It's not the spending we do Federally to provide Medicare, Education, etc. etc. etc. that bugs me. It's all the wasteful stuff that drives me nuts. Several BIG examples were cited that are important. And then there is all the "little" pork projects that get worked into nearly every piece of legislation that gets passed. A few examples I recall hearing about last year include:
An indoor rain forest in Iowa
A Greyhound Bus Museum in Minnesota
Some sort of huge celebration for something in Alaska
I'm sure there are THOUSANDS of these types of things funded every year with Federal tax dollars. Why should money from citizens and businesses all over the USA be used to fund local / state pet projects?? All of congress is responsible for this cr@p, not just a President.
There are also significant tax dollars allocated to programs that SHOULD be worthy, but with all the government beaurocracy and irresposible oversight (or no oversight), money disappears with no results. I think this is a significant issue with money we send to other countries for various purposes, but I think it's also a problem right here at home.
I'm way more interested in some serious SPENDING reform as a priority over tax reform. When I hear that we need tax increases for ANY income levels of our society, knowing how much wasteful or ineffective spending goes on just drives me nuts.
Thanks for listening!!