By Elois Zeanah
President Obama’s rhetoric on the campaign trail to 2010 elections is heated. He chastizes Tea Party groups and Republicans who rail against his historic spending and deficits, challenging them to put up suggestions to cut spending if they have them — then claiming they don’t!
Let me suggest to the President that he read some of those bills in Congress. Many bills have been introduced this year to temper his appetite for spending and growing government. Mr. President, read the bills!
In addition, I suggest that the President and his advisors take a break from raising voices in partisan bickering and blame games and use their heads for thinking for a change. A few common sense ways to trim spending follow.
What are some ways to cut spending and deficits?
- Curb illegal immigration ($113 billion/year – more if amnesty is approved)
- End earmarks (hundreds of billions/year)
- Repeal the new healthcare bill
- Combat fraud in healthcare ($110-$150 billion/year)
- Reform welfare so that the “safety net” is no longer a permanent lifestyle for current and future generations (billions/year)
- Cancel unspent TARP funds (up to $396 billion)
- Cancel unspent Stimulus funds ($266 billion)
- Reduce government employment by hiring one person for every two who leaves civilian government service until workforce is reduced to pre-Obama levels ($35 billion)
- Cut and cap Discretionary spending ($925 billion)
- Freeze government civilian pay for one year ($30 billion)
- Enact a constitutional line-item veto law ($23 billion in one year)
- Reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ($30 billion)
- Create a Sunset Commission to conduct systematic reviews of federal programs and agencies and make recommendations for those that should be terminated; and automatically sunset programs unless expressly reauthorized by Congress (billions)
These examples are just a few ways of how government can reduce spending and cut deficits. There are many, many others.
Importantly, these suggestions alone would save over $2 trillion.
 H.R. 3140 introduced by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia
 H.R.3140 introduced by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia
 H.R. 5348 introduced by Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
 H.R. 3964 introduced by Reps. Ryan and Hensarling & H.R. 3298 introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan
 Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
 H.R. 1294 introduced by Paul Ryan of Wisconsin
 H.R. 4889 introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas; H.R. 4653 introduced by Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey
 H.R. 393 introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas