On the federal level, essential services only. Police (yes, I'd be fine with a nationalized police force), fire, military, disaster relief...essentially anything protective.
At the state level, infrastructure, education (voucher style) and health care. I'm okay with the idea of government health care, but only at the state level and only if doctors are the ones making the medical decisions. No bureaucrats allowed. Disability benefits only for those who actually, physically can't work.
Would also throw in that if it were up to me, Id do away with federal income tax. Let the state tax citizens only in whatever way it chooses. Let the federal government draw their money from the states.
I would pretty much reduce the federal government to a shell of itself.
"It's amazing," Beason said at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, shortly after passing his physical. "It doesn't happen (often) with mid-season trades. But the one place I said if I wasn't in Carolina where I wanted to be was with a great organization like the Giants with a winning tradition, leadership, a 4-3 scheme where I can come in right now. I think I can really come out and impact the season."
"I know I'll come in tomorrow early and meet the coaches and I'll get my linebacker coach (Jim Herrmann) and we're going to cram," Beason said. "If they ask me to, I'll dress (Sunday) and I'll give everything I have. ... It's just going to be terminology. I'm a smart player. I learn fast. Being a mike linebacker, a lot is on your plate. I think I actually thrive in that position. I'm going to get with coach as long as it takes and as fast as I can get it as soon as I want to play."
And this interesting fact...
This is the Giants' first in-season trade since Oct. 8, 1986, when they acquired running back Ottis Anderson from the St. Louis Cardinals for 1987 second and seventh-round picks.
That's just a few days away from being 27 years ago.
Sixty plus pages that go from "hey didja hear" to "what a stupid rumor" to "oh $#@&, could this be real" to "hey we might get Hakeem Nicks" to "late round pick no way" to "will he pass his physical" to "oh man, bye bye Jon"
Bottom line: Despite the rollercoaster, objective reality is that it's a good trade for all involved.