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AP: Obama Invents Gov’t Suggestion Box

From his amanuenses at the Associated Press:

In this April 22, 2009, photo, President Barack Obama looks out from Marine One helicopter as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington as he returns from a trip to Iowa.

Obama: Give me ideas on tightening federal belt

By Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Think you can do better than your federal boss? President Barack Obama wants to know how.

Obama on Saturday announced a plan for federal workers to propose ways to improve their agencies’ and departments’ budgets. The president said employees’ ideas would be key as his Cabinet officials try to cut millions from the budget and trim the deficit.

"After all, Americans across the country know that the best ideas often come from workers, not just management," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. "That’s why we’ll establish a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better. We’ll put the suggestions that work into practice."

Obama’s pitch comes at the end of a week focused on federal spending. On Friday, Democrats in Congress neared a deal on Obama’s budget proposal and inched closer to passing a bill that would result in some $500 billion in deficits.

To confront that perception, Obama earlier in the week ordered officials to identify $100 million in savings to achieve over time…

Are Mr. Obama and his lickspittle slaveys at the Associated Press both completely ignorant of the fact that every federal agency has a suggestion box? And has had them in one form or another for many, many years?

Not only that, the federal government has long since rewarded its employees for good suggestions with substantial bonuses and even lucrative ‘merit pay’ increases.

Is the AP really that uninformed?

Or are they hoping that their readers are, and that this bold new initiative will confront the ‘perception’ that Mr. Obama is running amok?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “AP: Obama Invents Gov’t Suggestion Box”

  1. curvyred says:

    Another brilliant idea, that has already been done for years.

    Mr Obvious strikes again.

    • JohnMG says:

      Obama says; ….”That’s why we’ll establish a process through which every government worker can submit their ideas for how their agency can save money and perform better. We’ll put the suggestions that work into practice.” …

      If I may be allowed to continue the statement for him…..

      “What we’ll do is, I’ll set up a comission to study the, uh, suggested, uh, suggestions, and then I’ll, uh, have the comission…..what I’ll do is require the comission’s report be printed in triplicate and, uh, also, uh, I’ll make it available on the presidential website. Going forward, I’ve, uh, directed Treasury Secretary Geithner to, uh, make all of the, uh, Treasury assets available to this critical endeavor. In order that this, uh, essential order of business proceed without delay, I, uh, have earmarked…..(earmarked=bad, set aside=good) er, no, make that set aside $5 billion of stimulus-package funds to avert a crisis of monumental proportions. And REALLY BIG ones, too.”

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    When will the genius get around to inventing the wheel? The people are hungry for new, shiny trinkets.
    First it was putting the death nail in capitalism………now its a box. I am truly awe stuck …………. I’d kiss his ass but there are already kiss marks all over it and the line goes all the way into the halls of Congress! Tell you what….I’ll pass!! Slow news day for the LSM?

    • catie says:

      Thanks for the laugh! Next up-Obama invents the wheel.
      Even when I was in grade school many years ago we had a suggestion box. This clown invented it or so I am just now finding out. We’re so blessed as a nation to have this man in charge of our lives, he’s freaking brilliant.
      OT: You know when I see this clown getting on and off Marine One or Air Force One, I want to puke. I felt the same way when Clinton was in and they’d show the same type of picture.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      Now who’s gonna invent paper so we have something to put in the box?

      And besides, Algore invented the internet…so what was left?

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Wow! Don’t get me started on this one. Let’s see,…term limits, caps on congressional salaries, eliminate bull**** agencies like the EPA, the NEA, do away with other redundant agencies like the ATF, etc. the list and ways are endless. To boil it all down into simplicity, slash the government until it’s not even a shadow of it’s former bureaucratic self. And as my old friend Victor from the Bronx would say: ‘Trow’ da bums out.’

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Government Suggestion Box = Ballot Box. Or at least it use to.

  5. proreason says:

    A brilliant idea…..but this can go nowhere.

    Since OLenin has ordered his entourage to find $100 million in savings already, the swamp of inefficiency has been drained.

    There is no more there there.


    • JohnMG says:

      Good point, Pro. Doesn’t everybody know Obama has the formula all worked out? Or maybe not. Check out this quote from Dr. Greg Mankiw, a Harvard economics professor.

      “To put those numbers in perspective, imagine that the head of a household with annual spending of $100,000 called everyone in the family together to deal with a $34,000 budget shortfall. How much would he or she announce that spending had to be cut? By $3 over the course of the year — approximately the cost of one latte at Starbucks. The other $33,997? We can put that on the family credit card and worry about it next year.”

      That’s the amount of correction a $100 million savings equates to measured against Obama’s massive spending. That should give even the most economically-challenged tax-and-spender the hiccups.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    Hey, let’s get the suggestion boxes from China, made out of lead so Superman can’t read them.

    Makes as much sense as Obama ever does.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    Oh, yeah, how about this, if something doesn’t connect directly to the Constitution, don’t spend money on it.

    Including Social Security, just give me all of my money back now.

  8. GL0120 says:

    I’d like to suggest a rather obvious means of saving tons of money – the removal of TCO, Reid, Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, et al.
    Imagine the trillions of dollars in savings possible!

  9. TwilightZoned says:

    “…every government worker can submit their ideas for how THEIR agency can save money and perform better”…Maybe I’m being paranoid, but this seems sinister and nothing more than Big Brother. This administration is giving blessings to snitch. Further more, does it really end with federal agencies? Or will it be extended to the national workforce encompassing all employers? If O doesn’t like what he’s hearing is he going to send the Civilian National Security Force to “set things right”? This is some pretty scary stuff IMHO.

  10. canary says:

    Obama’s dinasour suggestion box would only cost millions to enact, to create a committee to read them, more millions to implement them. Federal managers wil never suggest reforming the bonus system, cutting out bonuses.

    This is all a smokescreen for the public, to make it appear
    the Obama beast isn’t costing the fortune it is.

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