While President Obama and other administration officials have been out there predicting doom and gloom over the pending cuts to federal spending known as the sequester, other White House officials are on a 100 city tour helping communities find ways to tap into new government spending. This is so preposterous only Obama would get away with it.
The White House’s “Connecting Your Community” program launched in Oregon earlier this month, and so outraged a senator influential on spending issues that he wrote President Barack Obama’s top budget officials urging it be canceled immediately.
Officials from the White House, Labor Department, Environmental Protection Agency, HUD, the Transportation Department and Commerce Department all descended earlier this month on Beaverton, Ore., a small city that has received extensive attention in recent months from the Obama administration, including a grant for a sustainable communityawarded earlier this month.
White House officials did not immediately respond Friday to Coburn’s letter. But White House Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs, Jay Williams, was quoted earlier this week in the Oregon media as saying the tour is designed to eliminate barriers among various departments to speed federal aid and “help enhance the things that are going on here in terms of the revitalization.”
Coburn’s letter questioned why so many federal officials needed to visit the city, when it has already shown a strong ability to win federal monies with $2 million in recent grants. He said the specter of the larger tour conflicted with the doomsday scenarios the White House has been talking about in recent days in pressuring Congress to forestall the so-called sequester cuts that could leave to widespread federal layoffs, reductions in park services and significant reductions in military patrols. (Read More)