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  • An Innovative Proposal to Address Government Waste

    The federal government made at least $125 billion in improper payments last year. It spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties. Rife with duplication, Washington runs 342 economic development programs, 130 programs serving the disabled, 130 programs serving at-risk youth, and 90 early childhood development programs.

    Government waste runs rampant, yet Congress never seems focused on cleaning it up. A new bipartisan proposal sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R–UT) and Mark Udall (D–CO) and Representative Jeff Duncan (R–SC) would force Congress to address this problem.

    The bill would create a new congressional committee that exists only to cut government waste. Modeled after the successful “Byrd Committee” that cut domestic spending in the 1940s to help finance World War II, this new committee would regularly produce legislation to eliminate government waste. These waste reduction bills would be given “fast track” authority, guaranteeing a congressional vote that cannot be filibustered.

    Given that nearly all congressional committees make it a priority to protect their turf from any spending cuts—including even blatant government waste—having a committee focused only on spending reductions would provide an important counterbalance to business-as-usual government spending. Cutting waste alone isn’t going to balance the budget, yet every dollar saved in wasteful spending translates into one fewer dollar that needs to be cut from higher-priority programs. This proposal would help Congress pick that low-hanging fruit.

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    10 Responses to An Innovative Proposal to Address Government Waste

    1. George Colgrove VA says:

      A shine of light in dark-dark days.

      One waste is identified and discussed (BRIEFLY), I hope they also engage rapid action teams on getting simple written legislation that can be self-evident and without the need of further regulation writing by the very people who will loose their jobs.

      If wasteful spending is defined in a committee meeting (BTW the GAO has just researched and defined many such items saving $100 billion of actual budget, and reducing the actual size and actual scope of the government) a very simply written law should be produced and voted on and enacted upon signature. This committee can be very busy, and the members could be looked upon as heroes if they actually do this mission. Presidential candidates anyone?

      Senators Orrin Hatch (R–UT) and Mark Udall (D–CO) and Representative Jeff Duncan (R–SC) – Good Luck!

    2. George Colgrove VA says:

      When Ronald Reagan was showing his disgust at the massive federal spending that was going on in the late 70’s, he made an analogy that a million dollars would be a stack of thousand dollar bills 4 inches high and that a stack of a thousand dollar bills would need to be 67 miles high to represent the national debt of a trillion dollars at the time.

      Using this analogy in a way that you can feel the recklessness of the federal workforce and congress, do this:

      A dollar bill is 0.0043 inches thick. Federal deficit spending is going at a clip of $217.09 million an hour. If a person were to stack dollar bills one on top of each other at that rate of debt spending, the stack of bills would be rising at a rate of 14.73 miles per hour. Now get on your bike or into your car and on an rather flat and strait empty (low traveled) street, start at an intersection and ride or drive roughly 15 miles per hour for 0.1 miles and see how long it takes – not much time – about 24 seconds. This is the speed of how fast that person has to stack bills. Look back and get a sense of the distance you have just traveled and imagine that what a stack of dollar bills would have to look like over that distance. That distance represents only $1.47 million. To get the full impact of the hourly debt-spending rate, you will need to multiply that distance by 147!

      For overall reckless federal spending, the speed is 28.16 Miles per Hour. It will take you about 13 seconds to travel 0.1 miles at that speed. Moreover, you will need to multiply that distance by 232 to get the full overall federal spending in one hour.

      Spending is out of control in DC and it is becoming obvious that the new Tea party with very few exceptions (Sen. Paul and Rep. Bachmann) has fallen in line with the RINO’s in congress. It is clear they will essentially spend all of this year’s proposed budget, meaning we will reach $15.6 trillion dollars of debt.

      Next year, the federal workforce was anxiously hoping the GDP would go up $500 billion so they could tax us Americans a lot more. However, even Bernanke came out last week and said that the GDP would likely go down a little from the financial unrest and rising oil prices – not up!. People are losing jobs. Private sector salaries are going down. Stores are closing – even in the greater DC area. The tax revenue for the criminal federal workforce to abuse will not be there next year in the amounts they were hoping for.

      If a $1.6 trillion annual deficit seems alarming for this year, imagine what will happen next year if we do not cut the actual budget right NOW! Starting this year the interest on the national debt alone will top $500 billion annually – or the defense budget for 2004 (+/-). The program cuts or one time spending cuts ARE NOT REDUCING THE BUDGET or the size of government by anything measurable.

      We need congress to start getting serious. We cannot wait until 2012 to get you out. You need to get to work now – like adults.

    3. Real American says:

      they should start by eliminating so many committees and sub-committees. If there are fewer politicians out there trying to "protect their turf" then it would be much easier to reign in the spending.

    4. Royce Siggard says:

      Any progress on reducing spending is good. Doing it faster and more aggressively is better.

      I suggest there be a parallel comission of private individuals tasked with the same objective, to see whether the elected officials or citizens do a better job of generating ideas for savings.

    5. Kevin Goodman, Utah says:

      Love it. This is the type of legislation we need ASAP.

    6. Bobbie says:

      It's a terrible thing those of government, that have and some continuing to, allow this to happen to begin with. And those overlooking the lack of dignity and self control in doing their job without consequences, corruption or government-made crisis.

      Discipline is necessary. Rid the waste and the waste makers.

    7. Pleasant Grove says:

      Great Idea, I am sure it would help, I agree on cutting the first two items mentioned greatly, leaving the second two alone except for causing strict accountability to their records that the tax monies they receive are actually used for the exact expense it was allocated too.

      @George,

      "Next year, the federal workforce was anxiously hoping the GDP would go up $500 billion so they could tax us Americans a lot more. However, even Bernanke came out last week and said that the GDP would likely go down a little from the financial unrest and rising oil prices – not up!. People are losing jobs. Private sector salaries are going down. Stores are closing – even in the greater DC area. The tax revenue for the criminal federal workforce to abuse will not be there next year in the amounts they were hoping for."

      Notice all the stores that are in business have either some sort of ell/ella/star or Psychological warfare felon human trafficking names put to them. Those who align themselves with the GAME/NWO/Treason are the ones staying in business. The rest who refuse to take part in being protected (NOT) by the church of the devil (outside foreign interest groups/some inside felon traitors) are the ones loosing their business, jobs, being sabotaged and beaten down while the feds/local police/fbi are forced to stand down.

      This tells me that America is now being run by NON Americans or some VERY serious inside Treasonous FELONS.

      oh, I guess I'd better say… this is MY OPINION of such things going on. ;)

      Chris

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    9. Old Minstrel Man says:

      I do not disagree with any of the comments or opinions above. Voter apathy and an uninformed electorate have allowed creeping Fabian Socialism to take root to the point that the would-be/wanna-be totalitarian oligarchy feels emboldened to accelerate their program to enslave the inhabitants of this nation. They are now openly racing to the finish line of accomplishing their despotic goals.

      But still "None Dare Call it Conspiracy".

    10. Barbara Billig says:

      I would love to see your article written in 2005 updated – Top 10 areas of government waste. It's probably still the same. (http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2005/04/Top-10-Examples-of-Government-Waste
      I did see the top 50 areas written in 2009 & 100 areas of waste later – but liked the idea of the 10 biggest – people get discouraged by thinking they have to wade through 100 areas. But – the more of this that gets out there – the more they see that BUDGET CUTS AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY are possible!!!!
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