@Respectful Troll – The problem with your theory is that the American Voting body is rational and homogeneous group that can all agree on what to cut. If you ask them if they think spending cuts are appropriate they will say yes. But then ask them “What should we cut?”
Then you hear everyone come out of the woodwork to protect their favorite program: Medicaid, Medicare, Military, SS, SSDI, Parks, FBI, …. They all have voting constiuencies.
The only way we can cut anything is to do it as an across the board cut. And, in all honesty, I don’t see a problem with that. Instead of making Politiicians choose which group to alienate you make sure everyone feels the pinch equally.
Honestly, I think this is a crank that Congress could turn repeatedly to ratchet down government spending until they get to a more modest level.
Military won’t get as many carrier groups, Government dependents (Medicare, Medicaid, SS, SSDI) will not see as big an increase year to year, They won’t be able to build bridges to nowhere but they won’t be without funds to maintain roads, maybe they won’t have so many TSA agents to frisk granny so they become more selective about how many people they search.
Faced with the same limited resources as a normal American family the Government will have to learn to do the same job with less OR they will start deciding not to do certain things.
Maybe we don’t frisk every 5th person at the airport. Maybe we don’t incarcerate every joint smoker for 5 years. Maybe we don’t invade every country that doesn’t have a majority population worshiping the Christian god. Maybe we close some bases. Maybe we raise the eligibility age for Social Security. Do you see a pattern forming here? The government does all these things today because somebody thought it was a good idea as long as it got paid for by somebody else.