Like sequels to Saw, the government just keeps coming, growing larger, more expensive, and more appalling each year. In times of economic distress, even at the increasing risk of default, the size, scope, and cost of federal, state, and local governments continue to balloon, swallowing everything in their path. For 10 solid years, and especially since September 2008, spending has boomed, the Federal Register has exploded, and Congress altered American life at an accelerating pace.
Yet loud critics of big government—especially but not only Republican politicians—are often reduced to an awkward stammer when put on the spot by the all-important question, “So what would you cut?” Well, stammer no more.
Consider the following a Halloween-themed cheat sheet for
explaining who, what, where, when, and why whole swaths of
government need to be cut or euthanized outright, so that taxpayer
money is spent more productively, the remaining government services
perform better, and the United States can finally begin its long
slow climb toward solvency.