Lurita Doan

Obama is a national embarrassment and each day proves himself even more incapable of honestly confronting the nation’s urgent issues.  Just days ago, Americans were once again left gob-smacked as Obama beat the drums for the SAVE awards, his signature effort to cut the $1.4 trillion annual deficit.    This Obama initiative hopes to demonstrate the president’s commitment to fiscal sanity by cutting wasteful spending.

The basic idea of the SAVE awards is a good one.  Federal employees are encouraged to identify and propose cost-saving ideas and to finger poorly performing programs that should be cut.  With an almost $4 trillion annual federal budget, there are many government programs, redundancies and inefficient operations that are begging for reform.  Federal employees that offer the best ideas are not only praised for their efforts but are promised a special meeting with the President. 

However, after reviewing the “winners” of the SAVE Program it is impossible not to feel depressed and dismayed.   So what are some of this year's SAVE proposals?  Share tools at NASA, eliminate an SSA magazine sent to less than 90,000 people, reduce the number of law books ordered annually. 

Please understand me--these are not bad ideas,  I truly believe that every little bit counts, and that all federal workers need to look for ways to cut costs.  The federal workers who have proposed these ideas should be commended for taking the initiative to review their work environment and suggesting ways to improve the associated costs. 

But is this the best the government can really do?  With over $3 trillion in annual spending, is this really it?   Even the most optimistic assumptions of savings from any of these ideas would likely result in savings of less than $1 million a year. 

With a national debt now approaching $15 trillion, due largely to new spending and borrowing during the first three years of the Obama Administration, perhaps we should cheer any effort, regardless of how puny it might be, that this President makes towards fiscal sanity. 

But, the SAVE program is misleading and, in reality, does not save taxpayers' money.  An honest accounting of the government costs of running the SAVE Program would show that the program costs exceed the anticipated taxpayer money saved from the winning proposals.  

Lurita Doan

Lurita Alexis Doan is an African American conservative commentator who writes about issues affecting the federal government.