Government spending is out of control because politicians have completely forgotten the reason "We the People" created the federal government in the first place.
The Constitution creates a government of enumerated powers. The main purpose of the federal government is to protect us from foreign invasion. Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, are all outside of the governments enumerated powers. Spending on these bureaucracies should be cut entirely.
The Constitution did not give Washington D.C. the authority to plan for our retirement or provide cheap prescription drugs. Huge entitlement programs are unconstitutional.
purpose of government is not to redistribute income from the rich to the poor. The purpose of government is not to create a cash-cow for campaign supporters.
Even the most fundamental constitutional purpose -- national defense -- has been contaminated with the "entitlement" mentality, and defense contractors use taxpayers to line their pockets. Military Spending also needs to be cut significantly.
The issue is not "waste" or "fraud" -- the issue is the fundamental purpose of the federal government. An "earmark" of a million dollars is not the issue. We need to cut federal spending by trillions of dollars this year.
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It became common during the Clinton Administration to speak of government spending as an "investment." Congress might also therefore attach the following to each spending bill:
By voting for this legislation I hereby affirm my belief that the information and knowledge possessed by me and 434 other Congressman-"investors" is greater than the collective knowledge and information possessed by a Free Market of 150 million individual investors, pension fund managers, insurance company executives, mutual fund administrators, and brokers, all of whom do not have the luxury of obtaining investment funds by passing a law, but must earn their investment dollars.