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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 01:15 PM
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199. Agree with you except for the "more government and not less"
I don't think it's about "more" or less" but instead about the structure.

In many ways we have more government right now though it's not characterized as such.

We've seen huge growth in so-called "security" areas that are government funded.
A small example of this is the Border Patrol, which has received so much funding (while other agencies have had funding cut) that they are now performing work far outside the scope of their mission in order to justify all the money they receive.

There's even a whistle blower who was harassed after he divulged that he had refused unearned overtime pay:

Border Patrol whistleblower pays price for refusing unearned overtime pay

By Joe Davidson, Published: July 28

During a period when some in Congress and their related policy wonks think federal employees are overpaid, here comes Christian Sanchez, a Border Patrol agent who says he was punished for refusing overtime pay.

His bosses suggested that he get psychological help.

Instead, Sanchez has become a whistleblower, and on Friday he plans to tell gathering on Capitol Hill that he was retaliated against because he would not take overtime for doing no work.


The worst fraud on taxpayers is that we are getting paid overtime not to work, Sanchez said in a prepared statement. When he first started working at the station, I noticed it was common practice for everyone to get paid overtime not to work. Back then there were about twenty-four agents and our entire station was receiving at least two hours of Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime. Now, he said, there are more than 40 agents there.

I'd love to see an accounting of the increased funding that has gone to all these 'security" entities as a category, some newly created such as Dept of Homeland Security and some like the Border Patrol that have been operating beyond their mission to justify the increased budget. It would also need to include areas such as wire tapping (how much to pay for the rooms created for server traffic, such as at AT&T and the salaries for those monitoring all that) and the bureaucracies put in place in the last decade.

How much better that funding would be spent on social needs and investment in areas such as infrastructure (especially updating the grid and investing in sustainable energy technology. Instead, we've had amounts that are hard to even identify or track diverted for years now.
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