@ Esquire:I'm quite certain Mountanman is correct regarding
this issue. You are picking out a few numbers in the middle of Obama's time
in office, and comparing them to themselves, but not comparing anything to
numbers before Obama came into office. I've read multiple times
that the federal government has significantly grown under Obama, along with
overall huge increases in government spending. There's no question the
federal government deficit has grown immensely under Obama, even above and
beyond war spending. It has come down recently, but is still above Bush's
highest annual deficit. Those numbers are easy for anyone to verify. If you choose to list some specific comparative numbers between the actual
timeframes of this and the last administration, please list verifiable sources
for those numbers. If you don't respond accordingly, we can only assume
Mountanman was indeed correct regarding his initial assessment.
Sorry Mountanman, you are wrong. You have been sucked into the propaganda. OPM
reports Executive Branch employee numbers as follows: 2,776,000 in 2010,
2,756,000 in 2011, and 2,697,000 in 2012. I can confirm a similar trend for the
period since 2012. So, when I said "the federal workforce has been
shrinking", I was correct. You can play with numbers and bring in other
metrics, but all you are doing is showing your view of the President, which we
already know, regardless of the facts.
@ Esquire. Baloney! The federal government has grown by leaps and bounds under
Obama, except for the military which is the only government entity that has
decreased under Obama. Obamacare has added tens of thousands of government
employees alone! Government spending as a share of the economy has hovered
around 24% during the Obama administration, several percentage points higher
than under President Bush, according to Congressional Budget Office data. So
where has all the money gone since Obama came to town? No one knows which is the
point of this article, which you famously try to blame on GWB, again, but this
in on Obama's watch!
All the right wing hand-wringing over an issue that has existed from day one
(and one commenter had to drag in another gratuitous shot at Obama). If
improper payments are really an issue for those on the right, where in the world
were you during the Bush years. That was unprecedented in handing over taxpayer
funds to profiteer friends. And guess what, under Obama, the federal workforce
has been shrinking. So, you can point your fingers elsewhere. Maybe at
yourselves for rubber-stamping the actions of the Bush crowd and then wondering
where all the money went when a new team came to town.
This report is illustrative of my greatest concern when there is talk about
government expansion. I cannot think of a single example of a government
program which could be held up as a model of efficiency and effectiveness.
Every agency seems to be poorly run, expensive, wasteful, and ineffective when
compared to examples from the private sector. Government is a necessary evil
which mostly accomplishes things by force and it should be kept as small as
Oh well! What's $100 billion of taxpayer money to the federal government?
In any other organization, people would go to prison but in our government, no
one is accountable and no one cares!
I'm shocked! Just shocked! I am sure our progressive friends will defer
to "social Justice", compassion, and another reason why we need to just
nationalize every business, eliminate the Bill of Rights, and require a retinal
scan for everyone. All, of course, to make sure these shocking developments
will never happen again!
This is why the IRS actually needs funding increased, not decreased. It actually
helps the deficit to increase their funding because with more employees (and
less of a rush with a backlog for current ones) they're able to figure out
these sorts of errors.
And school students are accountable for math test scores?
A quick, leftist way to solve this problem - make sure that all payments are
"proper" by eliminating the need for documentation. Right?After all, it is probably racist, homophobic, or anti-women to require those
seeking government assistance to prove that they qualify. Just like the voter ID
laws that have been fought tooth and nail by this administration, these problems
of overpayments need to be dealt with in the same manner by Obama. Sweep it
under the rug...make the problem go away because it stands in the way of a
Our tax dollars at work.That is, if you pay taxes, instead of
collect the handouts- legally or illegally.But, Congress cannot
figure out how to cut a dime of spending, even when smacked in the face by $100
billion of not only illegal but therefore unnecessary spending.No
wonder we are broke.