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The Sun's June 13th article "Obama, Biden announce plan for concerted attack on waste, inefficiency in government" introduced the president's narrow "Campaign to Cut Waste." While a serious campaign would actually save taxpayers' money, this is clearly more about political posturing than cutting waste.

Eliminating unnecessary federal websites was one of the only specific goals that the president mentioned in a YouTube video announcing the program. The president targeted several websites, including the National Invasive Species Council's (NISC) homepage. Any serious effort to cut spending must also question whether the $1.2 billion budget that the NISC had in the last year would be better spent on something else, or not at all. Trying to eliminate waste in existing programs is a good start, but it should lead to questioning whether programs themselves are wasteful.

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Let's hope that the Campaign to Cut Waste represents an honest, comprehensive effort to make common-sense cuts and finally control runaway spending.

Christopher P. Ryan, Ellicott City

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