With Republicans and Democrats scrambling to work on a budget that may alleviate part of the $85 billion in sequester cuts, a new report from the Government Accountability Office should elicit debate over program funding and how to the administration can avoid unnecessary overhead. The 283 page annual report highlights 31 areas that the government can cut down on costs, spanning thousands of programs that fit the definition of “fragmentation, overlap, and duplication”.
Departments often have multiple programs that serve similar purposes, or that have been split up—fragmented—into smaller administrations. This leads to hundreds of disorganized programs spending money towards the same group of goals. GAO officials offer suggestions within the report, such as merging auditors and collaborating on information collection to avoid inaccurate data.
Some highlights from the report include 76 programs for drug abuse, in which the Department of Homeland Security uses five separate contracts to detect the same substance, at a $4.5 billion dollar cost. Other sections question the Department of Defense for spending over $5 billion on 7 military camouflage uniforms, instead of the previous standard of 2.
Yet the biggest offender appears to be renewable energy programs, of which the GAO identified 679 initiatives that were either overlapping or unnecessary.
For the read diehards 2 hours talking about redundant programs.
Read the whole article on Townhall.com
Appalling (via ABC 6 WVPI):
A local abortion clinic is under fire, facing allegations of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. A series of emergency calls made from the Planned Parenthood of Delaware this year are raising concerns about what’s happening behind the closed doors. Two former nurses who both quit are speaking exclusively with Action News about what they saw inside. ayne Mitchell-Werbrich, former employee said, “It was just unsafe. I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.”Werbrich alleges conditions inside the facility were unsanitary. “He didn’t wear gloves,” said Werbrich. Another former employee, Joyce Vasikonis told Action News, “They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile.” The former nurses claim that a rush to get patients in and out left operating tables soiled and unclean. Werbrich said “It’s not washed down, it’s not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it.” “They could be at risk of getting hepatitis, even AIDS,” added Vasikonis. Both of these nurses said, they quit to protect their own medical licenses, stunned by what they called a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.
Another relevant fact:
In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. The state only steps in when they have a patient complaint. Planned Parenthood is essentially in charge of inspecting itself.
Such is the case in many states, where elements of the pro-choice movement fight tooth and nail to block efforts to regulate these clinics more strictly, in accordance with medical standards of most hospitals. Meanwhile, the Gosnell trial continues in Philadelphia, where more horrifying details about the accused serial killer’s “abortion clinic” emerge with each passing day. (Warning: Those last two links are heartbreaking and brutal). Gosnell’s string of murders finally came to light when he killed an adult patient, too, and the prosecution is relying on whiste-blowers employed by the “doctor” to secure his conviction. Now we have two whistle-blowing nurses willing to describe the third-world “meat-market” conditions in their Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic. How many more Planned Parenthood abortion mills operate this way? This is an organization that receives nine figures in taxpayer funding each year, and whose officials defend infanticide in public, under oath:
The media blackout on both that skin-crawling performance and the Gosnell massacre has been extraordinary. We’re often told that there’s no such thing as liberal media bias; the press is just biased toward conflict and sensationalism. I’m not sure how much more sensationalistic the Gosnell trial could get. Blood, gore, severed heads, severed feet in jars, “aliens,” and a remorseless serial killer. Not interested, say the vast majority of America’s journalists. Hmm. It’s almost as if they’d prefer to ignore stories that are inconvenient to the causes they hold dear. Meanwhile, women and babies are suffering in macabre, unsanitary dens of death. ”Safe, legal and rare,” has been the Democrats’ mantra for years. They’ve recently dropped “rare.” It seems “safe” is an afterthought, too, when push comes to shove. The paramount element is “legal.”
To ask a 5 year old…. what a joke!! the left has NO SHAME! To make it worse she was leading her to the answer she wanted. I guess she had to speak to someone who is on the same intellectual level.
Deep Thoughts: MSNBC Asks Five-Year-Old About Gay Marriage
These would be very cool to have…… But Gov being what it is…. And the regulations/big business influence/trial lawyers…
Gibbs Sports Amphibians’ Debbi Gibbs discusses why U.S. regulations are keeping her product off America’s roads.
With all of use hurting and the country hurting as a whole. With international problems seeming to be at an all time high, Korea threatening us with nukes. Unemployment high and a very slow economy. Our President is CAMPAIGNING! These people are giving out money like it water. This is the type of thing that makes us mad…………
“Obama launched his efforts Wednesday — after a brief stop in Denver to rally support for gun control legislation — with a cocktail reception at the home of former hedge fund manager and climate activist Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor. About 100 donors paid a minimum of $5,000 to attend. The guest list was smaller for a dinner later Wednesday at another private home, but the price for attendance was higher, $32,400 — the maximum individuals may give to a national party committee per year. Israel and Pelosi joined Obama for both events.
The president will continue the fundraising blitz Thursday in the ritzy town of Atherton, where he will attend a $32,400-a-person luncheon near Stanford University, according to an invitation obtained by The Associated Press. He’ll also appear at a brunch at the home of philanthropists Marcia and John Goldman, where donors can pay $1,000 to attend or $5,000 for the chance to take a photo with the president. Both events benefit the national Democratic Party.”
Koodoes on the guy who made this video. I had a guy come up to me just the other day in the grocery store and ended up asking me if he could pay for my stuff with his foodstamps and I give him cash. I did not, if someone asks you DO NOT this IS against the law.