Budget Director Blames Defense Cuts on Rich Not Paying 'Fair Share'

Some days, it's harder than others to take the Obama Administration seriously.

The administration's senior budget official, Office of Management and Budget acting Director Jeffrey Zients, decided a little partisan one-upmanship was more important than having a serious discussion about impending military cuts during a House Armed Services Committee hearing this week.

When asked about how the administration plans to prevent nearly $500 billion in mandatory military cuts, called sequestration, Zients said, "What is holding us up right now is the Republican refusal to have the top two percent pay their fair share."

The cuts will be triggered if there's no budget deal with Congress by Jan. 2.

"Zeints’ comments are pretty brazen in light of the $800 billion in wasted taxpayer dollars that was supposed to (but didn’t) stimulate the economy and which were, in effect, paid for by $800 billion in defense cuts,” said Gary Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute.

While Congress is trying to find $1.2 trillion in budget cuts to avoid the sequestration cuts, after Zeints' comments, Republican members of the Armed Services Committee ripped into the Obama Administration for not pushing Democrats to reach a deal.

Rep. Mike Turner said, "The president has the full responsibility for sequestration, having endorsed it and then signed it himself. You have no plan."

Zeints was also challenged on a Department of Labor memo that seemed to advise defense contractors to break the law called the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, or WARN, which governs issuing of pink slips in defense work.

The law requires that workers be given 60 days' notice of layoffs when defense work is cut. The DOL memo suggested that employers should delay issuing the slips, which could open the contractors to lawsuits.

The DOL's excuse is that sequestration is not certain, therefore the WARN Act doesn't apply. Translation: Defense contract workers won't receive pink slips just before the November election.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon said to Zeints, "This is the law of the land and we have an obligation. ... (Defense industry leaders) all believe that layoffs are reasonably foreseeable and the WARN Act applies, so why do you disagree with them?”

Turner accused the administration of election posturing, saying the DOL advice is "a fiction" concocted to hold on to votes for Obama.

Meanwhile, the fiction continued at an Obama campaign event in Ohio, where audiences were treated to a return of the "front row fainter."

During the 2008 election, the Obama campaign was known to stage incidents during speeches in which a member of the audience near the podium would "faint," causing the interruption of the speech.

On cue, Obama would fret about the person's welfare, then offer the "victim" his own bottle of water before medical personnel arrived to care for the "distressed" audience member. Obama would then calm the audience and assure them that the person was all right before resuming speaking.

(See the World Net Daily story from 2008 here.)

Eventually, some journalists got sick of the nonsense and called the campaign on it. Since then, it's become a running joke among people covering Obama. This election year, the bit has returned, most recently in Ohio.

"This happens to me all the time," Obama said during the latest collapse. We are expected to believe that Obama's presence makes people collapse from overexposure to pure awesomeness.

While King Obama is out and about playing rock star, the real business of this country and its national defense falls by the wayside.


  • Screeminmeeme

    Good article. Its utterly maddening to watch the ping-ponging of our nation's future while the Prez and other elected officials play the re-elect-Obama-come-hell-or-high-water-game.

    No surprise either that the Obama campaign staged things.
    His whole life is an act and the whole world a stage.......right?

    • Out Brief Candle!

      "Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot - full of sound a fury, signifying nothing." Shakespeare had it right!

  • markinla

    Defense needs to be cut. We are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars to defend against non-existent monsters.

    • hookemowls

      Who are non-existent monsters?

      • markinla

        Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda, Libya, Syria, North Korea, the list goes on and on. None of these are threats to the US.

        • hookemowls

          No kidding! They seem pretty real to me!

          Sent from Lynn's iPad

        • markinla

          Explain how Iraq was a threat to the US, or are you that stupid that you still think Bush thought there were WMD there.

        • hookemowls

          It's hard to communicate with one who has blinders/ ear plugs in. You are witnessing the destruction of this country and you are still on the "blame bush" bandwagon.....wake up! Yes, both sides are to blame for a lot, but the man in the white house now is a Marxist and all evidence is there! The majority of Americans don't want to live under a dictator and if you do and hate this great country so much, please leave it!
          and as far as bush going into Iraq....dear Hillary was also on board, again both sides of the aisle were complicit. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/01/13/hillary-clinton-defends-2_n_81261.html
          Do you teach your children to behave negatively by calling those who disagree names......classless

          Sent from Lynn's iPad

        • markinla

          It's hard to communicate to idiots who hysterically use the word Marxist and other names they obviously don't understand the meaning of. You are the kind of idiot who couldn't find an intelligent thought if it bit them on the rear. Anybody with any intelligence could see that there was no proof of anything the Bush administration claimed about Iraq. Dud you see Colin Powell's pathetic performance at the UN? Nobody who had any street smarts could see anything but a dog and pony show with an empty bag. As for your stupid comments about blaming Bush - they are all to blame for our problems including that buffoon Reagan. None of them have the interests of the common person first. Think for yourself instead of letting these stupid neocon website do all your thinking for you.

        • hookemowls

          I refuse to try and have an intelligent conversation with a name caller. Done.
          Sent from Lynn's iPad

        • markinla

          No answer huh? Just what I thought, and just like the rest of the so-called conservatives that blindly parrot whatever they read on some neocon website.

    • StupidIsAsStupidDoes

      Ostrich alert!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gary-Allan/707974764 Gary Allan

    what is fair? the amount of taxes in the increase for the right isnt that much if you do your homework on this.
    the issue is spending money more wisely first, then if you need more, we can talk about it, just don't take peoples money and mis-spend it, and yes, both sides have done it.

  • Docs357

    Give in to his way there will be no rich

    • http://www.facebook.com/jtopps1 Jeffery Topps

      Bingo. That's the master plan of the Communist Party. From destroying religion, the family, our traditional values and everything that made America a good nation, to today's attack on the "rich" and success, this has been their party platform from Day 1. Read this and see how much has come to pass. http://rense.com/general32/americ.htm

  • Magnolia

    Yet another politician, leading our countrydown the destructive path, who has never served in the military. His comments are totally understandable.

    • AlbertstheMan

      Military? He can't even spell or pronounce Navy Corpsmen!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Fryer/100000156546455 Carol Fryer

    Budget director? You mean the person who is constantly looking for more of other peoples money to spend and whines like it belongs to him? I blame every problem we have in this nation right on on a corrupt sleezy Congress who is bought and paid for by the love of our money and the devil.

  • smartgranny55

    I am really tired of hearing about the evil top 1% and 2% not paying their fair share. Now is the time to tax the prez and his czars, congress (at least the dems), and highly paid bureaucrats (esp the EPA and other job killers) at least 75% or higher of their income to support their wasteful spending.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKLLPVKKSWYRHLZH3LDQMZRW6A dean

    Jeffrey Zients apparently doesn't or doesn't want to remember all the money Obama threw down the toilet on "GREEN" companies. The only thing green was the money flushed down.

    • jazzpast

      Establishment Mitt Romney hasn't paid any TAXES for ten years. Mitt Romney should be forced to prove that he has paid his taxes, because he hasn't! Mr. Mittens says look at me i'm richie rich and don't have to pay taxes! Mitt Romney doesn't even make a good BOZO the clown. At least BOZO pays his taxes!

      • hornman2

        If Mitt Romney had not paid taxes for the last ten years he would be in jail for tax evasion, and it would have been big news when he announced his intent to run. The only major players that have not paid taxes for the last 10 years are the key members of the Obama Administration and the Congressional Black Caucus. Even the Secretary of the Treasury, Tim Gietner hasn't paid taxes in many years.

      • nancymiller

        Lie

      • AlbertstheMan

        Let's make a deal: Obongo turns over all his personal records he spend millions of dollars hiding from public view and then we can talk about Mitt's tax records.

        This is just too easy when you debate liboturds!!

        • jazzpast

          SOCIALIST scumbags like you are no better than the liboturds! Your full of it anyway, blowhard!

        • WhatAMaroon

          JizzPest -- Guffaw!!

        • AlbertstheMan

          Every reply you just prove what a hate filled pha99ot you are.

          Why don't you just answer why Obongo doesn't release all the records he has spend millions of dollar hiding from the public?

          Instead you are a liboturd progressive Marxist that goes into a name throwing tirade because you are stupid and have no response for the truth.

          Why doesn't Obongo release all of his personal records and what is he hiding that is so terrible to his re-election, the democRATS have been covering him for years!!

          Plus you are so stupid a troll that you are calling me a socialist.
          Do you know the definition of socialist or hypocrite. Right next to both words in the dictionary is a picture of Obongo!!

        • jazzpast

          You can dish it out but you can't take it. If it's to hot in the kitchen for you get out.

        • AlbertstheMan

          I simply stated that liboturds and Obongo were hypocrites and liars by wanting Romney's tax returns for the last 10 years after Obongo spent millions of dollars and countless lies to cover up all his records.

          Just tell me that is not the true definition of a lying hypocrite and I will go away.

          Instead of giving me a factual and reasonable response, you go into a hissy fit and start swearing and calling me names.

          Again, why are Obongo and liboturds not lying hypocrties?

          You can't answer because that is the truth and you can't admit it because your candidate is such a pitiful hateful human being.

          Just the facts, Jizpus!!

        • jazzpast

          I could care less about your libotard BS. If Mitt Romney isn't a tax cheat he should show his tax returns! It's that simple! It seems your Socialist Messiah Mitt Romney has something to hide. I think Mitt Romney really is a tax felon!

        • AlbertstheMan

          Please explain how Obongo & liboturds aren't lying hypocrites for spending millions of dollars hiding Obongo's records, refuse to make them public, yet for Romney to release tax records.
          Can you even spell hypocrite because I know a moron like you doesn't know what it means!

          Put up or shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          I'm waiting!

          Liboturds like you are so fun to slap around.

          Please look up the definition of hypocrite so you at least can fake some intelligence.

        • jazzpast

          Hey that's what you are a LYING libotard moron. Your too IGNORANT to slap me around! Why don't you go play with yourself.

        • AlbertstheMan

          I'm a proud conservative.

          I have asked you many times after you posted all the lies about Mitt Romney and his tax returns and why he should release all of them.

          I simply stated that Obongo and liboturds like you were Hypocrites because Obongo spend millions of dollars hiding his records from the public and now wants Mitt Romney to make his public.

          That is hypocrisy to the highest degree. I asked you to explain why Obongo and liboturds like you are not hypocrites and you have yet to answer the question.

          Your response should be: I am too stupid to answer a difficult question because it is beyond my mental abilities to answer something this difficult because I don't even know what hypocrite means OTHERWISE

          ANSWER THE QUESTION!!

      • Pale Horse Rides

        Maybe someone should learn how to read a tax return. Romney's posted return for 2011 (public record) shows that he paid 3.22 Million in taxes last year. That is one man paying more in taxes than over 60 % of the entire country combined. You don't think he is paying his "fair share"? How much more of the resources in this country did he use than 160 million people who paid little or nothing?
        I am sick and tired of hearing the "fair share" argument. I'm not that cozy to the guy, but he has got a whole heckofa lot more skin in the game than most people. Want real 'fair share'? Then cut all the life-long perks that congressmen get and force them to live in the real world instead of their money-grubbing aristrocracy. Then cut out all of the freeloaders off the government teat by making paying taxes a requirement for voting and running for office. Want a say in the government? Then ante up or shut up.

        • jazzpast

          Romney posted an INCOMPLETE return for 2012! Besides all the money he has hid all over the world!

        • AlbertstheMan

          Jizzpus: aka Veneral Disease
          When is Obongo going to release all the records he has spend millions of dollars hiding from the public and untold lies to explain why they are hidden. What is he hiding if he is so transparent?

        • jazzpast

          Your nuts! Like I said your worse than what we have in the White House now. I would really rather that someone like you didn't post on me your a evil, horrible person.

        • AlbertstheMan

          Debating with you is like being in an AZZ kicking contest with a one legged man
          Like I said, don't reply with stupid liboturd talking points like the whining little beotch boy you are and I won't point out what a moron you are!!
          Don't post on my points with liboturd lies!!

          Fair enough?

        • jazzpast

          Certainly is and your the one getting your AZZ kicked!

        • AlbertstheMan

          Jizpus AKA Venereal Disease

          Did you forget to take your meds today?

          Just trying to help...

        • jazzpast

          Your a very sick person that needs mental help.

        • AlbertstheMan

          JIZPUS aka Venereal Disease
          When are you going to explain to me why Obongo spending millions of dollars to hide his records and make them unavailable to the public doesn't make him the biggest hypocrite in the world in demanding tax records from Mitt R.

          Please study the definition of HYPOCRITE in the dictionary before you reply. Just look for the picture of Obongo's ugly mug and it is easy to find!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          Just trying to help because remembering your ABC's might be beyond you current mental abilities............

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Fryer/100000156546455 Carol Fryer

    Problem is yet again in the definition of defense. They call it defense
    but what it is is policing the world. I would love to see them build a
    strong defense without kicking America
    in the teeth. How about
    monitoring that porous border where all these terrorists are pouring in?
    How about a good missel defence. And every time they find a great war
    to fight all their own friends become amazingly rich, depending on which
    party is running the war.

    • jazzpast

      Willard Mitt Romney (aka Wall Street Willie) hasn't paid his taxes in ten years. He doesn't think anyone will investigate his tax LIES. Mitt Romney should be forced to prove that he paid his taxes, because he hasn't. RINO Romney LIES about everything.

      • AUDRY PEELE

        you need to get a dam life

        • jazzpast

          I have a very good life Thank You.

      • jango

        Another Liberal/Leftist blathering about something they know nothing about. If you have the PROOF that Romney hasn't paid taxes for 10yrs then by all means trot it out...Oh...no proof?....so you're just mimicing your Leftist gurus correct?
        Since you obviously have no evidence then you "repeat the lie until it becomes true"....remind us again which chapter of Sal Alinski's "Rules for Radicals" that was please. I burned my copy along with that Koran I found on pigsty crap pile.
        By the way...are you aware that 'jazz' is the noise of non-talents that pretend to have talent?

        • jazzpast

          Why would I need proof?? It's on every damned channel on the TV! Including Radio, FOX NEWS even Rush Limbaugh did a program on it. Crawl back under your rock,__ curse God and die. You people that follow Socialist RINO Romney,__ your Messiah, are worse than those in the White House now! It's really scarey! Socialist, is just another word for NAZI! That's what you people are. Your worse than the Obama Socialists in the White House.

        • jazzpast

          Your another FAKE, ESTABLISHMENT Republican in the Romney CULT! Your a Romney Zombie!

  • ste1021

    They spew out more propaganda than Germany in the '30's.

  • Lee Howell

    Jeff, if you really knew your Job, You above all people, should know that if you collected all the 1% ers money, 100% of it it would only last this free spending Administration about 4 days. Get real dummy!! They say if you repeat a lie enough times ,people start believing it . Why are you buying in????
    But if you had the experience required for your job, You would know that.

    • jazzpast

      Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in ten years! Romney is a TAX FELON! What a corrupt SCUMBAG! Mitt Romney's word is worth nothing! Mitt PHONEY is a tax CHEAT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-Wedemeyer/100000979472300 Gloria Wedemeyer

    No there are defense budget cuts because the government does not know anything about managing money. What I say to the administration is not making the rich pay more because even if that happened, it would only keep the government spending for a few days. The reason we have less money is because of GSA and all the agencies that either waste money or are corrupt and government intrusion in businesses. And I feel that what with the civil unrest all over the world, defense spending should be one of the last things we can afford to cut. We would also have more money if we were supporting all those free-loaders who pay no taxes and all those illegals in this country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-Wedemeyer/100000979472300 Gloria Wedemeyer

    I also think the Senate should give up their entire pay, as they have done little or nothing in almost 4 years and especially the last two. They have not passed a budget and they have over 30 bills laying on their desks laying dormant. And Obama should also give up his pay as all he has done for 4 years is go to fund raisers or hollywood parties or take expensive vacation and play golf all the time. If he spent a little more time in Washington and paid attention to what is going on, then maybe we could get something done. All he says is that congress should act on one thing or another. He does not have any proposals and then he leaves town. We should just rent out the white house as he and his family spend so little time there.

  • Dad

    I have noticed that throughout history, men have been DYING for defense in a disportionate share than women. I think it is time to push for fairness in many areas. Is it time to start ponying up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Walt-Hobbs/1559061243 Walt Hobbs

    What an a-hole !!!

    • Marine1962

      Of course you are talking about harry reid and the democrat controlled senate...

      • jazzpast

        You should love harry reid he is a Godless, LDS, mormon like RINO Romney your Socialist!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jreuteler Jeff Reuteler

    The whole problem is Congress and high ranking offcials seem to think that the money they throw away is their money and then they spend beyond their means they cry about certain groups usually the very wealthy about paying "their fair share" what a bunch of crap. That is like having a dead beat neighbor who maxes out their credit card and then you are expected to pay your fair share of the bill. No absolutely not. Congress needs to live within its means. The 47% that pay no taxes need to pony up and pay "their fair share" and until they do the rest of us poor working slobs should pay no more. Congress has quite a racket going spending money that is not theirs and then having control over their own pay and benefits. There is no acountability at any level of government, that is the problem.

  • samtman

    The problem is that the two wars GW got us in to were not paid for. Instead of raising a war tax like we did in other wars, he gave the rich a tax cut. Not only that, the rich did not have to send their Sons die in these wars. He volunteered the poor and middle class kids, of whom many joined because they could not find a job, some with patriotic reasons and many also to get the GI educaition bill, that is if they came back alive in one piece.

    • Marine1962

      I don't hardly know where to start except to say right off you are an unmigitated idiot...GW went to war with full agreement by congress. unlike the idiot we have there now who tromps all over the Constitution of the United States. Our military is voluntary, which means anyone who qualifies can join and that includes rich and poor. He gave everyone a tax cut, and if you had the sense God gave a cockroach you would understand that when people have more of their hard earned money to spend the government revenue goes up and when you tax people the government revenue goes down...And last but not least, when was the last time you got a job from a poor person???

    • haroldson

      what rock did you crawl out from under"? how long was you in service? you are a flake also at a disadvantage as you sound to be brain dead.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.buckley.5 Noel Buckley

    Zients is another arrogant fool who comes to "testify" and testifies to nothing but his mindless adherence to the liberal claptrap.

  • deeme

    OK well that makes sense the rich who already pay more then their fair share, are to blame for the dismantling of a secure America..but they aren't in charge of our National Security which seems to be the one job we can attribute to the POTUS...I read today 20 stories on conservative websites , of course the news will not mention any of it, of corruption,but he has found other things much more important like pointing his finger of blame at some of us , even though he is the President of all of U.S.. Now I would like to know why he is not spending all his days and nights figuring out how to get rid of the "waste" in Washington, that is going to make all future generations lives very desperate. Here is a start..

    The federal government made at least
    $72 billion in improper payments in 2008.
    Washington spends $92 billion
    on corporate welfare (excluding TARP) versus $71 billion on homeland security.
    Washington spends $25 billion
    annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties.
    Government auditors spent the past
    five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them --
    costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually -- fail to show any
    positive impact on the populations they serve.
    The Congressional Budget Office
    published a "Budget Options" series identifying more than $100 billion in
    potential spending cuts.
    Examples from multiple Government
    Accountability Office (GAO) reports of wasteful duplication include 342
    economic development programs; 130 programs serving the disabled;
    130 programs serving at-risk youth; 90 early childhood development
    programs; 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and
    training exchange activities; and 72 safe water programs.
    Washington will spend $2.6
    million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.
    A GAO audit classified nearly
    half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or
    embezzled. Examples of taxpayer-funded purchases include gambling, mortgage
    payments, liquor, lingerie, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, Internet dating services,
    and Hawaiian vacations. In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent
    $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, including "over 200
    appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine
    costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere
    and Johnny Walker Gold." The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food
    and drink apiece
    Federal agencies are delinquent on
    nearly 20 percent of employee travel charge cards, costing taxpayers hundreds
    of millions of dollars annually.
    The Securities and Exchange
    Commission spent $3.9 million rearranging desks and offices at its
    Washington, D.C., headquarters.
    The Pentagon recently spent
    $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and
    $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida.
    Over half of all farm
    subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average household incomes of
    $200,000.
    Health care fraud is estimated to
    cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually.
    A GAO audit found that 95 Pentagon
    weapons systems suffered from a combined $295 billion in cost overruns.
    The refusal of many federal
    employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually in flight
    upgrades.
    Washington will spend $126
    million in 2009 to enhance the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts.
    Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010
    defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
    Federal investigators have launched
    more than 20 criminal fraud investigations related to the TARP financial
    bailout.
    Despite trillion-dollar deficits,
    last year's 10,160 earmarks included $200,000 for a tattoo removal
    program in Mission Hills, California; $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill
    Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; and $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone
    in Albany, Georgia.
    The federal government owns more
    than 50,000 vacant homes.
    The Federal Communications
    Commission spent $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR driver David Gilliland.
    Members of Congress have spent
    hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars supplying their offices with
    popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners,
    camcorders, and signature machines -- plus $24,730 leasing a Lexus,
    $1,434 on a digital camera, and $84,000 on personalized
    calendars.
    More than $13 billion in
    Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion
    cannot be accounted for.
    Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina
    spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards
    provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL
    tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, "Girls Gone Wild" videos, and at least one sex
    change operation.
    Auditors discovered that
    900,000 of the 2.5 million recipients of emergency Katrina assistance
    provided false names, addresses, or Social Security numbers or submitted
    multiple applications.
    Congress recently gave Alaska
    Airlines $500,000 to paint a Chinook salmon on a Boeing 737.
    The Transportation Department will
    subsidize up to $2,000 per flight for direct flights between Washington,
    D.C., and the small hometown of Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) -- but only on
    Monday mornings and Friday evenings, when lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists
    usually fly. Rogers is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which writes
    the Transportation Department's budget.
    Washington has spent $3
    billion re-sanding beaches -- even as this new sand washes back into the
    ocean.
    A Department of Agriculture report
    concedes that much of the $2.5 billion in "stimulus" funding for
    broadband Internet will be wasted.
    The Defense Department wasted
    $100 million on unused flight tickets and never bothered to collect
    refunds even though the tickets were refundable.
    Washington spends $60,000 per
    hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops in front of national landmarks.
    Over one recent 18-month period,
    Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at
    least $102,400 on admission to entertainment events, $48,250 on
    gambling, $69,300 on cruises, and $73,950 on exotic dance clubs
    and prostitutes.
    Members of Congress are set to pay
    themselves $90 million to increase their franked mailings for the 2010
    election year.
    Congress has ignored efficiency
    recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that would save
    $9 billion annually.
    Taxpayers are funding paintings of
    high-ranking government officials at a cost of up to $50,000 apiece.
    The state of Washington sent $1
    food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures
    and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.
    Suburban families are receiving large farm subsidies for the
    grass in their backyards -- subsidies that many of these families never
    requested and do not want.
    Congress appropriated $20
    million for "commemoration of success" celebrations related to Iraq and
    Afghanistan.
    Homeland Security employee
    purchases include 63-inch plasma TVs, iPods, and $230 for a beer brewing
    kit.
    Two drafting errors in the 2005
    Deficit Reduction Act resulted in a $2 billion taxpayer cost.
    North Ridgeville, Ohio, received
    $800,000 in "stimulus" funds for a project that its mayor described as "a
    long way from the top priority.
    The National Institutes of Health
    spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.
    Congress recently spent $2.4
    billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will
    not use.
    Lawmakers diverted $13
    million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating
    the Army Corps of Engineers -- the agency partially responsible for the failed
    levees that flooded New Orleans.
    Medicare officials recently mailed
    $50 million in erroneous refunds to 230,000 Medicare recipients.
    Audits showed $34 billion
    worth of Department of Homeland Security contracts contained significant waste,
    fraud, and abuse.
    Washington recently spent $1.8
    million to help build a private golf course in Atlanta, Georgia.
    The Advanced Technology Program
    spends $150 million annually subsidizing private businesses; 40 percent
    of this funding goes to Fortune 500 companies.
    Congressional investigators were
    able to receive $55,000 in federal student loan funding for a fictional
    college they created to test the Department of Education.
    The Conservation Reserve program
    pays farmers $2 billion annually not to farm their land.
    The Commerce Department has
    lost 1,137 computers since 2001, many containing Americans' personal
    data.

    Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit

    Because many of these examples of waste overlap, it is not possible to
    determine their exact total cost. Yet it is evident that Washington loses
    hundreds of billions of dollars annually on spending that most Americans would
    certainly consider wasteful. Lawmakers seeking to rein in spending and budget
    deficits should begin by eliminating this least justifiable spending while also
    addressing long-term entitlement costs.

    Brian M. Riedl

    • Marine1962

      And thats how our hard earned tax money is wasted by washington and they want more...when are we going to wake up and vote them rascals out...

      • deeme

        I'm ready but sadly I only get one vote and the people getting free stuff is growing by the second....

    • AlbertstheMan

      Remember: Obongo said he was going to go thru the Federal Budget (the one passed by the senate) line by line to find & root out fraud & waste.

      Does Obongo lie or not? You be the judge...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NLORN6B3ZNGCAJTFHWWFUUEY4Q jong

    It seems that each member of the Obama administration want to be more stupid than the others and are in a race to see who is the biggest idiot. Of course with Obama planning and Holder implementing Fast and Furious and then denying it they have a long ways to go. And as for best comedy act they have Biden to contend with.

  • The_American_Way

    This Democratic liberal argument that the rich are not
    paying their fair share is pure nonsense. It’s getting tiresome and next to
    yelling racism it’s the most disingenuous defense there is.

    I won’t bore anyone with the numbers about who is paying what percent of taxes. We have all seen them. The argument that Budget acting Director Jeffrey Zients makes only plays to the brainless liberal Democrat. What I want to know from Zients is what exactly is the “fair share” for the 50% of the people who pay ZERO federal tax? That is a much more relevant question.

  • Real American

    Its never ending w/ those people, its always somebody elses fault, what not try this you freeking libs, go after the thousands and thousands who DON'T pay taxes in who work for the IRS and fed gov in general ,how about all the people in odumbos administration who don't pay taxes !!! go nothing to d w/ the rich its the 49% of this country who don't pay tax's and haven't for a few generations!!

  • VocalYokel

    "Fair share"...the new race card.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=516859771 John Sweet

    Blame any one but Obama for the pickle we are in, the democratic mantra!

  • blaineiac

    If I hear "fare share" from the mentally challenged liberals again, I’ll SCREAM! 50% of the population not paying ANYTHING is NOT FARE! Make their "fare share" 10%. Make the Multi-Trillionaire’s pay 10%. THAT’s fare.

    The RIGHT way would be 10% from EVERYONE, but a tax on "income" is hopelessly flawed, was never ratified, and is probably unconstitutional to boot. The BEST way would be a Point-of-Sale tax that’s scalable, 0% for most foods, clothes and other "necessities" of life, much higher for Luxury items. After all, someone in the market for a $25 Million yacht can easily pay $25 Million more for a "tax" on it. But their income is what THEY earned, the "government" didn’t help, and the "government" has no right to it.

    Appreciation for government "intelligence" drops to ZERO when they entertain cuts in ABSOLUTE NECESSITIES like DEFENSE, when they could cut the "debt" in half by eliminating unconstitutional bits like the Department of Education, Department of Energy, Agriculture Department, the EPA, and by selling off "government land" and ending criminal expenditures on things like "Sex and Health of Prostitutes in Zambia". Cutting the Federal Government down to 10% of what it is now would be a good start. Pay all Congress members $1 a year, make them buy their own health insurance. There’s something intrinsically wrong with millionaires spending millions of their own money to get elected to a position paying in the low hundred thousands. Make a term limit of one term; way too much of their usefulness is given up on seeking "re-election". Do all this, and the "Treasury" would fill up so fast your head would spin! OMG, Am I the only one that can see this?

    • blaineiac

      The person who "thumbsdowned" this either didn't read it all, or is a "card carrying Communist".

  • Gordon D

    What the rich not paying their fair share? How about nearly 50% of Americans don't pay any income tax, is that fair. It's not fair that the government does not have a tax code that treats all citizens equally. Leadership or the lack of leadership starts at the top.
    What if everyone pays 3% and then takes a legal deductions after that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Peacock/100001241183282 David Peacock

    actually the rich taxpayers [20% pays 70%] are only responsible for ONE MISTAKE; giving the fed money to keep this idiot on the payroll.

  • kkc003

    Geez get over yourself. Its not the rich who caused the problem! Its the govt!

    What about Congress/Senate and the president NOT doing their job?Why are they spending like drunken sailors taking our nation into hell?
    Everyone knows its your fault, quit blame blame blame, your like a petulant child- tiresome - yawn yawn!

  • jim_wright

    This is exactly what Mr. Obama wants, the destruction of the U.S. Military as a relavent military force. He is doing everything he can to reduce this country to third world status because he and his wife hate the United States.

  • Othello

    Does this surprise anyone? That is all Obama and his croonies can do, BLAME others.
    The rich DO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE! They pay more than their fair share. Obama and his crooked pals want America to be socilaist. WE DON'T! If ANYONE of you want to live in a country where the government controls EVERY ASPECT of your life, then ny all means, GET THE H E L L out of America! Take Obama and all his liberal,marxist,communist, American hating/destroying pals with you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/d.keith.dexter Keith Dexter

    so stop making those drones that are totally not needed stop arming against the people stop funding the un,tsa, theres so many more things wasteful they can cut from that budget to offset the cuts i say make them tighten their belts.
    we have a spending problem,give them more they'll just spend more,the dems dont care about the taxes its the confrontation with gop they want,class warfare plain and simple

  • grannylake

    What kind of creditability does a Obama Administration Budget Director have? NONE Obama and his Budget Director wannabe are colossal failures when it comes to a fiscally responsible American budget so what he "thinks" (assuming that he actually has 2 brain cells and a synapse) is totally irrelevant.

  • Floyd

    Another lying mf. I am convinced all these lies are coming out because this administration knows there are a bunch of idiots out there who are believing every b.s. word that comes out of their mouths and the media QUESTIONS NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! That's their gameplan which is getting more evident over the last 2 months.

  • nancymiller

    Liar. It is all about spending and destroying the USA.

  • billy2

    these filthy no good rotten marxist/leninist freaks are really,really, starting to p!ss me off, IF THEY THINK THE UBER RICH CAN SAVE THIS FREAKS @$$, THEY HAVE ANOTHER THINK COMING...............THESE PEOPLE CAN SAY UP YOURS OVOMIT AND LEAVE AMERICA.,THEN WHATCHA GONNA DO OVOMIT?????????????????? YOU SILLY MINDLESS MORONS..............IT DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY SO STFU AND GET THE H!LL OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND WE WILL TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.

  • notoshariah

    When you have a budget you stick with it. You do not GIVE AWAY our MONEY to our enemies like Syria, Egypt and those ISLAMISTS -----THEY ARE THE ENEMY AND THEY ARE SHARIAH!

  • nvrat

    How about blaming the 8.2% unemployed and 14% underemployed for not holding up their end of the Tax Ship for you guys. Oh yea, maybe you should slow down the spending for awhile. Who knows maybe things will get better come November 2012 and you little "Communist Pecker Heads" won`t have to worry about it anymore.

  • Bulldustin

    another Dummycrat with a loose mouth and no brain. How much does thid knothead think the rich will contribute to defense,the economy and the food stamp beggers and health care screw America adgenda? What a loony toon and his big Daddy O'vomit

  • Raphael

    The top 20% of wage earners in America pay 70% of the taxes. That is our fair share.The bottom pay 3% and 50% pay little or no taxes. Who is not paying their fair share here?
    In a Marxist society the top 10% are still preserved and pay 85%+ of the Marxist country taxes. That is what Obama is leading to. He wants the top 20% to pay more than their fair share so we can be like Russia. It will not work in America. Our veteterans died for freedom not Marxism.

  • AlbertstheMan

    Obongo's 10 year total of increased tax revenues on the rich will fund the Gubmint 7-8 days.

    If this is his plan for turning around the economy, no wonder everybody thinks he is a moron!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rwyatthaines Raeman Haines

    As usual , the budget director for this administration has his head shoved up a body cavity that can't be mentioned here !

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    This statement is not a surprise, coming from an 0bama czar. Patently false, as always, because they could tax 100% of income over $250k and it still won't ballance the budget.

  • Dr. Real

    I laugh everytime a pro-tax (for the 1%) person is asked the question - "How much should the top 1% pay in taxes". The answer is usually a figure less than current taxes or they don't have an answer. They just want more money to spend.

  • CaptTurbo

    Clearly Jeffrey Zients is is just another Okenya pocket dweller.

  • J C in SC

    Seems to me they are playing "mis-direction" .  When Odumbo sold the book he supposedly wrote, he was paid $85 million dollars, which he put in a non taxable fund.  Now he wants to blame others for not paying enough taxes?  What a hypocrite.  But then, he is who he is!