Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Is it time to rein in the federal government?
To answer it shortly: yes it is. Apparently a large majority of Americans agree with me as well. The problem is, that majority feels that we should still spend money on the things that they like, while cutting back on the things they don't like. The thing of it is, though, that one person doesn't necessarily feel the same way about the same programs as the next person does. The end result is a large mass of people who want to cut the government's budget, but can't decide on what to get rid of. And then we wind up with a bunch of politicians who promise to get spending under control, who vow to reduce the deficit (which is a moronic proposition in itself - they're not pledging to stop spending more than we're bringing in, they're just planning on not spending as much money that we don't have - we'll still be going deeper into the hole, just not as fast), and eliminate government waste, but still wind up spending more than ever. Well, it's time to do something about this, because we're just following the Europeans down the path of fiscal irresponsibility. It's not a quick and easy fix; there is a lot of hard thinking to do and a lot of difficult choices have to be made. However, the Heritage Foundation (a conservative think tank) currently has a poll up asking what you think we could cut "without harm to our vital interests." (visit askheritage.org for the full scoop) The last choice, which would supposedly save $70M, is to require federal employees to fly coach on domestic flights. I would think this to be a no-brainer, but I guess since the government is spending other people's money, they have no problem hitting up the upgrades. Wouldn't it be funny, though, if this was an area where spending problems were addressed, and ALL federal employees had to fly coach (including the president???)?