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Government made $125 billion in improper payments last year

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posted on Nov, 19 2010 @ 07:19 AM
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Government made $125 billion in improper payments last year


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The federal government's improper payments totaled about $125 billion in fiscal 2010 as unemployment insurance and Medicaid payments increased, officials said Tuesday. But agencies also recovered about $687 million mistakenly paid to delinquent government contractors and beneficiaries.

The government's total improper payment amount climbed $15 billion from the previous year, according to statistics from the Office of Management and Budget. The payments included about 89,000 checks for $250 each
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posted on Nov, 19 2010 @ 07:19 AM
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This waste is what you get when you allow governments to become a nanny for it's people. Big government never will be able to manage money. The closer the entity is to the people the better!!

This quote from the story really does describe big nanny government to a tee:


the more that is paid out, the more paid out in error even if the overall rate declines


Just look at their response to this:


The overall payment error rate dropped to 5.49 percent in fiscal 2010, down from 5.65 percent the previous year. The drop means the government avoided making about $3.8 billion in improper payments, OMB said.

"We're right on target - in fact, as we look at the numbers, we're ahead of schedule," OMB Controller Danny Werfel said Tuesday.


So... they're doing a GOOD job!!

They are AHEAD OF SCHEDULE for improvement!! What does that mean really? The answer - that the federal government accepts some percentage (maybe, what, 2%, 3%,4% as an acceptable rate? Is anything more than 0% acceptable to YOU??

The thinking of these people is just messed up.


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posted on Nov, 19 2010 @ 07:56 AM
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There model of business is most certainly messed up.

We were warned that unless we spend $80 Billion or so to bail out the auto industry millions of jobs would be lost. Meanwhile they are carelessly tossing over $100 Billion out the window. We are continuously bedazzled by the fiscal shenanigans of a government that cannot track it's own foibles.

I do however, believe that the problem is not entirely in focus if we adopt the perennial 'nanny-state' meme without adding more dimensions to the consideration.

The purpose of governance is to establish, promote, and maintain the well-being of it's citizens. This seems a reasonable, Aristotelian notion, based on logic and ostensibly engendering sound service from those we empower to make policy on our behalf.

But most of us are not billion dollar companies..., who have magically co-opted the system to recognize THEM as citizens. BIG MISTAKE! Caring for citizens is a normal function of government (as least as I perceive it), But caring for transnational corporations (which represents most blue-chip companies), cartels of corporations (like the Energy consortium), and supranational corporations (like the private banking system) costs many orders of magnitude more than caring for families and their posterity.

The money we have spent in pursuit of corporate happiness could have gone far beyond solving ALL of our economic and many of our social problems, had the corporations been allowed to exist in a "free" market. But our political parties are utterly corporatist, and those individual career politicians who may not be are injected with many other defects by the political parties whose existence is mostly dependent upon corporate sponsorship.

Add to that the elitists, technocrats, and ideologues with oligarchy on their mind, and the net result is the diminished status of mortal - human citizenship to support the immortal corporations.

A new era must come. A public dialogue must ensue. Keep it alive, or OUR posterity is doomed to some backroom-deal, construct-driven future.

I need another coffee.



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