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Senator Can Save Us $200 Billion

March 15, 2013 by  

Waste and duplication in Federal budget. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says that he and his staff have identified more than $200 billion worth of cuts that can be made in the Federal budget just by eliminating waste and duplication. During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” he promised: “I can show them all the things, the stupid things, they’ve done over the last two years that we can stop doing.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to ask you, Senator.

Obama nixes White House tours. How low can you go? The war of words over those automatic spending cuts called sequestration has gotten pretty petty at times. But a new low was hit when the White House said it was canceling all public tours of the building because of it. Spring break is one of the most popular times of the year for tourists to visit our Nation’s capital. But this year they won’t be allowed to visit “the people’s house.” For shame, Mr. President.

“The Donald” offers to foot the bill. In what sounds like a prearranged ploy, Donald Trump said he would accept a challenge by Newt Gingrich and pay the costs of maintaining those White House tours. The former House speaker tweeted: “Donald Trump should offer to pay for the white house tours. He can afford it and it would show who cares more for American students.” Trump called the decision to end the tours “just really ridiculous” and said: “It does make us look awfully bad and awfully pathetic.” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer dismissed Trump’s offer, saying on CNN: “The Donald Trump option is not an option.”

What did all those trips accomplish? There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton is the most traveled secretary of state in history. During her four years in office, she flew nearly 1 million miles, the equivalent of flying around the globe 40 times. But can you think of one significant achievement from all of that globe-trotting diplomacy?  In addition to all of those frequent flyer miles, that is? I can’t.

–Chip Wood    

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • Charles

    Come on people, wake up. $200 billion dollars is roughly 2 and 1/2 times the total of the sequester. Senator Coburn claims he has that amount of usable cuts with out pain. Lets use his cuts and get a real start on reducing the budget.

    • eric

      to do that, we have to actually hold a discussion on reducing SPENDING, not a reduction in the additional money we want to spend next year. A START would be to FREEZE government spending at some level. No increases, no automatic pay raises, no tragedies, just what the rest of us have to deal with which is the same amount of budget we had last year.

      THEN start looking for ways to reduce waste and duplicate agencies. keep this up until the budget is balanced and a process for yearly REDUCTIONS in the national debt are in place.

  • Warrior

    Billary traveled 1 mil miles to accomplish nada? “What does it matter at this point” how many miles she traveled? Accomplishing nada is what “progressives” do best unless of course one were to include producing “chaos”. Which they prove time and time again they are “extremely productive”!

    • Buster the Anatolian

      Hillary stayed out of country so much so she could more easily ignore all of Bill’s skirt chasing.

  • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

    Dear Wood Chip,

    Thank you so much for your cutting edge journalism. What would we
    possibly DO, without you? Or Coburn?

    Let’s see……..how many commissions have already concluded the same thing?

    What has ever been done about it?

    Why do you think that is?

    What are YOU going to do about it?

    What is going to be DONE about it? By Anyone? ( except talk? )

    Moving right along……….

  • ibcamn

    It wont happen,this would be smart and mean the thinskinned one and the henchmen would have to let people go and stop spendig taxpayer money!

  • ranger09

    Jusy talk, Its the only thing politicians do,They have to take care of their friends and family on the tax payers dollars. And Hilliary she did NOTHING except see the world and its leaders. Sets her up for that 200,000 dollar payback. Also why does it cost 75,000 a week to run the WH tours, Most of the tour guides are not paid. ???.

    • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

      aw c’mom, really? Not Paid?

      “and we’re walking…….”

      One would think that having the info for each stop at the ready
      would at least be worth minimum wage.

      “Now here we have George Washington’s hatchet……..”

      Sorry, that’s in New York…….

  • ONTIME

    This government has grown so large intrusive and costly, it is due to the redundancy and duplication of agency and purpose to satisfy the use of unaccounted for funds that are being wasted daily by both sides, who’s party leaders will not even try to make this government serve WTP but look to let the thousands of useless agency laws do their job by the creation and institution of more useless intrusive laws and the promote the grip of elitism…

  • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

    Wow, if you’re a “facebook” user you can achieve “top commenter” status….

    So this means you can be a “top twit” in twitter…….????

    We are well and truly…….Fxxxxx!

  • http://yahoo Lowrider

    Too bad she missed the flight to Benghazi. The American people would have been better off.

    • http://gravatar.com/plfprime GALT

      To bad you missed it……

      Are we having fun yet?

  • r.p.

    Eliminate big “o’s” extra body guards at his children’s school, cut moochies staff in half along with cutting her vacations funding in half. The same goes for hitlery’s and joe’s junkets. Stop arming “non-defense” agencies, eliminate the TSA and reduce Homeland Security. That’s a beginning. If your going to make anyone suffer the “sequestration”, it should be the ones responsible for the mess in the first place. I do have a question for PLD though…. How come you are not calling out the MSM for it’s failure to cover any of the PRO-2nd rallies going on across the country? And how come PLD isn’t covering any of these same rallies? What applies to the “goose” also applies to the “gander”.

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