House and Senate Republicans have recently introduced legislation (the Down Payment on National Security Act, H.R. 3662) that would cut federal spending on things other than defense. Still, that legislation would cut spending by the requisite amount ($120 bn) for only one fiscal year, FY2013. That being the case, let’s see if we can find savings on things other than defense for more than one fiscal year – ideally, permanently:
- Abolish the Department of Education. The saving: $122 bn per year.
- Abolish the Department of Agriculture and federal farm subsidies. The saving: $130 bn per year.
- Abolish the DHUD, the DOC, and the DOL, and cut the budgets of the DHS and the DOS by 50%.
- Stop paying the crooks from the the SS, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. The saving: $120 bn per year.
- Implement Lean Six Sigma across the entire federal government. The saving: $500 bn per year across the entire federal government, and even if the savings in the DOD are reinvested in the DOD (as they should be), there will still be well over $400 bn per year in savings from the rest of the government.
- Raise the retirement age gradually every 5 years to 66, 67, 68, 69, and eventually 70 by 2017.
- Reform federal welfare programs and cut their annual cost by at least half, from $888 bn per year to $444 bn per year. The saving: $444 bn per annum.
The claim that defense spending has to be cut to reduce the budget deficit is a lie. It doesn’t have to be. As I have shown, many budget cuts can be made outside the DOD to meet the $120 bn per year savings goal.