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Accountability

May 30, 2012

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To the editor:

The GSA spends $1 million on a party and wants kickbacks from its contractors. It has some 14,000 empty buildings and pays over $1 billion annually in maintenance. ICE officials falsify expense reports and pocket the money. NOAA uses fines to entertain itself. Congressmen lease vehicles for $1,900/month. Agencies OK projects to study shrimp running treadmills. And all on “borrowed” money. Government’s mantra: “We need more money, raise taxes.”

If a “real” auditor, not some bureaucrat, looked at government programs and books, how many illegal and ridiculous practices would be found? Few government agencies could withstand a comprehensive audit of their books. Many don’t even know where the money they shell out goes. Public officials routinely abuse the public trust for personal gain in every level of government.

How many worthwhile social programs could be adequately funded by cutting bureaucratic excess? Take a stand against the never-ending growth of government and its unquenchable appetite for more money. We cannot afford the same economic mistakes of Europe, spending money we don’t have.

Quoting from an old Sean Connery movie:  “A little revolution, every now and then, is not a bad thing.” Take back control of what goes on downtown, in Topeka and Washington. Demand accountability.

Comments

Abdu Omar 2 years, 6 months ago

This is the job of our representatives in Congress. This is their call to govern. Instead of watching how our money is spent, they too, spend it willy nilly and then pocket money from Lobbyists who job it is to push through legislation not wanted by the majority. The first thing we need to do in this country, to combat the waste of our tax dollars, is to rid the country of lobbyists. Now we can't do that becuase there is freedom of speech, but we can say that no congressperson can take one dime from a lobbyist in any fashion. The lobbyist can not donate to political campains, nor take the legislator to lunch. If we did this and no other thing, I wonder the results. There is a great need for the American people to take back their government from the likes of those who want us to swallow their agenda.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of lobbyists. The medical insurance industry has 8 lobbyists per elected officials...up from six in 2008.

Lobbyists like elected officials are sponsored by Corp America in which they spend billions. How about those billions get spent putting Americans back to work considering WE are the source for those billions of dollars?

Local law enforcement agencies are preparing for that revolution by spending big tax dollars on military equipment. Even in Lawrence,Kansas. Why does city hall support such requests?

Washington D.C. has convinced local law enforcement to dupe the taxpayers. The word being used is "terrorists" not revolution by the many.

Don't want a revolution? Stop sending jobs and industry to Communist China. Jobs are scarce and crime is up. Tanks and armored vehicles won't solve the job problem. Locking job seekers up cost too much money = tax dollar money hole.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

The current regime loves them some sweet sweet lobbyist money. Was that the change you were hoping for?

Crazy_Larry 2 years, 6 months ago

And what regime doesn't love some sweet, sweet lobbyist money? I can't think of one, maybe you can help me out.

Ragingbear 2 years, 6 months ago

Anytime you cut one of these programs, the Republicans all gather around and throw feces at it in the form of claiming that people are losing jobs. They are correct that overpaid individuals doing stupid things may have to move onto work at some place they are more qualified for, like McDonalds. However, the Republicans love their money vampires too much because of the kickbacks they receive.

JackMcKee 2 years, 6 months ago

"Quoting from an old Sean Connery movie:  “A little revolution, every now and then, is not a bad thing.” Take back control of what goes on downtown, in Topeka and Washington. Demand accountability."

The Rock? With that other genius, Nick Cage?

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