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Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/1/20100 | DAMIAN PALETTA

Posted on 03/01/2011 9:48:22 AM PST by dragnet2

The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development.

The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances....

The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that chicken eggs are "safe, wholesome, and properly labeled" while a division of the Department of Agriculture "is responsible for the safety of eggs processed into egg products."

The report says there are 18 federal programs that spent a combined $62.5 billion in 2008 on food and nutrition assistance, but little is known .....

The report said five divisions within the Department of Transportation account for 100 different programs....

Similarly, it chided the government over encouraging federal agencies to purchase plug-in hybrid vehicles while having policies that agencies reduce electricity consumption. It said government agencies have purchased numerous vehicles that run on alternative fuels only to find many gas stations don't sell alternative fuels.

On teacher quality, the report identified 82 programs that often have similar descriptions and goals and are spread across 10 federal agencies.....

The GAO highlighted 80 different economic development programs at the Department of Commerce, HUD, Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration, For example, the four agencies combined to have 52 different programs that fund "entrepreneurial efforts," 35 programs for infrastructure, and 26 programs for telecommunications.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: broke; corruption; dc; debt; fraud; gao; government; spending; waste
The GAO is just another arm of the government...

This is like the cops investigating themselves...

I believe the government GAO is lying and the redundancy, duplication, waste and endless layers upon layers of government programs are costing the tax payers multiple *trillions* in tax dollars. I believe this is all intentionally done for the specific purpose of growing government in order to have *complete* control of private sector America.

1 posted on 03/01/2011 9:48:26 AM PST by dragnet2
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The tax hikes on the upper brackets possibly coming in 2012 would cost an estimated $700 billion over ten years. And there is an estimated half a trillion dollars in tax hikes over ten years in the health reform bill, to help pay for “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/03/01/gao-finds-massive-waste-duplication/


2 posted on 03/01/2011 10:00:39 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

It is thousands of little kingdoms they all live to survive and they need programs to get funding.

Every kingdom wants to get bigger and get more of the pie.

We like to envision Government as a single organized entity but it is actually hopelessly fractured and disorganized. But as long as the monster is fueled with money it will only get worse and not better.


3 posted on 03/01/2011 10:07:31 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: dragnet2

I truly wish the American people could see just how massive, wasteful and DANGEROUS these agencies are. Costly, accountable to NO ONE, redundant.

Time for them to GO...starting with the EPA and DOE.


4 posted on 03/01/2011 10:14:42 AM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Gasshog

“fractured and disorganized” is good. A seriously organized government is a scary thought given what Washington said about government. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” A better approach would be to eliminate all of those positions not deemed “essential personnel” whenever a snow storm hits DC. Then, start chopping off everything that is duplicative.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 10:15:34 AM PST by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Gasshog

The primary goal of the bureaucrat running any government program is to ensure that his program continues to grow, in head count and budget, on a steady basis. Upon finding himself with ‘extra’ money at the end of the fiscal year, he’ll p!$$ it away to ensure that the budgets for following years won’t get cut.


6 posted on 03/01/2011 10:18:52 AM PST by Bob
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To: dragnet2
What Congress needs is a "Machete" to cut thru the under brush of the D.C. JUNGLE... God knows what huge trees have grown there.. sucking the life out of America..

Maybe a proverbial "chain saw" when they are found..
"We" need some Congressional LOGGERS...... call it the LOGGERS CAUCUS...

7 posted on 03/01/2011 10:19:41 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Gasshog

Zero level budgeting at the federal level. We don’t (by default) start off by taking last year’s budget for Agency X, and figuring out if they got too little or need more.

We decide if the program is needed and either fund it or phase it out.


8 posted on 03/01/2011 10:20:54 AM PST by rlmorel (How to relate to Liberals? Take a Conservative, remove all responsibility...logic...)
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To: Gasshog
We like to envision Government as a single organized entity but it is actually hopelessly fractured and disorganized

Actually, it turns out there is one agency that is totally organized and extremely efficient....

9 posted on 03/01/2011 10:21:54 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

As imperfect as the GAO list may be, it would be good to use it as ANOTHER source of where to start making cuts.

CONSOLIDATION alone, DOES focus attention on the true totals for TYPES of expenditures, hidden by spreading the details out in separate authorities in separate agencies.

Some believe that separation is the achievement of blindness (can’t see the forest for the trees) or ignorance. Some of us believe part of it is intentional, and not accidental.

It doesn’t matter how any Congress critters allow it to happen, it amounts to willful negligence; always working on their next reelection and not what is best for the whole people.


10 posted on 03/01/2011 11:06:23 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Wuli
Gee, consider this: 50% of all taxes collected by FedGov are wasted due to waste, fraud, and abuse. FIFTY percent!

A billion here, a billion there; pretty soon you're talking serious money.

11 posted on 03/01/2011 11:37:28 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: rlmorel

Carter tried this when he was president. Congress shut his attempt down.


12 posted on 03/01/2011 11:40:17 AM PST by benldguy
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To: MasterGunner01

“Gee, consider this: 50% of all taxes collected by FedGov are wasted due to waste, fraud, and abuse. FIFTY percent!”

I won’t argue with your sentiment, but, in terms of facts, I don’t know from where your 50% figure is derived.


13 posted on 03/01/2011 12:09:58 PM PST by Wuli
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To: dragnet2
“...Bloat Uncovered in Beltway...”

Please. No pictures of Mooshelle’s ballast.

Thank you.

14 posted on 03/01/2011 1:17:14 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: Gabrial
“Please. No pictures of Mooshelle’s ballast.”

Unless it's the one with the French chicks.

15 posted on 03/01/2011 1:19:30 PM PST by Gabrial (The Whitehouse Nightmare will continue as long as the Nightmare is in the Whitehouse)
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To: dragnet2
Is it any wonder that the Washington DC area is 'thriving' and getting fat like pigs while the rest of the country is belt tightening to survive.

There is obviously something wrong with this picture when the masters starve and the servants get fat...

16 posted on 03/01/2011 1:27:50 PM PST by DBeers (†)
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To: DBeers

Millions of Americans have little left to tighten or lose for that matter...The government and Fox/CNN won’t tell ya the truth...


17 posted on 03/01/2011 2:07:21 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Gasshog

bttt


18 posted on 03/01/2011 3:53:32 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: benldguy

Times change, though. Just as the cost of drilling for previously unprofitable oil becomes cost-effective when the price per barrel reaches a certain level, so to might the willingness of the country to attempt this kind of thing if the economy gets bad enough. Heck, we may/will get to a point where we have no choice.


19 posted on 03/01/2011 7:29:47 PM PST by rlmorel (How to relate to Liberals? Take a Conservative, remove all responsibility...logic...)
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To: Gasshog

We like to envision Government as a single organized entity but it is actually hopelessly fractured and disorganized.

Thank goodness, when one considers that the despotism
and inefficiency of the Nazi government was what saved
as many jews as survived the holocaust.

Get a copy of “The Cunning of History” and learn about it.
http://www.amazon.com/Cunning-History-Richard-L-Rubenstein/dp/0061320684/ref=cm_cr_pr_orig_subj


20 posted on 03/01/2011 7:47:34 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Wuli
As I recall, it was from Martin L. Gross’ “The Government Racket: Government Waste from A to Z”, Harper Collins, 1992. Gross documented all the waste, fraud, and abuse 19 years ago. Eight years after he first wrote the book, he updated it in 2000. Nothing has changed and it's gotten worse, far worse.

Here's one item to get the flavor of his book: “. . . We have 154 different job-training programs. At no point does anyone even claim that they get any jobs. They had a cosmetology job-training program that cost $148,000 per license. We have a job corps that costs $25,000 per kid, the residential program. They said 46 percent of the kids finished the program until the inspector general came in and said, ‘No, you're lying; only 14 percent completed it.’ We have job-training programs in all 14 cabinet agencies. And, when I said it was $17 billion wasted, when Nancy Kassenbaum took over in ‘95 as head of Education and Labor, she said, “No, no, it's not $17 billion; it's $25 billion.”

21 posted on 03/02/2011 12:15:10 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: dragnet2

The only way to end the mess is to reduce every executive agency to its most basic functions:

with budget legislation that declares what those limited and certain basic functions are that will be funded

and that provides funds ONLY for those basic functions,

together with legislation that, in one bill, declares the END of all federal programs NOT DIRECTLY ADDRESSED in that budget (without even having to go and identify them - excluded by the fact that they are not included in the “clean house” budget law).

(Of course additional legislation needs to end various federal agencies and commissions altogether.)


22 posted on 03/03/2011 11:59:35 AM PST by Wuli
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