Lesson 2: Stop the frivolous spending and think outside the box
Out-of-control spending. Let’s expand further after last week’s discussion.
Before Congressional pork is added to its already frivolous spending, the tough questions are neglected. Accountability has long dissipated into Washington’s hazy, gray sky. Before distributing Governor (RINO) Christie’s $51Billion pork to Hurricane Sandy “victims,” numbers weren’t crunched with the utmost scrutiny and the obvious wasn’t asked, like (1) Is $11Billion to “future construction of public transportation projects” really necessary at this juncture? (2) Is allocating $13Billion to “unspecified mitigation projects to prepare for future storms” a bit vague? (3) $60Million was allocated to forest restoration on private lands. Isn’t there a cap on private payouts? And finally, (4) $150Million was allocated to help out fisheries in Alaska. Wait a minute. Didn’t the storm occur in the Northeast?
More fuzzy math. Taxpayers understood that GM’s $49Billion bailout was not a savvy investment. Yet, Americans were sold the idea that government’s involvement was “necessary in order to save the nation’s biggest automaker from failing.” Now the Treasury is trying to sell off its shares—unable to garner the $52/share price just to break even. Not only did government have no intention of turning GM’s financial fiasco around, but whose pockets did those billions evaporate into—at our expense?
Most federal agencies are not only unconstitutional but an avenue with zero accountability. The Dept of Health and Human Services is the No. 1 prodigal loophole agency that needs to be disbanded on the federal level and leave it to a state issue. For example, how has the Lone Star card morphed into easy access to purchase alcohol, tobacco and the opportunity to be used at a strip club? Utter abuse to taxpayers.
Congress could curb the inordinate abuse of federal taxpayers’ dollars. Government agency expansion is on the rise.
Washington has grown pathetically indolent and inept. Never in our history has a poll indicated that more Americans grasp that our government can do us harm. Budgetary scrutiny is of the past and accountability has dissipated. Congress needs skin in the game. If Congressional salaries, retirement, healthcare and time off were comparable to the real world—and constitutional—would the national tune still be hitting a lugubrious note and would Social Security and Medicare be failing us? Hum…let’s chew on that one for a week.
Enough is enough!
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