Budget Rooter

Barack warned today that bad times are here, and smarter government is necessary. He spoke like an old-fashioned conservative guy.
"We can't sustain a system that bleeds billions of taxpayer dollars on programs that have outlived their usefulness or exist solely because of the power of politicians, lobbyists or interest groups. We simply can't afford it."
If he turns this statement into action, it will be a glorious thing.
"We are going to go through our federal budget... page by page, line by line, eliminating those programs we don't need and insisting that those we do need operate in a sensible cost effective way."
Yes! This will necessitate a revamping of the Democratic party and its union partners - but if he's prepared to fight for it, I'm prepared to fight for him. I'm not saying that I don't expect his idea of programs we need to be different than mine - but if he pursues the dredging of the Congressional budgetary sewer, it will be a remarkable development.
"The old ways of Washington simply can't meet the challenges of today and tomorrow."
The President-elect made his remarks while announcing the appointment of Peter Orszag, the head of the Congressional Budget Office, as his new budget director.