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Federal government spending

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Post by jjk308 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:44 pm

Undocumented financial adjustments? If some goober accurately and correctly entered in the books: One Toilet Seat - $2,450,000,011.49 Would that make it right?

Forbes is confusing accounting screwups on the government's obsolete computers with actual bad expenditures. Every time the accounting and IG weenies dug in they found that yes, the money was properly spent for something they thought they needed. The scandal is the accounting system and equipment, not the spending itself which was authorized by Congress.

FYI I had friends who got demoted, fired, forced into early retirement in lieu of being prosecuted for illegally shifting funds from one budget line item to another to cover cost increases on the F-18. They take that stuff seriously, the bookkeeping not so much.

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Post by dammitgriff » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:07 am

Check this interactive chart tool out from the Downsizing Government website:
https://www.downsizinggovernment.org/charts/
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Post by jjk308 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:55 am

There's some good stuff on that website but its in the articles on specific wasteful spending, not the top level budget numbers. And it isn't all directly budget related.

If you want something to concentrate on how about something non-budget but that influences our personal expenses and other budget needs.
No. one on the JJK308 hit list is Sugar Import Quotas. They in effect subsidize farming the Everglades and destroying the lakes, rivers and coasts of Florida. We will have many billions in expense because of them and the Lake Okeechobee problem they've caused, and other billions from the damage the algae blooms are causing.

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Post by dammitgriff » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:17 pm

The harmful effects of price supports for Big Sugar are documented/discussed on the Downsizing website in their article archives.
I believe government has NO business picking winners and losers in agriculture, which is exactly what they do when handing out farm subsidies to already-wealthy farmers and buying back surplus agriculture products, as they just did with the excess meat backing up in warehouses that was supposed to go to China.
Taxpayers here in the U.S. ultimately pay for the trade tariffs. Actually, just substitute ‘tax’ every time you see or hear ‘tariff’, and you’ll be more accurately describing the trade situation.

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