How to radically reduce the size of the federal government? Only three steps need to be made:
1) Republicans need to win the 2012 Congressional and Presidential elections. They need a majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
2) Repubicans need guts to reduce the size of the federal government.
3) After accomplishing #1 and #2, Republicans will only need to introduce a single Repealing Act, which would abolish, en masse, all unconstitutional (and many constitutional but detrimental) laws, agencies, programs, and policies. It should be short and to the point. It should say something like this:
An Act to abolish unconstitutional federal Laws, agencies, programs, and policies.
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as ‘the Repealing Act’.
Sec. 2. [it should list all unconstitutional federal Laws that would be abolished.] The No Child Left Behind Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, the NLRB Act, the Federal Reserve Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the Controlled Substances Act, the PATRIOT Act, […] and the 2008 FISA Reauthorization Act are hereby repealed.
Sec. 3. [it should list all unconstitutional federal agencies that would be abolished.] The Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the US Institute of Peace, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Environmental Protection Agency are hereby abolished.
Sec. 4. The Federal Government may not infringe on any civil liberties of citizens of the United States, including but not limited those enumerated in the Constitution, in any way. It is hereby prohibited to install wiretapping devices without a court warrant.
Sec. 5. The Federal Government may not infringe on the rights of the States of this Union, as protected by the Constitution. Amendment 10 to the United States Constitution applies fully.
Sec. 6. The Federal Government, including the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, is to exercise no prerogatives except those explicitly vested in the appropriate Branch by the Constitution.
Sec. 7. The Federal Government may not employ any policies favoring any race, gender, or religious group over others.
Sec. 8. The Federal Government may not predetermine, overrule, change, or otherwise interfere with, any policies of state governments related to issues reserved to the states or to the people by the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. This includes, but is not by any means limited to, agriculture, resource development, forestry, land management, crime and punishment, education, transportation, the environment, health, and social aid. The United States Constitution shall be construed as authorizing to the Federal Government only those prerogatives explicitly vested in it by the Constitution.
Sec. 9. No agency or officer of the executive branch, including the President, may issue any executive orders, directives, or any other regulations binding on any individual or organization except Executive agencies, their employees, their contractors, and individuals or organizations applying for Federal Contracts.
Sec. 10. Not less than 6 months after the enactment of this Act, the President shall certify to both Houses of the Congress that all provisions of this Act have been enforced, and all agencies and programs abolished by this Act have been in fact abolished.
There you have it, folks! This single, one-page Repealing Act, if enacted by the Congress and signed by a future President, would reduce the federal government to the limits authorized by the Constitution. And, simoultaneously, reduce the budget deficit. It would also prohibit the federal government from ever reinstating these agencies, programs, policies and laws again. Its Section #8, which lists some of the issues reserved for the states, shall not be construed as authorizing any issues (other than those enumerated by the Constitution) to the federal government.