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Rod Arquette

In Light of Sequestration: A breakdown of some federal programs

 

Do you think we could trim and live without a few of these federal government programs:

According to the Government Accountability Office, the government runs 50 different programs for the homeless across eight agencies,

23 programs for housing aid in four agencies,

26 programs for food and nutrition aid among six agencies,

27 programs on teen pregnancy,

130 programs for at-risk youth,

10 agencies to promote exports 

 342 programs for economic development.

The federal government runs 47 different job-training programs at a cost to the taxpayer of $18 billion annually. The GAO found that "Only 5 of the 47 programs ... examined had done detailed impact studies" and that among those "the effects of participation were not consistent across programs, with only some demonstrating positive impacts that tended to be small, inconclusive, or restricted to short-term impacts."

Entitlements eat up two-thirds of federal spending and are excluded from sequestration, which is too bad because an estimated $20 billion is wasted on Medicare fraud every year.

As for Medicaid, a New York Times investigation found that between 10 and 40 percent of New York's spending was lost to fraud and theft yearly. Other estimates suggest that 33 percent of Earned Income Tax Credits (about $9 billion annually) are erroneous or fraudulent

Now let's take a look at growth in government spending:

• Transportation: up $36.6 billion, an increase of 37.5%.

• Education: up $30.8 billion, or 25%.

• Housing assistance: up $16.4 billion, or 31.4%.

• Community and regional development: up $11 billion, or 36.5%.

• Natural resources and environment: up $9.5 billion, or 21.3%.

• Farm income stabilization: up $6.8 billion, or 39.5%.

• General government: up $5.9 billion, up 26.6%.



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