Follow the money
There is a premise in all the discussions in Washington that we should not accept: The assumption that everything Washington spends money on has a legitimate purpose. Is there anyone who really believes that? I don't even think the politicians believe that.
So, let's start with immediate (not over 10 years) spending cuts, and not just the “easy targets,” such as defense and entitlements. I am sure that if you gave the list of federal expenditures to any adult in this country who manages a household budget, that person could cut out a lot without even touching these things — probably enough that we could get along without tax increases and maybe even pay off some of the debt that politicians have put on our children.
It won't happen, however, because all the beneficiaries of those unnecessary expenses give lots of money to politicians' campaigns, while our military and those who need our help do not.
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