There is also tremendous waste that is just ignored. Sen Flake of Arizona has pointed too much of the waste in a book he just released. The book detailed 100 examples of what Flake identified as wasteful spending, which he said amounted to more than $100 billion.
“To see so much money so outlandishly wasted, it’s clear that Washington’s ballyhooing over budget austerity is a farce,” Flake said in a statement. “Hopefully, this report gives Congress — which only ever seems to agree when it comes to spending money — something to Chewie on before the taxpayers strike back.”
Some examples of wasteful spending include a study to train monkeys to run on the treadmill, a study of college students’ pizza addiction, a study about how koozies keep beers cold (which was primarily focused on studying a weather phenomenon), a program to teach robots how to play jazz and a grant that was partially used to design a life-size “Pac-Man” game.
The estimated amount of waste for this fiscal year is upwards of $100 billion. When you include the corruption and fraud, you would at least double that number. The Pentagon could sure use it.
This waste is the result of a flawed budget process. Both parties are to blame. The flawed budget process benefits the Democrats (Marxist/Progressives) who want to not only benefit their donors and supporters, but it is a great way to claim taxes need to be increased and thus spread more wealth.
The Republican establishment benefits from the flawed budget process because it enables them to benefit from crony capitalism and builds a bigger and bigger government. Yes, bigger government means more corruption, waste, and less freedom for the American public, but it also allows the Republican establishment to entrench themselves and financially secure their futures and their families’ futures. Neither the “spread the wealth crowd” nor the “bigger is better government” crowd cares about the American citizen.
Another deadline is looming for the passage of a budget. Once again no budget will be passed but instead some short term budget extension will be passed. Both sides will claim they have served the American people and have done their job. This is a flat out lie. Congress will not have done their job. At some point in time some Omnibus Budget Bill or a Continuing Resolution will be passed, and again both sides will pound their chests extorting what a wonderful job they did. Again lies and more lies.
No matter how this is resolved, the American people will again be the losers. The debt will continue to grow; waste, fraud, and corruption will continue just as it has. The reason for this waste, fraud, and corruption is because congress is failing to do its job. Congress has lost complete control of the budget, thus spending.
The budget process is supposed to work like this. When Obama introduced his budget bill this spring, he kicked off an annual process that should, according to well-established rules, lead to 12 spending bills on his desk before the end of September. Each of these 12 separate bills should have had hearings and should have been scrutinized by committees in both the House and the Senate. The heads of the different agencies would have explained why they needed the amount of money they requested and how they would spend it. Congress would then determine if the request and the way it which the money would be spent made sense and was reasonable. For instance, congress would determine if it is really necessary for the government to fund a study on monkeys running on treadmills. If you asked a member of congress about this study, they would declare it was a waste of money and they would say that is what is wrong with government.
They would be correct, but in most cases they would be liars and hypocrites, because they are the problem. Ryan ranted on how horrible the process that was followed by Boehner in October was, and yet he is doing the same thing. We Freedom Loving Americans must understand the hypocritical stand of even some of the Republican candidates and discern which of the candidates really has the best interest of The United States at heart. That would be a candidate who stresses they adhere to the principles of the constitution; rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people. Limited government means reducing government and not just instituting some cosmetic changes.