Comment: I prefer to use the term "cutting government waste"

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I prefer to use the term "cutting government waste"

that can only be taken in a positive way.

And it is surely waste.

Once you start trying to move beyond about $1.5tn of cutting government waste the questions start getting harder to answer.

I'll argue about the first $1tn, then the next $500bn to start with and worry about making the case for the rest later.

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."