I have tried strenuously in writing this blog to stay away from items that are purely political, but every now and then something comes along that is so outrageous, so absurd, so stupid that it demands comment. Such is an article that appears at the top of the Washington Post site this morning:
Obama to Order Cabinet To Identify Budget Cuts
President Obama plans to convene his Cabinet for the first time today, and he will order its members to identify a combined $100 million in budget cuts over the next 90 days, according to a senior administration official. [Emphasis added.]
Although the budget cuts would amount to a minuscule portion of federal spending, they are intended to signal the president’s determination to cut spending and reform government, the official said.
Now that’s bold, decisive leadership. It means that the federal government will have to give up funding studies of cow flatulence and belly button lint, tattoo removal in California, the Charles Rangel Library in New York, the Arctic Winter Games, and a few other inane wastes of tax money. And I love how he’s going to give them 90 days to perform this agonizing reappraisal of spending priorities–I could identify $100 million in unnecessary spending in less than five minutes of Googling, as could any other sentient being with a computer who didn’t hold a seat in the presidential cabinet.
As Ed Morrissey of Hot Air points out, this presidential demand for budget cuts amounts to 0.0029% of the 2010 federal budget, only 0.008% of the 2010 budget deficit, and only 0.013% of the “stimulus” bill that was passed by Congress last month. One really has to ask, who do the people spending our money think they are impressing? What purpose is served by such a ridiculous order? And why does the Washington Post think that such a transparent publicity stunt is worthy of front-page coverage?
UPDATE: The Associated Press also trumpets this news in its Web headlines:
Obama calling on Cabinet to cut spending
A 100 million to cut from the budget when he holds his first formal .says is ready to ask federal department and agency chiefs to find $
The official previewed Topic A for Monday’s Cabinet meeting on grounds of anonymity because it will be a private session. He said Obama will be reminding Cabinet members that financially-pressed families are looking to the government to spend their money wisely.
The president’s first formal Cabinet meeting is being held just days after a series of “Tea Party” demonstrations across the country in which protesters challenged the administration over it’s massive spending. A cut of $100 million in a multitrillion-dollar federal budget likely will be criticized by Obama’s opponents as inadequate. [Emphasis added.]
Gee, ya think?