In his State of the Union address this week, President Obama called for a reorganization of government agencies to cut down on redundancies and save money. But history suggests such savings may be elusive. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Inspector General Glenn Fine (right) consults with staff before testifying on the firing of nine U.S. attorneys during a House Judiciary panel hearing in 2008. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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In his inaugural address on Jan. 10, Ohio Gov. Kasich said: "Get ready for an exciting time. Put on the seat belt because we're going." Kasich has to find ways to account for a projected $8 billion shortfall by mid-March. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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By choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver the official rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, the Republicans are sending the nation two messages about their priorities: Undo much of what Obama has done, but undo it in a civil way. Harry Hamburg/AP hide caption

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) discusses efforts to repeal the health care law Wednesday. The House passed a bill to repeal the law, but Senate Democrats say they will block efforts to take it up. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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