CLINTON WASTE STILL WRECKING WALLETS | Citizens Against Government Waste


Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Sean Rushton or Melissa Naudin
January 24, 2001(202) 467-5300


Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) decried the unwarranted, wretched, wicked, wasteful and weak way that the Clinton White House welcomed in the new Bush administration.  Today it was discovered that the "W" key was missing or marked out in dozens if not hundreds of computer keyboards in White House office buildings.

"The lack of respect of government property tracks the abuse of tax dollars that was common throughout the Clinton Administration," stated CAGW President Thomas A. Schatz.  “This wanton act was perpetrated by whiners who won't believe they didn't win the election.   Sophomoric humor may have a place on the fictional ‘West Wing,’ but it's good for the nation that the children have left the White House and the adults have taken charge.”

CAGW obtained estimates that it would cost $100 per missing key for replacement, with up to one and half-hours of labor for each PC.  In fact, it may be cheaper to buy a new keyboard that runs between $20 and $150, depending on the model.  That’s the off-the-shelf price, not necessarily the government’s scheduled price, and regardless of cost and immediate need, it’s unlikely that hundreds of keyboards would show up immediately at the doors of the White House.  That makes it more likely that costly repairs will be undertaken.

Gore campaign Press Secretary Chris Lehane flippantly said today, "My guess is that the White House did not have many reasons to use the letter W over the last couple of years.  It's possible they just fell off because of sheer atrophy."  It’s clear he is not in the party of the elephant, as his faulty memory ignores the scandals and embarrassments that haunted the White House over the last eight years: Whitewater, Webb Hubbell, Monica Lewinsky, Waco, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Wiley, sexual harassment lawsuit, and White House interns to just name a few.  Plus, the staff did work for William Jefferson Clinton.

"This incident reminds the nation of why a large majority of Americans strongly believe that our morals have been in decline over the past eight years," Schatz added.  “The new administration will be a welcome relief to both our psychological well-being and wallets.”

CAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with over a million members and supporters, dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government.



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