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GAO Reports Waste

Recorded on March 2, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Even the government knows it's wasting our tax dollars. The federal GAO reports what's called “a mother lode” of waste—34 types of programs that overlap or duplicate each other at a cost of $100-billion.

That includes redundant programs for food safety, gathering military intelligence, promoting economic development, federal data processing centers, help for the homeless, job training, teacher improvement, and many more.

Even the report is a duplicate—a similar study in 2001 found much the same thing, but the overlaps were never corrected.

Why not? To hear some tell it, there's no such thing as government waste, because they say spending always creates jobs. If that's the case, we could hire one group to dig holes and another to fill them back up. It's wrong to take money from taxpayers—or borrow it—to pay people to do things that we don't need.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.