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Monday, December 05, 2005

Drunken Pirates

I've never liked saying that members of Congress spend money like drunken sailors, because sailors spend their own money whereas politicians spend other people's money. But, no matter what you call it Congress is out of control. An October Webmemo by the Heritage Foundation shows conclusively that Bush and the Republican Congress have plundered our nation. (Sorry, I'm a little late blogging about it).

Highlights:

--Federal spending has grown twice as fast under President Bush as under President Clinton. In 2005, inflation-adjusted federal spending neared $22,000 per household, the highest level since World War II.

--Most of this spending increase is the result of increased spending on welfare programs.
Even though leftists hate Bush he has done more to expand the welfare state than Clinton ever did. Between 2001 and 2005, federal spending on education doubled from $35 billion a year to $70 billion a year. Spending on unemployment benefits grew by 26%. Spending on farm subsidies grew by 16%. Spending on housing & commerce grew by 86%. Spending on Medicare grew by 36% and Bush's prescription drug bill is expected to cost $724 billion in its first 10 years and as much as $2 trillion over the following decade.

--Federal program spending is projected to reach 27.6% of GDP by 2050, while net interest spending will consume an additional 9% to 46% of GDP.

--While members of Congress claim there is no "fat" left in the federal budget, Heritage claims otherwise:


  • The Defense Department wasted $100 million on unused flight tickets and never bothered to collect refunds even though the tickets were refundable.
  • The federal government spends $23 billion annually on special interest pork projects such as grants to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or funds to combat teenage "goth" culture in Blue Springs, Missouri.
  • Washington spends $60 billion annually on corporate welfare, versus $43 billion on homeland security.
  • Federal auditors are currently examining all federal programs. Thus far, 38% of all examined programs have failed to show any positive impact on the populations they serve. Yet lawmakers appropriated $154 billion to these programs in FY 2004.
  • The federal government made at least $20 billion in overpayments in 2001. Current estimates are between $40 billion and $100 billion in annual overpayments.
  • Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 for admission to entertainment events, $48,250 for gambling, $69,300 for cruises, and $73,950 for exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.