Rich Galen

I didn't get the new baseball mitt I asked for? Why not? If there wasn't enough money for all the presents I wanted then my parents should have bought one less present for one of my siblings. Cut someone else.

Don't ask me to come up with a list of Federal programs which should be cut. I don't know all the programs we fund, what they do, nor who they favor. I don't think anyone knows that. How could they? We're spending $3.7 trillion this year - about $10.1 billion per day.

That's about seven million dollars per minute. $117,326.23 per second. Every second of every day.

I know it's too much to ask that someone step up and say their program isn't necessary any more and can go out of business. But, would it be too much to ask for someone to step up and say their program maybe doesn't need to be funded at 100 percent of last year's level?

We don't need a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

There are 535 voting members of the U.S. House and Senate who are supposed to know how much the government is scheduled to take in every year and then vote on how much the federal government should spend.

That's their job. That's what we pay them for. They don't need a Deficit Reduction Commission. They need a Backbone Enhancement Commission.

If they won't do their jobs we should cut their pay.

There you go! The pay of the U.S. Congress is the "someone else" we should cut.

Where do I apply for the Federal grant to flesh out this excellent idea?

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at