2011 budget cuts not enough

Dear Editor:

“More Americans work for government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.”  (The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2011). No matter how much “good” government employees may be doing, this is an unsustainable burden on people working to pay the taxes supporting this.

Other reports tell us entitlement programs are rapidly going broke and are unsustainable. Yet Democrats in Congress can only find $33 billion to cut from a $3.6 trillion dollar budget, more than one third of which will be deficit spending. The Republicans are only slightly better with $62 billion in proposed cuts.  Most of these “cuts” do not reduce spending. They only decrease the rate of increase in spending that would otherwise automatically occur.

Neither of these budget problems can be solved by higher taxes even if rates doubled. If we are going to survive as a state and country, massive cuts must be made. Much smaller, constitutionally limited governments are our only hope for survival.


David Greer