Tuesday, December 27, 2011
A NATIONAL TAXPAYERS’ AUDITOR OFFICE
Since it is a proven fact that most of the idiots in Congress do not read in full the legislation on which they vote, we clearly need an independent taxpayers’ “Auditor” office (different from the IRS “Taxpayer Advocate” office) to review each and every piece of legislation in the same way as Tom Coburn and his staff evaluated "every department and virtually every major government program" in preparing his “Back In Black” budget report.
Each proposed law should be looked at to discover components and provisions that are -
“• Not Needed — Serves no vital or essential federal role or has outlived its intended purpose.
• Does Not Meet Any Need — Little or no evidence to demonstrate results or effectiveness achieving stated goals.
• Wasteful — Significant amounts of silly or unjustifiable expenditures.
• Duplicative — Duplicates or overlaps existing government agencies or initiatives.
• Not a Priority at this Time — Mission cannot be justified within today’s budgetary constraints.
• Not Cost Efficient — Benefits do not exceed the costs.
• Parochial — Serves a local or special interest with no overriding federal role and exceeds the limited powers granted to Congress enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.”
This office should also review each government program annually for the above criteria, plus the following one –
“Mismanaged — Significant amounts of erroneous, fraudulent and improper expenditures, excessive overhead and administrative costs, or otherwise poorly administered or implemented.”
The findings, both for individual legislation and year-end program evaluations, should be openly published, as are the audits of TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration).
The cost of such an office would be more than paid for by the savings it will generate.