Whining Wingnuts: Wasted Tax Dollars Edition

I bet everyone reading this has heard at least one Republican whine about high taxes. I know I have. If it isn't high taxes, it's the level of services we get for the taxes we pay.

Tonight, I found some great ammunition for us to use the next time we are faced with a whining wingnut. It's all right here in this AP piece by Hope Yen found in the Charlotte Observer.

WASHINGTON - About $10 billion has been squandered by the U.S. government on Iraq reconstruction aid because of contractor overcharges and unsupported expenses, and federal investigators warned Thursday that significantly more taxpayer money is at risk.

More on the flip...

The three top auditors overseeing work in Iraq told a House committee their review of $57 billion in Iraq contracts found that Defense and State department officials condoned or allowed repeated work delays, bloated expenses and payments for shoddy work or work never done.

More than one in six dollars charged by U.S. contractors were questionable or unsupported, nearly triple the amount of waste the Government Accountability Office estimated last fall.

Now those are some wasted tax dollars. That's not all. The piece also informs us that almost a third of that $10 billion was paid to Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton.

Follow the link and read the entire piece. Tuck those talking points away for the next time a Republican whines about his tax dollars going to support single moms on welfare.



Not to mention the other $12 billion missing in Iraq:

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That's hilarious

and really, really sad.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

One of many bi-partisan agreements

that was trashed by this administration is "pay-as-you-go" or "pay-go." (Why did they have to shorten that, it wasn't terribly long and was self-explanatory.) But Republicans don't want to say how they are going to pay for tax cuts. They would rather just say, oh there's so much waste in government, it's not a problem.

"Pay as you go" is what allowed the Clinton administration to balance the budget and even achieve a surplus. It allows the parties to come to an actual agreement about spending. If you just say you'll pay for tax cuts by reducing waste, you don't have an agreement until you point out specifically what "waste" you will cut. My "waste" might be your essential program, and vice versa.

Now that this administration has wasted, squandered, and given away in tax cuts for the wealthy, enough to create record deficits and record debt, now they want to talk about balancing the budget in 5 years. That is almost laughable, but somehow I'm not laughing. My stomach hurts.

But that has been their plan right along, hasn't it? What did Grover Norquist say about shrinking government until it would fit in a bathtub?

Thanks for the Jon Stewart clip, that really did make me laugh. Unlike most things about this administration.