Tuesday, December 6, 2011

If I were the President - Balance Budgetting.


Have you ever played the game where you and some friends talk about what you would do if you, (had a million dollars, were king of the world, were President of the US). Really? Me too.

I have decided that I want to play that game with you. Right here. Online. For everyone to see.

I am not actually announcing my candidacy. Lets just say, I'm taking that under advisement. :)

So here it goes. I think the government is too big. Its why it needs all of the money that it takes in taxes. There are really only a couple of ways to make government smaller.

1. Have congress terminate programs and departments like EPA, Department of Education, FDA, IRS, etc.
2. Stop paying the people that work there until they all leave.

So the first option is really hard to do. There are lots of members of congress. And getting them all to agree on anything is really hard. Furthermore, getting them all to agree to eliminate a department like these without putting in hundreds of unrelated provisions is virtually impossible.
The second option may see illegal, and immoral, and cruel. But lets take a look at this option.

First, the government stops paying its workers all of the time. Whenever there is a "budget Crisis" and congress can't get their one really job together and pass a budget, the government "shuts down" ie, non-essential workers are sent home without pay.

So lets just do that for a couple of years. Yep, stop paying for any of our non-essential services. If it is legal to do it when the budget runs out of money, then it should be legal at other times. But we can probably force the issue. If we I am President, how about we just don't ever sign a budget.

Then we just authorize spending on essential services with executive orders.

Sure, that means the President is usurping the power of the purse from congress. But its only fair. Congress has been usurping the power of Commander and Chief from the President since forever. Just check out the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

At this point you may be wondering how long this can go on. Well, there is only one way to find out. And that way is to try it out. After a few months of not getting any money, many government employees will have to start looking for real jobs. And that will be great.

It will be great for the economy to have all that pent up productivity put back into the private sector to grow the GDP and stimulate the economy.

And when those people have new jobs, they won't still be there when the bureaucracy they worked for opens their doors again. The longer the funding cut off lasts the better. More and more people will move back to the economy and stop trying to hold out for the government.

Anyway, that is just one thing that I would like to do if I were President to both balance our budget, shrink government and solve the need for immigrant workers. All at the same time.

Do you have a better idea? Think there is a problem with this one? Well speak up. You can't do a worse job that the current man we have in office. Nor, probably, than the next one we will elect. So really there is nothing to fear.

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