Would be nice if they just decided to shrink government...
How much savings can come from that?
Shrinking government would probably also add to the recession's job losses... There's no easy way out, unfortunately.
Well you are right on one thing, last I cheched the government sector is the only thing that is "growing" in this economy. Cutting back on those jobs would temporarily hurt, but the government has grown FAR too large and needs to be axed in several places. Gotta cut the dead wood, the branches that are entangling and compromising our "fence" and/or "house", and the branches that are stealing the "nutrients" from other healthy and needed places. Pruning is necessary for plants, activities, and organizations, in such times as these. Government is no exception.
...Hrmm? Your metaphor doesn't really make much sense. The government and the jobs it provides are a lot different from a tree of all things. I mean, what's the Judicial Branch? An owl? A hole in the tree dug by a woodpecker? People who work for the government are often just regular middle class citizens. They spend their money like anyone else. They're not "dead wood" at all, even if their jobs are unneeded. The thing about the branches just makes no sense. And people who work for the governments aren't stealing nutrients (or money) from anyone else. People seem to get angry when the government spends money to stimulate the economy, but then they want the government to shrink. Well, what's the government going to spend money on? The military? Not exactly trickling down.
The country has always managed to be fine with wasteful spending, a bloated government, and excessive spending. The only problem now is that we can't afford to do it anymore. Really, the only way this country will be able to save itself is to find some way to make some freakin' money, not cherry pick after last piece of fiscal policy.
Well I must say, my metaphor wasn't the clearist piece of work but it hold true. Let me clear it up a bit.
Constitution is the tree seed.
The Judicial Branch is the DNA and tells teh tree what it can and cannot do according to the original seed.
The Executive Branch and the the Legislative Branch share the rest of the tree: roots, trunk, branches, leaves.
The tree is on property "I" own and live on and protects my home on the property from certain elements.
When a tree on your property starts to invade your windows, or span across a fence, you need to start pruning it before it crosses into someone else's yard. When a tree starts growing in a direction you don't want it to you need to cut it back. When a tree starts to die in certain areas, you need to clear the dead wood.
That is the crux of my analogy, poor as it may be, I think it fits.
The tree of government in America has not been pruned meaningfully since the "Voter Revolution of 1994" and Welfare reform. Before that it Reagan. Before that... etc. It has grown so large in recent years under the "ever so viligant eye" of both Republicans and Democrats.