So, if we really want to cut out unnecessary spending to reduce the deficit, here are a few no-brainers:
- Abstinence-only sex education. We have wasted more than $1.5 billion dollars on trying to convince teenagers to not have sex. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t worked. In fact, since we started teaching abstinence instead of contraception, the downward trend in teenage pregnancies has reversed and started going back up.
- Federal raids on medical marijuana clinics. Obama promised to end raids on otherwise-legal medical marijuana clinics, but they continue.
- Five billion dollars every year in federal subsidies to big oil companies, which the companies themselves say they don’t need as long as oil prices are above $70 a barrel.
- Weapons systems that even the military doesn’t want. We just spent another $13 billion dollars on this insanity.