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CUTTING THE BUDGET DEFICIT: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress

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Dear President Obama,

You seem to be rapidly turning into Scrooge, with now a lump of coal in the Holiday stockings of virtually-all civilian Federal employees via a two-year pay freeze.   Of course, that inequitable step will save very little in the massive Federal budget --" a measly few billion dollars, if that, as when workers receive the shaft in this manner, it is not surprising that there is a disincentive to do their best.   Penny wise and pound foolish!  Betraying American workers in this manner must have FDR spinning in his grave!

Meanwhile, you persist in breaking your own Campaign pledges to really get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as humanly possible; instead, you diddle and dawdle while more lives are lost in two unnecessary and unwarranted wars.   Meanwhile, you appear to be ready to break your own Campaign pledge that those tax breaks for the richest Americans would be allowed to expire as intended; instead, you are cozying up to the new Republican House leaders by hinting that you are ready and willing to negotiate your own position against the continuation of those unjustified and unwarranted tax breaks.

Given the absurdity of your positions on the matters outlined above, here is something you can actually do to save substantial Federal funds and substantially reduce the Federal budget deficit: immediately convene a top-level Commission to root out and eliminate the massive unjustified and unwarranted waste of precious funds in dysfunctional Federal posts.   Take, for example, the United States Postal Service, once an American icon but now riddled with waste and inefficiency rising beyond mere incompetence to the level of malfeasance.   The agency's initials would better be: USPF for United States Postal Farce.

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Try filing a misconduct complaint against your local post office, here in the USPS Atlanta region.   First, you cannot actually reach their so-called Consumer Affairs staff by calling them, as -- believe it or not --" they do not take calls, they make you either call the national Consumer Affairs number, where it is almost impossible to reach anyone, or else to leave your phone number and they may or may not call you back, at their whim.   But even worse, they lie on their phone tape by saying that all their representatives are busy -- even at the very moment when their office opens .   And if you refer these issues to the USPS national consumer affairs staff or even their Office of Inspector General, they merely refer the matter back to Atlanta.

That is surely having the incompetent and malfeasant fox watch its own henhouse.   A good house cleaning of these overpaid and worthless USPS executives would save some Federal money and set a great example!

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Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, (more...)

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While President Obama appears ready to freeze civi... by Eugene Elander on Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 7:14:26 AM
What, privatized, works better and more efficientl... by Dennis Kaiser on Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 10:26:20 AM