Prime time for budget cuts

Posted April 05, 2011, at 12 a.m.

If you’re looking for something positive in the federal government’s serious deficit, here is something:

There are plenty of places to cut in the federal budget.

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that identified nine specific ways to save up to $20 billion over time. Some of the reforms have already started.

The GAO is being careful on this because some apparent duplication may not save money. Some careful thought is needed, a scalpel rather than an ax. Therefore, the GAO identified 81 different areas for examination.

The Center for American Progress highlighted defense spending and tax enforcement as worthy of further study.

One key suggestion is to get rid of unneeded federal property. A report by Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., and others made it clear that $2 billion could be saved by selling at least 20 percent of underperforming federal real estate. In addition, leases should be renegotiated to take advantage of declining market rates.

If President Barack Obama wants to move to the political center, he ought to start an aggressive move immediately to cut back the size of the federal government.

The public will know his project is serious when the bureaucrats begin to complain.

Right now, the federal government is largely a protected class when compared to the stresses in the private work force.

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville (March 29)

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/05/opinion/prime-time-for-budget-cuts/ printed on September 19, 2014