Government Waste: Where Has All the Money Gone? (Photo: Juan Barahona)
by Cal Thomas
Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. This is especially true when they detect money for which they can't account. Not so with the federal government.
Some recent headlines reflect a disturbing pattern that has contributed to our
Here are just a few recent gems gleaned from reading newspaper stories and wire service reports: "Pentagon to destroy
So in addition to nonfeasance add incompetence.
A personal favorite, again from USA Today: "
Then there's this from the
Again the Fiscal Times: "Government Blatantly Wastes
Just in time for this year's university commencement exercises we learn, courtesy of
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) this week releases its 2014 "Pig Book" listing some of the outrageous spending by the federal government. The book focuses mostly on "pork," those earmarks added to a bill after the normal budget process. Earmarks have been outlawed since fiscal 2011, but members of
This year's Pig Book has found earmarks attached to the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government. One paragraph from the introduction reveals the lengths to which some members of
"The 2012 Pig Book noted that although there were fewer earmarks than in prior years, the projects involved larger amounts of money and included fewer details. This is also true in 2014. For instance, a
When committing a crime, some criminals try not to leave fingerprints at the scene.
To paraphrase the old Peter, Paul and Mary song: where has all the money gone? Long time passing. Gone to earmarks and down a sinkhole. When will we ever learn?
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