While I certainly agree the United States needs to be more fiscally responsible, and a balanced budget needs to be obtained, cutting our current 36% of GDP to 18 would not be responsible either. Come up with realistic numbers for a constitutional amendment. Perhaps a realistic progressive decline in spending. Then by managing on a monthly or quarterly basis so that we don't face a end of year government shutdown. Staff reductions and elimination of duplicate tasks would be a good place to start. i.e.: 17 government intelligence agencies is a little ridiculous.