The notion that essential services must be cut along with the superfluous only reveals the complete and utter ineptitude of our politicians and bureaucrats.
Here's some ideas:
Eliminate all farm subsidies, and use that money to keep all of our "first responders" and airport security staffers.
Close all military bases in wealthy nations (Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, UK) who should be defending themselves, and use the savings to prevent doubling of war deployments for our troops.
Close the Dept of Ed, and Commerce.
Close our embassies in tiny, remote nations (i.e. Madagascar), and consolidate diplomatic functions in more important allied states.
Our "leaders" are full of baloney. Only a fool would believe a word of theirs.