Do you recall the initiative unveiled last October by President Obama? It had a catch phrase “We Can’t Wait” and it was designed to put pressure on the Republicans, accused by the President of blocking his plans to get America back on track. Much of the initiative was centered around Obama’s use of Executive Orders, administrative rule making, and recess appointments to bypass Congress. Nothing really new with that, as we know the President would rather go it alone than have to deal with the oversight of Congress. What I find interesting is that many of the funds associated with “We Can’t Wait” have been waiting. Some of them for ten years.
(The Daily Caller) The administration has waited three years and seven months to implement a new “We Can’t Wait” project that redirects unspent appropriations to fund new construction projects.
The wait delayed the spending announcement until 11 weeks prior to the November election.
The announcement is part of the administration’s “We Can’t Wait” effort, which highlights the president’s authority to change spending, law enforcement priorities and regulations, independent of Congress and the courts.
The redirected $473 million includes funds from appropriation laws passed up to 10 years ago, Josh Easton, the White House’ deputy press secretary, announced Aug. 17.
“Instead of seeing these funds sit idle… we’ll use them to put Americans back to work,” he said. “Some of them are nearly 10 years old,” he announced.
There are a couple of things I want to highlight about this. First, the Obama administration is obviously playing political games with these funds. How many times have we heard the phrase “shovel ready jobs”? Yet, we have all seen the evidence of just how shovel ready the jobs really were. The stimulus was sold to the American public as a way to improve infrastructure and put people back to work, but little work was actually done. The money was allocated, but much of it was put on hold. Am I the only one who sees this releasing of funds as politically expedient for President Obama? Just 11 weeks before the election and funds that have been on hold for years are suddenly in play?
The second point is to highlight exactly why we do not need a federal government, such as we now have. That these funds have been on hold for so many years puts the inefficiency and ineptitude of the federal government on full display. The paperwork involved with allocating the funds is horrendous and shows why our federal government needs to be cut down to size. Even with the grand proclamation of “We Can’t Wait” by the Obama administration, it will still be several months before the funds hit the streets. By doing so, any possible economic impact they may have is greatly diminished.
How much longer do we have to wait before “We Can’t Wait” becomes a complete and total joke in Washington?