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Sometimes it's more expensive when you neglect something and then you have to pay for that neglect.
So there are things we can cut now that will create a greater cost later to fix.
I don't get how this idea doesn't inform your "fire all the clerks" sentiment,
What makes you think that the things that are cut need to come back or be fixed?
Like NASA? Or the Coast Guard?
The Coast Guard is still operating, just not being paid. This is a political stunt that shows they still need to exist. The rest of the Department of Homeland Security is useless and the Coast Guard should have never been added to it.
Decades of government largesse has ruined NASA. Private companies like SpaceX and Virgin have showed they don't need to exist and the rest of the skunkworks can be ran by the Air Force, which already happens as it is.