Case Closed: "Sheriff" Joe Biden Failed To Stop Wasteful Spending whether it was his trillion-dollar stimulus package or other budget-busting policies, the Obama Administration has repeatedly failed to live up to the President’s own promises.
BigNews.Biz - May 16,2012 - Case Closed: "Sheriff" Joe Biden Failed To Stop Wasteful Spending
“For nearly four years, President Obama has promised to stop Washington’s reckless spending habits. But whether it was his trillion-dollar stimulus package or other budget-busting policies, the Obama Administration has repeatedly failed to live up to the President’s own promises. Governor Romney will finally end Washington’s spending addiction and stop passing our financial burdens to the next generation.” –Andrea Saul, Romney Campaign Spokesperson
For The Last Three-And-A-Half Years, Vice President Biden Has Led President Obama’s So-Called “Oversight Effort” To Stop Wasteful Spending:
President Obama Appointed Vice President Biden To “Lead A Tough, Unprecedented Oversight Effort” Over Stimulus Spending “Because Nobody Messes With Joe.” OBAMA: “And with a plan of this scale comes enormous responsibility to get it right. That is why I have asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort – because nobody messes with Joe. I have told each member of my Cabinet as well as mayors and governors across the country that they will be held accountable by me and the American people for every dollar they spend.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 2/24/09)
President Obama: “Around The White House, We Call Him The Sheriff … If You’re Misusing Taxpayer Money, You’ll Have To Answer To Him.” OBAMA: “To you, he's Mr. Vice President, but around the White House, we call him the Sheriff -- (laughter) -- because if you're misusing taxpayer money, you'll have to answer to him.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, DC, 3/3/09)
And What Result Has “Sheriff” Joe Biden Achieved? A Trillion-Dollar Stimulus Packed With Wasteful Projects:
Vice President Biden, Shortly After President Obama Appointed Him “Sheriff” Joe Biden: “We Know Some Of This Money Is Going To Be Wasted.” “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged on Tuesday that some waste is inevitable in the spending of a $787 billion economic stimulus package, in a characteristically blunt assessment. ‘We know some of this money is going to be wasted,’ Biden said during a roundtable discussion in New York with business leaders aimed at promoting the two-year stimulus plan.” (“Biden Says Some Waste Inevitable Part Of Stimulus,” Reuters, 6/3/09)
At The Energy Department Alone, More Than 100 Criminal Investigations Have Been Launched Into The Way Stimulus Money Was Spent. “The Energy Department's inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to 2009 economic stimulus spending. In written testimony prepared for delivery to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said the investigations have involved ‘various schemes, including the submission of false information, claims for unallowable or unauthorized expenses, and other improper uses of Recovery Act funds.’” (Darius Dixon, “DOE IG: 100+ Stimulus-Related Criminal Probes,” Politico, 11/2/11)
Examples Of Stimulus Waste Include A Federal Contractor Who Was “Told To Use Smaller, Nonstandard” Materials That Were More Expensive “In Order To Increase The Cost Of The Project.” “One of the major patterns Messrs. Jones and Rothschild uncovered was that the top-down stimulus was poorly targeted.