A department-by-department guide to cutting the government's budget.

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor oversees unemployment insurance, provides training programs, and imposes an array of union and workplace regulations.

The department will spend about $77 billion in fiscal 2014, or about $626 for every U.S. household. It employs more than 17,000 workers.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services administers Medicare, Medicaid, and hundreds of other subsidy and welfare programs.

The department will spend $958 billion in 2014, or about $7,789 for every U.S. household. It employs 70,000 workers and operates more than 496 subsidy programs.

Department of Education

The Department of Education provides loans and grants to college students and subsidizes elementary and secondary schools.

The department will spend $66 billion in 2014, or $537 for every U.S. household. It employs 4,100 workers and operates 120 subsidy programs.

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A tax reform is spurring a savings revolution in Canada. Amity Shlaes and I wrote about Canada’s Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) in the Wall Street Journal in August. We think that such accounts would be a fantastic policy reform for America. They would simplify the taxation of savings, encourage families to save more, and spur stronger economic growth.

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