Left to Right: Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind.

Heritage Spokesperson Genevieve Wood sat down with Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., chairman of the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, for a conversation about spending, the debt, and why it’s time to take these issues seriously.

“If you just look at the four major expenditures of the federal government, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the debt, all of these expenditures eclipse gross domestic product in just about a dozen years,” said Johnson. “We can’t kick this can down the road any further… This has to start yesterday.”

As a conservative caucus of the House Republicans, the RSC exists to bring like-minded House members together to promote a legislative agenda that will limit government, strengthen national defense, boost America’s economy, preserve traditional values, and balance the budget.

The RSC intends to release a budget proposal in May.

Listen to the full interview on The Daily Signal Podcast here.

How would you advise members of Congress to reduce spending and balance the budget? 

Comments (91)

Bill Coates - April 12, 2019

They should pay attention to Heritage’s Blueprint for Reorganization from November 2017. Also, there are other groups that put out waste lists and lists of boondoggle research projects like ‘Shrimp on a treadmill’. ‘Bringing Home the Bacon’ is an idea that must be ended.

Alberta Kanya - April 12, 2019

Citizens Against Gov’t Waste has an extensive list of wasteful programs financed by the Federal Government. Each department should be tasked with eliminating their budget lines. Some are ongoing, without a sunset. There are many for the unemployed, ridiculous studies by scholastic institutions. Too bad there is no line-item veto by the President.

Margaret Zeleny - April 12, 2019

donate their salary
pay own expenses
use own credit cards
adopt and care for 100 illegals, ex:
find or give them a job

R Hall - April 12, 2019

I paid for my Social Security. Don’t like it called a govt. Expenditure. Make it independent and keep Congress’ hands off it.
Any private retirement plane would be paying me a multiple of what the SS system pays.

J Hamilton McMenamy - April 12, 2019

the answer is to establish a central online location where the American people can send in their contact with the government where the government is wasting money or effort to no avail. invite the govt employees to anonymously notify where several departments are doing the same thing etc.
this would quickly identify the $900 screwdrivers in every department, and the three departments to screw in a light bulb tasks.
Also, there is a statute that automatically annually increases the budget for each government department. delete that statute.

Jim Jess - April 12, 2019

We need to look at programs that can be administered by states and run more efficiently there. These programs should be moved out of D.C. to states where they can be run at lower cost and without paying so many unproductive bureaucrats. A good example is the Transportation Empowerment Act that would move 14 cents of the 18-cent gas tax back to the states where it was collected in the form of block grants over 5 years. At the end of that time, the state gets the 14 cents and uses it for roads, bridges, etc, without all the rules the feds require before this money can be used to build things. Over the long run, this restores federalism and saves money. This model could be used for many federal programs, and the bureaucracies in D.C. could be downsized.

Betty Anderson - April 12, 2019

Congress should listen to you and other likeminded organizations that do not have to worry about being re-elected. Take the politics out of it and operate it a business.

Larry Van Langevelde - April 12, 2019

I have seen this done in business and it works. Cut all expenditures by 10% in the first year and 5% every year after that. Everyone has to prioritize better the money they have.

Randy Hagood - April 12, 2019

If the liberals want to spend money we don’t have, increase their taxes to make up the surplus. Do away with retirement programs for all politicians. It is ludicrous and in dyer need of revamping. If u want to spend more money, give more money!!!!!

Harold Dolph - April 12, 2019

Just don’t mess with Social Security and Medicare. That is our money we were required by law to provide us in our old age. You have already stole our funds decades back when it was taken to prop us the general fund. Because Congress didn’t have the moral thing to do, here we are still in a mess. It looks like we need term limits to get these sorry people out of government. If you had not burdened us with outlandish benefits, maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess!!

Donnie Boursaw - April 12, 2019

Simple. Start running the government by God’s economic plan. Live within your means, save for a rainy day, and pay a full and honest tithe (10% to charity, your church, or something and someone outside yourself.) We do not need a full time legislature. The democratic-republican form of government requires citizen servants not a political aristocracy. This is our fault because we have failed in our diligence and responsibility.

CLAUDE WOOD - April 12, 2019

Start by removing anyone on Social Security that has not paid into it for 40 quarters. If they have not paid in then any payment to them is welfare. Put the right label on the problem and then fix it.

John Phipps - April 12, 2019

Continuously vet all recipients of gov’t programs to insure they are eligible for benefits. Punish violators. Freeze expenditures for all non-essential gov’t programs at current levels.

Ken - April 12, 2019

Cut all funding to the UN. The UN is undermining our immigration efforts by assisting caravans to come here illegally. Close down the departments of energy, education, and commerce. They are not needed. Impose work requirements for all forms of welfare hand outs for the capable.

Robert & Anne M Murcek - April 12, 2019

The government should probably levy the social security tax on all earned income, and eliminate the cut-off point of around $120,000 per annum. This would enable the government to help reduce the social security debt. It’s also fair, as folks who earn less than the cut-off must subject their full income to the social security tax while those making more experience a gain.

James Holten - April 12, 2019

See where we can cut out unnecessary government employees. Check the qualifications and evaluate them yearly

Martin Brown - April 12, 2019

An easy start would be to start using technology and data to weed out fraudulent payments for Social Security, Food Stamps and all other entitlement programs.

Larry Mc - April 12, 2019

All you need to do is use Open The Books findings to clamp down on rampantly overboard pensions, benefits and Pork Barrel/BS spending on meaningless projects and funding of colleges that don’t need money or are not performing well enough to warrant grants. I am amazed that our lawmakers need guidance to reduce spending, surely they know what is going on and need to stop it immediately.

George Sperry - April 12, 2019

I resent that Social Security is considered an expense. FICA is collected expressly for that. Politicians buying votes gave coverage to many who didn’t contribute, thereby squandering the assets.
All other government funds are squandered by inept politicians and managers who are not accountable. Until those positions are filled by qualified people, there is no way to collect enough money to cover all the liberal dreams. Our system of government is doomed.

Eric Nordin - April 12, 2019

Let’s go back to our Constitution. Our government needs to be limited. That’s what the Founders intended. Why not chart a process and procedure to bring us back to truly limited government in the next ten years? Hey, what if the national debt were to be paid off?! What if the Dollar were returned to a currency backed by gold?! What if it were an impeachable offense to spend more than the taxes collected every year?! What if term limits were enforced on ALL members of Congress?! Reps get 3 terms, Senators get 2 terms. We’d end up with a government composed of citizens and the idea of professional politicians would be consigned to the dust bin of history! What if we dared to claim for ourselves and our future generations a government that promoted liberty, personal responsibility and the freedom to fail or succeed? Our Founders got it right, let’s get back to what they envisioned for our country.

Andy Flores - April 12, 2019

Get Educated on Natural Health Care. This will vastly improve the health of all and save super Mega Dollars from the budget. When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they brought with them a medical system based on power, authority and greed. It only has gotten worse.
Spend some time reading Mercola.com and talk with Joe Mercola, he would like to help.

Ronald Stokes - April 12, 2019

Quit the life time salaries off all Congressional members. Pay into SS not special retirement and all Congressional members be under same healthcare plan as Americans have to choose from. Quit giving everything free to illegals coming into the country. Have a work problem for them.

Barbara Haywood - April 12, 2019

Spend only what the government is ment to spend to fulfill its obligations to its citizens as defined by our constitution..

Osborne J. Dykes, III - April 12, 2019

1. Move to reduce and eliminate duplication and waste in federal programs and spending. Defund programs and grants which should not be taxpayer expenses, such as funding a radio program (NPR) and Planned Parenthood. Look at the CAGW “Pig Book.” 2. Gradually increase the Social Security full retirement age from 66 to 70. 3. Increase the federal gasoline tax. 4. Cut “foreign aid.” What do we think we are doing? Paying corrupt dictators? Trying to buy friendship? Keep our money home. 5. Cut domestic subsidies, starting with farm subsidies and subsidies to electric vehicles and alternative energy companies.

Bill Schertz - April 12, 2019

Every department of government must reduce their cost/budget by 10% every year until the debt is under controlled! No exceptions!!

William Grey - April 12, 2019

Cut every department except the military 5%. Every single one of them. Every Dept has at least 5% of waste. Just do it. Then next year do it again and again until the budget is balanced. It’s as simple as that.

Neil Goodman - April 12, 2019

NO GOVERNMENT BENEFITS must ever be given to illegal immigrants (criminal aliens). Get them out of our country!

Michael Carr - April 12, 2019

The RSC and all Republicans should start by explaining our fiscal problem to the citizens in this way: WE have $22 trillion in debt, $100 additional trillion in unfunded liabilities in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other pensions, and our entire private wealth is around $97 trillion. So, confiscating our entire private wealth will not solve the problem and our children and grandchildren will suffer the consequences. Therefore, we must reform SS, Medicare, Medicaid, and other government pensions. The first step is to eliminate the ERISA exemption of government pensions from ERISA’s financial requirements of all private employer pensions. Social Security should then be placed on a career average earnings formula replacing the current final average earnings formula without any adjustments for wage or price inflation during the benefit accumulation period. Next, limit covered compensation to a maximum of $100,000 per annum for FICA tax and benefit calculation purposes. Next, there should be NO consideration of any “Medicare for All” proposal before Medicare’s current funding shortfall is openly debated and successfully addressed! Current Medicare beneficiaries pay $1,626 in annual “premiums” for 2019 if their current annual earnings are less than $85,000 if single and $170,000 if joint tax filers while the average Medicare claim cost per covered person is over $12,000 per year! The benefit formula and contributions must be adjusted, medical malpractice judgements must be limited, medical fraud must be addressed, and medical quality controls must be instituted by a non-government quality control committee of medical professionals (not a death panel of medical ration bureaucrats)!

David Arnold - April 12, 2019

The federal budget should be treated like a business budget. The budget should not have any discretionary spending, and money not needed at the end of the year should not be spent! Not even for the wall that we desperately need. Emergency money should be specifically voted on to go over budget if needed.

Lorette L Tobin - April 12, 2019

House members should not be outsourcing appropriation bill deliberations
to unaccountable committees, thereby shirking the constitutional duty for which they are being handsomely paid. By so doing, they can safely “pass the buck”* when their constituents disapprove of the final product. Also, it is appauling that our congressmen only work 3 1/2 days per week. Sounds as if their unaccountable committees are doing most of Their work. Their retirement pkgs are the envy of those whom they claim to serve. Their children’s
College educations are footed by the tax payers, and if their children are employed by the federal gov’t, their subordinates’ children also get a free ride to college!. They pass legislation that their constituents have to live with, while exempting themselves. And gov’t funded programs have automatic funding increases built into them. Ronald Reagan was so right, “There’s nothing quite like eternal life as a gov’t program.” Time to sunset the useless ones or those whose purpose is duplicated by another gov’t program, or worse yet, those whose purposes conflict with others, yet both are subsidized (such as programs to help people quit smoking, while subsidizing the tobacco industry!) Gov’t is too big and overreaching, making decisions “for our own good” that, as citizens of a free nation, we are quite capable of making or not making for ourselves. Enough with the Nanny state! That would be a good start toward fiscal restraint.

Richard Flemming - April 12, 2019

We are in too many countries and we should be less global in our approach. We would save money there.
Revisiting those on SS Disability to see if they really need it.
Cut out foreign aid and moneys given to worthless causes.

Scott D Mattson - April 12, 2019

#1 Make Secretary DeVos’ main job to dismantle the Dept. Of Education.

Lydia Culver - April 12, 2019

According to the US Constitution Federal Govt is responsible for Article 1, Sec. 8 – regulate commerce, power to coin money, to declare War, to raise and maintain Armed Forces, and to establish a Post Office.
Instead it has over reached and is intruding in areas that it should not be involved.
Congress was given the power to Tax and spend the money raised by those taxes; (16thAmmemndment gave Congress ability to levy Income Tax, duties, imposts and excises);

Glen ellison - April 12, 2019

Cut welfare pass common sense laws that would stop problem at our border. Stop hiring .cutwages of our federal reaps by 20 percent until their wages are equal to average wage stop perks for all employees of federal goverment

Joseph Rosenberg - April 12, 2019

We have to return to the Mortgage field
NIV & negative amortization Mortgage.
I can provide strong the base of this suggestion.
These steps will raise activity in convention field up to 40% & up to 80% in “”Jumbo” field.
By the way, we’ll get mil’s of $$$ back to market without any investment and
with no extra risks for lenders.

Melvin Lelko - April 13, 2019

Have all the congresspersons get their congressional checks and put them in the SSA, do not TAX the SSA distribution, and go back to whatever with a smile on their faces. GOD bless !

RANDALL R NORTON - April 13, 2019

Simply freeze the Federal budget for ALL categories of spending at levels of the most recently Approved Budget (NOT Continuing Resolution). No sacred departments. Let’s simply begin with No Spending Increases until Federal Debt, as a percent of GDP, is reduced by 50% from current levels. Of course this strong medicine won’t happen. The result will unfortunately be a “Debt Reset” across the board because debt is past the point of no return. Sorry to be such a negative Nellie – hope I’m wrong.

TOM RICHARDSON - April 13, 2019


Jeff Hoffman - April 13, 2019

Social Security and Medicare aren’t budgeted expeditures, and therefore not in budget deliberations. How then, does government throttle back expenditures and resulting debt?

Patricia Marullo - April 13, 2019

Welfare and food stamps must have a work requirement. Illegal/undocumented immigrants should not be eligible. There should be at least a one year waiting period for people moving into the city/town/village in order to apply.

Jon Davis - April 13, 2019

Take a sharp pencil to the Department of Education and cut it 10 % every year for five years. I have other thoughts but will pass them on later.

David Humble - April 13, 2019

Zero out all foreign aid and then re-evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis. No foreign aid should be given to governments that consistently slander the U.S. or are actively involved in giving aid support to enemies of the U.S.

Jim & Allyson Hoyng - April 13, 2019

1. Cut the Federal workforce (bureaucracy) by 10% in every department.
2. Eliminate the Departments of Education, Energy, and Labor.
3. Eliminate the retirement program for all elected officials and let them use the same social security program that we do.
4. Challenge the right of federal employees to unionize and don’t negotiate salaries & benefits.
5. Realistically consider term limits

Jim Hogrefe - April 13, 2019

1) Freeze all federal spending at 2019 levels; no increase and no cuts until we have a balanced budget.
2) Set congressional wages at minimum wage until budget is balanced, and eliminate all benefits.
3) Limit each member of Congress to no more than 4 aides.

Donald Black - April 13, 2019

How to cut spending:
1 Repeal the 17th Amendment
2 Put term limits on the house of reps.
3 Turn health care and welfare to the states.
4 Read George Washington’s and Ike Eisenhouer’s farewell address in CONgress every day until things change.
5 Privatize Social Security.

Joe Mitcho - April 13, 2019

Suggest to the President that he rescind executive orders that created Affirmative Action which, by its mere presence, suggests that minorities need government help to succeed in life. This is racist because they don’t need help. This would eliminate the administrative bureaucracy that oversees this massive program.

Leslie Hiatt - April 13, 2019

We need to stop giving so much money away to foreign aid, abortions, prisons, welfare, and climate change. The citizins of america can help foreigners in need through donations by choice. Abortion is just plain wrong. Prisons are made to comfortable for people now, prisoners should pay their own way like they used to whether or not they press license plates or work fixing roads or something new. To much welfare if paid out to illegal immigrants and perfectly healthy citizens that are just lazy. Stop worrying about climate change and trying to fix something that don’t exsist. We all learned a song as children He’s got the whole world in hands….I can’t think of anything more true. We can’t change the climate anymore than we can predict how old we’ll live to be. But really most of all I can’t stand how much of tax payers money is being given to illegals and foreign aid when we have so many disabled veterans being denied finacial help. I think the majority of tax payers would agree with me, I hope you do to.

John Fittz - April 13, 2019

Move SS eligibility two years out (age 69 for full eligibility) and at the same time make all SS disbursements tax free (since SS tax is not deductible from FIT).

Larry Plunkett - April 13, 2019

Work to dissolve the Federal Reserve. Return the dollar to a “intrinsic value” based currency.

Kit Arbuckle - April 13, 2019

I applaud the budget work of the Republican Study Committee. Their effort will be instrumental in regaining conservative majorities in House and Senate. The nation’s well-being depends on achieving a balanced budget.

In balancing the budget, please include significant, steady, and carefully-planned reductions of all executive departments and programs not required of the federal government by the Constitution.

Duane Bishop - April 13, 2019

We need to deeply cut Federal money going into education. Too many schools have become indoctrination centers, and they have, and continue to undermine the values on which this nation was founded. Schools should be funded locally, not with Federal money. If universities received no Federal funds, they might channel some of their brain power into figuring out how to get by with less, and how to survive in a competitive real world.

Marilyn M. Wick - April 13, 2019

Can’t health insurance be used more effectively to reduce Medicaid? What are the requirements necessary to get Medicaid? Seems to me that it’s a “free-for-all” type of organization. The trouble is that citizenship does not count for anything anymore. Illegal immigrants get a lot more benefits than any citizen. It is a poor sign of government control when the Census cannot even ask if you are a citizen. If a defense group were to form for citizen’s rights, I would be the first to join.

Jess Reeves - April 13, 2019

The whole area of debt and entitlements are monstrously dangerous and getting beyond ability to rein in. If some fiscal prudence is not employed soon, we will have gone perhaps too far to backtrack.

Jim Blackwell - April 13, 2019

Freeze spending until balance.

Darrell Dostal - April 13, 2019

We need to freeze any pay raises that Congress votes themselves and eliminate Gov’t waste!!

Pat Ellis - April 13, 2019

Spending & Deficit are out of control.! Cut Spending! Make a law that ALL bills must have ONE topic and no spending can be added that is unrelated!!! This should stop “PORK”!!! Make it a LAW!

Pat Ellis - April 13, 2019

Every year almost every government agency expand their mandate in order to raise their budgets. Do NOT allow this!!!!!! This year make them go back to their original mandate. The CENSUS Bureau is the worse by adding surveys and questionnaires every year and staff to take them!!!

Gordon Humphrey - April 13, 2019

Get rid of everything in the Budget that encourages people to NOT work and everything in the budget that discourages people to work.


Continuing Resolution spending must stop! Every agency must submit a 5% spending reduction budget every year until the budget is balanced. Social Security must be grandfathered for all workers with 20 years of contributions. Freeze Federal employment at current level and reduce 5% every year until budget is balanced. There must be a yearly audit to stop unauthorized and fraudulent spending. Line item veto on budget.

Laura - April 13, 2019

Have all of congress pay for their own healthcare. No salary for the rest of their lives with healthcare included in same. Get rid of the “pork belly” programs. Bring back line item veto. Limit terms. Do away with lobbyists and special laws for them. Do something about the defense spending industrial complex. Free market their. No more $20k toilet seats….No more ridiculous funding of asinine research for the colleges and universities who could care less about teaching students (or the laws/constitution)….. ad nauseum.

Lane West - April 13, 2019

Like the comments. Balancing the Budget is the most critical issue we face. In fact we need to have an annual surplus to start reducing the debt. Wish the Social Security Program was not part of the “Consolidated Budget” as it is fully supported by the contributions paid by employees and employers. It should not be considered government program, only a government administered program. That said, rather than have the benefits reduced by about 26% in a few years, the retirement age must be increased to keep the benefits paid to be no greater than the contributions. They have already lowered the cost-of-living formula and that will help. The tax rate is 12.4% and should not be increased. Based on my calculations, very very few of us retiring today and in the future will ever get all of our and our employers’ money back. I am ok with that as my past contributions have supported those most in need. The benefit formula discriminates in favor of lower paid employees; raising the Taxable Wage Base will simply increase the discrimination and further dis- incentivizes the support of the program by middle and upper economic groups. Medicare is a different program where the majority of the funding is federal tax revenue; the cost needs to be reined in

Andrew Struk - April 13, 2019

Follow the recommendations of both “Citizens Against Government Waste” and the Heritage organization to reduce federal expenditures. Have each congressional member state publicly that they promise to vote to reduce the federal budget deficit by $3 trillion by the end of FY 2025. If they choose not to and/or fail to keep their promise, they should be made to resign their respective positions. The respective party leaders must agree to this or forfeit their positions. Publish names, votes and expenditure reduction progress widely.

Bob - April 13, 2019

I am impressed with many of the responses on this topic. Fancy, elaborate programs put together by high minded outfits like Heritage are almost certainly doomed to failure for the simple reason that Democrats can block them, with the press’ help. The problem we have now is no accountability. Demanding that the government as a whole balance their budget is worse than useless, everyone will blame others for the problem. When everyone is to blame, no one is to blame. We need to figure out a way to hold departments accountable. Give each department one year to get in balance. All departments found not in budget would be punished. The top layer of management fired and banned from working for the government forever and all grants and or subsidies distributed from that department eliminated until it can find a way to stay in budget.

Jean L. Collins - April 13, 2019

Make sure all Americans know how much $ we send each yr to so many countries listing countries and $ amounts, then stop paying. (They mostly vote against us at the U.N. Defund Planned Parenthood. ( am made a murderer by their use of my taxes.) Get out of the U.N. and get them out of the USA. Put all government workers – ALL – into Social Secutity taking them off their magnificent retirement plan. Term limits which will also reduce their pensions. Build the wall so we don’t have to house, feed, educate and provide medical care to illegals, who will be made instant voters.

Sherry J Scoffield - April 14, 2019

When did “serving” become a “profession”? Cut out all the perks and the swamp will be drained. It will not be so lucretive to go to Washington. Spending will be drastically reduced and a budget balanced.

Tom Graves - April 14, 2019

Two-thirds of the Federal budget is fixed, (SS & Entitlement Programs) We need to work on the BIG number.
Increase SS retirement age for ALL immigrants & people under 55 yrs of age to age 70.
Permit Health Insurance companies to compete, across state lines.


Mike Abbott - April 14, 2019

Identify and eliminate duplicative Federal agencies. Reduce spending by 1% annually. Require Congress to be subject to the same healthcare system mandated to their employers.

Bren - April 14, 2019

Demand accountability. Pair spending with results. Don’t double count results. Zero based budgeting. Actually have budget that must adhere to.

Linda - April 14, 2019

Sorry to be realistic after seeing all the thoughtful comments.
You cut the budget by doing what people all over this country have been doing for a long time. You prioritize. Allot funds for the absolute necessities and then start cutting from there. We all know that there is too much waste in the government. Obviously, politicians never heard of budgets. There was a time when we didn’t have one nickel left over after we paid bills. It’s time the gov’t does the same.

THOMAS HARPER - April 14, 2019

Please don’t vote to increase salaries of elected members of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

John wier - April 14, 2019

Cut goverment employees 10 percent
Then 5 persent for 5 years.
Term limits for both house&senate start with most senior members as they run out their terms.
No grants to universities
Let banks take over student loans.
Out source social security to private companys
Mediacad for only those who can not work
Cut federal department of education , let states control their education system.
Get epa out of stat business

Kraig Smeby - April 14, 2019

Set budget for one year or two-
No more Continuing Resolution
Bal Budget Amendment
Raise Age for Social Security to 70
Increase beginning age to 65 instead of 62
Social Security Disability should be separate from SS- not life time-
re-evaluate every 3 years
Combine Education- Labor Depts

Steve Soteropoulos - April 14, 2019

Quite simply, get back to basics. Authorize spending only on those items Constitutionally authorized. Send everything else back to the states to decide.
I realize this currently is a conservative’s pipe dream, but we MUST take what steps are necessary to wean the people off the Federal Government’s money trough if we are going to survive as a nation.

Robert Taylor - April 14, 2019

STOP giving illegal immigrants medicare/medicade, social security, food stamps and so on. Revert to previous requirements that immigrants MUST have a sponsor so they will not need these welfare programs. Secure our southern border and stop the flood of illegals destroying our republic! Notice I did NOT say democracy!

THOMAS PRESTON - April 14, 2019

Go to zero based budgeting and make every department justify its existence.
Eliminate obsolete departments and programs. Stop subsidies for ETHANOL!!

Maynard Eyestone - April 14, 2019

Totally eliminate payments ti the United Nations.

James Schmerbauch - April 15, 2019

1. Citizens Against Govt Waste is a good start.
2. Eliminate the Dept of Education-over 40 yrs of waste and interference in state programs..
3. Seek other functions that can/should go to the states, no longer federal.

William Reid - April 15, 2019

Remove all the overlapping and redundant bureaucratic agencies ‘we don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem’. Eliminating or restructuring entitlement programs wouldn’t be bad either.

G. Walker Moore - April 15, 2019

First, I thought that with greater employment, expenditures on entitlement programs would diminish???
Remove duplicating agencies.
End end of year spending to make sure all money is spent.
reduce waste and fraud.

Thomas Cross - April 15, 2019

We(congress) needs to stop funding the welfare state – being everything to every
body is impossible and will bankrupt our nation.
Start cutting all programs by 10% each year and don’t stop until we have a balanced budget. Also require all Senators and congressman to fire half their staffs.

John Crews - April 15, 2019

Make it mandatory, in the annual budget, to include a 10% reduction in the national debt and, when it is retired, require all future budgets to be balanced. This may require a constitutional amendment.

Tom Lawrence - April 16, 2019

We must reduce the annual debt. No Corporation or family could go on forever spending more annually than their income! The US Government can’t either! This is the place to start and you need to start NOW! It won’t be popular politically but if explained properly with a few graphs it should be obvious to just about everyone that our spending has to be reduced or we will end up like Greece and Venezuela. Sincerely, Tom Lawrence

Evette Calen Feagin - April 17, 2019

All Americans should do all that they can do to support President Donald Trumps’ re-election.

Mary Kelly - April 18, 2019

cut congress salary, pension, and health care. They all have enough money they could all give half of what they have to pay off the debt. Limit the amount everyone running for office except for the president office to $100,000 and none can use any of their own money. The rest of the money they would have used could be used to pay off the debt. No benefits to refugees, or illegals. Quit sending our money to our enemies. Stop sending any money to the United Nation. No more money for Planned Parenthood. No more of our social security to refugees or illegals and their children in Mexico. No more free airfair or free ride on military planes like Pelosi does all the time. for congress or congress traveling to other countries. stop all security for past Presidents after two years. We don’t need to have the FBI around them for 30 years or so. No one care about them after a few years.

Cacilia Ida sheefer - April 18, 2019

I have heard this about the military: departments, for their next payperiod, list items to be financed in order to get the same funds allotted, even if in reality they don’t need all the items listed. (Someone may correct me if I’m wrong here.) My friend in Heidelberg, Germany, told me,that they erected new fencing around some military facility while it was known the facility would be shut down in short time. This was some years ago.
Also, a friend who works here in Quantico, knows of a collegue who wasted 50 million dollars for useless programs, and is still wasting. He had been removed from a previous position because of problematic things he did.
There should be made regulations under which government employees will be fired. Also, what Mr. Hamilton McMenamy on April 12 wrote: to have a central online location where people can report where the Government is wasting money, would be a great idea. (I just hope that would not cost much!)

Larry Kalmbach - April 21, 2019

As happens in corporate America, institute an across-the-board budget reduction of say 5%. Each and every government agency will have 5% less to spend, no exceptions! Belt tightening and other cost-cutting initiatives will be implemented by agency leadership. Periodic benchmark reporting should be disclosed to the public.

Russ Cypher - April 23, 2019

Stop grants/funding to non-governmental organizations. Progressives often fund their causes with tax monies. Let taxpayers select supported organizations through donations and government can assist these taxpayer selected entities through tax deductions. Universities should also see drastic reductions in subsidies. The Federal bureaucracy has far too much “easy money” to give to undeserving requestors.

Charles Morton - April 23, 2019

Daniel J. Mitchell says the problem could easily be solved with policies designed to limit overall spending so the budget grows slower than the productive sector of the economy.
He said we were on the right track when we had spending caps in place but they were unwisely discontinued!

Charles Schiltz - April 24, 2019

I like the cut 10% per year until revenue outpaces spending. This probably wouldn’t be real painful for 5 years or so.

Once the debt is covered then we could look at a balanced budget – or just continue to cut taxes until we balance.

How do we plan on paying interest on the debt if interest rates go back to late 70s rates?

Sue Noble - April 25, 2019

Get rid of Welfare for do nothings

David Clacher - April 30, 2019

1) stop all benifits for non citizens
3) STOP all pork barrel spending added onto spending bills.
4) Reduce our troops and military footprint from 157 countries down to min
5) Publicly Disclose all congressional lobiest
6) reduce foreign aid.
7) stop paying to defend all countries. they pay or we pull out.
reduce welfare by adding work and drug requirements.
8)cut congress salary and benefits.
9) no pensions for one term gov employees-congress.
10) Stop all federal monies to states and state run universities.
11) close down DOE and DOI and all other big federal redundant agencys
12) close the southern border get a real handle on illegal immagration.
I ravel the world for a living, no other country has stupid self destructive polices

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