The War on Taxpayers

As government clamors for our money, who's asking how it's spent?

The federal health-care act is informally known as “Obamacare.”

The federal budget ought to be called “ObamaDon’tCare.”

He once promised to comb the federal budget line item by line item looking for places to cut. Yet, he has only added to the nation’s debt – more than any president in history.

Last year, the U.S. Senate voted 97-0 against even considering the president’s budget; it was that irrelevant. This year, Mr. Obama’s budget was defeated 414-0 in the U.S. House; it was that irrelevant.

Not a single vote for either budget by either a Republican or a Democrat.

Moreover, without much objection from this president, the Senate – as one Republican has noted – hasn’t passed a budget since the advent of the iPad. Apparently we’ve stopped counting the days.

Meanwhile, the president’s compliant “mainstream” media echo his calls for the rich to pay their “fair share,” whatever that is – largely without any questions as to how our taxes (and borrowed money from China) are already being spent.

Just shut up and send in your check. Is that the way it’s supposed to go?

We learned this week that the General Services Administration blew $820,000 on a luxurious conference at a Nevada resort spa and casino in 2010 – and laughed about the expense in videos made there. One federal employee at the conference even rapped about never being investigated for the wasteful spending.

The GSA itself called the outrageous video “another example of the complete lack of judgment exhibited during the 2010 Western Regions Conference. Our agency continues to be appalled by this indefensible behavior, and we are taking every step possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.” Trust them. Right?

Other people’s money. It’s so easy to spend.

Ask Leon Panetta.

The Secretary of Defense has rung up a bill of nearly $900,000 commuting on military aircraft to his California home since taking the job last July, according to the Associated Press.

Panetta seems like a nice guy. But next time, maybe we should hire someone who’s willing to relocate.

The AP exposé on Panetta’s commute is a laudable bit of reporting, but maddeningly rare.

Occasionally a lone watchdog in the government will do the media’s job and release a report detailing waste – such as the Inspector General’s report on the Vegas-area conference, or a Government Accountability Office report last year that detailed billions in waste. Nothing much came of the GAO’s scandalous revelations, mostly because the media lost interest in it.

It’s much more important, don’t you know, to cover the Republicans’ dastardly “War on Women”!

When will they start covering the War on Taxpayers?

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