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Who’s dumber: Voters or federal bureaucrats?

April 25, 2013

Federal goverment

Last year, the General Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government wasted more than $2 million of our hard-earned taxes on service fees for thousands of old empty federal bank accounts.  It urged all federal agencies to terminate those accounts.

The accounts are created to distribute funds to the recipients of federal grants.  The federal government pays the bank fees, but never gets around to closing the accounts when the grant money is gone, the Washington Post reported.

Thomas A. Schatz of the watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste told the newspaper that if any individual were being charged service fees every month on a bank account with no money, they would simply close the account.

Simple enough, right?  It’s just common sense, right?

But not for federal bureaucrats.   The waste will be down to about $1 million this year thanks to pressure from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK).  But several agencies admit they don’t expect to EVER be able to close all the empty accounts — which means they intend to continue to waste our tax money FOREVER.

Here’s a clue, bureaucrats:  Require that the recipients of federal grants pay the bank fees.  You can bet they’ll be quick to close the accounts when the money is gone.  It’s just a bit of common sense.  Common sense which the massive federal bureaucracy is incapable.

Yet many of our fellow voters want the federal government to do MORE.  What are they smoking, anyway?

One Comment
  1. Mike Ruddell permalink

    The government has become a rat’s maze, and the rat has lost its sense of smell and can’t find the cheese. Those in power, especially our POTUS is too busy trying to demagogue his agenda or plan his next vacation.


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