Okay, well now we’re getting serious.
I had thought, having failed to make any kind of serious proposal to reform entitlements while instead raising spending levels to post-war highs, that President Obama maybe wasn’t very interested in cutting costs.
How wrong I was!
In an executive order signed today, the president of the United States demanded that the government stop purchasing so many plaques and cut back on cell phone use.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
You know, plaques. Not the kind clogging up your arteries. The kind you might find outside a a room in a government building saying, “The Arthur P. Melborne Meeting Room, named for Arthur P. Melborne (1910-1998), who spent 42 years at the Department of Commerce wasting taxpayer money.”
Here are some excerpts from the order Obama signed.
Agencies should limit the purchase of promotional items (e.g., plaques, clothing, and commemorative items), in particular where they are not cost-effective . . .
Agencies are encouraged to limit the publication and printing of hard copy documents and to presume that information should be provided in an electronic form, whenever practicable, permitted by law, and consistent with applicable records retention requirements . . .
Each agency should take steps to limit the number of IT devices (e.g., mobile phones, smartphones, desktop and laptop computers, and tablet personal computers) issued to employees.
Are Obama’s political advisers really of the opinion that THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID THAT THEY WON’T SEE THROUGH THIS NONSENSE?
Federal spending this year was at about 25 percent of GDP, the highest level since we were simultaneously at war with Germany, Italy and Japan. And Obama is cutting cell phones??
If you needed more evidence of that politics alone is informing Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign to slam Republicans for failing to pass his American Jobs Act – and I know most of you don’t – then this is it.
Poor Arthur P. Melborne. Now nobody will remember him.