“Conservatives” only claim to care about the national debt as an attempt to score political points against their opponents. Most “conservative” politicians are just as guilty of guilty of bringing home the pork barrel spending as everyone else.Want to get serious about budget cuts?Start by cutting the $90+ billion in corporate welfare and end subsidies to lucrative corporate farms. If large corporations need to raise their profit margins, they can either cut bloated executive salaries or raise prices and face any consumer backlash like adults.Next is the “defense” budget. We spend nearly twice as much as China, Russia, the UK, and France combined. Cut the expensive perks given to high ranking military staff, axe the pork barrel projects congressmen tack on to the budget that the Defense Dept didn’t ask for, close some of the overseas military bases, and finally bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan.Then we can make are way to taxes. Apply the payroll tax rate to investment income, dividends, gambling winnings, and miscellaneous capital gains. All income should be taxed at the same rate with the exception of a few specific types of well regulated accounts for college savings and retirement planning. Eliminate ALL tax deductions without exception.Make those changes, then we can start looking into what cuts can be made in social programs. And, yes, I do believe we can trim some fat out of social programs without harming quality of service.