Sick and tired of government waste

Published 10:40pm Thursday, March 28, 2013

Would you like to know how a sizable portion of your hard-earned tax dollars is being squandered? If you are like me, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of government waste. Does the fact no one in Washington ever brings up the subject, or if they do, they are quickly silenced, ostracized or not allowed to get the message out in the lamebrain media? Do you get the notion at times the media is covering up for all the graft, corruption and mismanagement of taxpayer funds? Instead of being unbiased and reporting the news, they are enablers of the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars.

It would be very easy to find $85 billion of waste to satisfy the sequester if the president and congress were to get serious about the good of the country. It is all about politics and what is good for themselves. Frankly, I believe a majority of informed Americans are tired of the charade in Washington. They are playing with fire and the future of this once great Republic.

The enormous debt coupled with socialist policies will eventually relegate us to third world status. Perhaps, that is what is intended, but it is not what was envisioned for America, nor is it what most taxpayers deserve.

The Heritage Foundation in 2009 reported “50 Examples of Government Waste” drawn from several Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports of government waste, fraud, abuse and duplication of programs. The GAO report estimated nearly half of purchases on government credit cards as fraudulent, improper or embezzled. Would you believe there are 342 economic development programs, 130 programs serving the disabled, 130 programs serving at-risk youth, 90 early childhood development programs, and 72 safe water programs? How about the $350,000 deficits by the congressional barber shop every year to provide free clips for our royals? This is just a sampling of the duplications and waste being funded by a wasteful dysfunctional federal government.

Every taxpayer should read for themselves “50 Examples of Government Waste” from the Heritage Foundation. It will blow you away the amount of wasted dollars with no one addressing the problems. This isn’t new information, still no action.

The report further stated the government made 72 billion in improper payments in 2008 alone. Almost enough to offset the 85 billion reduction in growth called for in the sequester. Health care fraud alone costs the taxpayers $60 billion a year.

Government auditors found that 22 percent of government programs costing taxpayers $123 billion made no positive impact on the public they were intended to serve. The reports are an indictment of how wasteful taxpayer’s money is being spent, yet no outcry from the media, the president or congress. It is just business as usual in Washington.

Oh, did I mention Vice President’s Joe Biden’s $585,000 night in Paris last month?

Editor's Picks