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Obama announces plan to cut government waste
AP ^ | 06/13/11 | Julie Pace

Posted on 06/13/2011 7:54:45 AM PDT by nhwingut

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will announce new steps Monday to reduce government waste, arguing that inefficiency, fraud and abuse are especially troubling during tough economic times.

Obama was to sign an executive order creating the Campaign to Cut Government Waste. According to a draft of the order obtained by The Associated Press, Obama will call for a new oversight board to work with federal agencies to cut back on waste and improve their performance. The order also requires cabinet secretaries to hold regular meetings with Vice President Joe Biden to report progress.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; governmentwaste; obama
The jokes write themselves... "Create Govt Board to Reduce Govt Waste"... "Hold meetings with Biden." LOL!
1 posted on 06/13/2011 7:54:47 AM PDT by nhwingut
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To: nhwingut
Obama is a "One Trick Pony".
2 posted on 06/13/2011 7:58:27 AM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: nhwingut
"One of the campaign's first steps will be targeting waste and duplication among federal websites."

Even at inflated Govt. prices that will save what, a half million at most? I recall when Clinton started a similar program called "Reinventing America" which put Al Gore in charge of eliminating government waste. It was nothing more than a PR campaign and accomplished nothing.

3 posted on 06/13/2011 7:59:20 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: nhwingut

Is a “waste czar” next


4 posted on 06/13/2011 7:59:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: nhwingut

He’d have to fire himself, Slow-Joe Biden and all other entrenched commies from his administration and congress. They’re all a waste of space.


5 posted on 06/13/2011 8:00:20 AM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: nhwingut
listen stooopid, start with a 25% cut across the board and problem solved without spending a penny

the boy isn't smart enough to understand the business model of a lemonade stand...

6 posted on 06/13/2011 8:00:42 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nhwingut

Is he going to hire a waste-cutting czar?


7 posted on 06/13/2011 8:01:46 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: circlecity

But at least Clinton’s PR stunt had a record to go with it. With Obozos economic record it’s just ripe for jokes.


8 posted on 06/13/2011 8:02:38 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: nhwingut

“Obama” A man of smoke and mirrors.


9 posted on 06/13/2011 8:03:17 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Say no to the status quo and yes to Palin whom we all know.)
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To: nhwingut
Two years ago (Nov 2009), Saturday Night Live skewered Obama with an skit involving his press conference with China president Hu Jintao. The skit was famous for such lines as "Do I look like Mrs Obama? Then why you try to do sex to me??" But there is another line that bears remembering:

HU JINTAO IMPRESSIONIST: You know, as I listen to you, I am noticing that each of your plans to save money involves spending even more money. This does not inspire confidence.

Nothing changes.

10 posted on 06/13/2011 8:03:23 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: nhwingut

Honest to goodness, I thought it was the Onion. I had to check to be sure.


11 posted on 06/13/2011 8:03:41 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: nhwingut
IN THE MORNING E-MAIL:


I was born in one country, raised in another.

My father was born in another country.

I was not his only child.

He fathered several children with numerous women.

I became very close to my mother, as my father showed no interest in me.

My mother died at an early age from cancer.

Although my father deserted me and my mother raised me, I later wrote a book idolizing my father not my mother.

Later in life, questions arose over my real name.

My birth records were sketchy.

No one was able to produce a legitimate, reliable birth certificate.

I grew up practicing one faith but converted to Christianity, as it was widely accepted in my new country, but I practiced non-traditional beliefs and didn't follow Christianity, except in the public eye under scrutiny.

I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult, disguising myself as someone who really cared about them.

That was before I decided it was time to get serious about my life and embarked on a new career.

I produced a book about my struggles growing up.

It was clear to those who read my memoirs, that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me as a child.

I became active in local politics in my 30's then, with help by radicals behind the scenes, I literally burst onto the scene as a candidate for national office in my 40s.

They said I had a golden tongue and could talk anyone into anything.

I had a virtually non-existent resume, little work history, and no experience in leading a single organization.

Yet I was a powerful speaker and citizens were drawn to me, as though I were a magnet and they were small roofing tacks.

I drew incredibly large crowds during my public appearances.

This bolstered my ego.

At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign policy...

I was very critical of my country in the last war, and seized every opportunity to bash my country.

But what launched my rise to national prominence were my views on the country's economy.

I pretended to have a really good plan on how we could do better, and every poor person would be fed and housed for free.

I knew which group was responsible for getting us into this mess.

It was the free market, banks and corporations.

I decided to start making citizens hate them and, if they became envious of others who did well, the plan was clinched tight.

I called mine "A People's Campaign".

That sounded good to all people.

I was the surprise candidate because I emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain widespread popular support.

I knew that, if I merely offered the people 'hope', together we could change our country and the world.

So, I started to make my speeches sound like they were on behalf of the downtrodden, poor, ignorant to include "persecuted minorities".

My true views were not widely known and I kept them unknown, until after I became my nation's leader.

I had to carefully guard reality, as anybody could have easily found out what I really believed, if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated with. I'm glad they didn't.

Then I became the most powerful man in the world.

And then the world learned the truth.

Who am I?



ADOLPH HITLER

If you were thinking of SOMEONE ELSE, you should be scared, very scared!

12 posted on 06/13/2011 8:04:05 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Fantasywriter
Honest to goodness, I thought it was the Onion. I had to check to be sure.

LOL! I did too. Even the Exec Order is cheesy, Onion-like: Campaign to Cut Government. I mean talk about being creative.
13 posted on 06/13/2011 8:05:39 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: Chode

Really, I don’t understand why the Feds just don’t do exactly as you suggested. Simply keep all spending as is by proportion, and cut across the board whatever percentage is needed to balance the budget.

Okay, I understand why they don’t do it, but it’s still frustrating!


14 posted on 06/13/2011 8:09:10 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: nhwingut

Their playbook has only two plays.

1. Raise taxes.
2. Grow government.

Those are the universal answers to every problem in their minds............


15 posted on 06/13/2011 8:13:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: nhwingut

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one. ;)

On the bright side, could this be a sign of Obama-panic? Even though he canceled his daily economic briefings, he must have some clue, however vague, that the economy is dire. As a Keynesian marxist [I hope I put that right] Obama knows one thing only: the government must spend more...and more...and MORE. There is, however, no $ to spend, and there hasn’t been for a couple of years, at least. So maybe he’s actually hoping this bureaucratic boondoggle will actually save him a few bucks, so he can spend, spend, spend some more.


16 posted on 06/13/2011 8:13:56 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Falcon4.0

Obama is the number one waste, IMO! It’s called Human.


17 posted on 06/13/2011 8:14:53 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: nhwingut

wow~! what a great idea~!

You mean there is waste in government?

Why didnt any candidate run on that?

I bet if we cut all the waste in Medicade we could fund Obamacare! Wouldnt that be a good selling point?


18 posted on 06/13/2011 8:22:28 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: nhwingut

Yes we all know how overspending fixes the economy and reduces debt too. Can I say “Doofus” without getting banned?


19 posted on 06/13/2011 8:26:28 AM PDT by sniper63 (Ever wonder why the call themselves Hamas, but don't eat pork?)
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To: Mr. K

Stossel had a show on Fox last night on government waste and what to do. Zero will do nothing. Another headline and go back to spending.


20 posted on 06/13/2011 8:27:54 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: nhwingut
“The jokes write themselves... “Create Govt Board to Reduce Govt Waste”... “Hold meetings with Biden.” LOL!”

The Department of Talking About Government Spending and Government Waste.

21 posted on 06/13/2011 8:27:59 AM PDT by detective
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To: nhwingut

The only way to root out fraud, corruption, and inefficiencies is Gov’t is to limit the scope of the Gov’t power and size. Fraud, corruption, and inefficiencies are the very nature of centralized Gov’t. It used to be that anyone who had taken a basic American gov’t or history class understood this truth.


22 posted on 06/13/2011 8:28:18 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: nhwingut

If this SOB were not so dangerous, he would be pure comic genius.


23 posted on 06/13/2011 8:29:03 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Game On!.................Saracuda 2012)
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To: nhwingut

If this SOB were not so utterly dangerous, he would be pure comic genius.


24 posted on 06/13/2011 8:29:20 AM PDT by NWFLConservative (Game On!.................Saracuda 2012)
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To: nhwingut

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25 posted on 06/13/2011 8:39:01 AM PDT by PMAS
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To: Chode
listen stooopid, start with a 25% cut across the board and problem solved without spending a penny

So you're going to cut every Social Security check to every recipient by 25%?

You're going to cut every soldier, sailor, marine’s paycheck by 25%? Or are you just planning to fire 25% of them?

Many government buildings and offices are rented. You plan to just tell the landlord, “I just unilaterally cut your monthly rent for the space by 25%, screw you.”? Everybody who does busines with the Federal government just got screwed out of 25% of what they expected to get paid, eh?

26 posted on 06/13/2011 8:39:55 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: nhwingut

“Obama was to sign an executive order creating the Campaign to Cut Government Waste...Obama will call for a new oversight board to work with federal agencies to cut back on waste...”

And the “new oversight board” will wind up costing more than the “waste” that the board cuts.


27 posted on 06/13/2011 8:44:36 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Cheburashka

Cutting 25% does not need the reduction of people’s salaries, it would need the reduction of 25% of agency spending, and perhaps a 25% reduction in personnel.


28 posted on 06/13/2011 8:52:52 AM PDT by jimmyray
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To: Cheburashka

“So you’re going to cut every Social Security check to every recipient by 25%?”

No, but I would cut the social security administrations operating budget by 25%, minus payroll.

Could cut every operating budget by 25% minus payroll. Could have every government employee kick in another 1-2% for retirement and medical.

Could take redundant departments, consolidate them, keep the people on payroll, but cut the operating budgets by 25%. Jobs that are replicated can be cut by attrition and early retirement.

Can review all government contracts valued at over $1,000,000 and renegotiate based on usefulness of the contract. In other words, the original purpose of the contract has been fulfilled, but. someone is still getting paid.

Actually, we can have all these contracts, minus ones for national security, put online and the people can determine what should be cut. This also includes all the operating budgets.

It is obvious the government cannot do this on their own. Give accounting majors 3 college credits for doing the audit.


29 posted on 06/13/2011 8:58:22 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin, the only candidate to be vetted by the NY Times, the Washington Post and NBC.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

If wikileaks can put thousands of pages of national security material on the Internet with nary a peep by the administration, our national budget, which is owned by the people can be put online.

And I thought this was Issa’s job.


30 posted on 06/13/2011 9:03:01 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin, the only candidate to be vetted by the NY Times, the Washington Post and NBC.)
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To: Cheburashka
25% was an arbitrary number and you leave it to the individual departments where to make the reductions

i would redline the military budget but it's prolly not possible

i still say if you make X% cuts even overall it's still better than creating ANOTHER layer of government bureaucracy that will a)never achieve it's intended mission/namesake and b)will cost more EVERY YEAR from now to eternity!!!

31 posted on 06/13/2011 9:06:26 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Maceman

If he wants to cut some government waste, he should appoint ‘chainsaw’ Jack Welsh, former CEO of GE as cost cutting czar.


32 posted on 06/13/2011 9:09:16 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: nhwingut

Whatever happened to the reorganization of Government he proposed in his last State of the Union — where he suggested he’d eliminate parts of our current Government structure where there was duplication of oversight/responsibility???


33 posted on 06/13/2011 9:11:35 AM PDT by USNA74
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To: nhwingut

This is the best the Democrats can do? At least with Nero, you got a little music while everything was falling apart. With Obama, all you get is blather blather blather. And let’s not forget our old friends Pelosi and Reid. This is a Democrat debacle, not just an Obama debacle. If things don’t pick up, they’ll throw him under the bus and come up with a new and improved candidate. This ugly little brat (the economy) is a Democrat baby.


34 posted on 06/13/2011 9:19:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: jimmyray
Cutting 25% does not need the reduction of people’s salaries,...

So you're going to cut 25% of the program, but keep 100% of the bureaucrats that run the program?

...it would need the reduction of 25% of agency spending, and perhaps a 25% reduction in personnel.


2) A 25% reduction in personnel is a 100% reduction for the personnel you fire. They'll be real pleased with you, won't they? So which is better, cutting everybody’s pay by 25% or firing 25%?

Don't kid yourself. You have to cut the bureaucracy hard to cut spending if you're looking to cut spending by 25%, and if you're cutting the bureaucracy will fight tooth and nail. I think a lot of the big mouths posting around here think it will be easy - I guarantee they will be disappointed.

35 posted on 06/13/2011 9:46:53 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Can review all government contracts valued at over $1,000,000...

The bureaucracy will never again sign a contract for more than $999,999.

As for the rest of you comments, maybe that will get as much as 10% savings. Maybe. So what are you going to do to get the other 15%?

If this was easy it would already have been done.

36 posted on 06/13/2011 9:52:41 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Chode
I agree that this announcement is just the Obamanation’s b___s___. I don't expect the Obamanation to actually do anything, the bureaucracy is his friend.

But don't expect some simple thing like a 25% cut to work when Palin is President either. Expect screaming and howling and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Expect the Wisconsin State Capitol Building times 100. Maybe times 300-400. Expect the bureaucracy to fight to the last man in the last trench. Do the American people have the stones to say to the bureaucrats “NO!”? The American people might even reelect the Obamanation just because they don't have the guts for the fight.

37 posted on 06/13/2011 10:03:08 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: Cheburashka
i meant it only in the sense of a response to 0bama that it's better to do an across the board cut than add more government

i trust Palin if she get's in will have a real plan to get us out of this mess...

38 posted on 06/13/2011 10:44:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nhwingut

“The jokes write themselves”

Anything Asspress writes is high comedy.


39 posted on 06/13/2011 7:15:08 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: nhwingut

What a bunch of molarky! He also said today he thinks about jobs every time he goes into the Oval.


40 posted on 06/13/2011 8:00:45 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: nhwingut

“Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions”....according to dimwit, idiotBiden......I call serious BS given his track record on watching for Stimulus waste.... =.=


41 posted on 06/13/2011 9:46:14 PM PDT by cranked
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To: nhwingut

Obama talking about cutting waste is like Hitler talking about Jewish Outreach programs....


42 posted on 06/13/2011 11:32:30 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: nhwingut

Jon Carry had lots of ‘plans’, too, when he was running. So Bozo has a plan to reduce waste huh? Just heard earlier in the day that he also has a plan to create jobs, he’s been saying that for the last 2 1/2 years, hasn’t happened yet BOZO! This imposter is such a tool. All by design, his plan is to destroy us.


43 posted on 06/14/2011 1:58:20 AM PDT by tina07 (In loving memory of my father,WWII Vet. CBI 10/16/42-12/17/45, d. 11/1/85)
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To: tina07

Best idea to fight gov’t waste? Just close down the gov’t. No one would notice for months anyway...


44 posted on 06/14/2011 4:56:34 AM PDT by Bulgaricus1 (Fill your hand you son...)
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To: Cheburashka
They'll be real pleased with you, won't they? So which is better, cutting everybody’s pay by 25% or firing 25%?

Reality bites even the public sector. You apparently have not dealt with budget cuts in the private sector. People get laid off all of the time, so what?

So they're mad, so what?

I would advocate a 75% reduction in all non-military personnel, and a 25% reduction in the size of the military. I would also legislate a permanent freeze on ALL non-discretionary spending. Let the rationing begin!!!

What, is the government going to get slower and more inefficient? And the downside is...

45 posted on 06/14/2011 7:19:13 PM PDT by jimmyray
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