Y'all have probably read where Sen Reid is calling on the Republicans to give up Oil and Gas subsidies as part of the Debt Ceiling talks. Though it will put many of the small independents out of business, if the Repubs fight this cut they lose credibility.
If they can cede this issue, which they really have no choice with gas at $4. and insist that Solar, Wind and Ethanol be added to the cuts, I would say the American people win.
The cuts do need to go into the trillions and entire departments and agencies need to be eliminate. I hate to think of how the unions would react to massive layoff of the buracracy? But cuts in the size of the Federal Government is long overdue!