Saving Millions, Spending Trillions

The U.S. Forest Service will stop repainting new cars.  Air force jets will use cheaper fuel.  The Justice Department will book travel online instead of saving or creating jobs for those expensive travel agents.

Add it all up and we’re talking $102 million in taxpayer savings for fiscal year 2009:

“These savings reflect the president’s belief that even small savings can add up,” White House budget director Peter Orszag said.

Technically, that’s true. Small savings do add up.  But $102 million has to be multiplied over 39,000 times in order to equal $4 trillion, which is the projected spending for FY09.

That doesn’t sound ‘deficit neutral’ to me.