Remember last year how Barack Obama, John Boehner, and the national media told us over, and over, and over again about how we could solve the debt ceiling crisis and the fiscal cliff crisis by simply following the recommendations of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and getting rid of duplicate federal programs as the GAO recommended?
Neither do I.
By the way… Ron Paul said nothing about it either… and neither will anyone else who’s riding the Washington regime’s gravy train… at our expense.
“Waste” is a dirty word in Washington, which is never to be spoken of in public.
According to the GAO, the US federal government has wasted nearly $300 billion US taxpayer dollars over the past three years via needless duplication of many federal programs:
2013 ANNUAL REPORT – Actions Needed to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits – GAO-13-279SP, Apr 9, 2013 – http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-279SP
2012 ANNUAL REPORT – Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue – GAO-12-342SP, Feb 28, 2012 – http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-342SP
2011 GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue – GAO-11-318SP, Mar 1, 2011- http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-318SP
GAO’s Mission, Responsibilities, Strategies, and Means
“GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.
“GAO examines the use of public funds; evaluates federal programs and activities; and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions. In this context, GAO works to continuously improve the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government by conducting financial audits, program reviews and evaluations, policy analyses, legal opinions, investigations, and other services. GAO’s activities are designed to ensure the executive branch’s accountability to the Congress under the Constitution and the federal government’s accountability to the American people.”
See: GAO’s Mission, Responsibilities, Strategies, and Means – http://www.gao.gov/dsp/3mission.html
Feds waste $95 billion on duplicative programs
“No wonder [Sen. Tom] Coburn said “this GAO report has once again reminded the nation that while millions of Americans have been doing more with less, the federal government continues to do less with more. The $95 billion in overlap identified in this report, combined with the $200 billion in overlap identified in GAO’s previous two reports, could easily cover the costs of sequestration. Yet, instead of preventing furloughs, reopening air traffic control towers and restoring public access to the White House, Congress and the administration continue to defend billions of dollars in duplicative programs that are little more than monuments to the good intentions of career politicians in Washington.”
See: April 10, 2013 – Examiner Editorial – Feds waste $95 billion on duplicative programs – http://tinyurl.com/ck5zkue
Why ‘Chained CPI’ Rattles the Elderly (and Soon to Be)
“Small percentage differences in indexes don’t matter much over a couple of years, but they accumulate, so the change would hit the oldest, longest-retired beneficiaries the hardest. Therefore, says Aaron, “if Social Security benefits are to be cut, this is not the way to do it. The way to do it is to selectively reduce benefits for those with comparatively high average earnings, and the reason for that approach is that most of the gains in life expectancy have been accruing to those with relatively high earnings.”
See: April 10, 2013 – Business Week – Why ‘Chained CPI’ Rattles the Elderly (and Soon to Be) – http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-10/why-chained-cpi-rattles-the-elderly-and-soon-to-be
Fed salaries still increasing, despite pay freeze
“In all, the average federal salary has gone up $1,881 since the freeze began. In fiscal 2010, the average pay was $76,586. The freeze did slow down the rate of increase, however — between fiscal 2008 and 2010, before it went into effect, the average federal salary increased more than $5,000.”
See: Fed salaries still increasing, despite pay freeze – http://blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2013/04/09/fed-salaries-still-increasing-despite-pay-freeze/
For feds, more get 6-figure salaries
“The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted. Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.”
See: For feds, more get 6-figure salaries – http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20091211/1afedpay11_st.art.htm
Thousands of federal workers ride Metro for free
Tens of thousands of federal workers ride Metro for free and wouldn’t feel the pain of proposed fare increases that could raise one-way subway fares to as much as $5.95.
Some 120,000 federal workers in the Washington region receive up to $230 a month for transit, which amounts to taxpayer-funded free rides or at least a hefty bite out of even the most expensive trips.
See: Thousands of federal workers ride Metro for free – http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/thousands-federal-workers-ride-metro-free#ixzz2Q43YupZC
Washington’s Economic Boom, Financed by You
“Billions in federal spending, largely a result of two foreign wars, were pouring into the local economy by the early 2000s. Then came the housing bubble. But after it burst, a remarkable inversion occurred: as the country withered, Washington bloomed. Since 2007, the regional economy has expanded about three times as much as the overall country’s. By some measures, the Washington area has become the richest region in the country. It is now home to the three highest-income counties in the United States, and seven out of the Top 10.”
See: Washington’s Economic Boom, Financed by You – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/magazine/washingtons-economic-boom-financed-by-you.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Census: More Young People Flock To D.C.
“Some demographers also say that D.C. has a growing reputation as a cool place for young people to live. Census numbers from earlier this year revealed that a third of the city’s population is in its 20s and early 30s, responsible for nearly all growth in the last decade. William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution who analyzed the census data comparing the 2005 to 2007 period with 2008 to 2010, told the Post that “the economy and hipness” are a powerful combination:”
Census: More Young People Flock To D.C. – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/census-more-young-people-_n_1035149.html
“Washington, DC – The same General Services Administration (GSA) regional office that hosted the more-than $800,000 conference in Las Vegas in 2010 was also responsible for putting on a weeklong conference for GSA interns at a luxurious Palm Springs resort.”
See: LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS: GSA CONFERENCE FOR INTERNS – http://denham.house.gov/press-release/lifestyles-rich-and-famous-gsa-conference-interns
See: Where DC’s Rich and Famous are Buying and Selling Homes – http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/homes/where-dcs-rich-and-famous-are-buying-and-selling-homes/
Washington is booming!
How are things in your neck of the woods? Are you feeling left out in the rain?