Friday, September 9, 2011

Actual "Fraud, Waste and Abuse," and Likely Nothing Will be Done II

Isn't it amazing what some actual accounting and auditing can reveal?  As I noted in my post on the utter waste of expenditures in the Defense Department, waste that the GOP virtually ignores (it helps when people like former VPOTUS Cheney and his "job creator" cronies own those very same wasteful defense contracting businesses), and centrist and conservative Democrats are often too afraid to call out, I am often shocked at how badly things were done following the attacks on September 11, 2001.  Over at the Huffington Post, Dan Froomkin has reported on the outrageously wasteful, abusive and fraudulent spending out of the Department of Homeland Security.  From what I can tell, the outrage from the right has been rather muted.  Shocking, I know.

Honestly, no one should be surprised that the largest bureaucracy ever created by the federal government, created under a Republican controlled government, turned out to be both terribly wasteful for the taxpayers, and incredibly lucrative for contractors.  Therein rests the only actual benefit of government for far too many on the right:  a means to transfer taxpayer dollars to the so called "job creators."  Let's not forget that it was the current House Banking Committee Chair who declared publicly that "Washington and regulators are there to serve the banks."  With that mentality, coupled with an open disdain for government generally, it becomes clear that "waste, fraud and abuse" will be endemic; it will also provide the ancillary benefit of a great GOP talking point regarding the "evils" of government.

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