One of THE BIGGEST problems (with respect to CUTTING SPENDING) is this "Base-Line Budgetting" - wherein THIS YEAR'S budget is based on LAST YEAR'S budget PLUS some automatic GROWTH.
THAT has GOT TO GO!
Every Tax Dollar that is spent HAS to be JUSTIFIED, and any GROWTH to ANY program should ALSO BE JUSTIFIED!
WE, who live in the REAL WORLD, know (especially during these past several years of economic difficulties) - that YEARLY RAISES are NOT guaranteed... In fact, MANY of us have take PAY CUTS - to keep our jobs.
ONLY the GOVERNMENT (and Unions) think they are ENTITLED to ENDLESS GROWTH!