Thursday, March 5, 2009
What's wrong with this picture?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing Bush policy, President Barack Obama ordered an overhaul of the way the government hands out contracts Wednesday, promising to curtail no-bid awards that have led to waste, abuse and corruption investigations.
Obama joined Republican Sen. John McCain, his presidential campaign rival, and other lawmakers to announce an executive memorandum that commits his administration to a new set of marching orders for awarding contracts. Obama said "the days of giving defense contractors a blank check are over" and said changes could save up to $40 billion a year.
"It's time for this waste and inefficiency to end," the president said.
How many earmarks were in the Obama stimulus bill? How many earmarks are in the recent spending bill Obama signed? How much is Obama going to spend in his first budget submission to Congress? Whatever happened to the line by line approach to spending Obama talked about during the campaign? Sorry, I'm just not gettin' it.