Raising the debt ceiling is a question that should have been answered decades ago. It should not be a constant and ongoing battle every six months, two years or even every decade or two. Raising the debt ceiling is like opening a jar of pickles. Getting the first pickle is a fight. After the first one is out of the jar, it becomes easier and easier to get more until the jar is empty. As I see it, we are at the bottom of the jar now and the grocery store is closed. The sandwich will have to be made without the crispness and snappy taste that we have taken for granted.
As the government grows, so does the bureaucratic waste. The higher the debt ceiling is raised, the higher it will have to be raised. Congress is like a spoiled teenager to whom parents have given a credit card. The child never has concern for the bill because daddy pulls out the checkbook each month and takes care of the carelessness of the last four weeks.
I want it. I want it. If I can get a $600 million grant for the Tree Sitting Duck Watchers of America, to study why ducks waddle, I will surely be reelected. I’ll promote it as an environmental issue and dupe the idiots. Then we’ll just raise taxes on those idiots.
If we are to have any fiscal responsibility, we have to hold government bureaucracies accountable for the monies they are awarded. We don’t need new oversight agencies or more IRS agents to find the faults after the fact, we have too many now. That’s a major portion of the problem. It is necessary for the agency heads, the Directors and Secretaries to take charge and account for their budgets or have their budgets slashed by the amount spent that is not directly related to the agency’s purpose. If the money cannot be adequately accounted, everyone responsible should be caused to seek employment in the public sector.
*Built into every appropriation bill there is a minimum 10% shrinkage factor. Congress expects and plans for theft, mismanagement and sloppiness. They recognize and accept that there will be inept oversight of funds.
You may ask why I’m being so harsh at a critical time. You would be half right in asking that question. The better question might be, “Why hasn’t someone gotten mad about the unrestrained spending of our governments before this?” Note: the plural of government is used to include state, county, and city government entities.
It took me less than three minutes – yes, less than three minutes on the Internet to find the following wastefulness of our federal government. Just think what might be found by a competent researcher in a week or month. The list below is from various sources, including XX.gov sites. The money is unaccounted, yet the following fiscal years’ budgets were not adjusted downward for the mismanagement. Without exception, the following years’ budgets were increased.
D.O.D. – FY 2000 $1.1Trillion
H.U.D. – FY 1999 $59.6 Billion
Pentagon – FY 1998-2007 $4 Trillion
Iraq alone– Pallets loaded with greenbacks have gone missing
before they could be disbursed. Estimated total $12 Billion
D.H.H.S. – FY 1999 $18.9 Billion
C.I.A. FY 2002 $2.3 Trillion
T.A.R.P. $78 Billion
Stimulus $169 Million
If that short list doesn’t frost your patootie and cause you to see why we have such a horrendous debt, it should show that our elected and appointed officials don’t care about spending within our means.
One more! The G.A.O. (Government Accountability Office; the agency responsible for identifying the propriety and accounting the expenditures of the federal government), could not account for $1.3 Billion of their own budgets between FY 2002 and FY 2008. Still, bonuses were awarded and COLAs were given to the directors and key people of each agency above for their good work and sound fiscal oversight.