IT IS TIME TO TRIM THE FAT AND send it out to be recycled as bio-diesel. Don’t have a choice — can’t keep raising taxes…
Politicians and voters have been lamenting Government Waste which comes in various forms: Pork projects, overlapping, mismanagement…since before they were born!
But do you KNOW what your Senator or Representative has done about it – especially the ones who’ve been at the Capitol since T-Rex walked in downtown D.C.? Yeah, those dinosaurs…
Go ahead and ASK them. Politicians would much rather you talk about Mitt Romney’s dog. They don’t want you to ask the hard questions that will put them on the spot…like: What have YOU done to trim waste in government? Have you pushed to consolidate overlapping departments under one banner?
Quote from a Government Accountability Office article: We identified a total of 51 areas, including 32 areas of potential duplication, overlap or fragmentation, as well as 19 opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury.
These areas involve a wide range of government missions including agriculture, defense, economic development, education, energy, general government, health, homeland security, international affairs, science and the environment, and social services.
Have YOU heard any politician talking about that?
- You’ve heard of Mitt Romney’s dog!
- You’ve heard about President Obama’s old girlfriend, haven’t you?
Have you heard anybody telling YOU what he/she plans to do about government waste? Of course NOT. That’s a real issue – too hot to handle!
I trolled the internet and found countless examples where people wrote about government Waste. I can only post a few here…you may have already heard about some of them:
- A $3-million grant to researchers at the University of California at Irvine so that they can play video games such as World of Warcraft. The goal of this “video game research”? To study how “emerging forms of communication, including multiplayer computer games and online virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft and Second Life can help organizations collaborate and compete more effectively in the global marketplace.”
Well we ARE preparing our kids to compete! Schools without textbooks? Who needs those?
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent $175 million during 2010 to maintain hundreds of buildings that it does not even use. This includes a pink, octagonal monkey house in the city of Dayton, Ohio. Pink? Now ladies, let’s protest. It SHOULD have been BLUE!
- $1.8 million taxpayer dollars for a “museum of neon signs” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Plan on visiting…?
- $35-million reportedly paid out by Medicare to 118 “phantom” medical clinics that never even existed. Criminal gangs used them to defraud the U.S. government. Illegal immigrants…again!
- An enterprising group of farmers got $30-thousand from the Department of Agriculture to develop a tourist-friendly database of farms that host guests for overnight “haycations”. Move over Hilton…
(I like this one! Some smart farmer collected the check, went home, called the other farmers, showed them his Microsoft Office Suite, clicked on ACCESS (a database Program) – and they fell around laughing!)
- The U.S. Department of Defense spent about $100-million over six years for airline tickets that were not used. The tickets were refundable but nobody sought refunds. Why bother? Newspaper reports say 36-thousand Defense Department employees defaulted on some $600 million in official travel expenses charged to government credit cards. Bad debts, written off by banks were reportedly growing by about a-million-dollars a month.
- The federal government cannot account for $24.5 billion spent in 2003.
- The federal government made $20 billion in overpayments in 2001.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development racked up $3.3 billion in overpayments in 2001, more than 10-percent of the department’s total budget.
- Over one 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102-thouand for admission to entertainment events, $48-thousand for gambling, $69-thousand for cruises, and $74-thousand for exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.
See why the Secret Service did NOT want to be left out!?
- The IRS could not verify $3 billion in expenses as the agency had not kept its own books and records with the same degree of accuracy it expects from taxpayers. YOU tell them YOU can’t verify $50 in travel!
- Medicare fraud alone accounts for an estimated $60 billion annually, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A 2011 GAO report “identified 34 areas either where agencies, offices, or initiatives have similar or overlapping objectives or provide similar services to the same populations, or where government missions are fragmented across multiple agencies or programs.
At least 31 entities within the Department Of Defence provide items urgently needed to U.S. war-fighters — at a cost of over $76 billion since 2005.
Here’s the sobering truth…
According to the GAO, there is no question that both U.S. government spending and tax cuts are spiraling out of control. Recent increases in federal budget deﬁcits have far out-paced the cost of the global war on terrorism and incremental homeland security costs.
Although the $319 billion ﬁscal 2005 deﬁcit was considerably lower than the previous year’s, it is still imprudently high—especially given that federal spending is expected to increase dramatically when the baby boomers begin to retire later this decade.
Less well-known, the federal government’s long-term liabilities and net commitments, such as those relating to Social Security and Medicare, have risen from just over $20 trillion in ﬁscal 2000 to more than $43 trillion in ﬁscal 2004, in large part because of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug bill in December, 2003.
This translates into a burden of more than $150,000 per American and $350,000 per fulltime worker, up from $72,000 and $165,000 in 2000, respectively. Those amounts are growing fast because of continuing deﬁcits, our aging society, slower work force growth, and compounding interest costs.
And HOW way back was that…?
Yeah – we REALLY care about fixing the country!
Hey, about Mitt Romney’s dog …
Information from various online sites.