Archive for the ‘Government Waste’ Category

THEY’RE AT IT AGAIN

October 28, 2015

Does anybody remember the financial meltdown of 2008 that began the current depression? (Yes, I mean depression and I’ll explain that in a bit). Does anybody care that it is happening again, but this time on a much, much larger scale?

The United States of America, not just Wall Street, is over-leveraged and operating on what can only be considered pyramid tactics. Continued borrowing to support wasteful deficit spending without a plan in place to do anything but exacerbate the condition is rapidly bringing us to the brink.

Secretary of Treasury, Jacob (Jack) Lew, is calling for yet another raising of the debt ceiling to pay the debts we cannot afford. Why call it a ceiling? Ceiling implies the extent to which something can rise. If we continue to raise the ceiling, there is effectively no ceiling. Why do we make-believe there is a limit for the amount of debt an administration or a country may incur?

There is even a potential plan in place, that could be passed by congress to “suspend” the debt ceiling.  What a great plan!  Don’t even try to set a limit or quantify a spending amount, just allow spending to go on and wait for the collapse of the country.  Now I’m depressed.

The government spins the job reports to make it look like we are in recovery. They put forth that unemployment claims are at a 40 year low. They purposefully fail to state that 37.6% of the eligible civilian workforce is without work and have been for so long that they no longer show on the unemployment rolls.  This number continues to rise.

In 1929, 25% of the workforce was idle and that was called a depression.  The number of people out of work today is increasing as the available jobs continue to decrease.  Among those wage earners fortunate enough to have employment, weekly hours now average just 32 where a 40 hour workweek was the norm just a few years ago.

Today the government sends money straight to people’s bank accounts via EBT and SNAP so we don’t see long bread lines today.  It’s all illusion.

Another round of housing foreclosures is on the horizon.  Fire sale pricing is already underway in some areas of the country. This will only sink us deeper into the “recession” from which the government claims we’re recovering. It will put more people on the Welfare rolls requiring more assistance from the federal government. This won’t be the last request for a debt ceiling increase to pay the bills.

Just a reasoned cutback on wasteful expenditures by our public employees would help the situation tremendously. A few less billion dollar grants to nations sponsoring terrorism might also be a place to start.

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SHARING THE ABUNDANCE

May 18, 2015

More money to fix the failing schools (so they can look nice while continuing turn out barely literate adolescents), more money for the poor (so they so they feel more comfortable in their capacity as submissive subordinates), more money for transportation (to study which maintenance projects can be even further delayed to allow more spending on unearned bonuses and lavish, costly retreats and conventions for the department heads), more money for national security (so DHS can send high quality color brochures to the various southern Border Patrol sectors saying Stand Down and let the mules, cartel leaders, gang members and radical Islamists pass. Divide your illegal entrant count by 3 before filing reports so the taxpayers don’t become alarmed), more money for the Department of Commerce (so so they can impose more domestic regulations that increase our trade deficit more rapidly) are not the ways to general prosperity.

Money is not the answer. Care, concern, dedication, diligence, responsibility, culpability and the possibility of being fired for lack of performance or incompetence might be some answers to the problems facing government. More funding for ongoing problems is often like fertilizing and watering weeds.  It helps them to grow. Watch government grow as it receives more money. The bureaucracies grow faster than the problems they are meant to correct.  Yet they do little to mitigate the initial concerns.  They need more money.

Somebody please tell the idiot progressive liberals that money is not the answer to most problems. It only separates the haves further from the rest of us. It gives more power and authority to a stronger, more defiant ruling class. Fiscal discipline is much better for society as a whole. Throwing money at ongoing problems only exacerbates the issues. But most liberals cannot see the two class society they are ignorantly complicit in creating.

The war on poverty is, and always has been, political Doublespeak for “We, of wealth and power, will have more at the banquet while the rest will sift the dirt under our tables seeking the crumbs we drop”.  Building a new Four Seasons Hotel and employing illegal aliens for cleaning and turn-down service does not spread any wealth or help anybody but the rich and powerful.

THE EFFECTIVE USE OF ANTONYMS

November 13, 2013

Obama stands in front of Teleprompters, cameras and the American people proclaiming big things for the nation.  He orates what we want and what we need to hear, then he does just the opposite.  Few members of broadcast or print media cover the actions, just the words gloriously spoken.  Reconciling his words and actions is impossible.

While campaigning, Senator Barack Obama promised to bring a new level of transparency to Washington, and to preside over the “most transparent administration in U.S. history”.  He repeats the phrase frequently.  The most transparent administration in U.S. history is a prime example of the man’s use of doublespeak.  There are more “closed doors” at the White House daily than in any federal prison in a month.

“You should know that keeping the economy growing and making sure jobs are available is the first thing I think about when I wake up every morning.  It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed each night.”  Between the IRS and excess taxation on businesses, the EPA with endless regulations requiring costly compliance, HHS and Obamacare jacking up the cost of doing business and other obstacles and hurdles he places in the way of job and economic growth, his actions mean to stifle the economy and destroy jobs.

He must also counsel his appointed goons in Obama transparency.  For instance, Lois Lerner testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  I have not done anything wrong, I have not broken any laws, I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee.”  “While I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I have been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject manner of this hearing,” Lerner said. 

The constitutional right to which she referred is the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads, in part, “No person…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…”  Lerner, if she answered any questions, would either, (1) further perjure herself or (2) admit that she did, in fact, commit the wrongs she denied previously; she would have become a witness against herself. 

How about Hillary balking, dodging, avoiding, delaying and otherwise stalling for months before articulating the now infamous words, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Of course, who can forget Obama’s lap licking Lewinski, Nancy Pelosi?  She actually said that people on Welfare stimulate the economy.  “For every dollar a person receives in food stamps, $1.79 is put back into the economy.”  “It is the biggest bang for the buck when you do food stamps and unemployment insurance.  The biggest bang for the buck,” she said. 

That statement actually illustrates the inefficiency of government.  The administration costs and waste involved in getting a usable dollar to its intended target is just about 80%.  Statements like hers are known as unintended truths.

However, using Pelosi’s logic, wouldn’t it follow that if every American quit working and received nothing but food stamps and unemployment insurance the economy would grow by 179% or more almost instantly?  We could continue to grow the economy even more and faster by awarding COLAs and merit raises to the monthly stipend deposits of those robbing banks and liquor stores.  This kind of twisted logic seems to work for Pelosi.

Fewer people working and more people drawing down on the government coffers, yeah that’s got to be the answer to economic stability.  If we could just contract with foreign companies to build a website for Obamacare that doesn’t work, pay them ten times what the cost should be.  We could then pay them a few hundred million dollars extra to actually make the site work.  That should stimulate the American economy and make taxpayers proud.

You can bet that if our President says something publicly, it is his intent to perform in an irreconcilable manner.  It’s the effective use of antonyms.

TOO BIG TO SUCCEED

June 8, 2013

Largely due to misleading advertising, fraud, irresponsible lending, gross mismanagement and uncontrolled employee salary and benefits, the auto industry and financial institutions entered a financial meltdown.  The bank and auto bailouts cost the American taxpayers just shy of one trillion dollars.  For our money, no arrests occurred, no “C” level executives lost their jobs (other than perhaps one or two who did not contribute heavily to the DNC or Obama campaigns).  In fact, many of the executives responsible for the boondoggles received multimillion dollar merit bonuses from the inflowing funds.  The liberal administrations of both a Republican and a Democrat deemed the recipient corporations “too big to fail”.

The current administration felt it necessary to oversee those expenditures of borrowed taxpayer money by creating czars and oversight bureaucracies.  The more money given to the corporate thieves, the more federal man power oversight and accompanying administrative staff was required.  The government grew. 

With each new government employee came a burden, of not only paid salary, but also an inclusive benefits package, topping for many, 50% of their paid salary.  Additional training, team building conferences, travel etc. also apply to new employees.  The costs grew.

The snowball is gaining size, mass and speed as it travels downhill with the American democratic republic encapsulated.  The more government grows, the more it costs and we can no longer afford additional unconcerned wastefulness associated with the new bodies. 

The country that people of the world longed to enter in the light of day for opportunity is now invaded under the darkness of night by those demanding benefits to which they should not be entitled.  The country that was, not so long ago, revered by the other nations of the world is now reviled and ridiculed by the same for laughable policy changes attributed to our representatives.

From 1981 thru 1989, Ronald Reagan refused to take off his suit jacket while in the oval office.  Just a few years later, in 1997 and 1998, William Jefferson Clinton wore his pants around his ankles while being orally serviced in the same room.  Honestly, it has never been revealed if he wore his suit jacket while he sullied Monica’s dress.  And it’s all been downhill since then.

We the People have lost contact with, and faith in, our government.  The government, originally formed to serve the people is now self-serving.  Multi-million dollar jet away conferences, held at luxurious resorts, offer relaxation to the bureaucrats who become too stressed to handle their overpaid positions that demand forty or more subordinates.  Some attendees occasionally take time away from a midday facial, massage or Jacuzzi social and actually sit in on a seminar or two.

Congress passes laws read by no members.  In the event that someone finds out what is being proposed, an immediate exclusion for all congressional members and presidential cabinet members is appended to the bill before passage.

Often two and three bureaucratic agencies duplicate anachronistic and unnecessary functions.  Our government has created (often redundant) bureaucracies which have grown so large that those at the top, those with the greatest pay and most bountiful benefits, claim not to know what happens in the agencies for which they are responsible.  They claim not to have recollection of the most memorable events of their jobs when sitting in front of a Congressional Investigative Committee.  However, they can recall in detail and even present photos and videos of the extravagant conferences.

We now have a government too big to succeed.

GUARDING THE LARGESS

April 14, 2012

The lavishly outrageous expenditures made by the General Services Administration (GSA) on a couple or few conferences are commanding attention right now.  Recently, the costs to move an employee from Colorado to Hawaii surfaced.  Little, however, has been disclosed about the relocation of the “Prince”, a GSA real estate official other than the $330,000 taxpayer cost and the fact that he left the agency about a year afterward.  More will filter through the fine screen of government misdirection within the next few weeks if Darrel Issa can cause Jeff Neely, (a career senior executive with the Public Buildings Service who was assigned to organize the conference) to cough up any information about the embezzlement misuse of funds entrusted to his care.

However, while the American public is up in arms about this, what is going on behind the scenes is, if anything, worse.  Once again, it is a case of “Hey, look over there”, and the brownie is missing from your lunch tray.

GSA is an independent bureaucracy of the government.  Congress established the GSA in 1949 as an agency to manage and support the basic functioning of the other federal agencies.  The GSA’s functions include provision of office supplies, transportation, office space and communication for government employees.  Additionally, they are charged with government-wide cost-minimizing policies.  Typical of how government works and grows, we have a mismanaged government management agency to oversee the mismanagement of the other government agencies.  The only oversight for the overseer is an often blind and clueless, care-for-naught Congress.

Since the story broke, the Inspector General, Brian Miller, promised to look deep into the policies and procedures of the agency.   Where was the IG prior to the YouTube explosion showing off how partying federal workers are abusing their positions and waxing the taxpayers?  There didn’t seem to be any concern before the idiots caused the self-exposure by calling the rest of us fools on the Internet.

Darrel Issa is unquestionably one of the few representatives from my home state for whom I have respect.  He is strong in his questioning of government wrongdoing without concern for the offender’s political affiliation.  However, he and his Government Reform Committee simply cannot adequately investigate even a tiny portion of abuse presented by the current administration.  Trying to extract a modicum of truth from the equivocating Eric Holder, any of the Fast and Furious gang or any of the GSA senior officials is reason to limit government employees’ use of their Fifth Amendment rights.

The Inspector General doesn’t seem to be concerned about government abuse and the agencies themselves don’t care about fiscal accountability.  Keep in mind, GSA is the current government funded bureaucratic agency in the spotlight.  What is going on with the rest of the tax payer funded, unrestrained alphabet agencies: HUD, FBI, CIA, TSA, NSA, NPR, PBS, MSNBC…?  Starting to see why the national debt is so out of control?  Each bureaucratic agency has a lot of waste.  They waste money then ask congress to appropriate more the next fiscal year so that there is more to waste with some left over to use for the intended purpose.

Again I state, I’m not defining all government abuse as the product of this administration because it has been going on for decades, by both parties and various administrations.  As the years go, it just gets worse.  Let’s quit blaming others of the past and take control of the situation rather than exacerbating it.  Instead of manipulating the job numbers by dropping discouraged workers from the data and hiring people into citizen funded positions, acknowledge the problem and correct it.  Why don’t we cut the size and scope of government until it is manageable and accountable?  Why don’t “We the People” regain control of our representatives?

As with most tax appropriators, our president and congress want, instead, to grow government making it easier to hide fraud and abuse.  The result of which is a need for more tax revenue – throttling development of the economy and individual prosperity – taking away the opportunities offered by our Constitution.