Government Waste

Too Many Bureaucrats in the Kitchen

By on 7.10.14 | 3:04PM

Government is obese. In the 1980s the number of pages in the federal tax code was 26,300, according to the CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter. Now that number is over 73,954 pages. Add to that the cost of planning, time, and paperwork, and the cost of tax complexity is an estimated 6.6 billion hours per year.

The Federal Register, dubbed the “Ten Thousand Commandments” by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, results in a total federal regulatory burden of $1.8 trillion a year, over half the size of the federal budget. If the pages of the Federal Register were stacked, the pile would exceed Washington, D.C.’s height limit for buildings.

Feds Admit $125 Billion in Bogus Payments, Call It ‘Progress’

By on 11.17.10 | 4:58AM

President Obama has claimed that one way he'll pay for his new health-care program is by eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in existing programs. Unfortunately for Hope and Change, tucked away in the sixth paragraph of a press release from the Office of Management and Budget is the admission that "improper payments" -- federal money paid to the wrong people, whether through fraud or error -- actually increased last year:

Now, because many of the targeted programs - such as Unemployment Insurance and Medicaid - are paying out more benefits as the economic downturn creates more demand for these benefits, the total number paid out in improper payments increased to $125 billion last fiscal year even though the overall error rate declined. This is an unfortunate result of the recession and of basic math: the more that is paid out, the more paid out in error even if the overall rate declines.

Government Logic

By on 7.31.09 | 9:53AM

As has been reported widely, the "we'll pay you cash money for your still-running and useful car" program has already run out of funds.

Political Hay

Sloppy Senates

By 7.20.09

The antics of New York's state senators have some people wondering if the Empire State would be better off without them.

Don’t Wait for the State

By on 4.10.09 | 12:29PM

How long did it take Kauai residents to fix a damaged access road to a state park, which would have taken government an estimated $4 million and at least two years?

The Obama Watch

Good Morning, Suckers

By 1.28.09

Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats are playing the voters for fools with the so-called stimulus package. Let us count the ways, and the shameless pork, payoffs, and waste.