Uncle Sherm wrote:Tell the public sector workers to deal with making less money
Unless you're talking about actually cutting wages rather than freezing them, this doesn't save much money, and saves nothing immediately.
Uncle Sherm wrote:end foreign aid
Even if we stopped entirely, that would save a whole <$40B.
Uncle Sherm wrote:stop all discretionary spending
Are you talking about setting to 0, or just a freeze? Zeroing out all discretionary funding is insane. A freeze is already happening.
Uncle Sherm wrote:freeze all non-discretionary spending
You can't dumbass, that's why it's non-discretionary. Unless you're seriously suggesting that even as the income and burden on these programs increase the government pays out a constant amount?
Uncle Sherm wrote:and stop the creation of any new entitlement programs at the federal level.
Um, okay. Tell me, how much does the stopping of hypothetical programs hypothetically save us? We should also cancel the mission to launch a trillion dollars worth of gold into the sun. I just saved us a trillion dollars!
Uncle Sherm wrote:Shift the burden of new programs on state and local governments, who are in a much better position to monitor them for wasteful and fraudulent spending.
Sure, and in a much worse position to actually fund them. Plus you turn one national program with a single set of standards and benefits into 50 thereby duplicating all of the state bureaucracy you hate so much.
Uncle Sherm wrote:All the while, the government needs to start negotiating with our creditors.
Yes, I'm sure they'll be will to renegotiate our interest rates.
Frankly, the first thing that should be done is to eliminate all of the tax breaks for specific companies or industries, starting with those that need them the least. Like oil companies, banks and other financial corporations, and defense contractors. Rather than cut funding for things like PBS and Planned Parenthood, which actually benefit the people directly. You want to eliminate wasteful and fraudulent spending? Then we need to spend money to modernize the infrastructure these programs use.