Lurita Doan

Upon closer inspection it is clear that the government’s SAVE program supports costs such as the costs for advertising, web design, web maintenance, database design and maintenance, software support, time and manpower costs spent reviewing the "tens of thousands of proposals", the cataloguing costs of the review and the staffing costs to track all of the recommendations, the staff required to  manage the 18,000 submissions, and the meeting space, communication costs and amenities required for the ongoing review process of 18,000 submissions.  It is likely that the SAVE program actually costs taxpayers much more money than it saves.

Yet, President Obama seems not only completely comfortable with smallness of the ideas for cutting government waste, but unconcerned with the fact that his signature idea to cut wasteful government spending is itself an example of wasteful spending.  Nor does Obama understand that the paltriness of the savings is just one flaw in the program. There are also larger, opportunity costs to be considered when the president, the leaders at OMB and federal agency executives spend valuable time on discussing these ideas rather than working to identify big changes to reduce the deficit.

But that’s not all.  Last week, Obama also announced his latest money saving ideas, signing an Executive Order to force the federal government cut back on the number of promotional mugs (yes, coffee mugs) that federal agencies order (ironically, one of the products that is usually produced in America) and Obama has ordered a reduction in the number of honorary plaques.

Chotskys. Limiting chotskys is Obama's big budget reduction plan.  How sad is that?  With a seemingly endless array of poorly performing government programs, wasteful redundancies and wasteful spending, Obama has focused on coffee cups?

Even if Obama were to succeed in eliminating all federal expenditures on chotskys, those dollars would not be anywhere near enough to pay for the security costs for even one of his "date nights' to New York.

As if that weren't sad enough, Obama, when not championing Lilliputian efforts to save taxpayer money, sought to show his commitment to helping small businesses.  Americans know that small businesses are struggling and they are telling anyone that will listen that excessive government regulations are killing job creation and expansion of small businesses. 

Unfortunately,  Obama’s  bold “new” plan to get small businesses moving again does nothing about reducing excessive regulations.  Instead, Obama "new" idea is to pay small business federal contractors faster, within 15 days.  But--memo to Obama--that rule is already on the books and has been government policy since the 1999 OMB Final Rule on Prompt Payment Act -- Section 1315.5.

In fact, the 1999 rules provides the authority for payments to be made even faster than 15 days with the presentation by the business to the government of a proper and approved invoice.

So Obama, and OMB have once again wasted precious taxpayer dollars to repackage an existing rule, attempting to snare some positive press by trying to pass off existing rules as new.  Maybe it's plagiarism.  Maybe it's theft of another administration's intellectual property.  Maybe it's just emblematic of the colossal ignorance of Obama and the members of his Administration.  But, one thing is clear--Obama doesn't know what to do.

Obama is bankrupt of ideas and our nation is suffering.  So Obama continues--advocating paltry, Lilliputian cuts and announcing rules that already exist.  Americans--there you have it.  Avoidance, Denial and Neglect -- Obama's true legacy to the American people.

Lurita Doan

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