This is the email message I found in my inbox this morning...
"Vice President Biden warned us that there would be "waste" in the stimulus bill. The latest proof comes from the General Services Administration, which announced that the Obama administration is spending $18 million to redesign the Recovery.gov website to show Americans just where their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent. This is unreal and outrageous. If the Obama administration is willing to devote $18 million in taxpayer dollars to a website, imagine what government-run health care will charge taxpayers for an MRI."
Since this is a blog about web design and development I will keep politics out of this discussion....
$18 Million Dollars - wow that is a lot of money. I know in today's world where millions and billions, even trillions of dollars are discussed casually it doesn't seem like that much but it is. At least for the taxpayers among us it is A LOT of money!
So the real question is...what to do about it?
Truth is there probably isn't anything that we can do about it but I am willing to try. It is easy to sit around and complain about what is going on but then do nothing about it - especially when you are busy with work and family. This time though I am willing to do my part. While I am certainly not in position to write the government a check for $18mm, I am in position to save the government $18mm, which should be just as good!
MY OFFER TO UNCLE SAM: I would like to offer the services of my company, Web Station (www.webstationinc.com), free of charge to save our government $18mm and to help ease the burden on the American Taxpayer. The team here at Web Station and I have been building websites for almost 10 years and we are 100% qualified to complete this website project.
Please help me spread the word on this offer to the government. I need for it to get to the decision makers as quickly as possible before they commit to another firm for $18mm!
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