I’m serious. I can solve the federal budget problem without cutting any essential programs. This is a simplistic article espousing what we all know and feel. But writing it will make me feel better, and maybe it will prompt someone to speak up, to write a letter, or to discuss the problem with a neighbor. I/you/we can solve the federal budger. Here’s how.

Reduce the size of government

By that I mean reduce the breadth and depth of government by consolidating or eliminating unnecessary agencies, commissions, departments, boards, etc. That reduces the breadth of government.

Next, compress the top to bottom structure of the remaining agencies, commissions, departments, boards, etc. That reduces the depth of government.

Implicit in all of the foregoing is a drastic reduction in federal regulations. We know the devil is in the details and federal regulations are where the federal devil lives.

I know, we can’t solve the federal budget in those ways without some serious study and discussion. Never said it would be easy. The first chore will be to figure out who, where, what and why of each of those components of government. The best-known area of overlap and redundancy is in the world of welfare. The welfare system is entrenched from the top of the federal government to the bottom of local government. But someone has to figure it out, and soon, for not only the welfare system but the entirety of government.

Cut waste

Notice I did not say eliminate waste. I’m not that naive’ — at least I don’t think so. But cut it drastically which should be possible as we all hear at least weekly of crazy things like the natural gas filling station built in the Middle East only to find that there were no vehicles that could use it — so $700 per vehicle was needed for conversion. And that’s in the area where oil just bubbles out of the ground. How does such a program even get imagined, much less implemented.

I can solve the federal budget

I just did. I dare anyone to prove that following those simple steps will not reduce the annual budget and lead to a reduction of our national debt. No, it’s not simple but as a process-oriented guy, I suggest that simply taking that approach with a genuine desire to accomplish the end goal is quite realistic. It’s time to talk constantly and loudly to our elected representatives at all levels of government.

References

For those of you who don’t believe there is waste in government, I offer these reports.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/22/tom-coburn-highlights-ridiculous-government-spendi/?page=all

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/05/senator-james-lankford-to-release-report-of-government-waste/

http://www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/eliminating-waste-fraud-and-abuse

Congressman Publishes 10 Worst Examples Of Government Waste