Statements about Government Efficiency

Says that under President Obama, there’s been a substantial increase in federal government jobs.  

Says he "earned the highest possible credit ratings as state treasurer."

Says the city of Portland has one manager for every six "front-line" workers.

There are "49 different federal job training programs that report to eight agencies."

Says the stimulus bill sent tax credits overseas, such as "$1.2 billion to a solar company that's building a plant in Mexico."

"The federal government owns tens of thousands of properties that are vacant or underused."

Says the treasurer’s office has "saved $37 million in management costs for the oversight of public investments."

Says Ohio Treasurer Josh "Mandel first claimed bank fraud in June 2010 but did nothing for more than a year while raising money for his (Republican) Senate campaign."

Says "for the duration of this recession not a single person in government middle management has lost (a) job or taken a pay cut."

"The total (state) payroll has gone down. The total amount of the number of workers in the state has gone down. I like the fact that the bulk of that is just by retirements."

Congressman Scott DesJarlais "is spending his one year anniversary on vacation -- only working 6 days in all of January."

Freshman Rep. Bob Gibbs "is spending his one year anniversary on vacation — only working 6 days in all of January."

"Our tax code is . . . 80,000 pages."

"Government employees make 43 percent more in wages and benefits" than private-sector workers.

Says "the City of Portland alone has 84 public relation representatives on payroll which cost taxpayers over $6.2 million (a year)."

"They talk about this problem with binding arbitration. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to have somebody from Los Angeles fly into Zanesville and impose a wage settlement on you ... and then they’re on the plane back to Los Angeles."

Says for every dollar the state spent on audits last year, it delivered $64 in cost savings.

Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but "zero on job creation."

The Atlanta Beltline paid nearly $3.5 million for less than a quarter-acre.

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