When I was a kid at school, they told us Treasury bonds were the "risk free security that all other uses of capital should be compared against." Turns out that mightn't have been completely correct. Will our leaders in Washington - on both sides of the aisle - please wake up. 1-Does the US Department of Agriculture need to be in over 100 countries? 2-Do we really need customs pre-clearance at SNN for what, two or three flights a day? 3-Maybe, just maybe, could we stop making regulations regarding home light bulbs? 4-Could we allowed skilled labor who is willing to buy a house get fast track immigration? (Don't relax requirements, just end the multi-month black hole of getting a visa. Mimic the E-3 program beyond Australia.) 5-Hedgies - ok, no more cap gains treatment on carried interest. Finally - check the historic ledgers at the Treasury and recognize that when we cut marginal tax rates, revenue has a funny habit of rising. We have less than 5 years to right the ship.