Where Did All the Money Go?

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by: the Common Constitutionalist

What is the refrain of the left whenever anyone suggests tax cuts? Naturally it is, “How are you going to pay for them?”

And what about cutting government spending? Well, Democrats will cry, in unison, that there is no where to cut. By cutting spending, we will be ripping food out of the mouths of needy children, or some such nonsense.

Remember this statement – “There Is No Where to Cut“.

And we can’t forget the “Tried and True”, tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires will only hurt the middle class.

As a rather obvious aside: paying for tax cuts bugs the crap out of me. Why should we have to “pay” for a tax cut? It’s our money in the first place. But the government naturally treats our money as theirs first, and if there is anything left over, which they claim there never is, they will consider giving it back to us, the people.

Anywho, speaking of whining about tax cuts, there’s this from just a few months ago. A column written by Steve Benen entitled, “The Magical Cost of Tax Cuts“.

In it he describes a Republican plan to make between $156 billion and $310 billion of temporary tax cuts permanent. He writes: “How in the world does the GOP intend to pay for this? As it turns out, Republicans don’t even intend to try to pay for the tax breaks. Republicans want to make permanent hundreds of billions of dollars in business tax breaks, but they don’t want to find offsets to pay for any of the tax cuts.” (remember this also).

He continues with the typical liberal diatribe of why not spend the money on extending unemployment benefits rather than tax breaks for business. The Republican priorities are screwed up – blah-blah-blah.

So it appears to be common knowledge to both the political class and the intelligentsia that the government has no money to spare. So it was a surprise to see McPaper, USA Today, reporting on a rather startling discovery (not startling at all) by USASpending.gov that our government actually does “waste” money. The site was set up, intending to make federal spending more transparent. That’s a laugh.

Well it sure did that – so transparent, it’s invisible.

See, what the site disseminated is that the government was “missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs”.

Yep, you read that right – $619 billion! And I’ll bet that number is low – way low. I bet 50% of government spending is either misused, wasted or just goes “missing”.

USA Today continues, saying that the government “data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is ‘fully consistent with agencies records’, according to the report.”

Wait… What?! 2 to 7% is accurate?! So in other words, virtually all, about 95% of all government spending data is at the very least “inaccurate”.

Want an example? Health and Human Services, HHS, failed to report $544 billion. How do you just not report a half a trillion dollars? Easy – because the government has become so large that it is literally unaccountable to the people.

Want some more? USA Today writes that, “The Department of Interior did not report spending for 163 of its 265 assistance programs… The result: $5.3 billion in spending is missing…”, and for least 22% of all government contracts awarded, “the spending website literally doesn’t know where the money went.”

Frankly, this is quite literally criminal – and I do mean criminal – like jail time criminal.

I’ve always known that it was bad, but even I didn’t figure on this, and it is probably much worse than even this report portrays.

In the past, I have proposed that every government department could easily cut its budget by 10%, no problem. Now with this information, I’m going to revise it to reflect the Harding/Coolidge model.

Immediately cut the government by 50% – and that’s just a start!

About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

12 comments on “Where Did All the Money Go?

  1. it is criminal. can you imagine if each and everyone one of us got back 50% of the taxes we give them ( that get robbed from us in every paycheck)? vactions,home improvements,paying down debt.,etc. our economy would soar.

    • Imagine that Obama’s appointed Muslimbrotherhood and CAIR funneled all that :”missing money” to the ISS and other TERRORISTS like Hamas etc etc like right now Syria gets it out there so they can ATTACK US in various ways – so they can kill CHRISTIANS
      Well I don’t have to imagine any more they have done it and CONGRESS IS STILL COMPLICIT!

  2. I have been saying this for years now, our biggest problem is waste, fraud and abuse. But it all starts with a person SS #. The SS Administration admits their rolls are not up to date. So, once SS is wrong so are all other federal, and state benefit agencies. SS still has dead people on its rolls, dup. nos., stolen and forged nos. that illegals are using. ID theft is a good contributor to this also. You have government employees even IRS workers that owe back taxes. If you or I owed back taxes the IRS would be on our butts big time. But these people get a free pass. As for the food stamp program it is known that people are selling their food stamp benefits for less than the amt. on it. This goes to prove they didn’t need it in the first place. A group in NY is saving their cards and getting dry goods putting them in crates and shipping them to family in Mexico or Central America. More proof that they themselves did not need it. Some states are not getting proper ID for people to collect benefits or not checking into that ID. If SS would get there rolls up to date imagine, just imagine how much money they would find. Of course government agencies and there trip, conferences or just plain sitting in the office wasting time on the computer, like what is being exposed now. Which has been also known for years.

  3. They could cut 10% out of the US budget (and also every state and local gov’t as well) and nobody would know, except for the furniture manufacturers. Having worked at various gov’t agencies as a contractor, I saw unbelievable amounts of waste. They spent $2000 to abate the asbestos floor tile out of a camper trailer (loaned to soldiers for vacations) that they were to sell at auction. They got $50 for it (as I predicted). It would have been cheaper to send the whole thing to the dump as asbestos waste, but the official word was that they had to spend the money in the budget anyway, so don’t complain, you made money monitoring the abatement. I am still a taxpayer so that was my complaint. I saw a pallet of new, unused US made tools from 1/4 inch up to 2 inches of sockets, wrenches, and handles and wratchets worth thousands of dollars go for $200

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  4. >> Democrats always spend more than the taxes they increase when they are in power.

    >> Republicans always cuts taxes less than what they spend when they are in power.

    …………So what is the difference here? Not a damn thing!.

    Congress has a spending problem NOT a revenue problem. Ops, I take the second
    part back. Tax revenues would be higher if NAFTA and China’s MFN trade status
    were never passed by Congress.

    That was about 8 million lost jobs ago.

    Both political parties have lied to the voters for 40 years and committed willful economic treason against the taxpayers that sent them in good faith to Washington to build a better America not destroy it.

    …………..……..Fight Organized Crime! Re-elect No One!

  5. Has the Pentagon found yet the $Two Trillion $$$ it reported missing September 8, 2001? That confession kinda got lost in the 9/11 catastrophe and chaos. How about the $Six Billion $$$’s the State Department reported as “unaccounted for, don’t know where it went, or how it was spent” …..under Hillary’s watch. I could go on. And on. And that’s not to mention all the millions Obama and other POTUS’s have given to Mideast countries to build mosques, or as “gifts” for Muslim holidays. Why too, did it take $100 billion and ten years to find Bin Laden? How was THAT money spent? No one knows. There are no records. This . has . got . to . stop.

  6. First, let me say there is no bigger fan of limiting government than I. But it’s just not fair to blame all government waste on the size of the government… I’m quite certain that a significant amount of the missing money went into the pockets of Democrats and their supporters. That’s called “corruption”, not “waste”.

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  9. I recommend that each department within the federal government automatically lose, in their next year’s budget, the same amount of wasted/lost money during their current budget year. Perhaps that will get them to think twice about how they’re handling our taxpayer dollars.
    Cutting a certain amount/percentage across the board from next year’s budgets would only cause Demos to have a total hissy fit. Instead, if the wasted/lost money of any department has been thoroughly documented, such as the IRS spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on home-made videos, the GSA spending about the same on lavish employee conventions, or the Department of State under Hillary simply unable to explain how nearly a billion dollars just outright disappeared, it’s time to start holding these government agencies accountable for their complete incompetence/disrespect for every hard-working American citizen.
    Hope you all agree.

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