Yesterday, our illustrious leader had his first full cabinet meeting in which he demanded that everybody tighten their belts and make some cuts so that the administration could cut $100 million in spending. Wow, he sure listened to us tea partiers. This is the equivalent of throwing us all a bone and what I mean by that is that there is no meat here. Did the President cut anything in his whopping nearly $4 trillion budget? Absolutely not. And what is $100 million in comparison to that number – a drop in the bucket. And that is exactly what the President called this which I guess is suppose to earn our trust.
As I listened to the press conference yesterday after the cabinet meeting, I could not help but notice that the areas that Obama mentioned were making cuts were Homeland Security and Defense. (Homeland Security realized that you could save money buying office supplies in bulk.)
President Obama was asked if the efficiency saving isn’t just “a drop in the bucket”. “It is,” he replied. “None of these things alone are going to make a difference. But cumulatively, they make an extraordinary difference because they start setting a tone … $100 million there, $100 million here – pretty soon, even here in Washington, it adds up to real money.” The President also commented, “We also have a deficit – a confidence gap – when it comes to the American people. And we’ve got to earn their trust.”
The AP is reporting, “The federal deficit for March alone was $192.3 billion, and $100 million would represent a minuscule portion of that sum, roughly one-twentieth of 1 percent. Obama in February brought forward a $3.6 trillion budget for the 2010 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, a proposal that would produce $9.3 trillion in deficits over the next decade.”
White House spokesmoron Robert Gibbs said the president “has laid out cuts large and small in administrative costs” and in programs throughout the government. What a dope!
Here are some of the proposed cuts which really are hilarious since no entitlment programs are getting cuts and when one looks at how the government is growing with all the new positions and boards and corps Obama is creating:
-DHS can save $51 million buying office supplies in bulk.
-$6.7 million could be saved over the first five years by having U.S. attorney offices and the U.S. Marshals Offices’ Asset Forfeiture program convert publication of forfeiture notices from newspapers to the Internet.
-$5 million a year could be saved by consolidating embassy posts at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.
-$62 million could be saved over a 15-year lease term if the Agriculture Department combines roughly 1,500 employees from seven leased locations into a single facility by early 2011.
Also keep in mind that these are cuts brought on over a number of years – a trick Obama continuously uses to make the ill-informed in this society think he is doing a great job with his “change”. Stay tuned for more tea parties – we will make them listen!