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Dastardly Debt Part 1

February 9, 2012

If nothing else, our modern media is a case study in ADHD tendencies, rushing from scandalous story to impending disaster before the people have a chance to comprehend what has been presented. Anyone with an eighth-grade mathematics comprehension level know that A-B=C, and if B is larger than A, you have a problem.

Apparently, nobody in the media, or in DC for that matter, gives a damn. One side is busy saying ‘just raise taxes on the rich to pay for it’, the other side is saying  ‘just cut spending and it’ll all go away’. We’re well past the point where either of those would work. What we need to do, is cut spending across the board- yes, that includes ‘entitlements’ and defense spending- and raise taxes. Will it be painful? Yes. I won’t lie to you, life is going to suck for quite a long time. But it’s either fix it now, or we sputter into nothingness in thirty or forty years. Hell, we can’t afford our current spending for another ten. Raise taxes three percent across the board – income tax, corporate tax, investment tax, everything. Then take a hedge trimmer to the executive branch bureaucracies. Here’s a list of offices within departments that can be either eliminated completely, or slashed and their duties absorbed into something that remains:

Executive Office of the President

  • Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Office of National AIDS Policy
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy

United States Department of Agriculture

  • Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
  • Economic Research Service
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Commodity Credit Corporation
  • Food and Nutrition Service
  • Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Risk Management Agency
  • Office of Rural Development
  • Rural Housing Service
  • Rural Utilities Service

United States Department of Commerce

  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration

United States Department of Education

  • Institute of Education Sciences
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    • National Assessment of Educational Progress
    • Education Resources Information Center
  • Office for Civil Rights
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Office of Postsecondary Education
  • Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
  • Office of Vocational and Adult Education
  • Federal Student Aid

United States Department of Energy

  • Energy Information Administration
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Laboratories & Technology Centers
  • All four Power Marketing Administrations
    • Bonneville Power Administration
    • Southeastern Power Administration
    • Southwestern Power Administration
    • Western Area Power Administration

United States Department of Health and Human Services

  • Administration on Aging
  • Administration for Children and Families
    • Administration for Children, Youth and Families
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Service
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

United States Department of Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management AgencyTransportation Security Administration

  • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
  • Office of Health Affairs
    • Office of Component Services
    • Office of International Affairs and Global Health Security
    • Office of Medical Readiness
    • Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Biodefense
  • Office of Intelligence and Analysis
  • Office of Operations Coordination
  • Office of Policy
    • Homeland Security Advisory Council
    • Office of International Affairs
    • Office of Immigration Statistics
    • Office of Policy Development
    • Office for State and Local Law Enforcement
    • Office of Strategic Plans
    • Private Sector Office
  • Directorate for Management
  • National Protection and Programs Directorate
    • Federal Protective Service
    • Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
      • National Communications System
      • National Cyber Security Division
        • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
      • Office of Emergency Communications
    • Office of Infrastructure Protection
    • Office of Risk Management and Analysis
    • United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT)
  • Science and Technology Directorate
    • Environmental Measurements Laboratory
  • Innovation/Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Office of Research
    • Office of National Laboratories
    • Office of University Programs
    • Program Executive Office, Counter Improvised Explosive Device
  • Office of Transition
    • Commercialization Office
    • Long Range Broad Agency Announcement Office
    • Product Transition Office
    • Safety Act Office
    • Technology Transfer Office
  • Border and Maritime Security Division
  • Chemical and Biological Division
  • Command, Control and Interoperability Division
  • Explosives Division
  • Human Factors Division
  • Infrastructure/Geophysical Division
  • Business Operations Division
    • Executive Secretariat Office
    • Human Capital Office
    • Key Security Office
    • Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
    • Office of the Chief Information Officer
    • Planning and Management
  • Corporate Communications Division
  • Interagency and First Responders Programs Division
  • International Cooperative Programs Office
  • Operations Analysis Division
    • Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
    • Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute
  • Strategy, Policy and Budget Division
  • Special Programs Division
  • Test & Evaluation and Standards Division

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Federal Housing Administration
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (HUD)
  • Departmental Enforcement Center
  • Office of Community Planning and Development
  • Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Office of Field Policy and Management
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control
  • Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • Office of Labor Relations
  • Office of Policy Development and Research
  • Office of Public Affairs
  • Office of Public and Indian Housing
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities
  • Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)

United States Department of Labor

  • Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DOL)
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration
  • Employment and Training Administration
  • Job Corps
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
  • Wage and Hour Division
  • Women’s Bureau
  • Administrative Review Board
  • Benefits Review Board
  • Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board
  • Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Office of Disability Employment Policy
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • Office of Labor-Management Standards
  • Office of the Solicitor
  • Office of Worker’s Compensation Program
  • Ombudsman for the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program

Yes, all of those are ripe for elimination or consolidation. And now that shock has set in, this is where I’ll leave you for now.

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