How to trim a budget

Matthew Yglesias summarizes Stan Collender’s thoughts on cutting budgets like so:

…the key thing for any fiscal adjustment plan to say on the cut side isn’t really how much money you’re cutting, it’s what things do you want the government to stop doing. Once you name the things, you can total up the savings. Then you can either say you’ve cut enough, or else you can go back and name more things.

So with that in mind, here is what I’d like my government to stop doing, in no particular order. I want the government to stop…

The Cato Institute has very detailed thoughts about what they want the government to stop. The New York Times also offers and interactive method for playing with what stopping certain things will save. What do you want the government to stop doing?

(Hat tip to MN for pointing me to the original article.)

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One Response to “How to trim a budget”

1Andro Says:

I’d vote for you for president! No pun intended…

This is an intelligent list that shows what a mess our current political system is in, or let us say how it has been hijacked by corporate interests. One of the only things “our,” government has done is put in place a systematic system of threats toward it’s own people, to “reign them in like cattle.” When big money stops ruling our government, we might not have a need for government at all, just like minded governance, “of the people, by the people.”

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