Terry Paulson

"We have HUD vs. Departments of Agriculture and Interior. Got to go with Aggies here. State Dept. vs. Homeland Security. We're funding too many enemies; better focus on Homeland Security. Education vs. Veteran Affairs--we go Veterans and with the performance we're getting from our Education investments, vouchers are beginning to look better to me. I go for administrators at Treasury and Social Security over Commerce and Labor; it's time to free capitalism to spur economic growth. The final first round pick, Navy vs. Health & Human Services. We need those Marines and Navy Seals. I go Navy and cut the abuse in welfare payments."

"Brave choices Mr. President. Let's pick up the speed for the final rounds."

"OK, on to our budget busting brackets. It's Navy over Air Force, Homeland Security over Intelligence, Veteran Affairs over Agriculture and Interior, Transportation over Treasury and Social Security. The final four is easier. It's Navy over Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs over Transportation."

"Who is the big winner?"

"Navy has had cutbacks the last few years, and the world is still dangerous. Veteran Affairs is getting some increases. It's Navy all the way!"

"Congrats, Mr. President. And, now, to reach a TRUE SPENDING CUT, Americans have overwhelming voted online to cut your vacation budget by $1."

It's only a dream, but don't be confused by all the talk of SPENDING CUTS. Neither the Republican or the Democrat budgets actually CUT spending. They only lower our INCREASE in spending. The private sector has done "more with less" because of drastic cutbacks. Any leader who can't get by with no increase in budget without impacting their mission doesn't deserve to lead. It's time governments make the tough choices instead of keep raising taxes!

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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