There are many Federal programs that can be eliminated that, in the long run, will not harm or take away from programs like Social Security or Medcare. Useles grants that waste money on things like planning astronaut menues for a hypothetical trip to Mars. How about the State Department funneling millions of dollars into building or re-building mosques in the ME? These programs are legion, and take more money than one might begin to think. This is an example of bloated government. There are plenty of areas where we can cut back spending. Congress doesn't have the courage to do it, simply put.