You’ve all heard the old saying, “do as I say, not as I do.” Another saying is the title of this post, and we’ve all probably had some experience with it at some point in our lives.
While looking at news headlines this morning, I was struck with the idea Mr. Obama wants to cut wasteful spending. Well, that seems honorable enough, and would be an excellent idea. If he were to ask the average citizen how to accomplish such a task, he would get many brilliant ideas, and if he were to implement some of those ideas, he would surely meet his goals.
An article by Philip Elliott explains how the president is outlining a plan which is supposed to cut back on wasteful spending, and that it would save tens of billions of dollars. I’m quite certain that would be well received by Americans if the savings were spent on reducing the ever growing deficit the president keeps piling on.
President Obama’s target seems to be how government contracts are awarded. He has a point, and Uncle Sam needs to take care how he spends taxpayer money. It’s not a bad thing to reign in out-of-control spending habits, but to say he will do that while allowing recent pork spending is preposterous.
My contention with this article is the hypocrisy exuding from Washington politics. On one hand, let’s fix government contracts, but this is after the president broke campaign promises not to approve pork spending. The last I checked, there was more pork coming out of the White House and congress than most people could possibly imagine.
What was it President Obama said while making speeches to easily-swayed Americans: “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely?” Do you see the hypocrisy I’m referring to?
The new spending bill, $410 billion worth, has 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s a lot of pork. According to this article, there are some ridiculous earmarks, and I quote:
So far the new bill includes a $5.8 million earmark for an endowment and building for the Ted Kennedy Institute for the Senate, $1.5 million to study seals at a scandal-ridden Alaska sea life center, nearly half a million dollars for the extremist Mexican group National Council of La Raza and $200,000 for a tattoo removal program.
I don’t see any pork reform going on, despite Mr. Obama’s rhetoric to the contrary. Let’s face the facts – Uncle Sam spends way too much money on useless projects and government contracts. I’ve said this before, but one way to save loads of money is to pay members of congress and the senate what they are actually worth. If that were to happen, the majority of them would be writing checks each month from their own pockets, having to pay for the privilege of taking up space in Washington.
One more thing: wouldn’t it be a nice touch if the president would quit blaming the economy on the former administration and just get to work fixing what is in play right now? That would be wonderful.