I blame Mark Steyn for this sentiment, but I fear that even a landslide our way in 2012 will be too little too late. We could elect the most conservative president in the history of ever, and have TEA party senators and representatives running the capitol building, but would it really usher in the conservative version of kittens and rainbows?
Consider the Department of Education. It's budget is just over $63 billion and it employs 4200 people. Are we really just going to board it up? What will become of the local school district employees whose sole function it is to document compliance with the myriad federal requirements tied to the money provided through Title I and other programs? We know these things are ridiculous and unnecessary, but can we simply end them without cushioning the impact of such a decision? And this is just one cabinet level department with a relatively small budget.
We need to have that adult conversation Paul Ryan is always talking about. We as a nation need to reevaluate how much government we are willing to pay for and what services from government we are willing to live without. What concrete recommendations would we Ricocheteers make to our lawmakers and leaders on how to save our nation?