In the past year numerous polls have shown that between about 73% of the country believes the federal government should cut back on spending. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_bus... This certainly is more than a simple plurality and represents the feeling of about 3 out of 4 potential voters. The problem comes when the individual citizen sees this spending reduction affecting their particular government benefit. I am the recipient of both Social Security and Medicare and would not like to see spending cuts in these area unless they improve the programs. But I have no objection to my tax dollar being spent efficiently on any program that I use being administered more efficiently.
Although Obama got a majority of votes in the past election, I do not believe these voters honestly gave his administration the green light to waste money like it was as easy to replenish as sunshine. (At least it is in Florida where I make my home.) If we take for a probability the multitude of studies that have been done on government waste over the years, that figure is at least 20-33% % of all revenues and possibly higher on some programs. In fact the public, including both parties, think the number is closer to 51% being waste. http://www.gallup.com/poll/149543/Americans-Say-Federal-Gov-Wastes-...
Just to name one example of waste in which I earned a pretty good living as a cost container, not waster, the retiring Director of Medicare, Donald Berwick, stated that 20-30% of the monies spent on this program are a total waste. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/238654.php Yet anyone who threatens to cut back on this benefit are depicted as pushing grandma over the cliff. Even though I use Medicare as my primary insurance plan, I have no problems with waste management measures that cut cost and not service. As a matter of fact, cutting cost often leads to improved quality as much illness has been proven to be iatrogenic (caused by ineffective or improper medicine). Ask Michael Jackson who had unlimited funds to spend on medicine.
I also don't think reasonable taxpayers have a problems with cuts in other areas. As I mentioned in a prior blog, Mike George, a management efficiency expert, has an organization that pledges to cut the federal spending by $500 billion a year and not disturb one singe function. http://www.humanevents.com/2011/06/29/mike-george-wants-to-save-you...
So why isn't Congress holding hearing on ways to cut our debt without compromising federal programs? Or are we just going into a battle of ideologies as we tackle the debt ceiling in about a month from now. Is the American government adopting jihadist principles?
I has been my observation that many politicians allow waste and misspend the taxpayer's dollar. The recent "fiscal cliff" bill had more spending in it than tax revenues. What a joke! IMHO, we need adults in the room to negotiate ways of cutting back our out of control spending. This should not be a political thing.