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In my books, I largely focused on eliminating programs and detailed a list of more than 100 agencies that cried out to be abolished or cut back significantly, which potentially would have saved trillions of dollars over the coming decades.

They included the Small Business Administration, which barely helped 1 percent of small businesses; Community Development Block Grants that went to wealthy cities and towns; billions in corporate welfare that bankrolled Fortune 500 companies; Urban Development Grants that built ritzy hotel complexes; the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, a scandal-ridden, pork-barrel giveaway program that failed to create jobs.

The costs of these and many other programs totaled about $200 billion back then. Today, their costs approach close to nearly half the panel’s $1.2 trillion savings goal.

This is not as hard as it looks. It takes political will and guts, something that so far is sorely missing among many of the members of this misnamed “supercommittee.”

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.