The Coburn Report and Fraud



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Last month Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released a report detailing 100 "unnecessary, duplicative, or just plain stupid projects spread throughout the federal government and paid for with your tax dollars this year." The list included a program to boost the mango business in Pakistan ($30 million), a duplicative housing development program ($168 million), and a National Science Foundation grant for a Stanford researcher to observe how voters view political stances on climate change ($200,000). All total, the study notes $6.9 billion that could be wiped away by cleaning up some parts of the government.

The report is great in the sense that it points out number ways we can fix fraud and waste. But it is also a drop in the bucket considering what we're dealing with regarding the budget. As was noted on our blog yesterday, there are hundreds of billions in waste that can be identified and shut down. 

What should be the most clear whenever talking about cutting spending though is not so much that the nature of the deficit today is the most inherent problem, but the size and scope of government spending itself. The more projects the government spends money on, the greater these fraud opportunities become-there just aren't enough citizens to watch all of this mess. Moreover, if all of these programs are not just wasting government money but often times are crowding out the private sector. I would prefer a federal budget that spends $5 billion a year with a $500 million deficit as opposed to a government that spends $10 billion a year with zero deficits. 

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evil is empty, this is what I mean, but with money evil can appear to have Power. It is an enuomors fact the evil person cannot improve, cannot Uncreate, so reason and bargaining never works with them. Trouble is, evil people get their wishes too. That's the problem. Money is real Power, but if you look at it, it all comes down to belief. Trust! Market Evaluations! Assessments! Big as they are, Industrial Giants exist at the whim of Consumers.If you actually knew what Money was? You could steal it above People's heads! Gosh! Don't you know? The Progressive Plutocrats have done it non stop for a hundred years! Wasting our Capital makes their Capital more valuable! More rare! Wash your cash back and forth across the Markets, nobody wins but the Plutocrats! It isn't a real Market, the buyers never touch real products. It is Market Manipulation on behalf of powerful thieves! The example is Income Tax. But lets go to Over Criminalization, to Over Regulation and Nationalization of American Industries! (Communism is an Unconstitutional Form of Government.)I wish the Markets were untouchable, perfectly free. Combine the Plutocrats with the Government? Bend over America! Here it comes again! Well! Guess what? We really don't have to take it! We can Create our way out of our Economic Slavery. Don't sell. Don't panic! Do not resort to violence. Build up something of real value and own it outright! As a Producer you get 100%! As a wage earner you get 5%!If everything Government did with its ten million Laws were counted as Cost? We are talking crazy waste of money on complexity alone. It will cost you a million dollars to prove the sky is blue! They wrote these Omnibus Bills to be incomprehensible. The Demo's say "We are the only ones who know what it means!" See? "Pay us!" The unreadable size of the Bill is demolition of Representation! By definition!Are we going to continue to let Obama redefine our Government by his acts? Oh how I wish I were exaggerating! Bankruptcy has always been on the List of what we'd call 'destruction.' Destroying America is exactly the right word. This is destruction by deception practiced well above the People's heads. All of America has become Redefined because the Progressive Socialists got away with it! Unbelievable High Crimes! They got away with it because the Crimes were too unbelievable! Like, for example Wisconsin Dems refusing Representative Government, not taking the majority rule.The Progressive Strategy worked! Imagine a President doing the opposite of a voted Congressional Intent! That is a howling High Crime against our Constitution in the very definitions! The Green Junk Agenda, the Junk Market Agenda, the Junk Medical Agenda, all exploit American ignorance to the hilt! You'd think Obama was a Sorcerer! With so many sophisticated lies!

11/6/2012 1:14:59 PM