The budget “crisis” is entirely backward. The pols are arguing about what to cut. The discussion should be about what to keep. They need to assume that the whole government is a pile of manure, and perhaps there’s a pony in there somewhere. Their job should be to find the pony and shovel the rest out into the fields.
I’ve made this appeal before. What part of the federal government’s programs would you want to keep? What programs to you personally benefit from? You’ll have to think long and hard to identify anything personally beneficial and worth keeping.