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Obama Wants Federal Employees' Input

By Ed O'Keefe

By Michael D. Shear in The Post's 44 blog:

President Obama was widely mocked earlier this week for earnestly announcing $100 million worth of cost-saving measures -- an amount that, given the sea of red ink that makes up the federal budget, would be barely noticed.

So without admitting any failure, the president is at it again.

In his weekly radio and Internet address this morning, Obama is unveiling a series of actions that he says will contribute to the fiscal discipline necessary even during the current economic crisis.

In the address, he proposes four things:

1) He will call on Congress to pass pay-as-you-go legislation that would require legislators to identify budget reductions if they intend elsewhere to increase spending on entitlements or to lower taxes.

"This principle - known as PAYGO - helped transform large deficits into surpluses in the 1990s. Now we must restore that sense of fiscal discipline," he said.

Of course, PAYGO legislation is hated among many in Congress because it ties their hands, making an already tough balancing act even harder. As a result, Congress has proven quite resourceful in finding ways to get around PAYGO-type rules.

Continue reading Shear's report in 44 >>>

By Ed O'Keefe  | April 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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