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If the deficit commission is looking for a way to cut spending ...


The Onion has a good suggestion:

In an effort to reduce wasteful spending and eliminate non-vital federal services, the U.S. government announced plans this week to cut its long-standing senator program, a move it says will help save more than $300 billion each year.

According to officials, the decision to cut the national legislative body was reached during a budget review meeting on Tuesday. After hours of deliberation, it was agreed that the cost of financing U.S. senators far outweighed the benefits they provided.

"Now more than ever, we must eliminate needless spending wherever possible," President Obama said at a press conference Wednesday. "When we sat down to go over our annual budget, we asked ourselves, where can we safely trim back? What programs can we do away with without negatively impacting the American people? Which bloated and ineffective institutions can we no longer justify having around?"

"The answer was obvious," Obama added. "The U.S. Senate just needed to go."

Photo credit: Jason Reed/Reuters

By Ezra Klein  |  March 31, 2010; 12:03 PM ET
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I always thought we could save a great deal by outsourcing the government (including cabinet positions) to India.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | March 31, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse


America's finest news source is on target again!

@ KW: I would rather outsource CEOs to countries where they only make gobs of money instead of obscene, ridiculous, shameful amounts of money and they don't focus on short term profits at the expense of long term growth.

Posted by: srw3 | March 31, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ah, we can always dream.

I doubt the Senate costs $300 billion in terms of wages, etc, but it might cost billions in terms of bad policy making.

Posted by: Modicum | March 31, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

According to the Tax Foundation the actual operating costs of the Legislative branch is getting quite close to $1bn annually.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | March 31, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ezra, please go back to shilling for the Health Insurance industry. We can read the Onion on our own.

Posted by: graymond323 | March 31, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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