This is the single most step for our government to rein in our spending and pay down our national debt.
New taxes? More taxes? No.
Higher wages? Lower wages? No.
Older retirement ages? Younger retirement ages? No.
The answer is downsizing bureaucracies. The explanation is simple. All the way from the Department of Defense, to the public school system, the most rewarded government employees are those that are able to gain the biggest slice of the government tax pie for their bureaucracy. They compete with the other bureaucracies for those tax dollars.
The whole emphasis is wrong. Today, the most valuable members of any bureaucracy are the grant writers. What if the most valuable employees became those that find ways to downsize their bureaucracy.
Every government agency has enough fat in it for at least 10% of its budget to be trimmed and the agency made leaner. The result would be a healthier and more efficient government. The agencies would function better if every dollar was spent wisely rather than getting all you can from the taxpayer.
If the mindset of the government bureaucracies were to reduce their size and make the most of what they have rather than just asking for more money, this would be the first and most important step to paying off the national debt.
Imagine the change in morale if the focus of rewarding good behavior changed to how to do things better with what we have rather than gimme, gimme, gimme. This change would be a win-win for everybody.