Acutely aware of the need to have a strong military to protect them, 57% of Americans (a solid majority) oppose defense spending cuts, according to a poll by Gallup. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that majorities of Americans oppose cuts to many other government departments and programs, including “aid to the poor”, aid to farmers, the Medicare program, the SS program, education spending, , the DHS, and even funding for the arts and sciences.
I believe defense spending should be protected, but other categories of spending shouldn’t be. But how should the Congress proceed to balance the budget if majorities of Americans oppose cuts to almost every category of spending?
Firstly, zero out or at least significantly reduce, spending on those items to which cuts would not be opposed by the majority of the public. Also, the Congress shoudle liminate all expenses that are wasteful or duplicative.
Secondly, the Congress should try to reduce those spending items that are favored only by small majorities of the public, ie.g. “Aid to farmers”.
Thirdly, the Congress, or at least the GOP, should educate the public that current federal spending is unsustainable;that America’s entitlement programs are likewise unsustainable; that there is waste and fraud p