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Strawman: Did You Hear the One About the Missing Money?

3 months, 3 weeks ago by Strawman

 

 

Things you just don’t hear about.  There seem to be a lot of them. And there are probably many more.  It’s just that no one has taken the time--- or been allowed to report on stuff that might awaken the otherwise comatose average American.

Like this for instance: a government website—usaspending.gov---one that you and I paid for—recently reported that it’s missing over 600 billion dollars from over 300 Federal programs.  Those totals came right from the Government Accountability Office. What that means here, Chet, is that someone who cannot be fired and who will retire with full health coverage AND a pension cannot account for 600 billion dollars in spending.  The agencies in question just “don’t know” where the money went.  Sorry, we just can’t tell you what we spent the money on—or who we gave the money to—it’s just not here.  By the way, Chet, that’s our money they’ve “disappeared.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/08/05/federal-spending-transparency-money-missing/13485581/

Now, in the real world where fraud is fraud, and theft is theft, those responsible for the missing money would be in big trouble.  But this is 2014 and we know that as we live in the age of total transparency that not being able to account for 600 billion bucks isn’t a big deal. Cause if it were, we would have heard about it, right?

And, of course, we’re dealing with those in big government who don’t seem to think that 600 billion bucks IS a big deal.  I’m sure it would be a big deal if those managing the money had a vested interest or had helped generate the funds or knew that if they didn’t handle the money correctly there would be penalties or loss of position.  But none of that happens with big government.  Theirs is a world where, when money is short, you just tax Joe Citizen a little bit more and the money problem goes away.  Sure, Joe is going to whine for a minute, but that noise will subside quickly as Joe and his friends rarely look at their pay stub.  They just look at the amount they’ve been “allowed” to keep and then text pictures of their cat wearing a Cardinal’s t-shirt.  Fascinating.

And so we don’t know where the money went—and we won’t.  There’s no one in Washington who cares.  It’s not their problem.  Our elected officials are too busy raising funds to get re-elected, dining with lobbyists and making appearances on CNN.  Doing the work of the people?  Who me?

If you’re one of the chosen few citizens he’ll visit with in person ask Dick Durbin what he thinks about the missing money. He’ll probably blame the republicans, prattle on about climate change, throw in a line about funding for illegal immigrants and then expound on the benefits of Obamacare.  Or something like that. And then you, and those attending, will just sigh, experience some incontinence and marvel at Mr. Durbin’s ability to sum up 600 billion missing bucks in a 20 second sound bite.  And that same thing will happen all over the country in the coming weeks as the general public and local press share time with their elected officials.  They’ll just coo and giggle and count their lucky stars that they’re in the same room with that great Congressman or Senator.

And should you think that’s not the case show up at a town hall meeting hosted by one of your senators or congressmen and see what you get.  If you can find a town hall meeting to attend.........  

 

 


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