Reducing the Size of Government

There has been a lot of talk recently about fiscal responsibility, but most of the talk has been meaningless rhetoric. While it has taken many years to get where we are, it will also take many years to undo the intrusions, waste, and burdens of our federal government.

The continuous confiscation of citizen resources through taxation to distribute to others not only hurts the average person, but continues to put a drain on our economic solvency. Our current representatives and administration seem to believe taking money from working people to subsidize others lifestyle is in the greater good. They want you to believe that they wish to take from the "wealthiest" to give to the poor. The reality is they are taking from everyone to support their agenda. In effect buying votes to sustain themselves and their "friends".

I advocate disbanding or shrinking drastically the following departments which provide little or no return to the hard working, taxpaying citizens:

  • Department of Education - close -redundant and should be left to local decision.
  • Department of Agriculture - following agencies or programs.
    • All Marketing Services and Programs - not a government function - close within 3 years.
    • All Research Services and Programs - not a government function - close within 5 years.
    • All Inspection Services and Programs - reduce to cooperative and coordination (clearing house) agency between private services.
    • Rural Services and Programs - no longer relevant - close within 2 years.
  • Department of Commerce - following agencies or programs.
    • Economic Development Administration - a benefit to mostly larger enterprises - close immediately.
    • Minority Business Development Agency - not a benefit to the average citizen, minority or not - close immediately.
  • Department of Energy - not a government function, also non-energy projects are hidden here - reduce to cooperative and coordination (clearing house) agency between private services.
  • Department of Health and Human Services - redundant and should be left to local decision, possibly retain some clearing house services.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development - close - redundant and should be left to local decision.
  • Department of Justice - following agencies or programs.
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives - these are State functions.
    • Drug Enforcement Administration - closed in concert with end of The War on Drugs and related laws.
    • Community Oriented Policing Services - huh? - close yesterday if possible.
    • National Drug Intelligence Center - oxymoron department - close.
    • Office of Justice Programs -close - redundant and should be left to local decision.
  • Department of Labor - redundant and should be left to local decision with exception of Veterans' issues.
  • Department of Treasury - following agencies or programs.
    • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau - close - a targeting revenue source with social engineering underpinnings.
    • Bureau of Public Debt - phase out with the debt - duh!
    • Internal Revenue Service - phase out with income tax - if you do have to raise revenue this has to be the most inefficient and burdensome system ever devised, especially with all its political and social engineering implications.
  • Department of Transportation - phase out all non-safety related functions.

When I say close I do not mean transfer to private/public partnerships and I certainly don't mean transfer to private organizations funded or propped up by government subsidies. If any transfer is to happen to the private sector at the request of private companies the government (taxpayers) should receive competitive compensation for those technologies or other tangible or intangible goods, not give away freely to benefit the few.

Because I don't mention some departments or agencies not mentioned above doesn't mean they shouldn't be downsized or eliminated. I'm looking at the proverbial "low hanging fruit" first. In most cases where I use the word local could substitute the word State, but I would advocate the States move most things to even a more local jurisdiction.