Bruce: Let’s reinstate the fees on oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico (many haven’t paid a cent since 1995),and on land, and start charging true market value for all natural resources taken from public coffers (lands). That alone would bring in over, well over, a trillion dollars a year in revenue. Range fees, forestry, do away with the 1872 Mining Act and make all “hard rock” minerals leasable instead of giving them away. Recreation fees bring in more from the public lands than ALL timber sales and grazing leases combined, and these non-consumptive uses have been doing it for some time. Now that contracting has also replaced many operations, a greater percentage of those recreation fees have been diverted AWAY FROM the treasury as well.
states already in bankruptcy are being told by Romney to take on MORE costs, with NO MORE revenue coming in, period. Oh, right, let’s “privatize” everything. Anyone realize that the REAL cost of that gasoline everyone complains about, is set by CORPORATE fiat, not “government”.
Contracting for “private armies” to do security for State, and yes, even for the military? RIght, paying “Blackwater”(that changes it’s name every few months so Eric Prince won’t be charged with crimes) $300,000 for each employee, plus MORE going to Prince (or other contractors), is yeah, SO much cheaper than $35K a year Marine!!
“Hellfire” missile, $68,000 a pop, is SOO much cheaper than $8 for a .50 caliber rifle bullet, and now used for exactly the same purpose, even though an anti-armor missile, NOT intended as an “anti-personnel” weapon..
Yes, there are a lot of potential savings, Bruce, and the biggest, safest, and smartest place to start, BIG TIME, is in “defense”. Yep, we have eleven, yes 11 carrier groups now operating, even though the “righties” keep trying to say only five (maintenance you know, and carriers that have to refuel every 20 years are always off line for fueling, right?).
Yes, we do need a strong defense, but defense doesn’t require our starting new wars, like Bush did senselessly (not an “attack” on W, just a fact), nor does it mean we need to continue spending more than the next 17 nations, combined.
btw, yes, China now has a surplus Ukraine aircraft carrier, that the can’t land aircraft on. NOT the biggest threat we face.