Senator Tom Coburn is up there as one of the people who’s hand I would like to shake.
According to the Wall Street Journal, thanks to his efforts, the GAO has produced a report that compiles a master list of redundant & ineffective federal programs. (“Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway” – emphasis mine.)
You can find the summary report here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-318SP (add’l link to full report there as well)
Looking to cut spending? This is THE roadmap for lawmakers in both parties as they move to reduce the deficit. Sen. Coburn estimated it identifies between $100 billion and $200 billion in duplicative spending.
Just to start, the report found 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless, 80 programs for economic development, 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.
What. The. Fuck?
$100-200 billion in wasted money. Tell you what, send that money to me, I’ll set it on fire, then piss on it. Because, really that’s all you’re doing – throwing it away.
From the article – “There have been multiple efforts to cull the number of federal programs in recent years, but they often run into opposition from lawmakers in both parties who rush to defend individual spending provisions.”
I do NOT want to see any more of that crap. Pretend it’s your spouse’s money that you’re in charge of, and then think about shitkicking you will get if you misspend it, misappropriate it, or otherwise WASTE their hard gotten dollars.
This is a damning report of how an out of control government, even with good intentions, can go haywire when they start thinking that everything needs a program.
It’s time to take people off the dole, Congress. You were elected to get our finances in order.