A recent conversation amongst friends and total strangers recently revealed a couple of interesting points in terms of budget deficit reduction.
Here are the generic, stereotype laden talking points (generally dependent on political leanings):
1) We need to cut spending from the military, the evil empire spends well over every other country in the world combined!
Okay so not everyone is so hyperbolic with their wrongly cited numbers but you get the idea.
2) We need to cut the welfare programs that are a burden to society and doing nothing more than spreading around hard earned wealth and enslaving the working class.
Everyone else talking about budget cuts is really just noise right? I mean, sure, we can cut the endowment for the Arts because they offer little value and promote divisive materials, sometimes. Sure we can cut the Department of Education, because honestly, I dare you to go read their website and tell me in concrete terms what they actually provide. I have read it, and personally I don't get it. As a person that has been formally enrolled in some sort of school for 24 of the last 27 years of my life I get it. Education is important and all that jazz but really how much value does the Dept. of Education really bring to the table when a huge amount of our spending is being done at "for profit" educational institutions?
To be succinct, the current budget of our fine government qualifies about 30 % of our spending as "non-mandatory", or discretionary. To include the FBI and the Army......yes something is wrong with this picture.