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

Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce subsidizes businesses, restricts foreign trade, and oversees the Census Bureau and Patent Office.

The department will spend about $8 billion in 2014, or about $65 for every U.S. household. It employs 39,900 workers and operates more than 89 subsidy programs.

Department of Energy

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

The department will spend $28 billion in 2014, or about $228 for every U.S. household. It employs 15,000 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 $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.

From the Downsizing Blog

Keep chopping federal spending

President Obama is not doing enough to rein in spending and deficits. He says the deficit has been cut in half since he came to office. But that is a cut from the giant 2009 figure of $1.4 trillion, which was so high partly because of his costly stimulus bill.

Who Is Transit for?

Rail advocates often call me “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments. I’ve always responded that I’m just against wasteful transit. But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that all government transit is wasteful transit.

Corporate Tax Inversions Made Simple

Numerous responses to my article in the New York Times yesterday about corporate tax inversions indicated a lack of understanding. Related articles by Levin, Johnston, and Huang similarly suggested that further enlightenment is needed.
Subscribe to From the Downsizing Blog

Downsize the Department of Agriculture