Commentary: Getting rid of wasteful government spending

This editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee.

By attacking wasteful government spending, President Barack Obama has shown that he understands the mood of the American people. Polls say they support government action – if it's effective.

In his speech to the nation, Obama singled out five sacred cows of spending, championed by Republican and Democratic constituencies alike. If he persuades Congress to act, he'll have gone a long way to show that Washington is serious about eliminating wasteful, ineffective programs.

Here are the five items:

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