$100 million in 90 Days

Posted in Government,President Obama by Ryan on the April 20th, 2009

President Obama will challenge the cabinet to find ways to save $100 million dollars over the next 90 days.  Yeah, you may need to read that again to be sure you saw “$100 million” correctly.  At this rate, we’ll be saving $400 million a year, while we spend beyond our means in excess of 1,000 times that much every year through 2019 according to President Obama’s budget request in PDF.  That isn’t the money from taxes I’m talking about, that is money we don’t have that we’re spending.  And 1,000 times is actually a floor that Obama’s proposed budget never intends to reach, it is projected to always be higher.  So unless the savings he is going to challenge the cabinet for the other 275 days a years adds up to something way more substantial, this is as ridiculous as it sounds.

President Obama is proposing more deficit spending than President Bush ever did, yet the Obama administration is going to try to sell fiscal responsibility?

A senior administration official described the edict as part of Obama’s “commitment to go line by line through the budget to cut spending” and “reform the government.”

It seems a poor trick, a ploy.  But at least we get some humor, as sad as it is from this.  Wait until you read what some of the departments are proposing.

The Department of Homeland Security’s plan to save an estimated $52 million over five years by purchasing office supplies in bulk.

The Department of Agriculture’s effort to consolidate 1,500 employees from seven locations into a single facility in 2011. It’s estimated to save $62 million over a 15-year lease.

We have been holding the private sector’s feet to the fire as the robber barons of this recession, while those that run the federal government give us little faith that they have any idea what they’re doing with our money.  The Department of Homeland Security has been around for years, part of a federal government that has been around even longer, and they’re just discovering the wonders of bulk purchasing?

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  1. truthandconsequences said, on April 20th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    If Mr. Obama is looking for ways to save federal tax dollars, the low-hanging fruit is the federal government’s war on cannabis (marijuana). We the people do not want our government to continue spending billions and billions of dollars of our money to persecute cannabis users who harm nobody. And this is altogether aside from the fact that the war on marijuana is irrational, hypocritical, and just plain wrong in a free society.

  2. George Beker said, on April 20th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Don’t you just have to love it? The arrogance, I mean. Our leader signs a check to GM for $15 billion and far bigger ones to AIG and numerous others let along what’s gone (down the drain, I my opionion to TARP) – BUT he’ll save us $100 million.

    Friends, do the math. $100 million is well under 1% of what he just gave away to GM, and a puny fraction of the amounts many others received.

    What a deal – “I take a $100 from you and give you back a penny.” Some leadership. I can hardly wait to spend it . . .

  3. Jeff of Peoria said, on April 20th, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    $100 Mill per Department I hope. $100 mill overall is a joke BUT that’s to be expected. …and in 90 days. I could do that in 10 minutes

  4. George said, on April 20th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    HOW TYPICAL! Say one thing while doing something entirely different. Nothing but smoke and mirrors, if he was so worried about the budget and the deficit he wouldn’t have spent almost 3.6 trillion dollars already!

  5. Nanette Olson said, on April 20th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Let’s see, Obama and congress just borrowed and spent about 1.2 TRILLION dollars through a bill than none of them had read and don’t really know where all that money went. Now Obama, in response to the tax day protests, wants to make 100 million in cuts. Sorry, CNN but I just can’t get excited about that.

  6. George said, on April 20th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Instead of consolidating employee’s and buying office supplies in bulk, how about reducing Government staff, salaries, hours, eliminate vacation time, 401k match, raise the cost of benefits, and eliminate bonuses and raises?

    It’s what we have been doing in the private sector for the last 15 – 20 years I think it’s the Government does the same.

  7. patricia said, on April 20th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    What a joke! Obama is spending trillions but is trying to soothe the public by requesting $100 million in cuts. He is just trying to quiet the public because he was rattled by the rallies on April 15th. The sad thing is that many Americans will be fooled even though it is obvious he is trying to have it both ways. Hey mr. President and Emanuel all Americans are not stupid and recognize politics when they see it.

  8. Robert said, on April 20th, 2009 at 4:17 pm


  9. logicandrational said, on April 20th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Where are all of the Obama supporters??? Are these ingrates finally silenced because they have no way of defending the Messiah this time? Oh wait no need to defend Obama they stand by there continued repeated and illogical stance that this is “all George Bush’s fault”… HAHAHA

  10. liberalshatefacts said, on April 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    This is just Obama’s sad attempt at countering the Tea Party rallies that the lousy mainstream Obama media failed to cover with substance and integrity.

  11. dhm lp tx. said, on April 20th, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    what is our president on??? I havent seen any responsiible leadership at all. Before giving GM or anyone else Bailouts , shouldn’t He require that these companies bring back the plants, & jobs which are now in foreign countries, before lining their pockets.
    I believe he should hire Joe the Plummer as a consultant ,or Financial Czar. I’m sure Joe could do better. If this is His start, for His Economic Recovery Plan, He is running in
    the wrong direction. Someone Please!!! show him the way the man seems to be lost.

  12. Bill said, on April 21st, 2009 at 6:00 am

    What a joke! Jimmy Carter DeJaVu.

  13. enid said, on April 21st, 2009 at 8:05 am

    A – 100 million
    B – 1 billion
    C – 7 trillion

    Which one did Obama’s Staff say they were going to save on TP in the Whitehouse?
    (A) (B) or (C)

    (A) of course. !00 is a lot bigger than 7 – isn’t it?

    Sit down and have a cup of Earl Grey tea Mr. President – get a piece of paper and do the math – then you’ll know why we were out there on April 15th.

  14. Mark said, on April 21st, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Wow! They want to cut the budget 0.01% what is significant move by the president! And they’re going to take 90 days to do it? That’s the most insignificant major budget change ever made by any politician. If they were talking $100 billion it might be worth talking about what this amount could be saved by just cutting out some of the lunches and special events they setup. Why not make a politically significant move and cut out all pork barrel spending that comes from Congress?

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