Because I don’t like ANY president’s imperial tendencies, but Obama gave us a great quote on the subject—presidents think they rule by fiat, regardless of party.
Yes, the South could take “their” slaves; it would have collapsed by the turn of the century.
Since transfer payments, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid form 70% of the budget; that’s where to start. FICA taxes are just another form of income tax—flat rate AND regressive. A nightmare for most left wingers, but acceptable there. In any case, privatize it. Just about everyone would be off investing the 12,4% in the market. I paid into the system for 40 years and a conservative estimate, that money would pay me twice what SS is paying. Bad outcomes.
Get rid, deeply cut of Energy, HUD, Labor, Agriculture, Education, Commerce and there’s 305 billion. Has ?Energy produced one BTU? Ag is a minor portion of the economy, why $155 billion? Some states might want to take the taxing authority and meet local needs defined by local people.
Could you cite a source for the Obama quote, please?
Dept. of Agriculture oversees food inspection, among other things. So just letting food get into stores with no screening, no standards, just let people eat feces crusted lettuce. How is that a good thing? Dept. of Labor oversees work place safety so that people are not killed or injured while stocking toilet paper among other things. But, yeah, let's get rid of that. Dept of Education sets standards (too low, IMO) for what children in America must learn. Dept of Housing and Urban Development sets basic living standards so we do not have children and seniors living in rat infested, mold infested shacks.
Many of these departments have been weakened by Republicans anyway because the private sector can supposedly do it all better. Still waiting on that one.......