Skip to comments.Schumer Opposes “Taxpayers Right to Know Act” [semi-satire]
Posted on 05/05/2018 10:23:58 AM PDT by John Semmens
The Taxpayers Right to Know Act has been passed several times by the US House of Representatives, but has been unable to get to a vote in the Senate due to the 60-vote requirement to end filibusters against it. The Bill would require federal agencies to report on how much programs cost and how effective they have been.
While the Bill, sponsored by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla) and Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo), has bipartisan support, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to block the legislation calling it unfeasible and unfair. Look, our government has grown too big to be accurately measured in any way. Expenditures in the billions and trillions are beyond the capacity of voters to absorb. Whether they have been effective or not is a judgment call best left to the hardworking government employees who manage these programs.
Schumer expressed his fear that this information could be used to cancel programs people have become dependent upon. Just because the costs seem inordinately high or the results extraordinarily meager doesnt mean that real people wouldnt be hurt by the elimination, reduction, or reform of programs whose metrics indicate a bad return on our investment.
And lets not forget that even a wasteful program still employs thousands of government employs to administer it, the Senator reminded. Shifting funds elsewhere or giving taxpayers back more of their money would have traumatic impacts on these employees. Is it humane or ethical for us to consider inflicting these punishments just to save a little money? I think the kind of information this legislation would put into the hands of voters could ignite consequences I, for one, shudder to contemplate.
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Yep...There it is...Finally, a confession by this commie csucker that government programs are for the government employees, not for the American citizens, infrastructure, or national defense.
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