At a gathering of mayors at the White House today, Barack Obama warned them that he "will call them out" if they waste money from the nearly 1 Trillion Dollar Economic Recovery Plan.
Obama told the mayors,"The American people are watching. They need this plan to work. They expect to see the money that they've earned — they've worked so hard to earn — spent in its intended purposes without waste, without inefficiency, without fraud."
Since the passage of the Economic Recovery Package, accountability for where the money goes has come in to question. A 25,000 word document was released earlier this week that details how agencies and organizations must report spending. These reports will be posted on the website Recovery.gov, which is now it's own website and not just a page of the whitehouse.gov site (which is all it was at it's inception).
Mr. Obama told the mayors that the new legislation gives him the ability to "watch the taxpayers' money with more rigor and transparency than ever." "If a federal agency proposes a project that will waste that money, I will not hesitate to call them out on it, and put a stop to it," he said. "I want everyone here to be on notice that if a local government does the same, I will call them out on it, and use the full power of my office and our administration to stop it."
Call them out?
Call them out???
We are talking about 800 Billion Dollars here. Why don't we let the punishment fit the crime? How about a trip to Guantanamo? A little waterboarding perhaps? Firing Squad?
It will be interesting to watch when Mr. Obama catches the first one...and "calls them out" and sends them to bed with no dinner.
The Insanity continues. With our money.