Government Waste

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    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?
     
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    Redundant.
     
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    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
     
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    Every gov't program should have a sunset provision after 5 or 10 years and require a 2/3rds majority to re-appropriate.
     
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    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.
     
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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    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:
     
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    Now that is fucking retarded.
     
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    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.
     
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