Yes that 1/3 boggie.
I did the quick math, if we don't touch entitlements and go after the rest the burden they shoulder was something like 62.5% cuts. Given what sucessful CEO's do to turn a company around ( Ford's Mulally and his 40% cuts right off the bat ), this 60 something percent cut, might be a great wake up call.
The question is, does the Bain Capital side of Willard have the Cohones to do it to Fedzilla.
Imagine, NPR, AMTRAK, and so many departments closed or consolidated for starters before we tackle "entitlements"
We need a dream list from Heritage, Cato and "Martin Gross"...
And that is just for Starters...
Do some more math ...
Medicare/Medicade, Social Security, Welfare, Pensions [the so called "entitlements"] and interest on the debt total 2.3 Trillion: add Defense (600 Billion) and you have 2.9 Trillion. So even if we eliminate ENTIRELY every other expense except for those above, we still have a 600 Billion+ deficit.
What gets axed before the above?
Department of Education [no tears]
Corp of Engineers
National Science Foundation
Corporation for National and Community Service
Each of these are GONE. IOW, essential government functions must be eliminated if we don't touch the sacred entitlements and/or defense.
Okay, technically, we could have a pure welfare state if we also eliminated defense as well - then we are "balanced" and keep current tax levels & entitlements.
Better is immediate 1/3 across the board cuts. Taxes stay where they are now. THEN have a real debate on the merits of each and every program and how much the people are willing to pay for those programs from TODAYS money.