Fighting over money is probably as old as the first time it was used as an instrument to replace bartering. Some organizations have carried the fight to the extreme, as factions grew to take one side or another of the "butter-guns" issue or the "social services-taxes" issue that consumes America today.
Do we have a revenue problem or a spending problem in America? This issue has become a idealogical battle, that many feel must be won rather than solved. Now I don't have huge computer models and a team of Ivy League PhD economists to work the issue, but I can see plainly that IMHO two pledges could solve the entire problem:
1. That the US government pledges to collect 100% of the taxes it imposes. Right about $4-500 billion is not collected every year. http://www.crisismagazine.com/2011/solutions-for-the-tax-gap This one simple pledge would increase revenues by 15% as estimates are that we only collect about 85% of the taxes due. http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/background/tax-gap/wha... Why couldn't both side agree that we only impose taxes that are 100% collectable? This is true of most other taxes like a sales tax, property tax and even tolls on expressways.
2. That the US government pledges to operate at an efficiency levels that are standards in most successful business in America today. Government waste has been estimated to be upwards to 30% or better due to inefficiency, waste and poor organization. I can site study after study that established this level. http://360degrez.blogspot.com/2010/04/360-in-depth-how-government-i... We have grad schools producing bright people who understand the systems that maximize efficiency. We all know the names -- Six Sigma, Kaizen, Continious Quality Improvement, Work Out (the system developed by Jack Welch and used at GE where I worked) and a host of other names -- the techniques are simple and easily applied. Mike George, who a developed a system called Lean Six Sigma, has offered that he can reduce the cost of running the federal government by $500 billion without one single government function being compromised. He has used his system at the state and local level. http://www.humanevents.com/2011/06/29/mike-george-wants-to-save-you...
So these two steps alone will solve all of America's fiscal problems by increasing revenue and not increasing anyone's taxes by one cent. In the meantime it will also not compromise one single existing government function. So why don't we do it or am I just one more believing citizen unwilling to tell the king he doesn't have any clothes on? According to Mike George, the efficiency guru, he should be wearing a black belt instead. (For those who understand the Six Sigma system it is the belt worn by the leader who heads up the effort to cut waste and inefficiency. This leadership needs to come from the top.)