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Obama’s Game Of Musical Chairs Has Familiar Tune

- January 13, 2012

Obama Has Only Said He Would Reorganize Government For The Past Four Years

“President Barack Obama Will Ask Congress On Friday For Greater Power To Shrink The Federal Government…” (Ben Feller, “Obama Seeks Power To Merge Agencies,” The Associated Press, 1/13/12)

OBAMA HAS SAID HE’D REORGANIZE, STREAMLINE, REDUCE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS FOR ONLY THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND EVEN WITH DEMOCRAT CONGRESS, ACTUALLY DID NOTHING

September 2008: Obama Said He’d Evaluate “Every Agency And Every Office” And Root Out Programs That Don’t Work. OBAMA: "As President, I will go through the entire federal budget, page by page, line by line, and I will eliminate the programs that don't work and aren't needed. As for the programs we do need, I will make them work better and cost less. I will create a High-Performance Team that evaluates every agency and every office based on how well they're serving the American taxpayer. We will fire government managers who aren't getting results, we will cut funding for programs that are wasting your money, and we will use technology and lessons from the private sector to improve efficiency across every level of government - because we cannot meet twenty-first century challenges with a twentieth century bureaucracy." (Senator Barack Obama,, Remarks At Event, Green Bay, WI, 9/22/08)

February 2009: Obama Said He’d Go Through The Budget “Line By Line” And Root Out Programs That Don’t Work. OBAMA: “To start reducing these deficits, I've committed to going through our budget line by line to root out waste and inefficiency, a process that Peter and our administration, our team, has already begun. And I'll soon be instructing each member of my Cabinet to go through every item in their budgets as well. And already we've seen how much money we can save, just in the last 30 days. Take one example: The Department of Agriculture has moved some of its training programs online, saving an estimated $1.3 million a year. They're modernizing their financial management system, saving an estimated $17.5 million. They're saving tens of thousands of dollars by cutting back on conferences and travel and other small expenses that add up over time. So we will replicate these efforts throughout the Federal Government, eliminating programs that don't work to make room for ones that do and making the ones that we keep work better.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Fiscal Responsibility Summit, Washington, D.C., 2/23/09)

September 2010: Obama Calls For A Reorganization Of The Federal Government "We want to cut waste and bureaucracy and consolidate and collapse more than 100 different programs that too often duplicate each other.  So we want to change the way Washington spends your tax dollars.  We want to reform a haphazard, patchwork way of doing business.  We want to focus on less wasteful approaches than we've got right now." (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At Laborfest,, Milwaukee, WI, 9/6/10)

January 2011: Obama Calls For A Reorganization Of The Federal Government. "In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate, and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America. I will submit that proposal to Congress for a vote - and we will push to get it passed." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At State Of The Union Address, Washington, D.C., 1/25/11)


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