You're right it will be painful. We need to say - hey, the Education Department hasn't improved education, and it's not the Feds business. Cut the entire department. The Commerce Department has not improved international and interstate commerce, so we cut it by 50-75% (not Washington cuts, real cuts). The Labor Department has not done anything to improve jobs. And be honest - say this means we're cutting the 5 people in your county that you've been supporting for the past 20 years. They will have to find a paying job elsewhere. This will hurt, but less than paying them for nothing.