How to fix the debt ceiling mess–a very long list of unconstitutional federal agencies

“The debt limit, or ceiling, which is the amount that the nation is allowed to borrow, must be raised if the United States is to pay for all the things that Congress has already bought: the spending in the budget bills it has already passed, the Social Security checks promised to retirees, the payments due to private companies with federal contracts and the interest on bonds it has sold.” [1]

The debt ceiling issue will not go away. As I see it, the only “solution” to this huge problem is to pass a new budget that eliminates at once all unconstitutional federal departments, Agriculture, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, large portions of Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, Transportation, and probably Veterans Affairs. Those are all cabinet positions. Next would be the alphabet soup agencies, bureaus, etc., below. [2]

Finally to the extent that the shutdown of federal operations doesn’t produce enough in savings, then the U.S. should stop paying interest (and to the extent necessary, principal) on its bonds, letting the bondholders foreclose on U.S. assets, i.e. parks, gold, facilities, and other assets which are used to operate unconstitutional programs.

Another alternative would be for the U.S. to file for bankruptcy, which is what normal people (and corporations) do when they can’t pay their debts when due. Bankruptcy would perhaps allow a more orderly liquidation than having creditors suing all over creation.

Social Security, Medicare, and other unconstitutional pension and insurance programs could continue in effect until they could be privatized.

[1] New York Times @ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/us/politics/28default.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

[2] The agencies, etc., were selected by me from http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml. The primary criterion I used was the title of the agency, and when the title suggested that the particular agency was prima facie unconstitutional, I included it for elimination.

Note: For hyperlinks on all these agencies, etc. go to the link just above. That will take you to a list of all the agencies of the federal government, including ones I omitted below.

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  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Administration for Native Americans
  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • Administration on Developmental Disabilities
  • Administrative Committee of the Federal Register
  • Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • African Development Foundation
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for International Development
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Agricultural Research Service
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau (Justice)
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (Treasury)
  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • American Samoa Home Page
  • AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Architect of the Capitol
  • Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board)
  • Archives (National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Arctic Research Commission
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home
  • Arms Control and International Security
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Interagency Coordinating Committee
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Botanic Garden
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors (Voice of America, Radio|TV Marti and more)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (Justice)
  • Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade (Treasury)
  • Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
  • Bureau of Industry and Security (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration)
  • Bureau of International Labor Affairs
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • Bureau of Public Debt
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Bureau of Transportation Statistics
  • Capitol Visitor Center
  • Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT)
  • Congressional Research Service
  • Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Denali Commission
  • Disability Employment Policy Office
  • Election Assistance Commission
  • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Global Affairs (State Department)
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
  • House Leadership Offices
  • Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Board
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Open World Leadership Center
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Pardon Attorney Office
  • Peace Corps
  • Social Security Advisory Board
  • Southeastern Power Administration
  • Southwestern Power Administration
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Voice of America (VOA)
  • Veterans Day National Committee
  • Washington Headquarters Services
  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Chief Acquisition Officers Council
  • Chief Financial Officers Council
  • Chief Human Capital Officers Council
  • Chief Information Officers Council
  • Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
  • Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service)
  • Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
  • Commission of Fine Arts
  • Commission on Civil Rights
  • Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
  • Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
  • Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements
  • Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States
  • Commodity Futures Trading Commission
  • Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • Community Planning and Development
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Council of Economic Advisers
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Court of International Trade
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia
  • Defense Acquisition University
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Defense Commissary Agency
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
  • Defense Contract Management Agency
  • Defense Field Activities
  • Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Defense Legal Services Agency
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
  • Defense Security Service (DSS)
  • Defense Technical Information Center
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
  • Domestic Policy Council
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs (State Department)
  • Economic Adjustment Office
  • Economic Analysis, Bureau of
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Economic Research Service
  • Economics & Statistics Administration
  • Employment and Training Administration (Labor Department)
  • Endangered Species Committee
  • Energy Department (DOE)
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Energy Information Administration
  • English Language Acquisition Office
  • Environmental Management (Energy Department)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • European Command
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Export Administration (now the Bureau of Industry and Security)
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
  • Farm Credit Administration
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Federal Consulting Group
  • Federal Election Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Executive Boards
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
  • Federal Financing Bank
  • Federal Geographic Data Committee
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
  • Federal Housing Finance Board
  • Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds
  • Federal Interagency Committee on Education
  • Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy
  • Federal Judicial Center
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Federal Library and Information Center Committee
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Federal Railroad Administration
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • Federal Student Aid (FSA)
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
  • Financial Management Service (Treasury Department)
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, National Commission
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Food and Nutrition Service
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
  • Forest Service
  • Fossil Energy
  • Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Government National Mortgage Association
  • Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe)
  • Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Indian Health Service
  • Industrial College of the Armed Forces
  • Industry and Security, Bureau of (formerly the Bureau of Export Administration)
  • Information Resource Management College
  • Innovation and Improvement Office
  • Institute of Education Sciences
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Institute of Peace
  • Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group
  • Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Inter-American Foundation
  • International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)
  • International Labor Affairs, Bureau of
  • International Trade Administration (ITA)
  • James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
  • Japan-United States Friendship Commission
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries
  • Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
  • Joint Fire Science Program
  • Joint Forces Command
  • Joint Forces Staff College
  • Joint Military Intelligence College
  • Justice Programs Office (Juvenile Justice, Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women and more)
  • Labor Statistics, Bureau of
  • Land Management, Bureau of
  • Lead Hazard Control (Housing and Urban Development Department)
  • Legal Services Corporation
  • Justice Statistics, Bureau of
  • Marine Mammal Commission
  • Maritime Administration
  • Marketing and Regulatory Programs (Agriculture Department)
  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
  • Merit Systems Protection Board
  • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
  • Military Postal Service Agency
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration
  • Morris K. Udall Foundation: Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy
  • Multifamily Housing Office
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service
  • National AIDS Policy Office
  • National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • National Cemetery Administration (Veterans Affairs Department)
  • National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
  • National Constitution Center
  • National Council on Disability
  • National Counterintelligence Executive, Office of
  • National Credit Union Administration
  • National Defense University
  • National Drug Intelligence Center
  • National Economic Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • National Indian Gaming Commission
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • National Institute of Justice
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Interagency Fire Center
  • National Laboratories (Energy Department)
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • National Mediation Board
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Ocean Service
  • National Park Foundation
  • National Park Service
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • National Security Council
  • National Technical Information Service
  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • National War College
  • National Weather Service (NOAA)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Northwest Power Planning Council
  • Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Office of Compliance
  • Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight
  • Office of Government Ethics
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Office of Scientific and Technical Information
  • Office of Special Counsel
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
  • Policy Development and Research (Housing and Urban Development Department)
  • Political Affairs (State Department)
  • Postal Regulatory Commission
  • Power Administrations
  • Presidio Trust
  • Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
  • Public and Indian Housing
  • Public Debt, Bureau of
  • Radio and TV Marti (Español)
  • Radio Free Asia (RFA)
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)
  • Railroad Retirement Board
  • Reclamation, Bureau of
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Regulatory Information Service Center
  • Rehabilitation Services Administration (Education Department)
  • Research, Education and Economics (Agriculture Department)
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (Transportation Depar
  • Risk Management Agency (Agriculture Department)
  • Rural Business and Cooperative Programs
  • Rural Development
  • Rural Housing Service
  • Rural Utilities Service
  • Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • Science Office (Energy Department)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Selective Service System
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • State Justice Institute
  • Stennis Center for Public Service
  • Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement
  • Surface Transportation Board
  • Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Tax Court
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
  • Transportation Command
  • Transportation Department (DOT)
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Transportation Statistics, Bureau of
  • TRICARE Management
  • Trustee Program (Justice Department)
  • U.S. Mission to the United Nations
  • U.S. National Central Bureau – Interpol (Justice Department)
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • U.S. Trade Representative
  • Veterans’ Employment and Training Service
  • Veterans Health Administration
  • Vietnam Educational Foundation
  • Weather Service, National
  • Western Area Power Administration
  • White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
  • White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance
  • White House Office of Administration
  • Women’s Bureau (Labor Department)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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