Of course they want to use other peoples’ money

As if it’s somehow surprising, this is getting all sorts of attention:

Poll: To Reduce Deficit, Most Americans say Tax the Rich More

Someone stops you on the street and gives you three options:

  1. Reduce your stuff
  2. Pay more for your stuff
  3. Keep your stuff and don’t have to pay more for it

I wonder which one will win?

Everyone likes getting stuff when other people pay for it. Duh.

Comments

  1. “Everyone likes getting stuff when other people pay for it. Duh.”

    According to the Late, great George Carlin stuff is why you need a house:

    “This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there. That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.”

  2. Disturbing how deep the leftist mentality has penerated and crowded out commonsense. Their aren’t anywhere near enough rich people to close the budget gap.

    It’s a spending problem not a revenue problem.

  3. Well, both sides are guilty.

    Many here would cry and moan if a cut in the military budget is mentioned, even though the armed forces are plagued with corruption, delays, unexpected costs, unecessary wars…

    http://blog.mises.org/15189/gao-cant-render-opinion-on-government-financials/

    [b]the U.S. Government Accountability Office says it can’t render an opinion on the federal government’s financials “because of widespread material internal control weaknesses, significant uncertainties, and other limitations.”

    Specifically the GAO won’t weigh in because of three areas: “(1) serious financial management problems at the Department of Defense (DOD) that made its financial statements unauditable,[/b] (2) the federal government’s inability to adequately account for and reconcile intragovernmental activity and balances between federal agencies, and (3) the federal government’s ineffective process for preparing the consolidated financial statements.”

    [b]Gene Dodaro, acting comptroller general of the United States cited material weaknesses involving an estimated $125.4 billion in improper payments, information security across government, and tax collection activities. Dodaro noted that three major agencies, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security[/b] and the Department of Labor, could not provide good enough numbers to get clean opinions and said, “Improved accuracy and transparency in financial reporting are urgently needed.

    So, this “War on Terror” is making a making a lot of bureaucrats live a good life while the country keeps sinking…

    1. I wouldn’t cry if the DOD took some cuts. Procurement is broken right now. Plenty of bloat on the civilian side. The F-35 program is a joke. Stealthy F-15 Eagles look like a much better and cheaper option.

      I would protest if they started cutting combat forces in the middle of a war and with other dangerous folks around the world.

  4. Great post Vitor. I’m not at all shocked, I worked for the state for 26 years, and the the symptoms cited in your quotes of the GAO report mirrors far too my experience. I do have to give credit though to local level material control and expenditure monitoring. They were good because they were important to the local managers who saw that those values were important through out their organization. Not so true in the past at other work sites, and even worse the higher up you went in state gov. And the flip side of the local level responsible property and budget managment was the memo (e mail towards the end of my career with them) that went out about Sept 1, announcing if there was ANYTHING your dept/operation wanted…..to submit in writing to your dept head for forwarding to the bus off by the 15th. The purpose? Dumping every lat penny of the annual budget that hadn’t been spent. Because if you were fiscaly prudent and turned any surplus back in……..your budget would be correspondingly reduced for the following year. Spend it all or else………..great policy to encourage efficiency. 🙁

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