of course it is, but the problem lies in the fact that doing so would require all entitlement programs and such to be cut...people who think cutting foriegn aid and those sorts of things would help don't understand. foriegn aid accounts for only about eight-tenths of one percent of the federal budget spending, about 1/70 of what is paid out in social security and medicare...and this does not take into account what the federal share of the medicaid programs in the 50 states cost the federal budget. add to those things the federal support for food stamps, welfare, and all the other such programs, and we have the real problem. sorry, but balancing the budget means cutting a big hunk off of what is paid out to our citizens in one form or another. yes, cutting foriegn aid would help a very small bit, and we should definitely stop all federal payout for such things as 'the arts', but when 99 cents of every tax dollar goes to us in one form or another...from the military to federal paychecks and benefits to roads to all the rest of it, you should be able to see that cutting spending and balancing the budget is going to come only at our expense.