This isn’t an accounting error. US departments have overspent their budgets – hugely. Proving that there is still a need for newspapers, yesterday USA Today reported that the federal website USASpending.gov which is tasked with tracking government money, can’t find $619 billion from different agency budgets. From USA Today:
WASHINGTON — A government website intended to make federal spending more transparent was missing at least $619 billion from 302 federal programs, a government audit has found.
And the data that does exist is wildly inaccurate, according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at 2012 spending data. Only 2% to 7% of spending data on USASpending.gov is “fully consistent with agencies’ records,” according to the report.”
Harry Reid set the foundation for this. For years he has refused to allow a budget for the United States to be passed into law in the Senate. If the entire US government can operate without a budget, why can’t the individual agencies ignore theirs as well? That’s what is happening. Who knows how long this has been going on?
Every where we look we see billions and trillions of American dollars going to waste; being spent on foolish programs with lavish budgets. Now we find that even their inflated budgets are being ignored.
The money keeps going out in thousands of unaccountable ways. Mr. Cloward and Ms. Piven would be ecstatic. This can not end well. It is not designed to end well.