Obama on board with "You Cut" program

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Iva Radman – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The controversial "You Cut" program, found an unlikely ally, as President Obama adopted a policy proposal generated from the Web site created by Congressional Republicans.

On the Web site, GOP members solicit ideas of government programs that can be cut. They post the suggestions online and give voters the chance to pick the top five programs to cut.

This week the Obama administration announced a plan to sell unused federal property -- a plan that could generate as much as $3 billion. Local Congressman Eric Cantor hopes it's just the start of things to come.

"We are very excited to see that because the purpose of 'You Cut' is to try and change the culture in Washington because people need to understand that we can't just keep spending money we don't have in America," said Cantor.

You cut has drawn criticism from some Democrats who say the program, which is paid for by taxpayers, is nothing more than a political stunt for Republicans leading into the 2010 elections.

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