Posted: 3/12/2013 5:11:20 PM
The sequester was to cut about $45 billion now and $85 billion over the next year. I think those numbers are close. Here is my list to accomplish this:
Eliminate the Sugar subsidy - $1.2 billion/yr
Eliminate the Dairy subsidy - $1.1 billion/yr
Reduce by 20% cost growth in DOD Maj. Def. Aquisition Portfolio - 3 billon/yr
Eliminate Community Dev Block grants - 3.4 billion/yr
Suspend federal land purchases - $466 million/yr
Terminate Community Oriented Policing Services - $829 million/yr
Eliminate JAG assistance grants - $519 million/yr
Repeal the Davis-Bacon act - $512 million/yr
Eliminate Fed subsidies for Amtrak - $1.4 billion/yr
Eliminate the AmeriCorps program - $698 million/yr
Sell excess Fed real property - $4.7 billion/yr
Reduce annual amout to UN by 25% - $1.9 billion/yr
I barely scratched the surface and I'm almost at $20 billion. Just for fun let's try some other government waste on things like....
$6 billion for research to find out what lessons about democracy and decision-making can be learned from fish.
$500 million for a program to find out why 5 year olds can't sit still in K class.
$2 billion for farmers to NOT grow food on their land
$947,000 for researchers to study the best foods to eat on Mars.
$1.5 billion on free phones and cell minutes
Duplicate payments for veterans health care - $1 billion
Science research money going to a musical about climate change - $700,000
$75 million for FEMA rebuilding waste vs repair
$330 million in Medicare payments to businesses that owe millions in back taxes.
$700 million by our military to develop a better tasting jerky
$3.2 billion in fraud payments to prisioners for college grants
CBO estimates $2.7 billion on fraud and mismanagement in the food program. With a new all time high of people on the program, this could only be higher.
And the mother of all waste - $62 billion on fraudulent and improper Medicare payments. This was $47.9 billion in 2010.
I just listed about $100 billion in annual waste without much effort. There are hundreds of programs like this that waste money and not one of them is being cut from either side. Our elected officials continue to fail us.