Here is $1.12 Billion that we can save immediately – eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms (BATF). The buffoonery of this particular arm of the government is legendary. Heard of Ruby Ridge?
and the Branch Davidians? Or most recently the botched sting “Fast and Furious?” Meet the guys who are responsible – the BATF. Waco
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are all legal. So why exactly do we require more then 5,000 Federal bureaucrats to mismanage booze, cigarettes, and guns? Well – we don’t. Essentially the BATF was a mistake that has been perpetuated. However the Federal government rarely if ever acknowledges mistakes. In the case of the BATF the agency has been passed back and forth between various bigger agencies. As the government taxed or tried to reduce our freedoms, they added responsibilities to the Revenue Laboratory (1886) within the Treasury Department.
I think that it is time to put a bullet in this agency. Just doing away with it would save $1 billion a year AND reduce the flow of American guns to Mexican drug lords. Further, given their track record some bureaucrat will add something like chocolate or french fries to their duties to tax and control if we don’t put a stop it. Get rid of them now.