Obama says "they want to cut teachers and firefighters." That is so misleading and ignorant. But Obama has to take the most useful local level jobs as an example of cutting. The federal government doesn't have any control over teachers and firefighters.
Teachers: On the Department of Education website under "What is NOT part of the Dept of Education's role," it is stated that the Federal Government has no control over the personnel of any educational institution. "These are responsibilities handled by the various states and districts as well as by public and private organizations of all kinds, not by the U.S. Department of Education."
Firefighters: From the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics
Mar 29, 2012 ... About 91 percent of paid firefighters worked for local governments in 2010. Most of the remainder worked for state or federal governments.
What the President does have control of is the size of the huge Washington bureaucracies and how much money the Government spends. We all know there is waste in the Federal Agencies that needs to be cut. I remember when President Clinton came in office, they did a photo-op showing him and Vice President Gore going through and tossing out waste in the Federal Government. It was only symbolic but at least he acknowledged the waste. President Obama increased department budgets and we have seen wasteful spending like never before in the last 3 years. The General Services Administration should be abolished. This is the Federal department which "serves a vital role in President Obama’s agenda to build a more sustainable, responsible and effective government for the American people." The GSA's lavish conference in Las Vegas fully-paid for by American taxpayers should be reason enough to fire everyone in the department and abolish it forever. But did Obama do anything about this? They probably got bonuses for their wreckless spending. In the first two years of Obama's administration, they increased their limosine fleet by 73%! And remember the 2.2 million spent on a new pair of buses for Obama to reach out to the people in the heartland. And what about the new 32 Czars Obama hired with taxpayer dollars-cut them! The administration has spent taxpayer dollars on the largest radio and television advertisements for government programs I have ever seen (food stamps and ObamaCare mostly) and our children will have to pay for all this and for Obama's lavish vacations for his family (many overseas). It is all enough to turn your stomach...and he says "they want to cut teachers and firefighters."
And while I’m on the subject, what about outsourcing? He’s trying to paint Romney as an outsourcer while at a private company when this administration gave/loaned Brazil 2 million dollars to drill for oil offshore when he bans drilling here by private companies! TALK ABOUT OUTSOURCING!