Sequestration isn’t bad, but untargeted cuts and unregulated spending is.^There is too much inefficient regulation, sometimes watered down by lobbyists seeking advantages and there are too many stupid rules/laws that are outdated or serve no purpose. There is widespread duplication and redundancy that we know exists in numerous government agencies. The answer isn’t to necessarily reduce regulation, but to make it more appropriate to what needs to be regulated. We need good people to make those decisions that are vested with the authority to enforce compliance. I believe we can save much more money by auditing how hospitals bill us than we can by cutting medicare; that we can reduce military spending by auditing contractors and having efficiency EXPERTS study programs being implemented. It is my hypothesis the cost of such an endeavor would be more than compensated by the findings of the investigators. ^We have numerous examples of the enormous cost of the failure of our system with the B.P. oil spill, the financial meltdown experienced because of regulatory failure, the Bernie Madoff’s of the world who destroy peoples life savings. All of these situations have regulation on the part of the SEC, OSHA and the EPA, yet they happened anyway. We have taxpayer advocacy groups that have identified billions of dollars in government waste yet nothing gets done because it is politically impractical and gets buried in congressional committees. ^Auditors, accountants, and efficiency experts are the best weapons to use in the fight against waste, fraud, and lobbyist incursions into appropriation bills. I’ve frequently mentioned a group of people who are actively saving the US gov’t tens of millions a year through their reviews of procedures, contracts, and on site visits. Every year for the last 10 years, these people have more than justified the pay and benefits they will receive for the entire career with ONE YEAR’S efforts.^ If we can balance the budget simply by making sure we’re not wasting money uselessly, shouldn’t we at least try?Please consider this objectively. It is a bipartisan idea. Respectfully,C.p.s. – this was edited by a very good friend who is NOT a liberal but whose advice and intelligence is much appreciated.