“What is needed is a website that lists government agencies, organizations, and expenses, along with a description of what they do, says where cuts are advocated *just for each section*, and arguments for and against cuts in a particular section.”
Stellar idea, but isn’t this what we have the Congress for? Maybe this is the best way to fix out government. Fire the Congress, all of them, and have a National Pollster conduct periodic surveys and have the power to affect the changes that the people indicate are needed. No unions or businesses “buying access” to continue feeding at the public trough. But necessarily, our unemployment rate would rise dramatically. Oh, and do it for all the pension benefits too. No judges to intercede because it’s the will of the people.
That just substitutes whimsical democracy for republicanism.
The big problem is that the government is so large that nobody really has a clue of what to do, other than “cut the size”, which lobbyists and bureaucrats count on, because they have all kinds of fudges to keep their little piece of the pie funded, or else “the world will come to an end!”
Even Reagan couldn’t beat that on his own, the best he could do was reduce the rate of growth.
And there actually *are* some congressmen and senators who are trying to cut back. So the way to approach things is the Tea Party way, with slowly and methodically replacing the Washington big spenders with candidates opposed to that.
Eventually a threshold is reached where they can force through cuts, *despite* the lobbyists and bureaucrats. And though, ironically, it won’t make the news, it will help a lot.