If there’s one thing the government positively excels at it’s wasting taxpayer money.
It’s pitiful, really, to think about the multitude of ways that our hard-earned money is being flushed down the toilet daily.
Even worse, however, is the sad reality that due to all the wastefulness and overspending, it’s going to dramatically impact the quality of life for generations to come.
They won’t have the ability to take advantage of the many programs, like Social Security and Medicare, that Boomers will, because there’ll be no money left.
Which is why any time fraud and waste comes to light it’s so enraging.
The do-nothings in Congress and scattered about various governmental agencies usually do a good job at hiding all the waste and abuse, but every now and then a brave and capable worker exposes government incompetence.
And it also reminds us that we need to keep a very close eye on our leaders.
As reported at Yes I’m Right, an audit by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general found that the agency paid $1 billion in benefits to individuals who did not have a Social Security Number (SSN).
The inspector general found errors in the government’s documentation for representative payees, otherwise known as individuals who receive retirement or disability payments on behalf of another person who is incapable of managing the benefits themselves.
It should go without saying that this particular type of benefit would be ripe for abuse, considering it involves a person receiving benefits on behalf of another.
This would mean oversight over this area should particularly stringent, right? But this is the SSA we’re talking about, so of course oversight barely exists at all.
The audit was released Friday and found thousands of cases where there was no SSN on file, yet payments were still issued. Deliberate fraud or incompetence, it really doesn’t matter, heads should be rolling out the doors.
Over the last decade, the agency paid $1 billion to 22,426 representative payees who “did not have an SSN, and SSA had not followed its policy to retain the paper application.”
“Furthermore, unless it takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection,” the inspector general said.
The inspector general also found the agency paid $853.1 million in benefits since 2004 to individuals who had been terminated as representative payees by the agency.
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So not only is the SSA handing out money to folks without SSNs, they’re STILL paying people they’ve already terminated as representative payees, which means they’re aware that those people shouldn’t be receiving a dime.
Yet nearly a billion dollars has still been given to them. It’s truly mind-boggling.
These kinds of blunders are commonplace in our government, yet leftists still salivate at the prospect of having State-run healthcare and a takeover of various industries.
It makes one wonder how many billions of dollars will have to be wasted each year before citizens rise up and say enough is enough.
This frivolous and cavalier use of our money is unacceptable on every level and should never be tolerated.
If our elected representatives won’t do something about these issues, then maybe we should protest and refuse to pay taxes at all, as starving the beast seems like the only option at this point.
Source: Yes I’m Right