• eliminate the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs; • close down major independent agencies such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Small Business Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Legal Services Corporation, and the Appalachian Regional Commission; and • terminate obscure independent agencies like the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Japan–United States Friendship Commission, the Marine Mammal Commission, America's Education Goals Panel, the State Justice Institute, and the United States Institute of Peace.
Abolishing cabinet-level departments and independent agencies is an essential element of a return to constitutional government. Previous chapters in this section have called for the abolition of three cabinet agencies. That should not be construed as an endorsement of the other 11 departments. At least five of those—the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Transportation, Labor, and Veterans Affairs—should be on the chopping block as well. Arguably, there are only four departments that perform clearly federal functions, which are specifically enumerated in the Constitution: Defense, State, Justice, and Treasury.
Among the nearly 100 independent agencies that squander billions of taxpayer dollars every year there are dozens of additional candidates for elimination. The time is right for a return to a smaller, less expensive federal government. Closing down costly cabinet departments and independent agencies is an essential part of that process.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture pays farmers not to grow crops on their land in order to keep their selling prices high, then turns around
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Publication information: Book title: Cato Handbook for Congress:Policy Recommendations for the 106th Congress. Contributors: Edward H. Crane - Editor, David Boaz - Editor. Publisher: Cato Institute. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 175.
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