- Require all government employees to travel in coach with the rest of us. There was an effort to clamp down on first-class and business-class travel by government employees several years ago, but it appears that this perk has quietly become acceptable again. Next time you are herded with the other cattle back into those crowded coach seats, take a good look as you walk through the comfy first-class cabin. There’s a good chance most of these passengers are there on the taxpayer’s dime.
- Take a good look at the use of expensive “smart phones” by government employees. Most government employees would be adequately served by inexpensive “dumb” cell phones, and in fact most employees already have, or would purchase, their own cell phones. I’ll bet the cost of this item, including air time for web surfing, is shocking.
- Stop paying government employees for all of their accumulated “sick pay” when they retire. You should get sick pay when you are sick. That’s why they call it “sick pay!” Or maybe take sick pay out of the employee’s retirement account. Some government employees receive six figure checks for accumulated sick pay at retirement in addition to a fat guaranteed pension plan.
This is just a start. The notion that government costs can not be reduced is ridiculous – give me a room full of retired, miserly old accountants and we could cut the budget by a third in no time, without reducing services. And for crying out loud, could we please at least pass a budget?