Biden to the rescue
June 10th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Biden to the rescue

It appears President Obama has put his No. 2 in charge of a new project with the lofty goal of increasing accountability and cutting waste.

According to a statement from the White House, Biden will unveil his new initiative Monday:

Full statement:

WASHINGTON – On Monday, June 13th at 11:00 AM, Vice President Biden will make an announcement regarding the Administration’s ongoing effort to make government more accountable to the American people. Building on the successful execution of the Recovery Act, the Vice President will discuss a new proposal to help federal agencies improve their performance and cut waste across government.


soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. John

    Isn't this the same guy who was in charge of no waste in stimulas? That was a failure so let's try again?

    June 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
    • Bruce

      John that's the same ole tired line we hear all repug say about the stimulus. Where is your proof it didn't work? My proof that it did: "Stimulus created 3 million new jobs"...you can Google stimulus worked for the source. And that's with 40% of it going to tax cuts. Of course, I'm not sure why I'm wasting my time with a ditto head.

      June 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
      • trico77

        A triilion dollar union buyoff for shovel ready ready projects...

        June 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        It depends on how you spin it .... the presidet is back peddeling on jobs and such ... go to the opinion section and read about the lies he has been caught in in that speech... I thin the article was scrutinze the president and not paln.

        June 12, 2011 at 5:59 am |
      • John

        Bruce, what I was talking about was the millions of dollars of stimulas money unaccounted for, not to mention several million used to "make signs" touting stimulas programs/work. Unemployment is up, food prices are up, gas is up. Unemployment benefits are running out. Overall spending is way up – all this since this administration took over. These are same old tired lines. Unfortunately they are true.

        June 13, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Howard

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA !!!

      June 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
      • Mimi

        Make sure you tune in to the circus republican debate tomorrow on CNN. If you are still cofused as to which party is creating the problems and have no solutions? You should be crystal clear after the so called debate. The circus begins

        June 12, 2011 at 8:28 am |
    • jean2009

      You know sometimes when you look back at history, foibles and all, we would currently be financially in better shape had we just let Bill Clinton serve 4 terms and skipped the Bush fiasco.

      Bruce you are absolutely right, if it wasn't for stimulus jobs there would be a lot more people unemployed where I live.

      June 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • sambo

        that trillion dollars was wasted. What friggin jobs are you talking about?

        June 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        see above post to Bruce..... you need to read that article as well

        June 12, 2011 at 6:00 am |
      • jean2009

        Four local highways were totally repaired from north, south, east, and west of my city with stimulus money, and currently several others in this area are being repaired and resurfaced. In my location, we have lived in orange barrel heaven for the last two years. The big green and orange signs state they are Putting America to Work as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...in other words, stimulus jobs that has put money in people's pockets, meals on tables,and money in retailers coffers.

        Furthermore, for your information I did read the article...which you may have, but you obviously either have missed these same signs in your area, or you don't know what they represent.

        As for your complaints, about what is spent to house and protect the president and family is the height of hypocrisy. You didn't complain when Bush spent 8 years following a known failed Taft economic policy. And whine as much as you like, you know very well that presidential security, travel, and running the white house is not going to change regardless of the cost.

        It does however make you look like the moronic whiners you are. I actually think most of you are too lily soft to work a jackhammer, or do manual labor.

        And to Bill in STL, did you miss that items from Michelle's garden were used for the State Dinner menu which the Obama's would not have been charged.

        June 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Jean .... No I did not ... did you miss my point? The only reason to grow a garden is to feed your family.... that works well especially when money is hard to come by. Somehow I don't think Money is an issue with the Obamas.... LOL ... So why would I make a statement like that ???? Think about it .... I am sure you can come up with an answer...

        June 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • sambo

      is this the same president that talked transparency??? now he sends out the demented one

      June 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  2. Debbie

    That's great! Let's cut spending at the White House. Get rid of some of those perks the politicians and their families get,
    like free medical, free cleaning, free cars, free cell phones, free housing, etc....

    June 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • jean2009

      You need to understand that the only meals the president and family eat for free are the ones served at State Dinners. The Federal Government pays for State Dinners, but not Official Dinners, the president pays for meals prepared for the private living quarters, they pay for toiletries they use, cleaning of the private residence, haircuts, dry cleaning, laundry services, etc. at the end of each month. The charge is much as one would expect to receive at a luxury hotel. The President does receive a business allowance, but for anything delivered to the private quarters he pays.

      June 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Well the rent at the white house is $0.00 and his salary is 450k ... so it is still on the tax payers dime... and we all know that there are many many perks .... and maybe that bill is the reason Michelle planted the garden.... 😉

        June 12, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Mimi

      I am pretty sure the President works hard enough to deserve what ever perks he might get. I am also sure that wall street makes a lot more than the president and risks this countries assets while their at it. The entire congress is over paid.

      June 12, 2011 at 8:32 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Okay MiMi ... lets ask another question... Do you think that, say Bill Gates works hard enough to earn any perks he may get??? Or perhaps a Wall Street CEO??? Any of them make a significant amount mone ... far more that you or I.... SO if you think that anyone making over say 250k and paying their own way needs more taxes why does The Pres need to make 450k and live rent free.... I know he pays incidentals .... but there is alot he does not pay for.... Seems sorta out of whack to me.

        June 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  3. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    Didn't Al Gore already do this?

    June 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  4. Ray E. Georgia

    Humm,
    If the Stimulus worked why do we need Biden in the mix. Something doesn't compute and I now give you 9.1 percent unemployment. Any more bright ideas?

    June 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • Mimi

      Thanks mostly to the republican party in each state laying off people left and right handing out tax gifts to the wealthy. What jobs have been created by the repubilcans??? That right NONE. The republican party has voted down every jobs bill and has not come up with one solution. KICK THE REPUGS TO THE CURB

      June 12, 2011 at 8:36 am |
      • Bill in STL

        Thank you for the current Democratic Socialist party line. As usual it is filled with baseless lies and hate!

        June 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  5. trico77

    The pres. leading from the behind again!!
    No accountability for him..

    June 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  6. Roger

    Could we start by cutting out Obama's 5 to 10 million dollar a day vacations?

    June 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • rhumba

      Exaggerate much?

      June 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        No not really .... think of the security and arrangements that have to be made to accomodate the president and family.. welll okay ... maybe a million ... when was the last time you could even spend 10k a day????

        June 12, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  7. JACK OSTRANDER

    Obama has flown 180 times Use of Air Force One for foreign countrys, vacations, speaches, telling lies.
    PROBABLY COST TAX PAYERS 1 MILLION EVERY TIME HE FLYS. SO 180 MILLION FOR AIR PLANE.
    Can,t we cut this cost.
    STOP THE 50 BILLION OVERSEA,S FOREIGN AID. WE NEED AID FOR AMERICANS. NOT THE RICH. THEY GOT 400 BILLION SIGNED BY OBAMA IN TAX BREAKS...
    Obama just gave Libia 87 million for aid. way to go, we are trying to cut back and you know how to do it.... wow.
    20 billion voted to keep giving to OIl companys. by Republicans. no Vote Pen. i send you a good one.
    REPUBLICANS VOTED AND PASSED TO KILL MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND SOCIAL SECURITY. PLEASE PUT THIS ON EVERY BATH ROOM WALL, NEWS PAPERS, T.V. ADS Pushing Grany over the clip the best one....
    20 Million illegals here taking jobs, benefits cost sky high. Should be E-VARIFY FOR ALL GOVERNMENT BENEFITS.
    Food Stamps, Houseing assistance, Medical at hospitals, Drivers licences, car insurance companys, apts, home rentals.
    entrance to public schools and colleges.. parents background checks to see if are USA CITIZENS.
    E-VARIFY EVER BUSINESS IN USA. WHERE IS OBAMA AND WASHINGTON ON THIS PROBLEM, THEY DON,T GIVE A DAM..... TAX FOR ANY ONE MAKING OVER 250,000.00 SHOULD BE EXTRA 5 PERCENT.
    TOP 25 CORPORATION 35 PERCENT TAXES, OVER SEA,S CORPORATIONS 35 PERCENT TAXES ON THEM.
    25 PERCENT TAXES ON EVERYTHING BOUGHT INTO USA. Donald Thrump proposed this last year. good idea.
    Get our oversea,s jobs back.

    June 11, 2011 at 8:15 am |
    • John K

      Obamanations freak-unet flier miles

      At an Air Force-estimated cost of $181,757 per flight HOUR (not to mention the additional travel costs of Marine One, Secret Service, logistics and local police overtime), that's a lot of frequent flier dollars going into Obama's carbon footprint.

      Not to forget that when he flies, the other airforce one also flies as a decoy!

      June 14, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  8. RJ Anderson

    Wow-i thought we heard that 3 years ago when all you people elected him. Now you need ro re-ject him.

    June 11, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  9. afhcpoobah

    9.1 % is those that are on the books THE REAL # is @ 18.8 % unemployment [of those that need/want employment] Actual overall figure is @35% of all AMERICANS unemployed

    June 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Bill in STL

    Please don't let him near an open mike!

    June 12, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  11. Mimi

    The republican party has caused more damage to this country than any terrorist in history. Save america vote out the republicans.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:30 am |
    • Bill in STL

      I bet you were one of those people that stamped their feet and yelled I hate Bush!, I hate Bush, I hate Bush. Take a good look at what you are writing and see how hate filled it really is, Frankly that is what angers me about both parties and the mind numbed robots that follow them

      June 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  12. Linda Russell

    GRASS ROOTS INITIATIVE TO REFORM THE NATION’S CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION SYSTEM
    A LAW THAT DEDUCTS $10 PER MONTH FROM THE PAYROLL CHECKS OF ALL OF OUR COUNTRY’S CURRENT WORKERS, CAN BUILD A CAMPIGN CONTRIBUTION POT THAT OUTLAWS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE BIG MONOPOLIES AND GIVE OUR LEGISLATORS THE POWER TO NEGOTIATE 10 YEAR (USA) JOB PACKAGE CONTRACTS ENSURED BY ANY FUTURE TAX BREAKS THAT THOSE CORPORATIONS WOULD GET. GO TO CARE2.COM AND SIGN THE PETITION TO FUND EQUAL, LIMITED, CAMPAIGN FUNDING, WHICH WOULD GUARANTEE A SPECIFIC LIMITED AMOUNT TO EACH TYPE OF ELECTIBLE OFFICIAL IN THE NATION, THEREBY LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD. THIS WOULD GIVE US A BETTER CHANCE AT ENSURING POLITICANS THAT COULD HONESTLY BEGAN WORKING FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE, NOT BIG CORPORATIONS. POLITICIANS WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BUT ARE CAUGHT IN THIS REVOLVING DOOR, THAT HAS GONE ON TOO LONG. BIG CORPORATIONS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE PROFITS, BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF PAYING LITTLE OR NO TAXES, NOT PROVIDING JOBS, AND ROBING THE COUNTRY OF REVENUES, WHILE THE EVERYDAY WORKING JOE, PAYS THE TAXES THAT SUPPORTS THE FRAIL INFRASTRUCTURES OF THE NATION. THE EVERYDAY JOE WANTS RENEWABLE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL, PHARMACEUTICALS, BANKS & INVESTMENT BROKERAGES, & BUILDERS, THAT ARE NOT TO BIG TO FEEL AS THOUGH THEY SHOULD DO THEIR PART, LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. HOWEVER, THE ONLY WAY WE CAN GET BACK “LEGISLATORS FOR THE PEOPLE” IS TO PUT THE ABOVE, CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION REFORM LAW ON THE 2012 BALLOT. AGAIN, GO TO CARE2.COM AND SIGN THE PETITION.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  13. maikl

    Obama in panic. He has no idea what to do next. So he ask another loser to take charge. Biden prediction so lousy that he better quit his job together with Obama.

    June 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh, really? I'm dreadfully shocked! This waste of 'taxpayers money' must have just started since Obama's been President! Pres Obama must have been the FIRST President of the UNITED STATES to fly this way on AIRFORCE ONE! A decoy AIRFORCE ONE, the periodic use of MARINE ONE and all....OMG!

    June 15, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • Bill in STL

      Hey Liz .... don't forget almost doubling the limo fleet under this president too.... Oh ... and a recent poll finds that 30% of all companies (surveyed) are going to boot their workers off of private health care and onto the public option.... Yep he is what is good for America

      June 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill, what survey was that? I hadn't heard that one yet, but I don't see how a 'survey' could predict the true outcome of what companies will do when it comes to them and their employees. It's up to them not OBAMA. He specifically said one could keep their own private insurances if they wanted to, but there was going to be an option out here that maybe more affordable for individuals. Of course if that's true, I'd imagine it would be affordable for companies too. Insurance co's are robbing Americans blind!

    June 17, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  16. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I suppose I should have said the US medical industry, or 'society' is robbing Americans blind through 'private' insurance companies. My insurance went up drasticly when I retired and has continued to go up at least $20 every year since; with this year past January being a whopping $63 and my federal taxes went up $30, so I guess I need to be 'booting' myself off of my own private insurance and getting on the affordable health care plan. However, I think I'll try to hold on as long as I can.

    June 17, 2011 at 6:32 am |