This morning President Obama is to hold his first Cabinet meeting (does this strike anyone else as odd? He's been president for nearly three months now) and is going to tell them to immediately cut $100 million—collectively—from their budgets.
As this foxnews.com article points out, this amounts to 1/35,000 of the overall federal budget this year. This is approximately 0.0029%. Let's contemplate that.
To scale, this would be approximately the same as asking the average American household to cut one or two dollars per year from their household spending. How could they do that, you might ask?
- Buy one or two fewer sodas from the machine this year.
- One less trip to Starbucks.
- Buy the steak when it's on sale and put it in the freezer until you're ready to use it.
- To hijack a democrat idea, make the kids buy their own candy or dessert next time.
But getting back to the more serious issue: It is laughable to ask for only $100 million dollars in "immediate" cuts—he should be demanding $100 billion now in "immediate" cuts! And there should be more cuts to follow in the months ahead. The federal government is so excessively full of pork, waste, and inefficiency that this is both realistic and relatively easy.
What we have here is just a faux show of "budgetary responsibility"—and not even a good one at that—which will be presented in much of the media as serious budget responsibility.