Here's an old idea--how about the government stop paying $300 for a framing hammer...and $900 for a toilet seat..or the every popular bridges to everywhere and nowhere and billion dollar fruit fly insect research projects done on Guam...and so on..
IOW--how about they address pork spending for special interests--congressional 'friends' and other wasteful BS spending--those bigger ticket items that really add up..and the ONE thing the O' campaigned heavily on immediately cutting and eliminating--but hasn't.. They blew $208BILLION in the past 10 years on pork alone..and probably more then that. Here are a few examples in the past couple years..2008
($17.2 billion in earmark spending)
Montana Sheep Institute
$211,509 for olive fruit fly research in Paris, France
$148,950 for the
(Ok--this is a Jaz favorite special interest...
$98,000 to develop a walking tour
of Boydton, Virginia
$196,000 to renovate the historic downtown Las Vegas Post Office
($19.6 billion in earmark spending)
water taxi service
$1.9 million for a
to Pleasure Beach, Connecticut - population 0
And, speaking of pork barrel spending, we finished up the decade with:
$1.8 million in swine odor and manure management research
in Ames Iowa
How about they fix the real major problems....you start to prune from the top--not from the bottom.