Government Waste

Discussion in 'Politics' started by chanel, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. chanel
    Offline

    chanel Silver Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Messages:
    12,130
    Thanks Received:
    2,744
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    People's Republic of NJ
    Ratings:
    +2,748
    N.J. agencies begin disconnecting unused phones after audit exposing $3.2M waste | NJ.com

    This particular issue should not just concern the taxpayers of NJ. Proponents of large government think this is the price of doing business. We need to cut spending; not raise taxes.

    The president says there's $500 billion in waste and fraud in Medicare. Have they recovered the money yet?

    A billion here; a billion there; and soon you are talking about a lot of money.

    I posted a story yesterday about unemployment fraud in our state. Maybe we can keep this thread alive with other examples?
     
  2. Oddball
    Offline

    Oddball BANNED Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    41,428
    Thanks Received:
    8,397
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Drinking wine, eating cheese, catching rays
    Ratings:
    +8,414
    Redundant.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
  3. strollingbones
    Online

    strollingbones Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2008
    Messages:
    73,667
    Thanks Received:
    17,004
    Trophy Points:
    2,190
    Location:
    chicken farm
    Ratings:
    +41,271
    a lot of state governments are closing unneeded programs.....programs that got funded in the past but are no longer needed...such a simple solution
     
  4. The Rabbi
    Offline

    The Rabbi Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Messages:
    67,629
    Thanks Received:
    7,823
    Trophy Points:
    1,840
    Location:
    Nashville
    Ratings:
    +18,227
    Every gov't program should have a sunset provision after 5 or 10 years and require a 2/3rds majority to re-appropriate.
     
  5. Mr Clean
    Online

    Mr Clean Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2009
    Messages:
    11,062
    Thanks Received:
    2,446
    Trophy Points:
    255
    Ratings:
    +4,819
    Anyone whos has ever worked on a government contract gets to see the waste right up close.

    I was working for a company some time ago that had a $3 million contract to build 300 telemetry receivers for the Air Force. Between the inception of the contract and it's completion, the technology for the receivers became obsolete. Did they cancel the contract at that time? No. We had to design, test, and produce all 300 receivers which were taken to a warehouse where they probably sit to this day some 30 years later.
     
  6. editec
    Offline

    editec Mr. Forgot-it-All

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2008
    Messages:
    41,426
    Thanks Received:
    5,599
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    Maine
    Ratings:
    +5,634
    It's good that this economic downturn if forcing government to review its operational inefficiencies.

    It's a terrible way to get this sort of house cleaning done, but still...
     
  7. The Rabbi
    Offline

    The Rabbi Diamond Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Messages:
    67,629
    Thanks Received:
    7,823
    Trophy Points:
    1,840
    Location:
    Nashville
    Ratings:
    +18,227
    So you mean you see the truth of Ronald Reagan's approach, which was in fact to starve government so it had to become more efficient, right? So no more complaining about how cuts to govt programs will mean children going hungry and schools being shuttered.
     
  8. chanel
    Offline

    chanel Silver Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2009
    Messages:
    12,130
    Thanks Received:
    2,744
    Trophy Points:
    98
    Location:
    People's Republic of NJ
    Ratings:
    +2,748
    What Congress Bought Itself With Your $1 Billion

    The Other Congressional Spending: How the House Spent $1 Billion on Itself

    I just threw up in my mouth. Spoiled pork can do that to a person. :eusa_sick:
     
  9. Zoom-boing
    Offline

    Zoom-boing Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    25,513
    Thanks Received:
    7,371
    Trophy Points:
    280
    Location:
    East Japip
    Ratings:
    +10,687
    Now that is fucking retarded.
     
  10. Greenbeard
    Offline

    Greenbeard Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2010
    Messages:
    6,834
    Thanks Received:
    1,203
    Trophy Points:
    200
    Location:
    New England
    Ratings:
    +1,333
    The "waste" in Medicare refers mostly to extra payments to private insurers who handle Medicare Advantage plans. In shopping parts of Medicare out to the private sector in the late '90s, the government started paying roughly 14% more for each MA plan than its equivalent fee for service plan with very little value added (a few cents on the dollar). Those overpayments have been eliminated under the new law.

    Starve the government with deficit spending? You must just adore Obama.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2010

Share This Page