Wasteful government spending and our deficit
Government spends a lot of our money and sometimes it is money not well spent. It is awell-known fact there is waste in the way our government spends money. The total amount of money wasted each year is hard to grasp but the amount is not the issue it is that it exist. Clearly there are wasteful spending habits in many organizations across the country but it is their money not our tax dollars. When organizations identify wasteful spending they take action to reduce this kind of expenditure, they need to or they run the risk of becoming extinct. The same situation does not exist with our government. The government is not going to become extinct with the current spending habits but the spending culture will and has changed our lives sometimes for the worst. Spending by the government is not always a waste as there are many vital programs which benefit society and our country. Vital programs is not the problem the issue centers around getting rid of those programs and in some cases organizations which have a negative impact on our deficit and do not serve a useful purpose.
We are fortunate that organizations exists who have as their objective to identify wasteful spending by the government but the impact of providing examples seems to be negligible. Efforts to reel in wasteful spending within government if in fact there are honest efforts to do so need to be energized. Our government needs to become an efficient organization cutting waste through getting rid of programs which do not have value to us as individuals and as a country. Our deficit keeps going up it seems every day but there is little if any discussion across all the media making it an issue and the impact it will have on our children and grandchildren.
The rate of spending with respect to incoming funds needs to be tightened and the first place to start is the wasteful spending programs and research which is funded every year. Some individuals may say the amount would not make a dent in our deficit but our deficit is impacted by the culture of spending in Congress.
One of the major examples of wasteful government spending is funding the hundreds of government organizations within the government structure. There are over 500 known organizations or agencies within government some of which serve a useful purpose and makes sense but in looking at the list of these agencies one has to ask why we need so many. Every agency requires funding to exist not only for the employees who are part of it but the funding to ensure their responsibilities are completed. Are they all justified?
Another area involves government contracts which seemingly have costs overruns. Some of these involve products for use by our military and are needed to replace aging equipment now being used by our troops. One example is a Lockheed Martin’s $1.2 billion dollar costs overrun on an aircraft program. While this company has some responsibility with this overrun the government has a greater responsibility in letting the overrun get this high. Contracts for military equipment and the monitoring of the costs to make sure it is within budget is the responsibility of government organizations and activities charged with overlooking performance.
While there may be some legitimate costs increases such as improvements in products being purchased for which contractors should receive some benefits others may involve fixing design errors for which a company should be responsible. Government should not use our tax dollars to pay for design errors of a manufacturer. This concept may be unconventional but it is one which is needed in government contracting if it is not there already.
Another aspect of legislation involves tacking on amendments which have nothing to do with the subject of the legislation and often could not stand on their own for passage. Each time an amendment is added to legislation for which there is no connection increases the cost of government. Much of the amendments involve what has been called pork projects which are meant to benefit specific districts and votes to get the legislation passed and signed. Amendments to legislation should not be allowed if they have no connection to the legislation being proposed. Pork has no place in any government legislation. To clarify pork are projects which have no merit and could not stand on their own to get enough votes for passage. Special projects add to the cost of government and our deficit. Some say the amount would not make a dent in the deficit we are continuing to grow but it would be a start signifying those we have elected are serious about the spending culture in Congress and want to do something about it.