Dear President Obama:
Please don't insult the intelligence of the American people with cheap publicity stunts like the one you pulled this past Monday, the 20th. I'm talking about your staged cabinet meeting, at which you made a point of exhorting your cabinet members to come up with 100 million dollars in budget savings.
Your proposed budget totals 3.6 trillion dollars. We can do the math, Mr. President, and we have. Your much-advertised savings of $100 million comes to about 0.0028% of your proposed budget. In words, that's about 3 one-thousandths of one percent!
Put another way, the amount of your "savings" represents about 13 minutes of Federal Government spending, based on what it's expected to spend this year. (White House on defensive over spending cuts)
Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words (or in this case, 3.6 trillion dollars). The Heritage Organization has created a very useful visual aid to put the "$100 million savings" in perspective:
You can read more about it here: Obama’s Spending vs Obama’s Spending Cuts — in Pictures
Mr. President, when even the Associated Press questions the sincerity of this "belt tightening" (SPIN METER: Saving federal money the easy way), and when the White House press corps grills your press secretary over it, you have to face the fact that most people see through your cheap publicity stunt.
And Mr. President, please don't then add injury to insult by proposing a 100 billion dollar loan to the IMF on the very same day you stage this cheap publicity stunt (Obama’s “belt-tightening” just useless spin).