I joined here thinking I would see a decent conversation but it looks like Libs yelling at Cons and vice versa. So instead of yelling what would your budget look like? As an actual independant I would do both taxes and hard cuts. The outline would be like Medicaid (would do away with) Welfare - 2 year limit, no more having a kid every 2 years to stay on forever (worked retail and saw women with 13 kids who go over 1,000 a month in foodstamps) you get help with the first child.. Medicare - This is where I would make up for medicaid - open up medicare to any american for 5% of their salary (poor children/real disabled get financed by goverment) adding millions of healthy young people would help make up some of the spending debts. Allow Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices instead of having to pay insane fees.. Personal Taxes Would make it simple first 20K tax free no deductions Rates, stock options, dividends would count as income would be 20K-50K 5% 50K-250K 10% 250K-1M 15% 1M-10M 20% 10M+ 25% Business Taxes 10% of profits simple no deductions, no tax breaks (end the big tax breaks for oil, Ge etc) 2% deduction if 75% of your business/workforce is located in the US Social Security Right now they only take it out on the first 100K people make, raise that to 500K and means test if your net worth is over 1Million dollars then you don't get any SS when you retire. Do away with Homeland Security - sorry this is a HUGE waste of money, there was enough warning about 9/11 it should have been prevented but wasn't and even with Homeland security it wouldn't have just look at Fema and Katrina.. Cut Defense spending 10% next year and 5% a year for next 4 years after. 10% a year for next 5 years on political spending (what the politicians can charge the people like parties, travel, staff etc.) We pay them 175K a year to do a job not to have 20 interns do it. ANY raises to ANY politicians must be voted on by the people, must be put on the ballot during a presidential election and voted on. No more giving themselves raises.. This would upset both dems and republicans and would force everyone to pay more. If you where really serious you would add a 2% federal sales tax on everything with the sole purpose of the money going towards the debt..