Government Waste

There is so much government waste that it is difficult to know where to start.  We are not talking about small amounts of waste, but extremely large amounts of waste.  Waste that goes into the millions and billions of dollars up in smoke.

I will itemize some of them:

The federal government made at least $72 billion in improper payments in 2008.

Washington spends $92 billion on corporate welfare

Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties

Government auditors spent the past five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them — costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually — fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve

The Congressional Budget Office published a “Budget Options” series identifying more than $100 billion in potential spending cuts

Examples from multiple Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports of wasteful duplication include 342 economic development programs; 130 programs serving the disabled; 130 programs serving at-risk youth; 90 early childhood development programs; 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities; and 72 safe water programs

Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job

A GAO audit classified nearly half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or embezzled. Examples of taxpayer-funded purchases include gambling, mortgage payments, liquor, lingerie, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, Internet dating services, and Hawaiian vacations. In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, including “over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold.” The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece

Federal agencies are delinquent on nearly 20 percent of employee travel charge cards, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually

The Pentagon recently spent $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida

Health care fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually

The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes

More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billion cannot be accounted for

Congress has ignored efficiency recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that would save $9 billion annually

Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use

The government spends upwards of 16 billion dollars a year on benefits to some twelve million illegal aliens living in this country

The above is just a sprinke of the waste by the government each and every year.  Yet, they cannot fund this program or another because of lack of funds.  Does that sound hypocritical to anyone?  What do you say?

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