Not your life, you're problem if you wish it to be, but you're not allowed to abuse the power of government to make you happy, so you're on your own.
How about "man shot dead in Compton by El Monte police serving no-knock warrant to wrong address"?
Guys, seriously, can you make your own thread to argue stuff that is not about cutting spending?
Drug abusers can pay for their own damn rehab, and save the taxpayers money there, too.
See the relevance now?
I'd cut almost every program outside of those specifically authorized by the Constitution, and I'd ramp up military spending.
Believe it or not, the federal Government was meant to be an agent of the states, and a minor entitiy in the lives of the average citizen.
How far we've fallen.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
I got asked for my views on this, so here we go.
I voted for each category. I think with how far we are in debt, and the size of the deficit, we have to look everywhere to cut spending. We are past the point of being able to do it the easy way, so now it is going to be hard, but it is needful.
cutting the military is probably the hardest, but to justify and to accomplish, but it can be done. My favorite example which I have used before is president Bush the elder and the base closure panel that found 10(IIRC) bases that could be closed without compromising the ability to do the missions. The military has to find ways to trim fat to make the whole more healthy. Tell the Pentagon that it has to cut 5 %(or some other amount) from it's budget, they will say it cannot be done. Remind them that it was not a request, and they will find ways. We have very bright people in the military.
Infrastructure is hard as well, but for different reasons. Right now it does help provide needed jobs. Hopefully by the time cuts would take effect, unemployment in the country will be down(side not, Michigan topped 14 % unemployment with the numbers released today). Some spending is needed, but it needs to be stepped way back for awhile.
Social Security will raise howls of protest from older people, but those same people allowed the deficit and debt get to where it is today, so they have no one but themselves to blame.
Medicare/Medicaid is the one I am most torn on. Screwing with insurance for those who need it most is not nice, but there has to be ways to make these programs more efficient, without eliminating/reducing service.
Speaking of being torn, spending money on education is one of the best investments a government can make. However, right now we cannot afford to invest much, and so some cuts are going to be needed. New computers or whatever is going to have to wait a couple years.
I have no problem with the government funding arts when we can afford it. That time is not now. Sorry arts, in my government, you get no money when we have a deficit. PBS stays, but it needs to improve on fund raising from the public.
Cutting welfare and unemployment at the current time is just wrong, but as soon as feasible, has to happen.
We need to find ways to streamline the bureaucracy(thank god for spellchecker), and make government offices more efficient. We have to cut across the board, and cut hard, and keep cutting until the deficit is gone, and the debt is gone.
This is not going to happen in my lifetime, but it is what I think should happen. We have to stop putting problems off for the next generation. it's what every president in my lifetime about has done, and it's not working.
Marriage was always about raising children, childless couples were seen as benign exceptions, but if we need to ban those benign exceptions to protect the rule then so be it.