Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

October 14, 2013

A 10 percent solution will help solve the spending problems

Seems like everyone is blaming someone for the government shutdown, but very few people propose a solution.

Here’s my solution.

First of all, cutting spending will be of the utmost priority. Think in terms of 10 percent.

All government departments are extremely top-heavy. All departments shall undergo a 10 percent personnel cut. This cut will be at the GS-14, 15 and 16 level (the exception being all medical officers, pyschological counselors, and employees directly involved with disability claims).

There has been an approximate 79 percent increase in the number of disability claims in the past several years.

To this end, the present head of Veterans Affairs, Gen. (ret.) Eric Shinseki shall be dismissed.

There will be NO bonuses paid, especially to VA directors such as the current director of the VAMC in Pittsburgh, where there have been at least six deaths at that VA!

The Department of Education will be totally eliminated, as well as the IRS! (An alternative can be found.)

The Affordable Care Act will be kept, but certain clauses will be eliminated, such as free birth control, abortion coverage, etc. Things such as these should be handled individually.

So there it is: keep the ACA, save money! Could anything be simpler?

Steve Baker

Kahului

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