Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I Try Not To, But They Make It So Easy....

I try, I really do, so hard to remain on the political sidelines, but they make it so easy that sometimes you just have to take a poke at 'em. And I mean ALL of them. Republicans and Democrats, alike. This time it just happens to be an e-mail from the White House, with Joe Biden talking about duplication of expenses and the burgeoning amount of government websites that could all be consolidated as one, that has me provoked. It's a great idea! But the letter ends with the oppurtunity to sign up for a new government website to track the progress of cutting government waste. You cannot make this stuff up! It's like that commercial that always ends with - "Priceless."

Here is the exchange, beginning with the White House e-mail, then my reply (I actually do reply to these things) and then the automated response saying they can't take my response at this website- go to another one. Remember, this is YOUR government, hard at work, spending YOUR money.

--- On Mon, 6/13/11, Vice President Joe Biden, The White House wrote:

From: Vice President Joe Biden, The White House
Subject: There's a new sheriff in town
To: robertrswwilliams@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 13, 2011, 3:21 PM

Good morning,

Did you know that the government spends millions to maintain buildings that have sat vacant for years? Or that your tax dollars pay to needlessly ship copies of the Federal Register to thousands of government offices across the country even though the same information is available online?

And I bet you didn't know that your tax dollars pay for a website dedicated to the Desert Tortoise. I'm sure it's a wonderful species, but we can't afford to have a standalone site devoted to every member of the animal kingdom. It's just one of hundreds of government websites that should be consolidated or eliminated.

This kind of waste is just unacceptable. Particularly at a time when we’re facing tough decisions about reducing our deficit, it's a no-brainer to stop spending taxpayer dollars on things that benefit nobody.

That’s why President Obama asked me to head up the Campaign to Cut Waste—a new effort to root out wasteful spending at every agency and department in the Federal Government.

Like millions of American families, the Federal Government has to take a hard look at spending and live within its means. Most of these cuts we’re going to make are small. They won’t close our deficit or solve all of our fiscal problems. However, no amount of waste is acceptable, and these cuts will add up over time. This year alone we’ve found $33 billion in savings, but we know there’s a lot more work to be done.

When we passed the Recovery Act back in 2009, President Obama insisted that we use that program to set a new standard in government transparency and accountability. And he appointed me as “Sheriff Joe” to make sure the job gets done.

Now, there were a lot of naysayers back then who said that there was no way we could implement the Recovery Act without massive waste, fraud and abuse.

You know what? They were wrong. Thanks to our diligence (and some help from advanced computer models and sophisticated data analysis), the Recovery Act has had an unprecedentedly low level of fraud, with less than 0.6% of all awards experiencing any waste or abuse.

There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t apply these same principles and techniques to all government spending.

And that’s exactly what I intend to do with the help of a new Government Accountability and Transparency Board, a group composed of independent inspectors general and high-level agency officials who will help me root out waste, fraud and abuse across the government. Helping me ensure that your tax dollars are being spent on things that matter, like investments in education, innovation and improving our infrastructure.

So, folks, we’re changing the way your government does business (and spends your hard-earned tax dollars), and I think you’re going to like the results.


Vice President Joe Biden

P.S. If you’re interested in keeping up with our progress in hunting down wasteful spending, you can sign up for regular email updates.

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Here is my response;

Re: There's a new sheriff in town
Monday, June 13, 2011 6:31 PM
From: This sender is DomainKeys verified"Robert Williams" View contact details
To: "The White HouseVice President Joe Biden"
Cc: "robert williams"

Honorable Vice President Biden,

It is unimaginable that you begin this missive by calling out the myriad of goverment websites, that should all be consolidated into one, and then finish by asking us to join yet ANOTHER government website, in direct conflict with your stated goal. I will be publishing this e-mail, along with yours, which was paid for by me, on my blog. This is something I could not have made up!

Incidentally, I was a life long Democrat until the party drove me away. I am an Independent voter at the present time. Good luck with all that you do, but please, think before you hit the send button. You harm your own cause when you do not.


Robert Williams
10865 River Oaks Drive NW
Concord, NC 28027

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