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Some suggestions for federal debt reduction

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:22 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Start at the top instead of the bottom. President Obama used Air Force One a total of 172 times at an estimated cost of $200 million per flight in 2010. The total will probably be exceeded in 2011. The ex-speaker of the House used a large corporate jet from the same Special Air Mission Flight for weekly jaunts to California. The suggestion would be to cut the federal travel budget in half by only allowing essential travel and no paid travel for campaign contributions.

If additional cuts are needed, cut HUD and some of the 500 employees at the Department of Education and eliminate the Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security should be placed with the FBA and TSA where it belongs.

The Republican Study Group proposed $2.7 trillion in savings over 10 years by elimination of wasteful spending. It includes $900 million in administrative costs for Obama care and $1 billion for collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. If some revenue enhancement is needed, tax campaign contributions at the tax rate of the recipient.

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