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Recent Government Failures
It seems to me that many on the left side of the political spectrum believe that government can be the solution to all our problems. Their faith in big government is unfounded by reality. I decided to start a list of recent government failures to put a spot light on the truth.
Links to Recent Failures
- TSA Replaces Head of Security as Airport Lines Keep Getting Longer - NBC News
The appointment is part of a series of moves the TSA announced in an internal memo obtained by NBC News.
- VA Secretary Bob McDonald: Veteran wait times not what really matters
“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What’s important? What’s important is: what’s your satisfaction with the experience?”
- Obama's alternative energy bankruptcies - Oct. 22, 2012
President Obama has faced a barrage of criticism for a handful of energy companies that went bankrupt after receiving government funding.
- IRS Can't Afford to Upgrade to Windows 7 But Can Afford to Pay Microsoft to Use XP | Going Concern
Can't they just, like, work out a tax break to Microsoft or something?
- APNewsBreak: IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000 - ABC News
IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000
- Head Of TSA Reassigned After Tests Reveal Security Failures : The Two-Way : NPR
According to ABC News, covert tests found that Transportation Security Administration agents at airports failed to detect prohibited items 95 percent of the time.
- Data hacked from U.S. government dates back to 1985: official| Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said
- FOX Business Exclusive: Cash for Slackers, a Three-Part Series | Fox Business
Friday's jobs report will be the latest in a string of important economic indications determining whether the U.S. economy is likely to bounce back in the second quarter from a disappointing first...
- Report: Corrupt Veterans Affairs Executive Lied Under Oath | The Daily Caller
A report released by the inspector general for the Veteran Affairs Department has discovered incredible levels of fraud, and incredible abuse of whistleblowers.
- Amtrak CEO says technology could have prevented Philly derailment - Baltimore Sun
An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation.
- Court Rules NSA Spying Is Illegal, but McConnell Defends Patriot Act’s Section 215
- Pentagon sent live anthrax to laboratories by mistake - BBC News
Live anthrax was mistakenly sent to 51 labs in 17 American states and three other countries, more than double the original estimate.
- Leaked Images: One Year Later, Border not Secure, Children Left in Limbo
One year ago, Breitbart Texas Managing Director Brandon Darby shocked the world by revealing leaked images of immigrant children who were being warehoused in shoddy facilities after being smuggled into the United States from Central America.
- Hillary Clinton State Department email release: Judge rejects government plan.
News broke Monday that the State Department had proposed releasing a vetted archive of Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence from her time as secretary of state in January 2016.
- SSA Scandal | National Review Online
Outrageous judges rubber-stamp disability benefits to the undeserving.
- FAA's new air traffic control system unstable, less capable than old system - Washington Times
The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying new computers systems for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the system suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training...
Someone very astute ask the question "what has any government agency done so well that you would want them to do more?" The answer is obvious. The issue comes down to motivation. I'm sure there are plenty of government workers who wants to do a good job and believes they are helping the public. The problem is the "system". It is not setup to reward innovators but to keep the status quo. A federal agency, once created, never goes out of business. A second more troubling problem is the lack of accountability. No one is held accountable when thing go wrong. The difference in the private sector is this. If you screw up or didn't do your job, you are most likely to be fired. Even if you are not, it is the company that suffers. In government, we the taxpayer foot the bill and have no say as to consequences.
I will be appending to this hub over time to track more government failures.
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