- Cut by 75% International programs (read: foreign aid) and the departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, and EPA. This results in savings of approximately $412 billion.
- Cut by 33% the budgets for Defense, Medicare, and Medicaid. This results in savings of approximately $534 billion. For those of you concerned about Defense cuts, this would still leave a budget of just under $500 billion, which would still be about the same as the annual defense budgets for the rest of the world’s top ten military spenders—including China—combined.
- Eliminate 100% of the waste identified by the CBO, and the stupid pork spending about which I have previously posted. This results in an additional $130 billion in savings.
- Reduce the remaining budget by 15% across the board. This saves another $165 billion.
- Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation
- Obstacles to Litigating Civil Claims for Wrongful Conviction: An Overview
- The Constitutionality of Warrantless Electronic Surveillance of Suspected Foreign Threats to the National Security of the United States
- Paying for Silence: The Liability of Police Officers under Section 1983 for Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence
- Unreasonable Seizures of Unreasonable People: Defining the Totality of Circumstances Relevant to Assessing the Police Use of Force Against Emotionally Disturbed People
- Police Chases: More Deadly than a Speeding Bullet?
- Operation Fast & Furious, in which the Justice Department deliberately permitted thousands of illegal guns to be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels, some of which ended up back in the U.S. where they were used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Dozens of documents now reveal that information about this project was made available at least as high up as Attorney General Eric Holder, who either (a) in fact knew about and authorized this colossally stupid program (and is now lying about it), (b) could have known about it but didn’t bother to read the reports (Holder’s story now), or (c) really doesn’t have any idea or control over what is going on at DOJ.
- The Solyndra (and Tesla Motors, and Beacon Power, etc.) “green energy” loan debacle, where the physics-professor-headed Department of Energy guaranteed $535 million in loans to a fledgling company in an unproven startup industry, and did so over the skepticism—if not outright objection—of those charged with doing the financial review of that deal, only to see it go bankrupt almost to the day when the financial experts predicted it would.
- Stimulus and the proposed Son of Stimulus, with the economy remaining stagnant and unemployment chronically stuck above 9%, despite Obama’s promises that with Stimulus I it would remain below 8%. In response to the obvious failure, Obama offered the juvenile quip back in June that “shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.” Perhaps he wouldn’t have been so surprised at the gulf between his “shovel-ready” promises and reality if he or anyone in his administration had any experience or background relevant to administering any of the tasks he is purporting to undertake.
And, of course, there is the well-documented situation in Iran, where Mahmoud Ahmedinedjad has as a publicly stated policy goal the elimination of Israel. Ahmedinedjad, who is now armed with cruise missiles and is not far from obtaining nukes. Ahmedinedjad, who earlier this summer announced the Iranian navy would soon be patrolling just off U.S. waters—an announcement met with essentially no reaction by the White House. More sanctions, maybe a request for a U.N. resolution.
That’s bold leadership, Mr. President. Bold, indeed.