If you are going to throw out a figure "51% of the US pop doesn't pay any federal taxes", then please show your work and tell everyone where that figure comes from.
The military budget is already being looked at for cuts, but to cut it "in half" would severely cripple our ability to defend ourselves as a nation. You assert another figure, "flying the President around the world on a 747 with an entourage of 500". Do you have the figures on whom is the President's entourage? There's a purpose to having a private plane for the President and SecDef.
If Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were to shut down, the U.S. would likely be in a far worse situation with regard to unemployment, as you would be putting all their employees out of work, as well.
A flat tax has been pushed for by the wealthy for many years, and government has also been pushing for tax code reform, as well. Unfortunately, every time someone tries, it invariably complicates it more.
Supposedly, the USPS does not receive any government funding. The issue with the USPS has less to do with the cost of a letter or email or anything else, as many vendors here will state they use the USPS frequently. Their issues have more to do with poor management and hiring practises than anything else. When you hire people that have an "I don't care, you can't fire me" attitude, your work product will suffer. The bottom line with that is that the Postal employees aren't graded by accuracy or the number of items they properly deliver. They aren't even focused on service, which was their excuse for removing clocks in the Post Office. If you want people to focus on service, then put clocks IN, so people can see how fast they are serving people. No clocks, and one minute can seem like five. In Chicago, at least, the Postal employees are quite rude, and couldn't possibly care any less.
As far as a balanced budget for government, at least on the Federal level, that's virtually impossible, not only because of how far in debt we are, but also with the current armed conflict, it costs billions to send military personnel overseas. The housing mess was a result of bankers attempting to inflate their bottom line (bonuses) giving out loans to people they knew could not possibly ever pay back. It's like Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, Madoff, etc. They knew what they did would eventually come to bite them, they were just gambling they would still have money when everything came down.
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