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Your Federal Tax Dollars at Work. Er, Non-Work?

Two stories today address different aspects of the waste and inefficiency coming from the Congress and the federal agencies. One piece in Human Events onlin, written by the president of the National Taxpayers Union, discusses the pork in the highway bill that has been passed by both houses of Congress, and contains $23 billion of pork -- probably $11 billion in the Senate version and $12.4 billion in the House version. The other piece was written by the Heritage Foundation's expert on the federal budget, and explains several ways the government is wasting your tax dollars.

According to the HEO piece, "the 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act stipulated that the federal government was supposed to get out of the road-building business in 1972, after completion of the interstate highway system." The Heritage piece first notes, "This year, Washington will spend an eye-popping $22,039 per household . . . $5,000 per household more than Washington spent just four years ago." Several examples of wasteful spending are cited, including an audit of credit cards at the US Department of Agriculture where employees were using their credit cards for such personal expenses as "Ozzy Osbourne concert tickets, tattoos, lingerie, bartender school tuition, car payments, and cash advances." Even worse, of the 55,000 USDA credit cards in circulation, 1,549 are "held by people no longer employed by the agency."

When is someone going to get fired for the waste going on in the federal government? And we don't mean just the Congress critters!


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