A Balanced Budget
One of the most disturbing issues of our time, is our out of control budget and our ever increasing national debt. While both parties may disagree on cutting/raising taxes, neither seem willing to curtail national spending. As a result, inflation continues to impact middle and lower class families all over the nation. Why? Because beyond borrowing money from China and other countries to pay for endless wars, entitlements and government bloat, we have to print more money to cover our expenses. Every time we fire up the printing press, we devalue our currency, creating a "hidden tax" that slowly makes life more expensive for the average American, especially given several decades of stagnant wage growth.
Luckily, there is a solution, albeit a bit painful. We need to come to terms with the fact that the Federal Government is too big, does too many things ineffectively, and costs too much money to sustain. Real cuts to government structure are needed to bring us back within the "black" of our ledger. This doesn't mean sequestration, it means the dissolution of dozens of government programs, departments and agencies across the board. It means cutting entitlements, restructuring Social Security, reducing the size of our 800 military bases in over 80 different countries (this accounts for about $100 billion a year), ending wars in over half a dozen countries, ending the war on drugs, and many other ways we wantonly waste our nation's wealth.
In all, the Federal Government needs to shrink its balance sheet by about 25-50%, and focus on handling only those responsibilities enumerated in our constitution. This is important not only from a budgetary sense, but from a representative sense as well, as your vote carries more weight at the state level, than the national.