"Forty-nine per cent of those surveyed in a 2013 Fox News poll agreed that cutting “waste and fraud” could eliminate the national debt. In addition, voters have a poor sense of how government money is spent. When Trump says that he wants to close the Department of Education and the E.P.A., it might sound like a big saving. Yet their combined budgets amount to a small fraction of his proposed tax cut. Likewise with foreign aid: polls show that Americans think as much as a quarter of the federal budget goes to other countries, when it’s actually less than one per cent of total spending."
Of course, we should eliminated "waste and fraud" whenever and wherever possible, but to pretend that it will make a dent in the nation's fiscal problems (or that it will pay for massive proposed tax cuts) is wishful thinking at best.