for the next 10 years.
There are hundreds of programs that should be cut, starting with PBS (why subsidize one channel when now there are 250 more available?); National Endowment for the (often trashy and offensive) Arts; National Endowment for the Humanities; and, the $900 million funding for Obamacare administrative costs.
The U.S. Constitution limits the government to owning “post roads” and sites for necessary buildings, but the federal government now owns about one-third of the land in this country. We could save millions of maintenance dollars by selling some federal lands.
Go to http://www.congress.org to find contact info for your elected officials. Then tell them to start cutting now.
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