White House: Cutting government saves a lot of money

By Sam Foster

I’m surprised no one noticed it in the hubbub today regarding Obama’s scheduled government pay freeze. Although RSM’s translation from Obama bloviating into real-speak is undoubtedly worth the effort.

Click the link, go to the White House’s website and read the statement.

That is why the President has decided to propose a freeze in civilian pay for federal employees for two years, 2011 and 2012.
• This two-year pay freeze will save $2 billion for the remainder of FY 2011, $28 billion over the next five years, and more than $60 billion over the next 10 years.

• It will apply to all civilian federal employees, including those in various alternative pay plans and those working at the Department of Defense – but not military personnel.

Translation: GOVERNMENT costs a ton of money. It’s like Bill Gates’ entire fortune just to freeze wages for two years.

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the progressives argue that there isn’t anywhere to cut. Yet we get $60 billion just from freezing wages a mere two years. I thought all this government cutting was supposed to be difficult, require lots of legislation, would put poor people into crates located under city bridges, and make grandma have to go greet at Walmart.

Yet, here we are, trimming the deficit by pronouncement and all we had to do was cut government.

That’s crazy GOP speak!


  1. You have to cut somewhere and you have to start somewhere, if it saves only $2 Billion, so be it, but lets not belittle any savings small or large because that’s the kind of attitude that helped get the Federal Government into this mess in the first place. Every Billion matters and if they cut enough of those Billions, they add up.

  2. What if congress and the rest of the elected officials were paid based on performance?
    Not to mention teachers...


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