Its amazing what can happen. For example, how many times have you heard a politician prattling on about cutting waste? And how many times did that actually happen?
Well, the good people of Florida CD 22 can point to their member of the House of Representatives as one guy who backs up the talk.
Taking office in January, rookie member Allen West has already, just by taking a good sharp look at the US Defense Dept.'s printing and reproduction practices, managed to shave 10% off, for a saving of $35.7 million in 2012 and nearly $180 million over the next five years. The enabling bill passed 393-0 in the House.
“All government programs must be thoroughly scrutinized, including the Department of Defense,” West said. “After serving 22 years in the United States Army, I am aware of areas where saving money is very possible. My challenge is for every Member of Congress to detect where they can also shave wasteful spending. If that were to happen, one can only imagine what kind of impact that would have on our federal budget.”Exactly.