"bloated contracts have caused a relatively large share of the budget mess"
Do you do standup 6th_floor? I'm having trouble breathing I'm laughing so hard at that statement!
Did all of these "bloated contracts" cause the budget mess of the 90s? That's right, there was no budget mess in the 90s!
Did the Union heads bet it all on risky securitized mortgages and lend billions of dollars to people they knew who couldn't afford them, resulting in the near meltdown of the housing industry? Said meltdown reduced the tax base, which is where the "budget mess" really came from.
Did the Unions and public sector employees sell us on two feel good wars that resulted in the Federal deficit skyrocketing due to increases in defense spending?
Walmart knows no boundaries, and has no loyalties. They have reeked havoc on our domestic industry by offering all the third world has to offer at the expense of domestic manufacturing. They have spent millions challenging laws that would be used against them in the areas of imports, labor, and finances. They have set the bar as low as they can get it for treatment of their employees. Instructing your employees on how to best obtain government benefits instead of offering them viable options and incentives essentially amounts to a government subsidy.
Keep on kissing the feet of the people that are standing on your back, they have you convinced one day you'll have your "American dream" too.