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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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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.
Is a “waste czar” next
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.
the boy isn't smart enough to understand the business model of a lemonade stand...
Is he going to hire a waste-cutting czar?
But at least Clinton’s PR stunt had a record to go with it. With Obozos economic record it’s just ripe for jokes.
“Obama” A man of smoke and mirrors.
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.
Honest to goodness, I thought it was the Onion. I had to check to be sure.
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!
Their playbook has only two plays.
1. Raise taxes.
2. Grow government.
Those are the universal answers to every problem in their minds............
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.
Obama is the number one waste, IMO! It’s called Human.
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?
Yes we all know how overspending fixes the economy and reduces debt too. Can I say “Doofus” without getting banned?
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.
The Department of Talking About Government Spending and Government Waste.
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.
If this SOB were not so dangerous, he would be pure comic genius.
If this SOB were not so utterly dangerous, he would be pure comic genius.
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?
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!!!
If he wants to cut some government waste, he should appoint ‘chainsaw’ Jack Welsh, former CEO of GE as cost cutting czar.
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???
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.
...it would need the reduction of 25% of agency spending, and perhaps a 25% reduction in personnel.
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.
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.
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.
i trust Palin if she get's in will have a real plan to get us out of this mess...
“The jokes write themselves”
Anything Asspress writes is high comedy.
What a bunch of molarky! He also said today he thinks about jobs every time he goes into the Oval.
“Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions”....according to dimwit, idiotBiden......I call serious BS given his track record on watching for Stimulus waste.... =.=
Obama talking about cutting waste is like Hitler talking about Jewish Outreach programs....
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.
Best idea to fight gov’t waste? Just close down the gov’t. No one would notice for months anyway...
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...
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