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March 29th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What government services could you get by with less of?

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Saturday mail delivery and collection may end in early 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Big government costs big money, and in the recession, all levels of government are looking for ways to make budget cuts. On the national level, one of the big ones is the U.S. Postal Service, which is looking to move to a five-day delivery week.

Tomorrow, the USPS will submit a proposal to its regulatory board that would limit mail delivery and collection to Monday through Friday beginning early next year. However, post offices that are now open on Saturdays would stay open and express mail delivery would still be available seven days a week.

The postal service estimates the delivery change would save more than $3 billion a year which is a step in the right direction, considering it's on track to lose as much as $7 billion this year.

Then there are the states facing huge deficits. They are also under pressure to make some significant cuts.

In Illinois, lawmakers want to chop the school week to four days.

Supporters say that students would still have to complete the same number of hours per school year. They suggest a lot of money could be saved by not using heat, lights or cleaning the school buildings along with using school bus service for fewer days.

But critics say that students who receive free lunch would miss a day and a longer school-day means after-school activities would start even later.

Plus, there's a big question of what happens when kids are home an extra day but their parents are at work.

Here’s my question to you:What government services could you get by with less of?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dave writes:
Cut USPS to five day delivery for now. 10 years from now, I don't see we will need USPS at all, with the internet and electronic delivery of most documents. If you need to send something "real," then use FedEx or UPS. Medicare and Social Security becomes means tested, and ages of eligibility moved out. Cut military spending. It is, I think, the largest discretionary part of the federal budget. We spend so much more than the rest of the world.

Jim in Michigan writes:
Eliminate the IRS. Go with a VAT tax, that way there are no loop holes, everybody contributes to the tax base and there is no cheating on your taxes you pay as you go. Reduce entitlement programs to a level that helps the less fortunate and provides assistance but does not destroy the incentive to work. We cannot penalize people for working and we need to encourage those adverse to it to start.

Steve in Clifton, Virginia writes:
I could certainly get by without many aspects of the so-called Patriot Act where snooping and secret telecom messages are recorded and spying on U.S. citizens occurs, and a tad less of the military budgeting and spending on outdated military weapons that each service has a variation of.

Harold in Anchorage, Alaska writes:
The military; I don't see the point to thousands of troops stationed all over the world. Or being used in nation-building. Our nation needs building, too.

Rahn writes:
The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the funding for all those "Census 2010" commercials. I could go on. Bottom line: This country has to distinguish what it needs from what it wants. If we can't do that, we will never get government spending under control.

Ray in Nashville, Tennessee writes:
Congress, Jack. A lot less of Congress.


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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Russ in PA

    Let's make a list we don't need; Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation... Well, the list is quite extensive, so lets just start there, and throw in the IRS as the next in line for abolishment.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  2. martin wolk

    I would love to see the pensions from congressmen reevaluated.. You have to work at least 25 years to start to evaluate.. Also from Officers higher than colonels. Wow these guys really get huge pensions and if you work after you retire your pensions stop until you retire again.
    Cancel the health insurance for politicians who work less than 25 years. some put in 5 – 10 years and wow what these gus get. and then they become lobbyists aor consultants.
    That has got to stop

    March 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Simon/Orlando

    If we went to a Fair Tax or Flat Tax system in this country we could do away with the majority of IRS agents and tax accountants. Simplifying the tax rules regarding deductions, different rates, etc. would make everybody's life a lot easier.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  4. Jim Laubler

    Less interference from the Education to start with. It's OK to share research and advise. However, items of a personal nature need to be decided by the states as that grouping of people is more familiar with the particular needs.

    The judiciary needs to quit legislating from the bench. If they would work harder at reviewing Federal laws as Constitutional BEFORE they are inacted, we'd all be better for it. Make sure the Federal government doesn't step on the rights of the states.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  5. Terrence Cain

    We could do with a lot less NASA. Their services no longer help the planet we live on. All NASA is wanting to do is get off Earth and try to make a new life on Mars. Yeah, that's really helping to serve people on Earth, what a joke!

    Terrence Cain
    Big Spring, TX.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  6. AlphaPoe1

    Get rid of welfare and freebies to freeloaders and young people who are able to work. Cut off all government aid to women who continue to have more children while collecting government checks. SO OBVIOUS AND SO OVERDUE.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  7. Kevin Hancock

    Let's get rid of all forms of welfare, including all the entitlements for the glorified welfare recipients we call government employees, and officials!.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  8. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about.

    After the generals leave the Pentagon they hawk $700.00 toilet seats to their old buddies. You can buy a dozen toilet seats at Home Depot and walk away with cash back.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  9. Coby

    I am an unemployed Liberal who receives no workers compensation, no food stamps, and gets no reduction in my bills through any programs to help the poor. I guess right now there isn't any gov. services I am in need of. I could definately use some help, but unfortunately I am not recieving anything. I am sorry for all of the people who are going through this same situation with more than just a dog to feed.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  10. Rhoda Bryce

    Anything FREE to illegal immigrants, Social Security to those who did not pay in, anything to support the Banks and Mortgage industry, bail outs to Wall Street or Car companies and social Healthcare, Congress or officers not having to live by the same laws - two sets of rules for the UNITED States, shall I go on??????

    Rhoda Bryce
    Scottsdale, AZ

    March 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  11. Joe R - Houston

    I could get by with less:
    Empire Building and Maintaining
    Drug Wars
    Gun Laws
    Federal Taxes
    Homeland Security
    Federal Health Care
    Airport Security
    Speed Limits
    Federal Public Transportation
    No Bid Federal Contracts
    Bridges To Nowhere, Federally Funded Museums and other PORK
    Unconstitutional Laws (summarizes most of the preceding)

    March 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  12. Olga O. Pina

    No Mail Delivery on Saturdays!

    Keep minimum services at Post Office on Saturdays.

    Olga Pina
    Austin, Texas

    March 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Pete - Hiawassee, GA

    Get by with less of ??
    Every single thing the corrupt, inefficient, bloated bureaucracy pretends to do EXCEPT :
    Military Defense
    Federal Highway System
    Airport Air Traffic Control
    EVERY other function......................EVERYTHING......................could be accomplished more honestly, economically, sensibly, and efficiently by local State Governments................under a watchful eye of local citizens.
    What a joy it would be to strip Washington of it's current corrupt powers.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  14. Wayne

    Wayne from Belleville, Ontario, Canada

    Well in Canada we have the Gun Registry costing 2+ billion dollars, which has done nothing to reduce gun related crime.

    That amount of money could have been better spent on something that would provide some manner of return of investment, or tangible service.

    As well I think the war on drugs needs to be more selective, and adopt a decriminalization of Marijuana. I am sure that would likely pay for Universal Health Care.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    I would be thrilled to get by without any and all services associated with taxation. I could squeeze by with no taxation at all.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  16. Meryl333 (twitter)

    Considering the size of the budge that goes to supporting Big Ag, BigPharm, Oil & the War industry, perhaps we could figure out which government subsidies and costly favors we give to THEM that we could do without?

    March 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  17. Tom in Texas

    The IRS. Seriously, I would like to see a flat tax imposed on everyone or even a national sales tax which excludes grocery items.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  18. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Easy, the Internal Revenue Service – hey you walked right into that one! But seriously, we can do without the US Congress and the current version of the Supreme Court. I'm sure there are thousands of others, but this would be a good start.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Michael G Tampa, FL

    Well Jack,

    To be perfectly honest, the government does not provide me with any service that I need.
    I'm being serious when I say that too.
    Maybe you can talk about what services the government provides
    and then there can be some honest conversations about reducing government spending.
    I'm sitting here racking my brain and I can't come up with one thing.
    Is our government really that irrelevant ?

    March 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  20. tired of politics- oklahoma

    it isn't what we can we do with less, why not cut the pork belly projects, the republicans constantly complain about money being spent so why don't they cut out the waste & outdated projects if they hadn't wastes trillions of dollars on war we wouldn't have to worry about finances

    March 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  21. Frank in Valparaiso

    Aid to ADM.

    Bailout to any bank with huge bonuses.

    Any Federal aid to Arizona. Don't like the government, think its too big? Fine, raise your own money.

    All that money to red states, cut it. We're in a recession, let the state pay its fair share.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  22. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack..Let's start with the allowances and self indulgences the Legislatures in this country afford unto themselves, both state and federal. Using our tax dollar's to fly themselves via private air services on junkets to entertain themselves under the guise of it being business has to stop, granting themselves unchallenged pay raises, taking unused tax payer donations and using them as personal gain...I have to stop now I'm losing my just consumed lunch on this keyboard. The list is infinite and I am certain we can do without much, much more, which is much less than we started with...more or less.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  23. Loren

    I think it's more of a matter of what I use – garbage pick-up, road maintenance and repair, police and fire, water, schools for my children. Beyond that, not much. We need the military for common defense. Anything else? I don't use government health services, I have health insurance and pay for it. Beyond that, it could go away as far as I'm concerned.

    March 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  24. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    The old US Health Care System had a lot of gaps.
    The latest health reform legislation covers the gaps for All American people
    and in the long run it save us from a lot of money costs!

    Conclusion:
    The latest health reform legislation is the government service,
    which we could get by with less of.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul

    March 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  25. Gerry Erman

    We could get by with a lot less IRS if we went to a Consumer Tax opposed to what we currently have. It would at least encourage people to save and wouldn't be taxable until they spend. This would probably keep more private money in circulation for banks to loan and a low interest rate.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  26. Greg, Ontario

    The one that sends our young men and women to die for corporate gains like the Oil companies or to defend and die for people that couldn't give a dam about us.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  27. MNResident

    The National Endowment for the Arts, The Nation Endowment for the Humanities, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the funding for all those "Census 2010" commercials. I could go on. Bottom line: This country has to distinguish what it NEEDS from what it WANTS. If we can't do that, we will NEVER get government spending under control.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  28. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I could certainly get by without many aspects of the so called Patriots Act's where snooping and secret tel-com message are recorded and spying on U S Citizens occurs, and a tad less of the Military budgeting and spending on outdated military weapons that each Service has a variation of.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  29. Maria

    The postal service, all the mid-level staffers who are staffers to other staffers, or to whom other mid-level staffers report,all the separate intelligence agencies...why aren't they combined? Perhaps the intern program. The American Vista program, many items in the Commerce department, but not NOAA..they are our future green explorers. (I don't work for Commerce...no conflict in my statement.) Get rid of fancy offices, expensive artwork for the offices...back to spartan desk,chair, chair for visitor and a coffee table. The Gov't would certainly help the bottom line of antique shops by getting furniture there. Dare I say get rid of FEMA...or perhaps combine them w/Homeland Security. It's hard to target any others since I don't know, and I think others don't know exactly what all the departments do.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    March 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  30. Ray in Nashville

    Congress, Jack. A lot less of Congress.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  31. Earl

    Jack, its definitely the Services we receive from the Dept of Homeland Defense. As far as I can detect, we are not fighting any Terrorists here on American soil. Overseas, yes, you can at least make a case that there are some Terrorists there being confronted by our Military. However, as .9999999% of Americans will never ever be effected by a Terrorist most if not all of the Taxpayer Money spent on Homeland Defense just ends up wasted and in the hands of Defense Contractors. I say disband the Dept and spend this Money on the American People. And this is a wrap !!

    March 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  32. abnormalmind

    We can do without any service that has a budget that spends more than 15 percent on administrative costs. We can also do away with the "middle man" approach to government services and grants, such as when the Federal government gives a grant to a State, which in turn scrapes 20% of the money off as administrative cost, which then then gives it to a municipality, which scrapes another 20% off for administrative costs, only to award the monies to the private sector.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  33. marlene in mich

    You see most people could name a service to reduce, but then someone else would say "No, not my service". So to be fair, reduce all except the defense department, 5% across the board. Are we serious about deficit reduction, or not? Marlene in Mich

    March 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  34. pat in michigan

    I'm not sure Which one it would be but I think the ones who pay price supports to various industries like oil,bomb makers ,tobacco farmers.Please stop paying people to not grow something.
    Maybe you could find a web page to name all the depts. who spend money without some value being received.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  35. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    I get a lot of crap from Washington but I wouldn't call them services. I have never asked Washington for anything. If they would just stick to the few things the Constitution spells out and leave everything else with the states we would be much better off.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  36. Michele Braun

    The House The Senate & the Congress
    Michele KS

    March 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  37. Enrique

    I dont't mine your opinions but why do you pose as a journalist whaen you are not objective. Why dont you say that you are a liberal commentator.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  38. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    Your government debt problem is so immense that only out of the box thinking can realistically make any difference. Here are two suggested plans. You choose which one to implement.

    Plan A: Your country can do without its wars and its CIA covert operations. Bringing most of your troops home will go a long way toward balancing your budget (and improving your global image).
    However, the troops will need new jobs, so getting rid of as many illegal immigrants as possible should free up millions of jobs, albeit of the minimum wage sort. This is the "good cop" plan.

    Plan B: Declare bankruptcy now and stiff the world's rich countries before they are strong enough to come into the USA and take what you owe them. This is the "bad cop" plan.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  39. Steve Canada

    In Cahada, we only get 5 day mail delivery..The sky didn't fall and I really don't see the need for 6 day mail delivery...

    March 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  40. Dale Portland, ME.

    There are ways to spend less and get more! For instance in 2006 the government spent more than 7 billion dollars to arrest, prosecute, and imprison 33,655 state, and 10,785 federal inmates for marijuana possession. These arrests have destroyed more lives than Marijuana ever could. To fight against something that naturally grows out of the ground, everywhere, is a pointless and stupid waste of resources. Now that's a government service no one needs!

    March 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  41. Terence

    Jack , Government services we can do without is CONGRESS &The SENATE. All they do is raise our taxes and force us to do what they want us to do . Time to pull the levers on voting day and get rid of them all.
    Terence , Piscataway, NJ

    March 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  42. Samir from Florida

    The service of providing $2B to Israel. Talk about a bad return on investment. All we are getting is bloody Palestinian hands. Let's put that $2B a year in our education so we are no longer embarrassed by our children's grades.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  43. John from Alabama

    Jack: I believe certain federal agency deliberatelly detail processing claims, such as, social security, Veterans Administration, and military retirees due service connected injury, illness, or combat wound. The unofficial policy is: "Delay, delay. delay. and delay until I die" Citizens were promised certain things for their service, but when it is time to deliver all they hear is deniedl or hurry up an wait.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  44. perry jones

    allof them

    perry jones

    March 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  45. Sue, Ct.

    I'm used to what I have and would really hate to see them cut.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  46. The Broker.

    "Control is the worst kind of government! You invest in a bank/business, or just your family. It all depends in what you think is worth investin in for the next five years. But you should not be tied to a Government Apron-strings, as to what is in your next recipe."

    March 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  47. Paul Austin, Texas

    The IRS for one. Congress second. It seems that our government takes so long to do nothing. Maybe with just the Senate to pass laws something could get done once in a while. It is time for a real change.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  48. Jeff (Sarasota, FL)

    Myself personally, I don't use any government services that I know of and while I understand the necessity of some of them, I feel if they would change the qualifications and the requirements to be eligible there would be more people who could be self sufficient instead of letting the government take care of them... It amazes how many time I see people use food stamps or other government benefits and then drive off in a new Lexus/ Lincoln/Cadillac etc...

    March 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  49. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I'm a senior--–have my own health care--and continuing to work. I don't really depend much upon the government for anything-we need to become more independent and less dependent upon our government-because when you get older-–your government feels that you need less---depend upon yourself-create your own destiny--because the only person who will care about your needs is "yourself."

    March 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  50. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Jack,

    It's not the size of the government, but the inequality of what the states get from government. Right now, a majority of states – coincidentally most are red states – receive more money from the federal government than what they pay in taxes.
    Alaska, current reality TV home of tea party heroine Sarah Palin, gets nearly $2 in federal money for every $1 paid in. How about instituting a dollar match on state aid, or is that too much fiscal reality for all these costumed deficit hawks ?

    March 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  51. steve in florida

    Military and Homeland Security spending are both way out of proportion to the threats.There's enough to shave off there to handle most of our problems.Unfortunately, thats where a major part of the inbred corruption lies. Also, we might see if there are any minority politcal parties that haven't been "showing up for work".

    March 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  52. Janne from NC

    I could get by with a lot less congress. Does that count?

    March 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  53. Mr. D

    How about the services of Congress. Would we really miss it?

    March 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  54. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    I never recall getting my mail on Saturday...who wants to get a bill on Saturday! Plus, mail is mostly not delivered to every houses on all our streets but to a community mailbox on every street with your own locked inbox!...plus a bit of walking does not hurt!

    March 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  55. Frances Cappelletti

    I could easily do without mail delivery on Saturday.

    There is no way they should cut school days or hours, we need more not less if we are to compete with the rest of the world.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  56. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Started thinking about your 2012 vote?

    Missed that question...election is just about emotion!

    March 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  57. Doris Lauter

    Since all I have is Social Security, it would be tough to take less. We didn't get a raise, yet we have to pay for added increases in rent every year, and it isn't going to be any different in years to come.
    Our rent will eventually be the same as our Social Security, and many will have to go on welfare, thus the government will have more expenses.
    I am trying to save money for bills by eating less, and I only weigh 108 now. All the bills seem to be going up....
    DOris
    Ojai, California

    March 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  58. Brad, Costa Mesa

    Schools should charge tuition, and not be paid for by taxpayers. Most services can be converted to "user pays." Police, firefighters, roads, and the Health Department will be good enough for most people. People who want more services can pay for them voluntarily.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  59. Terry, Chandler AZ

    State legislators are public servants and should do their legislative 'work' pro bono. School administrators, how many do we need? All school districts have more administration than is needed. Same goes for the assistant principals. In the 60s I was in a high school of over 700 students. We had one vice principal. Now they have one vp for each 100 students. After school activites? Make the kids keep the school clean and tidey to pay for after school activites. I'd like to see some hot shot football player pushing a broom or cleaning toilets.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  60. Birddog in Mississippi

    What if we asked instead what things individuals could do without in order to provide government services? How about we start with things like diamond studded dog collars and gold plated water faucets? Next, how about we admit that a handbag that costs more than fifty bucks is no more than status symbol? This is sickening – really, the wealthiest country on the planet can't afford to send kids to school for five days a week. What a joke. What America needs to do is prioritize what we spend money on – not how much of it we spend.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  61. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Oh Jack where do I start. How about the IRS and Saturday mail delivery and the list can go on and on.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  62. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I could definitely get along very nicely without Saturday mail. Cutting school days is out of the question. In my local area teachers are way overpaid. $75,000 for a 180 day year? Let the teachers take no cola and start kicking in to pay some of the cost of their health insurance. We certainly can do without all these nonsensical trips Pelosi and company have been enjoying. Just about every branch of federal,state and local government can reduce the number of employees. Many are political appointees anyway. Have fewer employees and maybe they will get some work done. Ever go into a government agency? Three are grouped in a corner chatting,a couple are on the phones(private calls no doubt),and the one standing in front of you is ignoring you or doesn't know how to perform the task you've come there for them to do. In short,Less Waste and more actual Work = Savings for taxpayers.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  63. Harold, in ANCHORAGE, AK

    The military; I don'y see the point to thousands of troopsstationed all over the world. Or being used in nation building. Our nation needs building, too.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  64. Layne Alleman

    Jack, Being a proud resident of Illinois, I can tell you that the school issue isn't even the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our state problems(we're starting to make California look solvent). For far too many years this state has had crooks posing as politicians(along with judges, cops, and just about anyone else getting a government check), and now it's all going to hit the fan at once. As I don't know which government services aren't completely corrupt, I guess I can't answer your question. How sad. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  65. Alex in Gig Harbor

    Every government service has a constituency, Jack, so it is hard to pick and choose. I don't use Amtrak, but many other Americans do. I could pick volcano monitoring like Bobby Jindal did just before Mount Redoubt in Alaska erupted and diverted airline routes. And I'm sure folks in Alaska could due without the National Hurricane Center.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  66. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    Gee where do I start, just about every program in California costs it's citizens thousands upon thousands. But for starters, we should capatalize on cutting back the U.S Postal services to 4 days, cease state funding for convicted felons in California prisons (The state should bill the family members for food, dental, medical etc.) and I know that there are numerous state programs that don't work but still receive state funding that I can't think of at the moment. Then after it's all said and done, cut state taxes. Lord knows we need it!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  67. Darren from Minneapolis

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here, being a Democrat and all, but I think I could survive without so much government-sponsored nature. National Parks, State Parks, Wild Life Refuges, etc. I don't believe we should close any of these places but seriously: is it necessary to groom every cross country ski trail, put fresh wood chips down on every walking trail, employ people to 'wow' visitors with the virtues of some endangered shew? We're in a Recession, people! I see the value of these places and want to preserve them, but perhaps we could scale back a little... at least until we can afford it.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  68. Larry Shelton

    I think some of the services are those that are becoming obsolete, like the postal service. I don't think cutting schools is a good idea since this US is starting to be inhabited by more and more people who either neglected their schooling or who never had it. If we don't start educating our children with something that makes sense, we can just teach them how to say "do you want fries with that?".

    Eugene
    Oregon

    March 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  69. Bill Nathanson

    We could get by with a non-corporate, far less conservative mainstream media. CNN continues to hire far-right lunatics like the Red State wing nut. In its bid for ratings, CNN continues to become Fox, and it continues to degrade professional journalists everywhere. Bye-bye Jack. I just can't watch the train wreck called CNN any longer. Bring back Bernie Shaw!!!
    Bill Nathanson
    Coral Springs, FL

    March 29, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  70. Sue From Idaho

    The I.R.S.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  71. Conor in Chicago

    Once I heard that Illinois (my state) was considering a 4 day school week I knew this country was doomed. In Socialist Europe they're not talking about closing schools. In Socialist Europe they don't have a bloated military budget draining the well being of their countries. In Socialist Europe they tax the wealthy to help pay for things. When people scream that Obama is a Socialist I usually reply, "are you kidding? I WISH he was a Socialist".

    March 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  72. Minesh -Troy, MI

    We need less government dependence. We will all be better off for it!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  73. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    I don't see the big deal about the Post Office going to 5 days. Cutting school days makes no sense, the students attention will not endure a couple of more hours per day. Adjusting the school attendance calendar makes sense, here in Texas school gets out on May and starts in early August. You don't need the air conditioning on every hour in May like you do in August but most school districts are apparently lacking common sense.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  74. Allen-Minnesota

    Less mail days less bills ? Maybe they could start by not making a new
    branch for every thing they do and figure out who it overlaps and let them do it. And a little less studying things to death before they do them might save a lot too. And how much do we spend sending the same illegal home 12 times , think of a better way. Bet those kids that strayed over border to Iran won't do that again.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  75. Fran, Michigan

    Let's not shortchange our children again. How about cutting the Senators, Representatives, Congressman etc. to part time. With Easter, Christmas and Summer breaks, and campaigning, and anything else they come up with to be away from their jobs, they are there less than most people, and getting full pay and full benefits!!! I slaved away 50 weeks a year, five days a week and sometimes 10 hours a day and if I wasn't there I didn't get paid!!!! I bet we could save considerably with those cutbacks!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  76. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, EVERYTHING! I think the whole country would be better off with less GOVERNMENT, period. I darn sure would better off with less CONGRESS, less spending, less welfare, less regulation, less government interference in health care, less government debt, and finally less taxes. All of that would be a good start!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  77. Gail Craig, Plano TX

    I can do without Saturday mail delivery. My question is: why do we have to wait 9 months to implement the change? If things are so bad financially, do it now! Does it take brain surgery?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  78. Allison - Vancouver B.C

    We've never had Saturday mail delvery in Canada,and we get along just fine, so I don't see why it is necessary for the U.S.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  79. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, this one is too easy. CONGRESS is the one government agency I could get by with less of! Let each member have a staff of ONE, to answer phones if nothing else. We are not getting our money's worth out of them anyway. As for the USPS, open up home delivery to a competitive marketplace, and you will see them get their costs DOWN or GO OUT OF BUSINESS!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  80. Doug - Dallas

    Quite a few, Jack. Less mail delivery, less defense spending, less foreign aid, get out of both wars, holding federal employees accountable for what they are supposed to do and go back to teaching basics in our schools. If the kids don't learn, hold the teachers accountable, because that's their job. We're raising a generation of idiots that are better at using their thumbs on video games and cell phones than their brains and who are not equipped to compete in the real world. Start charging for after school activities because after all the real reason kids go to school is to learn or at least it's supposed to be. People have to realize these services cost money, so we either pay for them or do without. No easy answers to any of these questions except one; the states and federal governments don't have the money and neither do we.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  81. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, If rhetoric could be considered services, I'd say much less from Joe Biden. Every time the guy opens his mouth the administration has to laugh if it doesn't cry. His comments are totally off-the-wall. My guess is, at birth, Biden was vaccinated with a phonograph needle and now just doesn't know how to shut up. I could get along just fine with less rhetoric from the Vice President.

    Gary H. Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  82. marjorie m. gera

    absolutly! since when did states loose the right to govern themselves and make rules? If the "no" party keeps legislation from going thru then we states are all alone

    March 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  83. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Well Jack, let's start with the White House Staff. We have more staff memebers than any presidency. They are the highest paid of any on record. Now that we have health care reform, we can convert the House and Senate over to the new plan. We can also ground military aircraft from fyling memebers of the House and Senate, and instead let them fly commercial and let them get patted down, and scanned, like the rest of us. Then let's ground Air Force One, that little puppy costs $50,000. per hour to run. How does teleconference work for you? I'm all for leading by example. Why not start at the top?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  84. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Eliminate or limit congressional franking privileges on mail.

    I don't need their propaganda prior to the election, the landfill doesn't have room for their fliers either and millions of trees would appreciate the opportunity to photosynthesize some more oxygen for us to breathe.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  85. David in San Diego

    I think we could purge all the GOPhers from both houses of Congress, resulting in great cost savings and a more effective legislative system.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  86. Phil-Eastern Washington

    Postal delivery on Saturdays is definitely one we can eliminate. Don't really cherish a 4-day school week, as this would place a burden on parents. And the TSA? This group is a joke! Government subsidies for local transportation should be eliminated. Our local "trolleys" run about 95% empty. And government contracts for military "contractors" like Blackwater, aka Ze, should be done away with.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  87. KAREN

    Jack, my sister's receives her paycheck through the mail. When it didn't come on Friday, she figured that she would get it on Saturday. When there was no mail on Saturday, her son told her that the post office stopped Saturday delivery and she flipped. Turns out, the mailman was just late. But boy did it remind me of that old saying, "You don't miss a good thing 'til it's gone".

    Go ahead and start cutting government services so that we can see WHO really benefits!

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  88. Raymond Steele - Colville Washington

    I believe as governments, both state and federal, have less funds to provide services, services should be cut. Where should that cut come from? How about less government workers doing work to make our lives more complicated. Cutting staff and having people wait longer for services they say they need is okay. Our household budgets have to meet our needs or we do without and it our job to determine what needs to be cut. Making cuts in welfare, free food, places to live, transportation and the such are places we need to look to cut. I believe most of these expenses I listed above are WELFARE, and we are making it to easy not to take a job (even though paying less than people want) and taking the government handouts the receive for nothing.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  89. Victor Regan

    Jack,
    Keep hammering them on Immigration. If John McCain doesn't like it and won't stand for what his electorate just passed, send him packing with them. Our borders are a laugh and try tresspassing into their countriesand see what kind of a rock prison farm you will end up in.
    Leave it up to the federal government and they will keep charging border guards with fullfilling their duties like the two earlier on that went to jail for enforcing the law.
    If they don't want to do it the correct, legal,peacefull way like the millions who have done it right before them, ship them all back and God Bless Arizona on the first 460,000 to be shipped back.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  90. KAREN

    Jack, my sister receives her paycheck through the mail. When it didn't come on Friday, she figured that she would get it on Saturday. When there was no mail on Saturday, her son told her that the post office stopped Saturday delivery and she flipped. Turns out, the mailman was just late. But boy did it remind me of that old saying, "You don't miss a good thing 'til it's gone".

    Go ahead and start cutting government services so that we can see WHO really benefits!

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    March 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  91. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    Immigration services by the Government that could potentially replace a talented American with an average allien

    March 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  92. Paul From Kazoo, Michigan

    Lets see, I like good education, I like good schools, I like good roads, I definitely like good health care, I like police and fire protection, I like Homeland security and lots of other things. I need less military madness. Like two wars and nuclear missiles, I don't need a congress that has such a good pension and health care plan for life. I don't need Mars missions. I guess I'm good now.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Donald in CA

    I could do without right wing republican politics.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  94. Bill in VA

    Let's try this from the opposite direction – must have national defense – after that I am hard pressed to think what we need a lot of

    March 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  95. Homeless D in Atlanta

    I could do with less junk mail. So, if we could cut that down the Postal Service could furlough a lot of employees. that would save a lot of money.

    But of course then the government would have to hire a lot more workers to process unemployment claims, right?

    I mean, if the big GOVERNMENT cuts a lot of employees, they are going to be eligible for unemployment compensation. So, where is the big savings?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  96. Ken

    How about cutting the war budget – we really don't need to be ready to stop the Soviets any more – there aren't any!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  97. Shawn

    Let's get rid of the DEA, or at least have them go after "real" drugs. You know what I mean.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  98. Mike

    We could start by limiting congressional sessions to 60 days a year. How much trouble could they inflict on the population in 60 days?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  99. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Political theorists have opined for hundreds of years that the whole point of government is to provide 'needed and desired' services that the market place cannot or will not provide. Our year-long debate on health care reform is a good example of how difficult it is to agree on what is 'needed and desired.' Our government has spent nearly 100 years tweaking and shaping the tax code to encourage or discourage various behaviors ... from home ownership to energy exploration ... and beyond. They forget that the whole point of the tax code is to simply collect money for the government. Eliminating waste here, and finding new employment for millions of really smart people who complete tax forms for others would be a great start.

    Rick,

    Medina, OH

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Todd

    less military;
    less social security;

    less medicare;

    less medicaid;

    more financial oversight;

    less subsidies (for everything even local, state gov't)

    more educational spending;

    higher retirement age;

    LONGER school years for children-we're getting worked worldwide;

    bust Unions

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  101. mike

    I would have no problem if the government cut its spending by ending the two wars and closing all over seas bases.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  102. debbie

    If we are trying to cut out jobs then why is congress forcing this billion dollar health care bill on us. How is that going to be paid for?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  103. Fingal

    The military and i don't mean go to war under-equipped and put our guys in more danger than necessary (which we do anyway).

    I mean don't go.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  104. john

    Simply do not cut services cut wages and benefits by 20%. Most government workers are paid well above their equals in private companies!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  105. Don Murray

    The american people engage in doublethink when it comes to government services. They want government to cut spending and get out of their lives but no one wants the services or money they personally get to be reduced. What people really want is for government to get out of their lives but not everyone elses, cut spending to everyone else but not to them and balance the budget without cutting defense, social security or medicare. Anyone who can do that should run for office........ God maybe.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  106. Dave

    Give me roads to drive on and defend our borders and our national security. That's it! How did the government EVER get in the business of subsidizing people's lives? The situation has become outrageous.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  107. Steve C

    Any service I don't use

    March 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  108. Easley Blackwood

    I would like to see drastic cuts in the budgets of OSHA, the EPA, and the IRS. These are the most despotic agencies in the US.

    Chicago, IL

    March 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  109. Jim

    Where to start cutting? You gotta be kidding. How about we cut it all and start living in a free society?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  110. Cletus from Kansas

    Public school is a waste of time when i was a kid i was working in the mill for 9 days a week and we didn't get to go "home". Kids should be working at that age not persuing "dreams".

    March 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  111. Howard

    Jack, the problem is this: Everybody is ready and willing to gore someone else's ox, but heaven forbid anyone should try to gore theirs. And that's how, in the end, hardly anyone's ox even gets put on a diet.

    The question that SHOULD be asked is: "What government program do YOU depend on and would still be willing to see it reduced or eliminated in the interest of reducing the deficit and bringing down the national debt?"

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  112. Matt

    The military Jack! It's so obvious but none of the politicians have the guts to say so. We can destroy the world over 60 times over with all the nuclear weapons we have, wouldn't once over be more than enough? We keep building new submarines, each one costs over a billion dollars, does Al Qaeda have a navy we need to be afraid of? We build stealth fighters and bombers, all are billion dollar vehicles why? Do the Taliban even have radar in their caves? Billions of dollars are lost in the Pentagon but few ever talk about it, when someone steals a few thousand dollars from welfare, many are up in arms yelling that we need to get rid of welfare. We cannot cut education to our children or else we will be in bigger debt in the future when they become politicians. Look what's happened from our past education cuts, morons who don't read are able to become senators and governors.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  113. Joe G. (Illinois)

    Why can’t Obama just sign more “Historical” Bills? One that eliminates all Notional Debt would be nice! He would only need to sign the bill..! Like the “Historical” one he signed for Universal Healthcare. The one about closing of Guantanamo. The one about job creations.. Why is Obama so refrained when it comes to Historical bill signing and “Accomplishments?” Does he not like the attention?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  114. Bubbashrimp2

    Social Security, medicaid, medicare, section 8 housing, food stamps, day care, night care, CNN care. MTA, now there is a big one. How about, all labor unions? Congress in all its forms. Czars, they should all go back to Russia, we know what happened to the last one, OMG! Federal state and local officials.

    Only need an army, cops, and firemen, also, correction officers. Some lethal injection guys might come in handy too! Hanging can get messy, see Saddams brother for that one.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  115. Tim Cochrane

    Jack-

    I think they should just eliminate the USPS completely. Let the private sector take over the delivery of packages and mail. The last thing we should eliminate is education.

    Its time to clean house in our government. Just about every business aspect of it should be moved to the private sector where there is competition that will increase productivity and efficiency.

    Tim

    March 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  116. Luther G Quick - Hackettstown NJ

    We need to cut our military bases and programs. We have 100's of military bases outside the US that were meant for the cold war but are now used for colored revolutions or policing the world in areas we are not welcome. Forget missile defense, colored revolutions, the search for that "1 gram of wmd" in Iraq, and forget over throwing legitimate democracies that aren't "pro American" such as Venezuela. Spend the money at home, on taking care of our troops as they come home and creating manufacturing jobs in side of our boarders.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  117. Tracy - Oakland CA

    Naturally, there won't be any talk of cutting military spending. We'll let our children suffer through underfunded and overtaxed schools, our highway system and roads deteriorate to rubble, and let private industry take over social services first. But to try and cut the amazing waste and billions of dollars out of the Pentagon, DARPA, and military contracts would just make too much sense. We need more shortsighted solutions, not a re-prioritization of our national and state spending.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  118. Bill Rae

    Eliminate military flyovers to open ceremonies, events or special occasions requested by private entities. They impact both the military and the FAA and cost the Tax Payers a great deal of money.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  119. Don - Lawrence KS

    Providing health care coverage to Senators and U.S. House Representatives. Given the rankor over the recent health care legislation, a government run program like health care for elected officials must be a disaster. So, cut out the cost for covering these polititians and let them go on the local market to get their own health care insurance. Most are probably covered by medicare anyway since a majority of these folks have seen their better days by a long shot. Let Boehner and company buy their own viagra and other suppliments as well. It's time the government stop propping up these noodle heads.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  120. Alex in Wisconsin

    I personally can go with less of that service congress has been giving me for the last 10 years. These people need a serious demotion and a major pay decrease. if government wants to start saving money, cut back on politician's salaries, especially if they were millionaires to begin with.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  121. Josh

    Dispand the post office, amtrack, etc and let private companies pick up the slack. Combine agencies that do similar tasks, FBI, ATF, etc. Stop overpaying government employees for jobs that in the private sector would make less. I'm sure if a washington "think tank" would put the effort into saving money instead of spending it they could come up with some ideas...

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  122. Frank Moseley

    Why do people ignore the most obvious service to be cut?

    We could easily get by with 300 billion dollars per year in military spending, instead of 700 300 billion dollars per year.

    Big deal, we go from being able to destroy the planet 50 times over instead of 100 times over!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  123. Chris

    How about defense spending? The US DOD budget accounts for 43% of all defense spending in the world!! We could slash our DOD budget by 80% and still spend more money on war toys than China (#2 defense budget). The military industrial complex is nothing more than a powerful special interest welfare recipient. Enough! Time to butcher the sacred cow of DOD entitlements!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  124. William Blight

    The U.S. government spends more on defense than the next 10 countries combined. End these useless wars and bring back the troops and use the money for social programs.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  125. Mike in Oregon

    Honestly – we're going to have to do with less of ALL of them, otherwise we're going to be bankrupt in 20 years. At the Federal level, the biggest hitters are Medicare and Social Security. We’re going to need to find ways to drastically cut costs in both of those areas if we’re going to have any sort of economic future.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  126. Christi from Houston

    Free lunch should be the first to go, we all know the saying.

    A right to education is not expressed in the Constitution. However, if we are going to offer it, lunch should not be included. In fact, a lot of people view public education as a day care, and that is horrible. Where in the constitution does it say that education is a right? Other countries view it as a privilege and make the best of it. Where have we gone wrong?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  127. disgusted independent - NYC

    How about cutting Medicare? I don't mean cheating senior citizens out of their right to healthcare, I mean cutting out the fraud that some organizations say accounts for between fifteen percent and one third of all dollars spent on Medicare. And tha'ts not the only fraud that could be cut, nearly every government agency uses the budgeting system to overspend American tax dollars each day. Cut the waste, not the programs.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  128. J in Iowa

    I live in an "unincorporated village" anyway. We pay into our own fund for our roads. We pay into our own coop for sewer, we pay into our own fund for Library Services.

    We pay a for profit corporation for our water, electric and gas.

    One Half of our school building is empty. The district is using a little bigger and harder to maintain old high school as the Middle School.
    We just built a new High School, and Athletic Facility.

    So we already get fewer services, we don't have a city. We've got 1/2 of a school building empty, that's fewer services. We already pay our own road improvement fund, and our own Library fund.

    Oh, did I mention we once were a communal society? ... that's not exactly a bad thing.

    My favorite quote is "it takes a village, to raise a child" (thank you Mrs. Clinton) We seem to do that ... we all know each other, we all know each others kids, we all know where we work, we bring the casserole when someone is sick, we all know which door to come into. We're "that village" ... and we are OK, but not GREAT!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  129. Dave

    Until they revamp it and don't hand it out like samples of cheese at the corner grocery store,I could do without the Welfare program taking more and more of my money tp raise kids that are not mine!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  130. James

    The military.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  131. Tony Lo

    Unfortunately this is a very poor choice as a case study since the USPS actually is a self-sustaining service (they have to make money on their own without taxpayer subsidies). They are responding to the market reality that people are more willing to read email (even spam), then send/receive mail.

    If you want a poster child for reduced government, come visit california and the 20k(?) teachers that were laid off last week. . . . .

    Tony

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  132. Buzzman64

    I could use a lot less of the IRS and people trying to save me from myself. How about less government?
    Austin Tx

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  133. David in Cali

    Jack, I can get by with less of EVERY government service. So put me down for a 10-15% cut across the board...schools, social services and even defense. I'm sick of hearing that we can't cut anything because it will impact this group or that group...too bad...we've maxed out the credit card so now we all have to live a little bit below our means. You can put me down for a 20-25% cut in governement if it means I get to keep more of what I earn.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  134. Stephen Rocamboli

    Why not raise the social security retirement age to 70? The baby boomers have known for decades that the current system would be unsustainable and now here we are – more people taking out then putting in – yet they choose to ignore the problem and stick Gen X with the bill and now our kids will pay the price. The baby boom generation should change its name to the "all about me" generation – no real accomplishments to point to with the exception of frivilous personnel spending and the accrual of expensive and unsustainable government entitlements. They called Gen X the "slacker" generation – history will demonstrate the irony in that!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  135. Ralph Spyer

    The two wars. foregin aid , CIA, all section 8 housing , what do we get ten cents for every tax dollar?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  136. Robert Rodgers

    The postal service is NOT a government agency! Why do people keep saying that it is. It is controlled by the government because it is really a monopoly. They have to go before the government to get permission to raise their rate. No tax money is supposed to be going towards the USPS although I think they have had to be "subsidized" over the last 10 years as email and online payments have taken a bite out of their income. As for me, nothing should be cut but we should be in control of where our tax money goes. Each tax form should have a form that allows the user to check off which department should get what percentage of the taxes that they are are paying. If you don't pay taxes, then you get no say.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  137. Bill

    Seriously? How can this be debated anymore? Cut it back to 4 days and be even or damn close!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  138. Tami from Texas

    They could rid us of the pork called agricultural subsidies. That would save over $20 billion a year. I'm sure Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Steve King (R-IA) would agree with this reduction of big government spending.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  139. southerncousin

    First off, part of the reason government costs big money is our good old slimy unions have jacked up the cost so high and lowered productivity. Just look under the rocks of any state that is having big problems (CA, NY, IL) and you will find a corrupt union that is really in control of the state government. Then, we have these massive entitlements that enable additional people not to work or pay taxes and the accompanying waste, fraud and corruption as exemplified by the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the country. States and the Feds, need to dump the unions and get back to funding what their constitutions truly call for not all these libertard wet dreams.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  140. Victoria Haynes

    Food Stamp Fraud!! I thing that is has gotten out of hand, when people are trying to sell their stamps for cash. We need a food stamp picture ID card for everyone that is issued these stamps. Also have a time line for receiving these with an re-evaluation say every 6 months. I own a retail store that has government home phone service and I am amazed at how many pull up in cadillacs and other upper priced cars that are on food stamps. They wear some pretty pricey clothes too. There is something wrong with picture. I am all for senior citizens receiving the stamps for the rest of their lives. But the young ones that come in are very capable of working.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Marilyn Herbert

    I don't think kids go to school long enough as it is. I'd like to see them go to school at least 10months out of the year and from 8a.m. to 5p.m..
    I think that we should cut "administrative assistants" to our congressional representatives. I think that those we pay to represent us should do the job. Also, those great pensions that our elected government officials and their staffs get might be another way of saving. If we pay taxes and provide them with health care, it should be no better than what we the American citizens have.
    And finally, stop supporting ILLEGAL ALIENS with my tax dollars. ILLEGAL should mean, NO BENEFITS.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  142. Courtland

    Jack,
    The amount of members of congress needs to be reduced. The whole CABALL in Washington needs to revamped. Less senators and congreesmen would mean less special interests and special deals which would be a reduction in spending. It amazing that there are layoffs in every aspect of private business in this so called great recession except for that fat cats in DC, that cant seem to understand the basics of economics. No jobs, no taxes, no revenue which needs to lead to NO SPENDING!!!!! Get the wage earners back to work or be GONE!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  143. Bill from Nova Scotia

    Congress. Does that count as a service?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  144. Here's a thought

    How about starting by cutting Congress' salaries by 50% and making them pay into Social Security and the healthcare system like everyone else has to.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  145. William from the City of Angels, CA

    Military spending. We spend more on national defence than the next 15 countries combined. People are complaining about the costs associated with Health Care reform, yet I rarely hear or have heard folks complain about the costs of two completely unnecessary wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  146. Joe

    Simple:

    Cut military budget by 300 billion, single payer HC (savings 300 billion a year), raise taxes for those making 300K or more.

    Total savings: around 700-800 bililon a year.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  147. Will

    Cut the Department of Education and return education to a state right as it was meant to be under the Constitution. The National Department of Education has a multi billion dollar budget and it has very little functional purpose. At the very least why can't the Education Department be less than 400 workers with an 11 person panel to handle educational grants.

    Education was meant to be a state right and it has moved away from that into the national government's control and that is not even logical or acceptable.

    Let education be mandated by each individual state and local government.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  148. Johnny

    I could get by with less Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, FBI, CIA, Department of Energy, UN and foreign aid, undisclosed military expenses, and white house staff.

    This should be a good start Jack.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  149. David F

    How about the department of defense. Our military is grossly over-sized. Being as large as it is encourages politicians to use it for all types of foreign adventurism that has nothing to do with the defense of the United States. Return to a truly defensive military and you'd save trillions upon trillions of dollars in coming decades, and you'd force our politicians to deal with the real world, not some bizarre dream world they live in now.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. joe st louis

    State and federal congressional representation is were I would trim the budget.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  151. Vic of New York

    Jack,

    I believe there are LOTS of ways we can make government smaller:

    Let's start by taking our armies out of everyone's back yard around the world. It's funny how china virtually OWNS most of America, and they don't have a need to look after everyone's back yard.

    Then, let's cut the entitlement programs to Israel. I'm tired is seeing my hard earned middle-class wages going to pay for the welfare of some other country that just keeps mooching off America.

    Finally, let's cut all the big tie spending on defense contracts. Why is it that America always has to blow our money on new toys for the gun crowd? We don't need every new advance in warplanes and tanks and guns.

    Now, if we did that.... Why we could probably knock out the deficit in a couple of years without ever impacting Healthcare or Medicare! Can you beat that?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  152. Bob Fetzer

    jack – eliminate the department of agriculture – and all the giveaways to
    farmers who don't farm anything. this group was started during the dust bowl days when it was needed to keep the family farm going. now, it's solely to keep the handouts going. Stop it – eliminate it.

    bob – New York City

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  153. Chuck L - Kennesaw GA

    If we went to a flat tax we could operate with few IRS employees and less printing costs for booklets trying to explain the income tax laws. I could live with 3 times a week mail delivery. Zone A would have M-W-F and Zone B would have Tu-Th-Sat. Less employees required.
    We could eliminate the Dept. of Education and let the states be in charge in their states.
    Bring all of our troops home from Germany, Japan, South Korea, etc. and keep them home until needed.
    Stop foreign aid to counties like Israel that have the funds to pay for their own defense.
    If Congress only met for 6 months each year we would save a bundle.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  154. Scott from Seattle

    I don't want to say I can use less law enforcement, but ti seems like we could get some efficiencies by consolidating federal law enforcement agencies. Why do we need the FBI and the Secret Service for Treasury related offenses, and the ATF for guns and tobacco (Tobacco? Really??) and DEA and so on? How about fewer agencies covering the same crimes? At a minimum we ought to be able to consolidate accounting, budgeting and HR functions and save some tax money. And yes, I don't need the USPS coming by six days a week.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  155. George

    Less bailouts!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  156. Jorge Menendez

    We need to cut the military. For far too long, the military has been a sacred cow that only grows fatter each year. We need to reexamine our priorities and values and divert military funding into education, medicine, research, and infrastructure. How are we supposed to compete with India and China if we continue on our outdated warrior path?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  157. Steve

    Most of governmentt services could be eliminated or reduced significantly. The only exceptions are national defence and public safety; police, fire, medical services.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  158. Jim

    Jack,

    I could do without the services of every Republican in Congress. Think about it. We save a ton of money and we lose nothing of consequence.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  159. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    We could do without social services give-away programs like welfare which throws handouts at people who refuse to work but have no problem breeding more welfare recipients. Let them get a job like the rest of us have had to. Also, reduce the amount of time people can receive unemployment benefits. Jobs are out there, although they might not be in the laid-off person's field. Even menial jobs such as cleaning toilets, washing dishes or picking up trash is still an honest day's work. What did people do before welfare and unemployment? They pounded the pavement, looking for work and were willing to take any job that would put food on their tables.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  160. roy

    We should cut big ticket defence items and concentrate on CIA intelligence ops which cost much less and are way more effective in today's world.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  161. Sue from Redwood City

    Postal service on weekends is fine. We also need to get rid of these extra government holidays like Veteran's day, that would also save taxpayer money in terms of more production for dollars spent. It's horribly discriminatory to the rest of us anyway. Joe taxpayer has to pay for these people to have these cushy extra holidays, but Joe doesn't get to have them off himself.

    I don't think 4 day school weeks with longer days are a good idea, it would cost working parents more in day care and that's just too long of a "working" day for school age children and teens. Even as adults, we are most productive with 6 hours of working, the other 2 hours are less so. We start to get tired and lose focus after 6 hours.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  162. EugeneWiese

    I don't think we can get along without any of our present government services. We are in a global society,in the 21st century. Suffering from the likes of Ronald Reagan's bank deregulation,stock market crash,and the savings and loan failure..God,help us if another free market,supply side idiot gets control of the government. Gene

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  163. Dave

    Face it, services are going to be cut and taxes raised. Places to start:

    1. Cut USPS to 5 day delivery for now. Ten years from now, I don't see we will need USPS at all, with the internet and electronic delivery of most documents. If you need to send something "real", then use FEDEX or UPS.

    2. Medicare and Social Security becomes means tested, and ages of eligibility moved out. I'm 56 now. I don't expect to return until I'm 70 anyway.

    3. Cut military spending. It is I think the largest discretionary part of the federal budget. We spend so much more than the rest of the world.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  164. Ken Mueller, Los Angeles

    Create the Burea of Waste, Fraud, & Abuse (and get rid of the GAO).

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  165. Gary

    I guess I'd really need to first find a Valid working Government Service (besides the IRS) that I can be sure is not dysfunctional. With the wicked Politics I see that Washington continues to turn Law into Individualist Opportunity and I doubt any "Service" is at the top of their Game. So Say All. IMHO

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  166. WC From Atlanta

    Jack, I know this is not a new thought, but it bares worth repeating. Do we want government that runs the USPS to be in charge of our health care too.

    Cutting back delivery of the mail will be easy compared to doing surgery on the quality and quantity of our healthcare.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  167. Michael Shores

    Better yet, keep the USPS working 6 days a week but reduce standard delivery to 3 days (MWF-TRS) and charge a monthly fee for 6 day a week delivery. And while they are at it, the Postal Commission can raise the price to a standard stamp to actually cover the operating costs of delivering a letter.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  168. Jim - MI

    Postal service is a given, reducing delivery to five, even four days a week is a must. Next, eliminate the IRS, go with a VAT tax, that way there are no loop holes, everybody contributes to the tax base and there is no cheating on your taxes you pay as you go.

    The Federal government ought to relinguish any services to the people back to the states, anything that Washington tries to administer cost serveral times more than it should. Release education, transportation and welfae to the states.

    Reduce entitlement programs to a level that helps the less fortunate to a level that provides assistance but does not destroy the incentive to work. We cannot penalize people for working and we need to encourage those adversed to it to start.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  169. Welfare and Government Employee Pensions

    That would be a start but next I would cut the FED and stop giving free college education to non citizens. I could stand to slash Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security too. Humm, how about White Houses parties? and Date nights to Texas or New York depending on which party is in power. If I had my say, all that would be left would be the military, fire departments, police, school teachers (non unionized only), interstate engineers and a congress with two limit terms. Oh and how did I forget the IRS....pink slip notice on all of their desks.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  170. Don

    The US Postal Service is a service to the American public, NOT a business set up fro profit. The American people must decide what do they want, a postal service that charges them as a business would to make a profit, or a federal agency that provides service to all Americans. A business does not operate on Tax funds, but a federal agency does.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  171. Gil Velazquez

    We could all get by with tax dollars not being spent on government travel by non-essential duties that can easily be handled over a conference call, OnLine Video or just plan email. Unless it involves homeland security of the highest level, if one government employee has to personally meet another, they can spend their own money they can have their fancy dinners replaced with brown bag lunches over a picnic table...

    Neptune, NJ

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  172. Hannah

    Here in Arizona, our State Parks are being closed, libraries. Child Protective Services and the Juvenile Court System is being closed. This is a good question, how much government is too much and I think we've now seen what our government does for us. If our Juvenile system is shut down these kids, who had a chance before will be thrown into the main jail system and likely learn how to become hard core criminals and it will cost us more in the long run. But conservatives have a hard time looking past their own noses.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  173. Bill

    Bill from Guilford Lake, Ohio. How can this even be debated? Companies are cutting back from 5 days to 4 across the country. Cut my mail from 6 days to 4 days tomorrow and get your books straight. I only check my mail 2 days a week anyway.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  174. Bob Shaffer, TX

    I don't get it! I thought the following solved the problem:

    Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA)

    Public Law 99-603 (Act of 11/6/86), which was passed in order to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States. Its major provisions stipulate legalization of undocumented aliens who had been continuously unlawfully present since 1982, legalization of certain agricultural workers, sanctions for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers, and increased enforcement at U.S. borders.

    All they have to do is ENFORCE this law !!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  175. Holly W.

    I don't understand why we are in such a dilemma anyway. Any government agency I go to has a fee for paperwork or a service. These agencies should be pretty much self-sustaining. And, with so much online, how is it these agencies aren't able to save money? We'd all save a ton of money if the Medicare/Medicaid scams and abuse ended. My husband is a paramedic and talks all the time about people who call him for a paper cut or who are in "dire" need of an ambulance but have 10 people and 4 vehicles at the house and live 5 minutes from the hospital. I think every agency needs a wake up call and an overhaul, but especially Medicare and Medicaid.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  176. Andrew

    Jack,

    The answer is simple: a little of everything. But start with the Defense, health care, and Social Security, because without reducing those expenditures, no amount of cost-cutting in other areas will reduce the deficit.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  177. Larry of Boston, Massachusetts

    I would eliminate the $24 billion a year Department of Energy in Created in 1977 to find alternatives to foreign oil, the department is a total bust. I would give grants, tax incentivies, and research and exploration dollars to the private sector to find alternative sources of energy. The Department of Energy will be lucky to find the door on their way out.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  178. Phil

    Jack,
    The financial reality is that we have to cut entitlements. To do that, we have to put people back to work. Seems that legislators are so giddy with passing "health care" that they forgot that nearly 1 in 10 workers nationwide don't have a job.

    San Diego

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  179. Gene Hubbard

    Do away with all the perks for the senators and congresspeople

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  180. Chad Lane

    I believe the FDIC hours should be cut back to mirror that of the banks. Monday through Friday should be sufficient. I was looking at their website and noticed they are open7 days a week. Do we really need access to the FDIC Saturday and Sunday?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  181. Jim - MI

    Oh, reign in unions and you will save billions. Instead of hiring 4 to five people for the same job, perhaps we can get to the right manning levels and provide better services to the nation at a much lower rate.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  182. Paul N. Mavini

    Taxpayer-subsidized junk mail can go away today.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  183. Charles

    I think we should cut everything except defense spending.

    Eventually we'll have to face the fact that we can't fund our existence on debt alone. Now is as good of a time as any.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  184. Steve in York

    All of them – I'm sure there is plenty that can be cut. We can't afford them anyway so stop borrowing the money and/or stealing from social security.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  185. Strycek

    Jack

    Why don't we start with the House and the Senate!

    Edgewater, Fl

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  186. DD

    Absolutely......... the States need to protect their own citizens if the US Congress will not act............the Southwest is starting to resemble Cuidad Juarez with violent gangs taking over.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  187. Paul

    Good article. I sent an email to my conservative friends asking them what they would cut. Defense, social security, medicare, police, fireman, roads, education, etc. etc. Their response is always, "Well, don't cut anything that benefits ME" Yet, they still insist the gov't programs should be cut, even though they can't name any.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  188. Donna, California

    I would urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare....theyre rich already, right ?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  189. Dan

    Cut the bloated military budget!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  190. Andrew Bean

    Dear Jack,

    We could get the government to do less non-value added, non-productive work for its citizens; instead, focus on the important work we hired them to do. Case in point, some state attorney generals and governors are suing the federal government desiring not to follow the heath care reform laws.

    The governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, along with the VA legislature, spent valuable time and energy fighting reform preserving the abuses inflicted by the insurance industry upon the citizens of VA. To add salt the the wound, the Virginian Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, filed a law frivolous suit , something they are supposedly against when convenience, against the federal government for reform claiming states rights over federal jurisdiction – something some states already tried that lead to the deaths of millions of Americans some 150 years ago called the Civil War. They are reliving this part of history.

    Yes, we do not need this non-value added service by some in government. Instead, government can do a lot of good to help the people after a natural disaster, provide police and fire protection, provide security and other important, value-added services.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  191. Al, Ft Lauderdale

    State and local governments operate off of property taxes and local spending, which means we need to get the economy back on track and people back in homes. Jobs would be good.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  192. Ryan

    All forms of welfare that originate from the federal government. I can take care of myself, thank you very much.
    -Ryan from Bloomington, IN

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  193. Gary Nagar

    I can get by without Government run health care. If some people cannot afford health care here they should go to some other country and get treatment. Nobody should have the right to access the best doctors and state of the art facilities. The competent and productive citizens are carrying the unproductive on their backs. For humanity's sake give the uninsured some type of catastrophic insurance.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  194. EugeneWiese

    I'm a yellow dog Democrat and proud of it. It's Obama and a Domocratic congress. My brother Johnny Parris in Georgia,will disagree,but I love him anyway. Gene

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  195. Jeff C. (Omaha, Ne)

    How about not adding any additional services for a start. Perhaps, oh, I don't know – Healthcare maybe?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  196. Mike M

    I don't know the numbers but I bet we would save fortune if we put Congress on SS with with the rest of us and private medical plans with deductibles like the rest of us?

    March 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  197. Erik B.

    Jack, that's simple. Less entitlement programs, and fewer subsidies.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  198. Bill

    The government service I could do less with is Congress !

    As far as doing away with Saturday mail delivery, fine if you also reduce the cost of postage. Another cost saving area is reduce the pay to the postal workers. Several years ago I remember they were making $17
    dollars an hour. I'm sure its gone up since then.

    I read that the internet mail has cut into the bulk of mail flooding into the post office. Let them be like everyone else in business. When your work has dropped you lay off people.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  199. batmobile

    Definately the post office. They are by far the laziest and worst at what they do. They offer "Priority" mail without any assurance it will get their faster. On the contrary FedEx delivers it on time with reasonable guarantee.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  200. Steve Smith

    I would cut any costs related to supporting Illegal immigrants i.e. health care, education, welfare. They are here illegally and we seem to let the politicians try to convince us they are just immigrants by using every name for them except what they truely are...criminals.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  201. Matt

    Hell, how about Social Security? I'm young and I'm never going to see a dime from what I'm paying into it now.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  202. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    The FDA. They are just lobbyists lackies and do very little to protect us from corporate pharmaceutical hustlers and food manufacturers that are poisoning us.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  203. Mark Hohn

    Eliminate the Department of Education. This is a state function the federal government needs to stay out of state issues.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  204. A. Smith, Oregon

    Less Government in DEA, FBI, CIA, INS, NSA, HSA and the perennial favorite IRS.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  205. Simon

    I'd cut from the army, navy and civilian military contracts on a national level. We don't need them. On a state level, we could cut half our police force nationwide if they weren't obsessed with speeders and petty drug offenses.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  206. Kirk

    Realistically, you'll never get them to favor cutting ONE program; every program is SOMEONE'S darling. So the only hope is an across the board, everything, all divisions, all departments, of FOO percent, applied equally to everyone, everthing, everywhere.

    So, the only fight is how much FOO is going to be. 1%? 3%? 12%? They will befighting over one thing, and that is the value of foo.

    Just a bunch of foo fighters, but we already knew this.

    Now if they start tossing a lot of foo around in these debates, they'll wonder who threw the foo.

    But we've been wondering about these public servants for quite a while already, and we KNOW they are all full of foo.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  207. Ron Moore

    None. The US Government is not in the Services business, as that requires PUBLIC SERVANTS, and we do not have any. We have government that does to us and not for us claiming it is for our own good. They could consider cutting every government job, including elected officials, in half, half time, half salary and do half the current "work" and they would have less time to mess with us and maybe just maybe leave us all alone. The economy and our lives would be better off.

    Tyler, TX

    March 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  208. Paula

    It's not government services that need to be cut it's the people who are getting the government services who need to be cut from it. MAINLY ALL ILLEGALS ALIENS.

    Why are Americans taxpayer money going to serve Illegal aliens

    March 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  209. RW

    HA! The IRS.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  210. JINNY

    We need to know what government services are available out there to be able to make an informed comment. School is not a place to start cutting, I know that there is a lot of governement funds spent out there that are less needed that another day of school. Look at the amount of money paid to land owners to not plant food that were never intending to do such a thing. There is millions paid each year to many that are already very wealthy to not be a farmer. This is crazy. Don't punish our children, they need an education and a better one than they are getting now.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  211. Gigi Oregon

    It's not government services that are the problem it is big wages and bonuses to the drones in government, who are over paid and over compensated in their government jobs. Repeal the tax cuts for the rich. For the past ten years the population has grown and with a questionable war and the tax cuts for the rich it has become impossible to run the government with these a cuts. Why is it if the rich get tax cuts then the government cuts education to give these drones fatter wages, benefits and bonuses.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  212. c brat

    If you want to save postal service costs start with the union contracts.
    remember the uaw contracts.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  213. Brian, Pensacola

    I could do with less mail services since I am constantly on my phone or computer.. but to really help me out Jack.. things like two unjust wars, wallstreet repaying me (with interest), AIG, Goldmann/Sachs... etc. etc.. to name a few.. then how about those guys not being able to cheat the system and paying their part to the country they 'say' they love!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  214. Jeff

    Finally someone has asked the question no one has! Please ask all the Tea Party people to answer this question as well as all Republicans who vote "No new taxes ever". Do we cut Social Security? Medicare? Medicaid? The Military? Roads? Disability? Unemployment insurance? Running things at a deficit is not possible and if you will not balance the books with more revenue please tell the American people and all us voters 'What government services will they cut?"

    March 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  215. A. Smith, Oregon

    Its funny that you have the least obnoxious USPS in the photo Jack. The steel toed boot nazi talking DEA, FBI, CIA, INS, NSA and HSA are the most invasive agencys this side of East Berlin. All of America would rejoice if those agencys sank into their own toxic unethical tar pits.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  216. Jim

    Health care or Social Security for poor. It is a tie. Both should be handled by the private sector with additional funding from State and Federal government.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  217. Don Ritchie

    "Driver Responsibility Fees!"

    These things are garbage. Michigan does this: where you get a ticket and you go to court; all the normal stuff. You pay whatever the court says, court fees, the fine, etc. You take the hit on your car insurance.

    Then 6 months later, you get a letter from the Treasury saying that they – independent of the courts or due process – have levied another fee on you. Your $120 speed ticket will become a $500 DRF. And your license is immediately suspended until you pay it – forcing otherwise law-abiding people to become criminals just to drive to work the next day.

    I am sick and tired of states coming up with "clever" budget mechanisms.

    Don in Louisiana

    March 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  218. Bob in Missouri

    Cut Military spending, And tax the Churches! Why are we subsidizing Child Rapers and Christ Cultist Militias bent on murder? Tax them all and it would lower EVERYONES taxes by 50%

    March 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  219. Michael M.

    Giving the president a “line item” veto could be modestly helpful as a means of cutting pet Congressional projects (or “earmarks”) out of the budget. The ideal approach would be to restore the president’s impoundment authority, since a presidential power to veto elements of Congressional authorizations would require a Constitutional amendment.

    Chicago

    March 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  220. Thomas in Austin

    Cut the law makers to one per state, no retirement paid and they get the same health care as they voted for days ago.

    March 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  221. Tina in Indiana

    I could certainly get by with less politicans! Woo Hoo!!

    March 29, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  222. Edward

    I think all goverment employees, federal and state level should get a 20% reduction in pay as soon as possible. All hospital workers should also get a 20% reduction in pay.

    All CEO's must pay a 35% increase in federal tax.

    Ed

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  223. Marietta

    What government services could you get by with less of ? Socialism for corporations?

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  224. Mr Pennypincher.

    On the contrary, what we need to do is spend a bit more money to account for every penny of federal government spending. Make this information available to every tax paying american online. Then we will have a better picture of the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted by our federal government.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  225. Lynda Willis

    We could spend a lot less on Defense programs, especially large weapons systems that don't meet an established need.

    More important that cutting services is reducing what they cost through efficiencies and reduced fraud in programs like Medicare.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  226. David Sisters OR

    There is a plethora of law enforcement agencies, many of these duties are duplicated, I'm sure they could be streamlined. And then the courts could be made more efficient too. The citizens have no idea how much of their money is going down the drain.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  227. Stren Odenwald

    I would disband the entire Senate. They are not only disfunctional, but a throwback to a more primitive way of running a federal government that is long since irrelevant and does NOT represent the interests of voters by favoring states with hardly any people.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  228. martraco

    I strongly support cutting any part of the budget that doesn't affect me. Or my friends.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  229. Todd Fernandez

    Tax exemptions for religions!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  230. Bob

    Thats the problem isn't it. Every program has at least 50 million people that like it. No politician dares cut them.

    Not the Democrats. Certainly not the hypocritical Republicans. When they recently had actual control of all branches of government they didn't cut a penny. They raised spending dramatically.

    Both sides are just giving the people what they want. Less taxes. More spending. Something for nothing. And its not just for poor people that sanction these policies. It billionaires and middle class suburbanites too. Everybody wants a free ride – even the tea partiers. They want less taxes – but they don't ever mention just how they plan to balance the budget if they got their way. I imagine they would scream bloody murder if the government cut what it needed to cut to meet their taxation goals.

    There is only one way to cut spending – require a balanced budget and make the people pay for every cent spent. THEN the real force behind this mess will start allowing politicians to make the painful choices on both spending and taxes that must be made.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  231. Tom

    Most government programs are a complete waste of time and money. The problem is if you cut any of them that means there will be another throng of unskilled govt workers not capable of doing anything except more govt work (nothing) out there looking for jobs.

    I am all for cutting wasteful and useless government programs if that also means sending all those useless govt employees to the moon or somepleace like that.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  232. RyaninSC

    I think the DEA should be the first to go. It is crazy that we wage a war on our children, sisters, uncles, and even grandparents. Putting them in jail, breaking up families, making it harder for them to get a job, etc...Stop arresting citizens of the USA. I agree we should stop the hard drugs coming across our borders, but we spend so much chasing the casual drug user, mainly marijuana users. It doesnt stop the use, it is a waste of money. Trying to cut back childrens education??? Cutting teachers pay??? What is wrong w/our leaders? Admit the drug war is a waste, stop spending money on it. It will save us millions if not billions.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  233. Charles Manley

    Jack,

    When they "close" the government due to funding issues I hardly seem to notice. So, I would miss very few government programs. I would miss the military because I believe we would be attacked almost immediately without the military.

    As for paying for some kids lunch; maybe the parents should be doing that now. As for parents who need to work; well, education should not be a baby sitting service. If we weren't so over taxed by all of these programs maybe a parent could stay home to raise and nurture the kids... we don't need government baby sitting.

    The federal government should stick to their constitutional duties and stop usurping our rights and dreams. The fed needs to get out of the business intended for the states and the people.

    So, cut off social security, medicare, schip and the host of other unlawful programs run by the fed. Heck, you can cut off the post office too... I will continue to use email and UPS.

    Charles in Dallas

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  234. LarryGinCT

    If we had to cut a government service, perhaps we could eliminate funding for Congress. Imagine the money saved by only have two branches of government, instead of three...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  235. Steve McNorrill

    The two biggest major items are military & health and human services. Strong defense yes, but a 25% cut would eliminate development of impractical technologies that are over and above outlandish imagination. Move welfare to the states and quit transferring wealth from a vibrant state like mine of South Carolina to states that have no means to sustain where people live on top of each other and jobs are pushed out because of mob rule unions.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  236. Chris

    The state of Nebraska gets by with having a unicameral legislature and not having a state assembly. How much would all states save by going to a single house system?

    March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  237. David

    How about all of those except those listed in the U.S. Constitution. What... there are no services listed in the U.S. Constitution? Really... hmmm. How about we start with the IRS, treasury department & SEC (have they really been working anyway?), Social Security (I can easily invest my 12% better than the knuckleheads in Washington and assure that I will actually get it back).

    Man Jack, that list is just way too long. Entire Departments of Labor & Education....

    March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  238. LarryGinCT

    If we had to cut a government service, perhaps we could eliminate funding for Congress. Imagine the money saved by only having two branches of government, instead of three...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  239. Jonathan

    First cut the huge salaries of elected officials, Namely Congress and the Supreme court, most of which are already super rich.
    Next, create a website breaking down where ALL the tax and borrowed funding goes, every service, every penny spent, to what group, church, organization, etc. Including the Military, which gets WAY more than needed. Our war machine can already wipe the planet from existence a thousand times over, and we spend five hundred billion dollars a year more than every other country put together.
    ALSO, stop giving Billions a year to Israel and every other nation we through money at as if they cannot support themselves.
    WE NEED IT more than they deserve it.
    Thats a good start.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  240. Anthony

    The military. Homeland Security. TSA. Anything created by the Patriot Act. Gitmo. Two wars. Start with any of those.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  241. Travis Franklin

    The military.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  242. Walter

    Farm subsidies and price supports to *corporate* agriculture.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  243. Kevin from DC

    Corporate Subsidies, Moneypit Military Projects, Stop all the Foreign AID,

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  244. Ian, Atlanta

    Jack –

    I'm not so sure that cutting services (generally speaking) is the best way to respond. Rather, the government ought to be looking at all of it's operations and asking itself "how can we do this more efficiently?" There are many cases of redundancy in the government, as well as problems with overcompensation, contracting problems, etc, etc. Solve some of those problems and I trust you could save a ton of funds while still preserving many of the government's services.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  245. Chris

    I could get by without the U.S. Census Bureau sending me a letter to tell me my census form is coming and a postcard to remind me to mail my census questionnaire.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  246. nisha

    We need either The House OR The Senate....
    Having both is just a waste of everybody's time and costing millions to the taxpayer....

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  247. Steve S

    The following:

    White house press office.
    Congressional record
    Cspan
    Cspan2
    Congressional budget office
    TSA
    Corp Of Engineers
    Marines
    Departmenr of the Interior
    Osha
    IRS
    More to come

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  248. Jim

    eliminate NASA completely. I know its not a service, but not sure the value it brings anymore.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  249. Jim Dever

    Jack –

    The average government employee makes 115% of private sector wages for the same job, not including pensions and other benefits. Start there.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  250. mark Donley

    Jack,
    We can start with the usps. Did you know everytime a postman takes a vacation day, they call another postal work into work
    at approx. $40.00 an hr. I know some postal workers and they take turns to get the xtra money. They say they have more worker and no
    work for them. They could use these people without calling in another postman. They also need to offer buyouts for the one who are at
    retirement. Then there is a problem with upper management, to many of
    them and they are the ones causing problems.

    I can live with 5 days a week mail deliveries. Most of it is junk mail anyways.

    Mark

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  251. Charlie

    Subsidies for big agriculture. It is absurd that taxpayer dollars go to keep prices high for sugar, corn, etc. etc. etc. Reagan used to love to criticize welfare moms, but corporate welfare never seemed to bother him at all.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  252. John

    We need to cut government salaries and benefits. Private sector employees don't retire in the their fifty's, why should public sector employees. The problem isn't government programs, but government pay and unions.

    Also, you could for most part abolish the post office and many of us wouldn't notice. The post office is the modern day telegraph.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  253. Jim Janic

    Frankly,

    As a child I was completely riveted by the space program and remember when we landed on the moon. But now, manned space flight seems like a collosal waste of money. I mean, fund the space program, just lose the manned mission part. I think we can accomplish 100% of the Science for significantly less money by simply cutting out the astronauts. "No Buck Rogers", but for a lot less bucks.

    Jim Janic
    Brookfield, IL

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  254. Jim

    The Post Office saturday delivery, John McCain & most of the political leaders who have over stayed. A crime to lobby the goverment for benefiits for big business. That's all for now. Oh yeah, give the death row inmates 30 days to appeal and 14 days to get their affairs in order.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  255. michael armstrong sr.

    Can enviromentelist be conciderd government workers .

    March 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  256. jeff jackson, alabama

    Duh......try the I.R.S. JACK !!!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  257. Jason

    The DMV. I see and hear more and more stories and anecdotes about unlicensed and uninsured drivers, cars falling apart on the highway, and plenty of other things that the DMV is supposed to prevent. Todays DMV is little more that a jury-duty name collection service. 86 it and spend the money on something worthwhile - if such a thing exists.
    Jason. San Diego, CA

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  258. Toni G

    Well, Jack, let's poll the folks who are adamant that there should be no more taxes.Find out what services they like and cut those. How could they possibly mind?

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  259. Mary from South Carolina

    I get serious mail about 4 times a month and the rest of the time it is junk mail maybe every other day. I have no problem cutting mail service to 3 days a week for residential areas and 4 days for business areas. Cut out mail delivery on Wednesdays also. Most Government offices could be open 4 days a week. Libraries 4 days a week...but definitely longer hours on Saturday and Sunday. People will adapt to new times. School most definitely should still be open 5 days a week. Police, fire and any public safety entity 24/7.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  260. Richard

    We do not need mail more than 2-3 days a week. It's nice to get it more often but it's a waste of gas and expensive labor.

    As a liberal Democrat we need to cut government costs when possible. That includes pulling out of Iraq and Afganistan as soon as possible, and for a bit longer I'll trust Obama to judge that.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  261. Zia I

    We spend 50 times more in defense then our nearest competitor – Russia. I think we can spend 25 times more than Russia and still remain the strongest military on Earth.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  262. John, Fort Collins, CO

    With internet communications so much a part of our everyday lives, in addition to no mail on Saturdays, I could get by just fine without junk mailings from my representatives in Congress. This would reduce their staffs, save printing costs, and eliminate the expenses for the Post Office who currently has to deliver this stuff for free.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  263. Steve

    We spend about 55% of our disposable federal budget on the military. We should start there.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  264. Keith Long

    I could fill pages of government services we could do without. Let's start with the USPS. Five days of mail delivery would be fine. Fewer people are using it anyway. As I understand that is part if their problem. Second, I've been in federal office buildings and have seen hundreds of people who are doing little except taking up space and passing paper from desk to desk. Nothing is more inefficient than a government bureaucracy. We could also do without the studies of the sex lives of Brazilian tree frogs, etc. There are thousands of these types of studies that are pure nonsense.
    On the local level, we don't need five trucks and nine people to fill a pothole and three plows playing follow the leader for snow removal. I have seen plows with the blade down on a dry street because the driver has been told to plow a specific street. There is no such thing as common sense in government. There are thousands of things like this going on all over the country. They may mean little individually, but in the large picture they add up to millions and billions of dollars.
    Council Bluffs, Iowa

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  265. Phil Barnhart

    I imagine most people will have no problem identifying government services OTHER people should get by with less of. For me – I can drop meat and poultry inspection, bank regulation, department of transportation transport regulations, the EPA, the Weather Service, and the FTC. Oh, I don't need the FDA, the Dept of Agriculture, or the FCC. No, wait – I like safe meat, insured banks, 18-wheelers following the rules, potable drinking water, tornado warnings, and true labeling. I want my aspirin to contain aspirin, my bread to contain wheat, and my cell phone signal to be clear and steady. Damn. Guess I need some government after all.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  266. michael armstrong sr.

    Every since the poney exspress the mail has been hand deliverd and untill the United States government has full controle over criminal internet the mail is just fine the way it is .

    March 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  267. Jim

    Cut military spending at least 50%. Close all of those military bases we have all over the world and let those troops muster out.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  268. Diane Babcock

    There is a need, right now, to thin each office of government. Each office could get a cross-the-board cut of 5-10%. That is what I have done at home to our family budget items. That is what America needs to do. There just is not enough money for everything America would like to do.

    There is also a chance to reestablish in America today the slogan, you work hard, you have a job, you don’t give 100% during working hours, you don't have a job anymore. It’s a tough choice; I guess you could call it tough love.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  269. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    The largest Federal expenditures: Defense and Medical Payments to Seniors. We could cut Defense maybe 20% and still have the strongest military in the world. I'm a Senior (68), and I'll take a 20% cut in my medical payments. I know, everyone will start crying "Those are the two items you just can't cut!" Well, you asked!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  270. Frank Brindel - Atlantic City

    In NJ we have the "Chosen Board of Freeholders". How about that for a layer of Government.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  271. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    What government "services" could I get by with less of?

    Social Security,
    Medicare,
    Medicaid,
    Whatever insane bureaucracy Obama's planning for his health care fiasco

    March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  272. Linda in Arizona

    Leave the Post Office out of it. They're not a government-funded service. As for what government services I could do with less of, I don't know, and I don't think it's a productive or even an interesting question. I'll get back to you after I rack my brain. Oh yeah, the military would be a great place to start. Bring home the troops from all the illegal wars we're fighting. Oh, no, can't do that. "Defense" contractors would lose money. Forget it. You're never going to get the government to reduce spending.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  273. Luis

    Medicaid – we give it to every foreigner that washes ashore and every alleged racial minority that's too lazy to work for a living. It's not right to say this, but it's true – what over country pays cheap, sleazy, diseased, drug using women to keep breading children that end up with serious health and learing disabilities that the kids grow up with no other choice than to become useless or a drug dealer. Having stupid parents is NOT a disability – neither is being fat, lazy AND stupid – like many of those "breeders."

    March 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  274. pablodoc

    None of these cuts would be necessary if we were willing to scale back our military. I am absolutely convinced that if properly managed we could keep our country safe at half the price. Then our discussion would be: do we want to increase services or issue a nice tax break to all working middle class folks.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  275. Ed

    It was OK to spend Billions on 2 wars that were mmm, needed.... and spend Billions to help these foreign countries…rebuild...
    But not OK to help millions of AMERICANS with health care issues…
    Most of us are smarter than you think....

    March 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  276. June

    Jack, you are dreaming.
    THe Obama administration won't cut anything. On the contrary, we will the the biggest increase in government spending in our life time the next few years. Get used to big government, runaway debt and high taxes.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  277. KathyNurse

    I'm with the guy about cutting the states that do not want federal government help. No more complaining about states rights etc!

    All the states that want to opt out of healthcare etc let them get NO federal help it would save a ton of money.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  278. Thomas Heraty

    Personally, I believe we first need to identify all the services we are paying for. Then a rational decision on what is really needed and what is "Fluff" can be made. One we have determined what is really needed, we need to develop a plan to pay for them. An example would be a Fire Department. It protects both property & lives. Maybe 60% though Real estate Taxes & 40% through Income Taxes. I would suggest an independent board, with no politicians on it, to make the call. Also it would be a crime to lobby any member of the board.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  279. Chris

    Can someone tell me why we have a government postal system? Isn't that a little outdated. Fed Ex and UPS are all we need. Sorry postal delivery guys.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  280. DennyW

    Jack, I think we have to cut foreign aid and foreign wars. Since when are we the world's policemen, and the world's meal ticket? Yes, we need a strong defense force, we need a strong domestic police force to combat the drug phenomenon, we need better investment in our youth and education, we have to medically take care of our uninsured... etc., etc. -
    but we don't have to shoulder responsibility for the whole world! Let the European Union (who created many of the world's ills), the Asian block, and so on take up the slack and pitch in to help. We HAVE to take care of our own, and after that, take care of others... Regards, DennyW

    March 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  281. bkm

    One of the simplest ways to reduce federal, state and local budgets is for every one of them to do what most private businesses have done in recent years - change from defined benefit pension plans to a defined contribution plans. Reducing government budgets should not be about cutting services. It should instead be about eliminating as much administrative support costs as possible. This is one way to do that.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  282. JaneE

    1. Wars of aggression e.g. Iraq
    2. subsidies for private enterprise
    3. most military spending
    4. propping up foreign governments that are unpopular with their own people
    5. foreign military bases
    6. Abstinence only sex education
    7. Foreign aid that is actually #2 above
    There is probably a lot more that is essentially a transfer of funds from the poor to the rich. Or not effective at doing the stated purpose. Or trying to make the United States into an imperial power.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  283. Matt

    Jack,
    If the country would go for it, I'd say cut all programs. Even in defense we could save buku bucks by bringing troops home from most of the 130-plus countries they're currently in. Why do we still have forces in Germany, anyways? If we stopped sticking our noses in other countries' business, we could probably get by with only using troops to secure OUR OWN borders, and not Iraq's.
    But in reality, we have to start out with allowing the American people to opt out of programs such as SS and the Health programs. My generation (I'm 25) already knows there won't be any funds left, so why shouldn't we be able to cut our losses and save our own money? And stop interferring with education; currently, money is being spent at the local level to overcome the obstacles being created through money spent at the federal level. Only parents and teachers know what's best for their kids. Come to think about it, individuals know better than the government in ALL aspects, so just let us keep our money! But deductions in pay for all federal employees is a must.
    Probably the most important is the IRS, because federal income taxes were only ever intended to pay (temporarily) for wars, but we'll probably need to keep it until we get rid of the country's massive debt.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  284. Luis

    Let's cut everything, as some people suggest. Who needs roads, schools, public libraries, sewage and sanitation systems, food safety inspection, defense, health care, electrical infrastructure, etc. All these things are evil and socialist! Let's cut all services, then we won't have to pay any taxes! Horay for freedom!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  285. Barbara, California

    We could do without the space program. We could cut foreign aid and concentrate on needs at home. We could cut Congressional salaries and benefits. If Congress had to live on SS after they retire like the rest of us, they wouldn't need the full-salary-for-life benefit! Their spouses could do with a cut in benefits as well.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  286. Mary

    Jack,

    Cut everything that the constitution does not give the federal government direct authority to create or control, i.e. Dept of Energy, Welfare, Dept of Education, EPA, Dept of Transportation, IRS, Federal Reserve.

    Mary

    March 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  287. GW

    Budget cuts?
    1) WAR - We spend $1 billion/month for Iraq & Afghanistan alone.
    2) Military bases in 125 foreign nations

    Bring military & National Guard home and put them to work at
    1) Guarding borders
    2) Building wind farms & solar farms
    3) Converting military vehicles to US-friendly fuels

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  288. Bill Miller

    Government assistance to schools. In Missouri the kids are getting free breakfast, reduced/free lunches and now are feeding them hamburgers and such at 3PM while they are waiting for their parents to pick them up. The parents buy cigarettes,beer and whatever else and never have to take responibility for their children's nutrition. Too lazy to get up and give them cereal and milk? Give me a break and take care of your own kids as the past generations did and leave the government out of that program.

    Bill of Missouri

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  289. Dan - ResNonVerba

    Jack... Expanding the valid period of driver's licenses. The main reason the current system is used is because in the old, old days; they would deteriorate in a few years. Look at the way Germany does it.
    With that we would save. Maybe even eliminate a couple of other useless bureaucracies, if we follow that model. If not needed; eliminate it.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  290. Dennis Petrillo

    The services the government could do without are (The Short List):
    (1) Free gyms for the politicians
    (2) Free junckets for the politicians
    (3) Let the politicians collect Social Security like every other working man and woman and not collect a tremendous 'Severance Package'
    (4) Charge them for housing
    (5) Let the PEOPLE decide on ntheir wage increase at the 2 year elections
    (6) Cut back on their health coverage or let them pay more (They should be paying tax now on their 'Cadallac Policy')
    (7) This year, let them decide on how much of a Pay Cut they should take instead of a Pay Increase.
    (8) Etc, etc, etc.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  291. G. Daniels

    I don't need : social security, medicare, medicaid and health care.
    Just kidding, I'm not a REPUB.

    Seriously, proably wekend mail delivery.

    I currently live in Hoover, AL.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  292. Tom Eure west virginia

    Jack,
    NUMBER ONE to Save billions is:

    DEFENSE
    it's obscene how much our government spends on this, more than all the next ten countries put together.
    We could easily save 300 billion a year here and improve our image around the world.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  293. JB

    Jack,

    Eliminate the tax exemptions for churches and other places of worship. It is one of the largest exemptions in the budge. If people want to go worship the deity of their choice, stop making me pay for it!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  294. Paul Gerrard

    The military. We spend more than the top 10 countries combined and nearly half the world's total military expenditures. We spend hundreds of millions of dollars on aircraft that have never flown in no way should no mission. We have hundreds of thousands of troops stationed in friendly countries. I am not saying jeopardize our security. I am saying I could still sleep at night with a substantial cut in our military budget.

    Paul Gerrard
    Sacramento, California

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  295. d.reese

    I don't need to do without any services. Everything in this country has depreciated. Public service employees, which are paid by the taxpayers, should have their wages reduced and their benefit packages adjusted to match the public sector. I am so tired of Teachers, Firefighter, Police and all branches of gov't employees poormouthing when they do better than many, many others at this time. We don't have unions, fraternal organizations or associations to advocate for out interests.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  296. Amber

    I think, especially in NC, that the unnecessary road work should be eliminated. For some reason in Hickory, NC the government is changing the path of a street that has existed "long enough" (I will not claim I know the last time they "fixed" the street). Why, may I ask, in this economy are we spending money to change the paths and width of streets that are quite efficient instead of focusing on being flat broke. This is a street that has a few intersections on top of each other, but it always has; live with it until we're not broke!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  297. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Jack

    How about one day off a week for the US Geological Survey. In geologic time it wouldn't matter anyway. Or how about NOAA National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration, the tides will still ebb and flow and the sun will still rise and set without them one day a week. Maybe NASA can take a day off each week too because in space no one can hear them scream that the tax payers can't afford them full time anymore.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  298. Stephanie, Vancouver, BC

    Jack, canada hasn't had mail delivery on Saturdays for years and it hasn't effected my life in the least. Another case of wanting the government to reduce wasteful spending and to cut back until they actually try to do it and everyone hollers!!

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  299. GILBERT

    Cutting education and vital services is going in the wrong direction. Get Al Gore in there and he'll find all those useless "brother-in-law" jobs that are created every year by politicians. You should tax political contributions. Give our congress the same healthcare as the masses. No more government write-offs and galas until they fix this. There is a lot more cutting that can be done if someone looks hard enough for non-essentials and nothing is off limits.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  300. Ted Waites

    Jack,
    I believe anyone that is not working and receiving entitlement programs should have to do some type of community service work.
    A better idea would be to furlough all Congress; after all they are the ones ultimately responsible for the mess we are in. Also if they are not working they cannot run up the debt and put more of a burden our children and grandchildren.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  301. Susan

    I could get by without massive wars on countries that don't have WMD's...

    March 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  302. Gregg

    Require that citizenship and your ability to vote and/or receive any entitlement from the US Gov't is dependent upon service to this country, either by virtue of military or civilian service.

    With that fundamental change you will eliminate 90% of the problems we encounter through voter apathy, social welfare fraud, immigration reform, and military costs.

    Your "time-served" for 2 years of service after high-school to this country would be paid at the prevailing minimum wage so every American understands coming into the workplace what you can and can't afford at minimum wage.

    There would be no exceptions to service if you want to be a citizen and have a voice in the way this country is run.

    Gregg
    Vermont

    March 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  303. KathyNurse

    For the person who said they get know help from the government. I say we open the prison doors and give them their address. It is strange to see how many out of touch people there are. I worked in the Air Orcee 70's supply squadron. I can't tell you the waste I saw. Hundreds of dollars for items that cost pennies in the real world. Those government contracts are a rip. End Haliburtin and Blackwater and the civilian government contracts.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  304. micky form Maine

    OK Jack, here's my top ten
    1) Go to flat tax: IRS costs drop 90%
    2) Snail Mail runs 3 days a week: we can use email, Fedex, etc
    3) Re-institute death penalty in Federal Prisons – 25 to 30% prison capacity goes away
    4) Get rid of USDA and FDA they don’t do anything at all; total waste of money. Dog food is safer the people food because dog food isn't regulated.
    5) Reduce the number of Representatives in Congress from 435 to 200
    6) Make Gov employees use their own vehicles (CNN provide you with a car Jack?)
    7) Re-institute prisoner road gangs. Still be 10 guys watching 1 work but it will be cheaper
    8) Make candidates for the White House and Congress pass a minimum IQ test (80)
    9) Force a minimum turnover in Federal employees (no more lifers unless they produce)
    10) Add the “Vote of no confidence” to the US political playbook. Like the French have.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  305. Scottie

    45,000 Postal employees will lose their jobs. How is that supposed to help the economy?

    March 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm |