Let's say that YOU have been given unfettered control over government spending, which means that you have power to change the allocation of funds, the power to close departments/agencies, eliminate social programming, etc.
Where do you start and why?
I would eliminate the TSA, FCC, DEA.
TSA -Every year a new report comes out saying that private investigators were able to bring everything from Bombs to Guns on planes at nearly all of America's busiest Airport. Which begs the question why spend so much money on a program like this that doesn't work? Just to strip search elderly ladies, make people throw away water, and piss off Goth kids in thigh high Doc Martins?
FCC - The FCC doesn't share my values and I resent that we can watch mass murder and gore on every channel, from morning to night, but God forbid somebody say "shit", or worse yet a woman's mammaries become exposed. I think people should be allowed to watch what they want instead of diluting everything on television to palate-less stereotypes.
DEA - Nixon stared this agency and stared the war on drugs to divert attention from his other failing war, Vietnam. Now i consumes over 20 billion dollars of the federal budget and that does not include the money to house and feed non-violent drug offenders. That's just silly. America's drug prohibition is one of the last remnants of the Women's Christian Temperance Movement. Suffrage was a good idea but prohibition was not.
I would also trim budgets on Military, after we finished up in Iraq.