‘Swag Industry’ Whines About Obama Cutoff


Warning, here you will see me praise President Barack Obama. Last week the President issued a directive for his various agencies to cut down department spending and one of those ways he targeted to achieve that was to cut out “swag” — items such as coffee mugs, pens, or other items with department logos that are given away for free, items we are paying for with our tax money.

Obama thought that a good way to stop wasteful government spending would be to cut out the T-Shirts, coffee mugs, pens, and the like that federal agencies pay to have made for them have made every year. I can’t say I disagree.

How is a T-Shirt made by the Department of Energy a good use of my tax dollars?

Well, leave it up to the hindteat-suckers in the “swag industry” to start whining that this federal largesse will “cause job loss.”

Tim Andrews of the Advertising Specialty Institute, is not very happy about Obama’s attempt to save the taxpayer’s money.

“For the president to say that buying promotional products is a waste is extremely troubling and shows how little he knows about the industry,” Matt Bertram, president of Fields Manufacturing, said in a statement. “This is again another example of our administration making quick decisions that will hurt small business.”

Andrews says that the $17 billion industry employees 500,000 workers.

Now, I am a big booster of small business. But small business being floated by government spending is called A TAX!!

It is a fake economy, a fake job, not a true economic benefit to the nation. If government jobs were the best thing for an economy we simply wouldn’t need a private sector. But, as we all know, the private sector is what pays for the public sector.

So, small business making a living off the government is not an economic boon but simply government spending requiring more taxes to fulfill it.

I have to say, if some small business loses income, or even close its doors because Obama has just cut it off (IF he ever really does so, that is) from government largesse then I find that a savings over all to the people.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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