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License save money right now is not build another structure.
And not release another structure that forces and government agencies into the structures we have.
I mean that's what you do if you were broken we're essentially broke but we have nothing like that coming from the administration terms and an executive order what -- 5000.
With the government.
Paying almost two billion dollars desperate -- operational.
Even though nobody may -- in those properties.
DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton along with senator -- covered from Oklahoma talking about all of the spending going on at the federal level.
Seem to -- stole my suit is well -- a bit let's let's talk about that you -- done with Callaway and Susan you're very familiar with judgment always reporting among other things.
Talking about this idea that we have all of these thousands tens of thousands of properties that are sitting vacant fallow under used and used whatever.
Costing us billions of dollars a year in -- -- meanwhile because of sequestration.
Benefits for veterans situation have been cut off -- that was about 373 million dollars in 2012.
Use -- get a slap yourself upside the head and say -- what are the priorities here.
I recommend that anybody Google wasteful government spending.
And you'll just find soul many things that will really make you feel so angry at the government for not getting this kind of thing under control you know that's.
If you just do amassed 55000 buildings that's thirteen hundred empty buildings and every state that could be sold in the money could be used for what ever.
And it's it's true that a -- is Doug pointed out the red tape -- they can't do it I love the list you have to go through to try to sell every one but stray animals get to say and where these it vacant buildings are gonna go out and and they've created that I think purposely because -- don't wanna let this stuff -- don't get the GSA there.
The government services administration always under the gun trying to -- -- this is -- the GSA is a group that had the 800000 dollar conference in Las Vegas facilities are definitely suited to be trusting these people to make sure we're spending our money frugally.
But you know -- -- when you look at sequestration if proscribed how these cuts would take effect -- can't tinker around the edges there was a fair to even say they're spending all this money on buildings and meanwhile.
Veterans are getting their tuition because that's what sequestration said -- Well -- but the questions did sequestration have to happen if they were willing to make the cuts that need to be made.
Then this wouldn't have had happened that's the neither sequestration happening is because none of them to get your network -- they don't want us -- -- just.
They don't want to but they don't want to take on these issues so when you survey Americans they all say we want to cut government spending but -- -- -- survey in February that look at nineteen different areas and asked people would you like to see spending cuts and in every area.
Not a single one got majority support -- so people broadly want cuts -- they don't want specific cuts the so none of the politicians wanna actually.
Make the cuts and -- and it was something like -- administration and a.
This is the problem on Capitol Hill they are allergic -- break out and highs and that -- None of the Republicans are suggesting broad street magic words waste fraud and abuse occurred at a very accurate and Florida why everybody and that's all I'll say moderate voice from the Vista nobody says specifically.
What they're going to -- how much waste fraud mistresses are out there I don't know and I think that -- goes back to William proxmire used to do the golden fleece awards this has been around forever -- the -- -- tour if you will to Tom -- Here's the thing we have.
All of the entitlement spending and Medicare Social Security that's about 40% of the budget.
And that's probably the biggest elephant in the room that nobody seems to be able to handle and this is not to diminish the problem waste fraud and abuse.
But the problem is is that this and we've got this window right now where maybe something can be done because once we get past September October.
We're looking at next year's election then of course -- we'll start paying attention 2016.
And there is a time and a place where that has to be taken care of and if congress wants to show any courage any willingness to do it that's where they need to be focused on.
These are all interest thing but in many ways distractions to a much larger issue which is what are we gonna do with this huge entitlement.
Package that we have that's adding to the -- -- get a kink.
You know when it comes to benefit -- and we we were talking about this earlier when you when you look at the White House and obviously.
Our elected officials have to travel.
But when you think Joseph Biden's one day in Paris 320000.
Dollars for -- 600000 dollars for hotel rooms.
The president and the white house with very defensive about this did he have to go to Florida.
It's been 78000 dollars just on local law enforcement to play golf with Tiger Woods.
Not put an end and it it always comes out of this like -- what bush did it I'll let you know someone else did that -- -- -- all done this this isn't an Obama problem all presidents do this but.
We haven't always been in an economic downturn you could say you know under bush we were -- you know Clinton did the same things the point is.
We don't need that -- pomp and circumstance where they.
They go on these trips and I think that they should cut back on this kind of stuff I think it looks very bad and I think you give -- -- more important to use this kind of money.
Well it makes it very hard for the administration make the case and sequestration is hurting people when they're spending so much money themselves to something that really seemed so trivial I mean half million dollars for -- for a night in a hotel room are you kidding me I mean people.
That's just an outraged and could Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon have flown appear to play golf at Andrews air force researchers -- just a short struggling -- -- -- and by the way that there are ways where I mean symbol this is all -- in some ways but symbolism matters in politics and but I also think there are ways that they could figure out how to make some cuts here and there.
And I also think that Americans are about ready right now I mean let's face it who has not had a sacrifice at home and understand treaty start making cutbacks.
We can deal with that let's let's try to get some semblance of doing this.
Together as Americans and and march forward to look into something glory or whatever but the point is that.
I think people -- -- -- yeah.
Great discussion tonight thanks -- Jennings that I -- that's it for the.
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