"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."-- H.L. Mencken (1918)
Monday, September 26, 2011
Fools - You Just Can Not Make This Stuff Up
With the president traveling around campaigning on our dime waging class warfare, raising the bar on demagoguery, out right lying, and pushing really BAD legislation all so he has a campaign message to beat republicans up with as he KNOWS his "JOBS" bill will fail as it is not supported by republicans or some democrats it is purely political.
Rightly so the main election issue will be "LIMITED" government VS "BIG" government.
Historically speaking "BIG" government never succeeds and usually ends badly as one size fits all government solutions are always FULL of terms and conditions and fraught with unintended consequences.
Numerous examples abound of the bloated, ineffective, inefficient, and questionable constitutionality of much of what the federal government does.
To all those who so fervently believe in "BIG" government you are fools and useful idiots just the clear unadulterated tax payer waste should be enough to dismember the entire system and return the principals of our founding.
In a Government Accountability Office report of late, we find out the money spent on the CLIMATE HOAX was $8.8 BILLION in 2010 and $103 BILLION cumulatively since 2003. Oh that "green movement" cronyism at work.
Human Events reported recently that the Department of Labor wasted $19 BILLION in state unemployment from July 2008 through July 2011. Who is getting all that illegal cash?
Boycottliberalism.com reports that they have tracked government waste since 1992 in excess of:
One only needs to google "wasted federal tax dollars" for 7,450,000 results in 17 seconds.
Not surprising but completely unacceptable some thing needs to change.
The latest waste comes from our wonderful government paying dead people and the like YOU JUST CAN NOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!!
Read it and WEEP.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has doled out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the past five years, a watchdog report says.
Such payments are meant for retired or disabled federal workers, but sometimes the checks keep going out even after the former employees pass away and the deaths are not reported, according to the report this week from the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general, Patrick McFarland.
In one case, the son of a beneficiary continued receiving payments for 37 years after his father’s death in 1971. The payments – totaling more than $515,000 – were only discovered when the son died in 2008.
The government has been aware of the problem since a 2005 inspector general’s report revealed defects in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund. Yet the improper payments have continued, despite more than a half dozen attempts to develop a system that can figure out which beneficiaries are still alive and which are dead, the report said.
“It is time to stop, once and for all, this waste of taxpayer money,” it said.
Office of Personnel Management spokesman Edmund Byrnes said he could not immediately comment on the findings. But the report said OPM Director John Berry agrees that stopping the improper payments should be a priority.
There are about 2.5 million federal workers who receive over $60 billion in benefit payments from the program each year.
Federal officials have tried matching the fund‘s computer records with the Social Security Administration’s death records, checking tax records and improving the timeliness of death reporting.
OPM has also sampled its records of all recipients over 90 years old to confirm whether they are still alive. In 2009, there were more than 125,000 recipients identified as over 90 and about 3,400 over 100 years old.
Both the Obama administration and Congress have made it a higher priority to crack down on improper government payments.
Last year, government investigators found that more than 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each from the massive economic recovery package went to people who were either dead or in prison.