To help Congress begin the spending cuts, we’ve started a list of non-essential government spending that could be curbed:
- Farm Subsidies: Taxpayers spend $25 billion annually on farm subsidies. Over 90 percent of all farm subsidies goes to growers of just five crops: wheat, cotton, corn, soybeans, and rice. Just as producers of fruits, vegetables, beef, and poultry currently thrive without subsidies, so can other farmers.
- Earmarks: The $17 billion spent annually on pork projects includes the Charles Rangel School of Public Service, the Montana Sheep Institute, and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.
- Overpayments: The government’s own auditors admit that Washington makes at least $55 billion in overpayments to government programs annually.
- Corporate Welfare: Washington spends $60 billion a year on corporate welfare–more than it spends on homeland security.
We invite our readers to share suggestions of other non-essential items.