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

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002 by combining 22 agencies, which are responsible for a vast array of activities.

The department spent $46 billion in 2015, or about $373 for every U.S. household. It employs 186,000 people.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy oversees nuclear weapons sites, runs electric utilities, and subsidizes conventional and alternative fuels.

The department will spend $30 billion in 2015, or about $243 for every U.S. household. It employs 16,000 workers directly and oversees about 100,000 contract 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 $1.012 trillion in 2015, or about $8,235 for every U.S. household. It employs 73,000 workers and operates more than 520 subsidy programs.

From the Downsizing Blog

Coercion Is Bad Economics

A common feature of Obama administration economic policies is the use of government coercion. The Obamacare health law mandated that individuals buy insurance. The administration’s tax increases grabbed more earnings from millions of people. And federal agencies are imposing an increasing pile of labor, environmental, and financial regulations on businesses.

Jared Bernstein Tilts His Tax Facts

Former Obama administration economist, Jared Bernstein, argues for higher taxes in a New York Times op-ed yesterday. His piece begins:

Keeping Their Promises

In blogs over the last several months, I have revisited the fiscal records of the eight Republican presidential candidates who have gubernatorial experience. As the 2016 race heats up, the candidates will begin making many promises on tax and spending issues, but will we be able to believe them?
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