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From Our I’ll Believe It When I See It Department

by @ 8:49 am on February 21, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Economics, Politics

President Obama sets as a goal something that has never been accomplished in the history of government:

WASHINGTON — President Obama told the nation’s mayors on Friday that he would hold them accountable for how they spend the money in his $787 billion economic stimulus package, which he described as “a true partnership” between the federal government and cities that have been too long neglected by Washington.

“I want to be clear about this: We cannot tolerate business as usual — not in Washington, not in our state capitols, not in America’s cities and towns,” Mr. Obama told a gathering of the United States Conference of Mayors. He said he was putting them “on notice” that if they propose a wasteful project, “I will call them out on it.”

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The president repeated his pledge that, under scrutiny byhis team of money managers and in public view through the Web site www.recovery.gov, the money flowing out of Washington would be spent “wisely, free from politics and free from personal agendas” — a goal that skeptics have said will be hard to meet.

The stimulus package, whose details are outlined in a document as thick as several metropolitan telephone books, will direct money at health care, transportation, education, energy efficiency and other areas in an effort to “turn this crisis into opportunity and bring our cities into the future,” Mr. Obama said.

“If a federal agency proposes a project that will waste that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it, and put a stop to it,” the president said, emphasizing that state and local governments would be held to the same standard.

I’ll just say right now…..

Not. Gonna. Happen.

There isn’t a single project in the history of government that hasn’t been riddled with waste, fraud, abuse, political favoritism, and inefficiency. It goes as far back as the financing for the Revolutionary War.

For Obama to say that he will ensure that there won’t be any waste in the biggest single spending package in American history is entirely disengenous. He has to know that this is impossible, and any examples he does end up citing in the future will be mere sacrificial lambs compared to the real waste going on.

So, you know, don’t insult our intelligence Mr. President.

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